Orange County Farmer’s Market ends season Nov. 21

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.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, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade cookies, homemade bread, candied citrus peel, yard plants, house plants, and more (items will vary). 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.

Starks Memorial VFW to host Christmas Parade, Dance

Starks Memorial VFW Post 4759 and Ladies Auxiliary. will host a Christmas Parade and Christmas Dance on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Starks Memorial VFW and Gumbo will be servers afterwards at the Post.

The Christmas Dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature the band Zydecane. Entry will cost $8 per person or $15 per couple.

The Starks Memorial VFW Post 4759 is located at 4402 Hwy. 12, in Starks, La.

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 at the American Legion Hall on Green Ave in Orange.. 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 409-738-2294, 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.

OC Christian Writers Guild to meet Dec. 4

The newly formed Orange County Christian Writers Guild will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Brown Hearing Center (upstairs) behind Dairy Queen in Orange, located (105 Camellia, Orange, Texas 77630.

If you are a Christian writer or thinking about writing and don’t know where to start, this is the meeting for you.

This first meeting will be electing officers, setting times, discussing the issues we would like to learn about, etc.

This Writers Guild is intended to educate and encourage all who attend.  For more information, please call Karen Y. Stevens at 409 988-2588 or email

BC/OF Christmas Night Parade to be held Dec. 8

The fourth annual Bridge City and Orangefield Christmas Night Parade “Remembering Christmas Past” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade will begin at First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road and end at the Bridge City Intermediate School. The Parade Marshal will be Ms. Beverly Perry.

In 2011 the Ministerial Alliance delivered over 550 gifts to needy children, this year the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Orange County Ministerial Alliance will also be holding a toy drive for children ages zero to fifth grade, for parade goers who wish to donate toys there will be a box next to the judges table to drop your toys, there will also be a box at the Dollar Store in Bridge City and at the Bridge City Chamber.

Each parade participant is asked to bring an UNWRAPPED toy to be collected by Santa’s Elves at the judges’ stand across from the Bridge City Bank on Roundbunch at the end of the parade as Mr. and Mrs. Santa go by Santa’s elves will load red bags of toys onto sleigh and delivered to the Ministerial Alliance on Roundbunch Road that same night.

Parade application can be picked up at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce located at 150 W. Roundbunch Road, 409-735-5671, or email requesting an application.

For more information, please contact Ms. Lucy Fields, volunteer Chairperson, at 409-697-1206.

Christmas in Orangefield to be held Dec. 8

The second annual Christmas in Orangefield will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.  It will kick-off with a parade at 10 a.m. There will be crafts, games, competitions, food and entertainment throughout the day. The festivities will conclude with a reading of “The Cajun Night before Christmas” and Christmas Lights at dusk. Come help us celebrate the community and the season and while supporting the Orangefield Cormier Museum. For more information on parade entry, booth rental, or to schedule a performance please contact Jesse Fremont at 409 293-7340.

Cormier Museum to open Dec. 15

The Orangefield Cormier Museum will be open from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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.

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

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.

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.

Starlight COGIC to host Thanksgiving Day Service

The Starlight Church of God in Christ family, at 2800 Bob Hall Road, invite the community to an Hour of Power from 11 a.m. To noon on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. There will be praise and worship, testimonials, singing, and fellowship. Superintendent E.B. Lindsey is Pastor of Starlight COGIC.

First UMC of Orange to host Origami Workshop

First United Methodist Church in Orange is excited to host two outstanding young ladies, who are inspiring meaningful improvements in the lives of many, through compassionate creativity. Isabelle Adams, 9 and her sister Katherine, 6 (nieces of Kenneth and Ellen Wiemers), recently received the award “Each Moment Matters” using a skill taught to them by their father, in reflection of his Japanese heritage, and began making origami ornaments to raise money for a clean water project in Africa.

In no time, the two sisters had raised over $9,000 to sponsor a well in Ethiopia, improving the lives of more than 500 people with their first attempt. The story of their success went viral on an international level.

Isabelle and Katherine are currently raising money for their fifth well, having raised more than $28,000 in about one year for their project “Paper for Water.”  Isabelle and Katherine have set an ambitious goal in August 2012; to raise an additional $50,000 to build 10 wells in India before the end of 2012.

The Presbyterian community was moved by their inspiring mission “to give clean water to the entire world” through community involvement and the Asian art of origami.

The community is invited to learn how to make origami ornaments and to assist Paper for Water in building their inventory of beautiful ornaments at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. There are a variety of different tasks that go into making each ornament, so everyone will able to participate.

Also, at the workshop, children and adults of all ages are welcome to come and meet Shannon Strossner, Texas representative for Living Water International and learn more about this organization. Ornaments will be for sale at the workshop and also at the Birthday Party for Jesus that will be held at FUMC for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

At this event there will be a potato dinner fundraiser and multiple organizations represented where you can spend your money more wisely and promote the real meaning of Christmas. ‘Tis the season to share, to love, and to give ourselves to something bigger than any of us!

Winfree Bapt. Chirch to host Christmas Stop ‘N Shop

Winfree Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Stop N’ Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 from. Vendors will include Scentsy, jewelry, purses, clothing, home décor, baked goods, and much more. There is no entry fee. Also, there will be lots of door prizes!

Winfree Baptist Church is located at 19525 Hwy 62 South in Bridge City/Orange.  Applications are still being accepted for vendors, but we are limiting to one vendor per particular item. For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Smith at 738-2779.

St. Helen’s Church to host Holiday Craft Extravaganza

St Helen’s Church in Orangefield (FM 1442) will host a Holiday Craft Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa will be there. Food, fun, games, a blow-up slide, fire truck tours, horse rides, a band and over 20 vendors for shopping will be available. Plus much, much more!

FBC of OF to show “The Nativity Story”

The