Orange County Farmer’s Market ends season Nov. 21

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown. The last day for this year will be Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The following items are now available: Grapefruit, lemons, naval oranges, satsuma oranges, yellow squash, bell peppers, mustard greens, pecans (shelled and unshelled), jams and jellies, yard plants, house plants, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade cookies, homemade bread, and more.  The vendors appreciate small bills if you have them.

The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.


Eagles offers free classes, pool tournament and hall rental

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2523 located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several free classes, activities and fundraisers.

Free scrapbook classes are held at 4 p.m. each Tuesday. The community is invited.

A free line dance class is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Free genealogy classes are offered at 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

A pool tournament will be held beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Prize money will given to 1st and 2nd place winners. Food will be available.

The 63’ X 39’ hall is available for rent. The hall is suitable for all occasions, with an occupancy of 200. The amenities include a band stand, nice dance floor, tables, chairs, large kitchen, wet bar, pool table, and a large parking lot. A bartender and waitress will be provided as needed. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has an excellent location, one block off MacArthur Drive. For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.


Red Hot Flashers to meet Nov. 16

The Red Hot Flashers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Lady Sunshine, Bobbie Johnson, is the birthday lady. Games will be played after lunch and members will bring door prizes. The birthday lady always has first choice of the door prizes. All ladies are welcome. For additional information call 886-1609.


Tiger Rock to host free women’s protection seminar

Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, 1955 Miller Dr (FM408), Bridge City, will be holding a FREE Women’s Personal Protection Seminar from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. All women age 13 yrs and up are welcome to attend and bring a friend. Call 920-1462 to reserve a spot.


 Orange Chapter of DAR to meet Nov. 19 

The William Diamond Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution of Orange will have their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at #4 West Eads Street in Orange.  The program for the meeting will be “The Golden Age of Paper Dolls.”

Any woman 18 years of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of The American Revolution is eligible for membership.  Anyone who is interested in becoming a member is encouraged to attend.

If more information is needed, the Chapter Regent may be contacted at 409-735-5253.


W.O. Chiefs to host annual Christmas Reunion Dance

The West Orange Cheifs will host their annual Christmas Reunion Dance from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Ken Marvel Band will preform with special guest “Jivin Gene” Bourgeois. Snacks are welcome and this is a b.y.o.b. event. This is open to the pubic and the cost is $10 per person. Smoking will be outside only.  For more information, please contact Jimmy Guidry at 409-735-2294, 409-988-5283 or


Vendors registration now open for Christmas at the Browns

Christmas at the Browns will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 The Brown Center of Lamar State College – Orange is accepting vendor registration until Nov. 16. Please contact us at 409-883-2939 or email for more information.


American Legion Club Room now open

The American Legion Club Room, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange will be open at noon, Monday through Sunday, on a trial basis. The American Legion Post 49 is revised their hours to be serve their members and guest. For this venture to be successful, the American Legion is asking for the support and patronage of the community.


Boy Scouts to host annual flag fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of Troop 62 is now accepting subscriptions for commemorative flag displays in and around North Orange (near Hwy. 87 and Meeks Drive) between IH-10 and South Teal Road. The 3’ by 5’ flags will be displayed on the five flag days of the year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriots Day [9/11] and Veterans Day). The flags will be displayed no later than 9 a.m. on the commemorative day, picked up before dusk and stored until the next flag day.

An initial $75 tax deductible donation ($50 for renewals) is required. Money orders and checks must be received 14 days prior to posting day in order to ensure timely service. All proceeds go to support Scout activities and programs throughout the year.

For subscriptions, contact Bubba Plexico, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, at 214-770-0568; or Chris Wright, Troop 62 Fundraising Chair, at 409-882-9972.


Service League of Orange searching for “Community Needs”

The Service League of Orange is now accepting requests from non-profit organizations only for application forms to receive financial assistance through their Community Needs Committee. The Service League encourages projects, events and activities that primarily target the good of all of the entire “Orange County” community. To qualify, verification of non-profit status must be submitted with the Service League Needs application by Oct. 1, 2012.

Applications can be obtained by calling Mindy McKee at 409-779-8867 or Carolyn Lemons at 409-670-1839 or emailing requests to


Dusty Trails 4-H Pecan Fundraiser

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has our Dusty Trails 4-H Club selling the famous Durham-Ellis pecans from Comanche Texas. The club will be accepting orders until Oct.12, 2012. These pecans will be available for pickup about two weeks before Thanksgiving. Anyone who places an Order with the Dusty Trails 4-H Club will be picking up their order in Orange or Mauriceville.

Dusty Trails 4-H Club will be selling pecans, flavor pecans, specialty nuts and mixes at various prices. Raw pecans are $9 for a one pound bag, $28 for a three pound box and $43 for a five pound box. To place an order call the Dusty Trails 4-H Club, Jessica Mayfield 409-886-5906 or orders can also be taken by any of the club members.


KOCB searching for community projects

Keep Orange County Beautiful has access to limited funding to assist the cities of Orange County, or the county itself, in disposing of abandoned tires dumped on the side of the roads.

Such a project provides a discernible environmental benefit of providing proper disposal of these tires and reduces health threats associated with illegally dumped tires. These dump sites can become breeding grounds for mosquitos and rodents that carry diseases, plus tire fires can result in the contamination of surface water, ground water and soils.

Funds may also be available to clean up trash dumps on public property.

If you or your community affiliations have potential projects that fit this description, please bring them to the attention of the KOCB board at 330-9373.


Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.


Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.


GOACC announces annual banquet

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Sunset Grove Country Club located at 2801 W.  Sunset Dr.

They will recognize their 2012 Citizen of the Year, Non Profit Community Service Award and Business Community Service Award.

Sponsorship Tables are $400 which include a table with eight reserved seats and company logo on table.

Individual Reservations are $40 per person. Contact the GOACC for more information.

Upcoming chamber member events:

Dec. 7- Orange Christmas Parade 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 13- Toilet Paper Tea & Open House at Southeast Texas Hospice 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dec. 18- Jerry Hughes Realty 35th Annual Christmas Open House 4-6 p.m.


St. Mary Altar Society to host annual Gift Shop, Luncheon

The Women of St. Mary Altar Society will host this annual Gift Shop and Gumbo Luncheon  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the St. Mary Parish Hall, located at 912 W. Cherry Ave. in Orange. Meal tickets will be available at the door for $7, gumbo will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Takeout orders will be available with containers furnished. The meal will consist of gumbo, rice, crackers, potato salad, cake dessert and tea.

A silent auction will be held throughout the luncheon. They will also be hosting a raffle; tickets are available for a $1 donation. The winner need not be present and the drawing will be held on Dec. 6, 2012.

Items included in the raffle are: first prize – Emerson 32’ LCD Flat Screen Digital TV; second prize – Desk Jet Wireless Printer, Scanner and Copier; third prize – Sentry Safe Fire and Waterproof Lock Safe; fourth prize – Brinkmann Rechargeable Q Beam Spot and Flood Light Max Million III, fifth prize – Afghan, crocheted and donated by Marjorie LaCombe; and sixth prize – Scofield’s of Orange Handmade Designer Necklace and Earring Set.

For more information, please contact Anna Belle Rost at 409-886-4623 or 409-779-7076 or Jeanette Boehme at 409-883-4021.


Cowboy Church tho host “Pink Out” Playday

Cowboy Church of Orange County will be hosting a “Pink Out” Playday on Saturday, Nov. 17. This is the third (and last) playday of this Buckle Series. Buckles and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.  Registration is 8 to 9:30 a.m. with events starting at 10 a.m.  Events include cloverleaf barrels, poles, straight barrels, speed race, mutton bustin’, lead line and stick horse race.

Cowboy Church of Orange County has teamed with Tough Enough to Wear Pink? to join the fight against breast cancer. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Gift of Life. Come show your support, wear pink and ‘Pink Out’ your horse too if you like. There will be a concession stand on site. Door prizes will be given throughout the day, including tetwp merchandise.

For more information, contact Kevin at (409)651-9948, Joy (409)670-6420, or Jackie (409)423-9724 or visit  Join us in ‘Ridin’ for a Cure’.


St. Mark Fall Arts and Craft Show

St. Mark Lutheran Church will hold a Fall Arts and Craft Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Items in the show will feature a beautiful hand made quilt that is on display in the church lobby and will be raffled after the show.

Tickets sold at the show will be six for $5 or $1 each. Other items include hand crafted wreaths and floral arrangements, hand poured candles, scented soaps, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, hand painted children’s chairs, religious and home decor, jewelry, and also pre-owned high quality merchandise. Home made baked goods also available.

St. Mark is located at 945 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City. For more information or questions, please contact Kathy Viator at 738-3730 or Pat Greene 722-6655.


First Bapt. to host Community Thanksgiving Service

The Rev. Bob Boone and First Baptist Church of Bridge City will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving service for the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

The Rev. Scott Story of Family Worship Center in Orange will present the message for the evening of Thanksgiving worship.

Garrett Kyler, First Baptist Church music director, will lead the music for the night.

The service is open to the public for all to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving.

For more information, please call First Baptist Church at 735-3581.  First Baptist Church is located at 200 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City.


Starlight COGIC to host revival

The family of Starlight Church of God in Christ invite the community to their Pre-Church Anniversary Revival. It will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov.18 and will continue Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. thru Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The Guest Speaker will be Pastor Chris Green from Dallas.

Starlight is located at 2800 Bob Hall Rd. Superintendent E.B. Lindsey is Pastor.


McDonald Memorial to host free community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner

McDonald Memorial Baptist Church will  host a community-wide Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 22, which is Thanksgiving Day.

The dinner will consist of turkey and dressing, side items and dessert. It will be held in the church gym, located at the corner of South and Broad Streets in West Orange. The meal is free to the public but we do request reservations so we will have an idea of the number of people which may attend and how much food to prepare. The reservation deadline is Nov. 19. Call the church office at 409-883-3974 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday for more information or to make a reservation.


Bridge City-Orangefield Community Christmas Basket Sign-Up

Christmas Baskets will be given to indigent Bridge City and Orangefield residents who are age 60 years and over whose income is below poverty. Sign – Up will take place at the Ministerial Alliance building next to First Baptist Church of Bridge City on the following dates between 9:00 – noon: Nov. 19, Nov. 28, Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.

Eligibility depends on proof of income.

A utility bill to verify address and an ID for all family members is required.

Donations are needed for this program to continue.

Any business, church, individual, or organization may make a donation to the account of Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket Fund at the Bridge City Bank.


First UMC to host MOPS 

The local Mothers of Preschoolers group (affectionately known as MOPS) invites you to join them one Tuesday a month 9:30 a.m. to noon September through May in the First United Methodist Church Praise Center located on the corner of 5th and Pine.

MOPS is designed to nurture EVERY mother with children from infancy to kindergarten through guest speakers, mentor moments, creative activities, breakfast, discussion time, play groups and more.

Members come from all walks of life, but share one desire—to be great moms!  You don’t have to be a Methodist, just a mom.  Free childcare is provided during meetings.  For more information and dates, please contact FUMC Orange at 409-886-7466 or find more information on the web at or


St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.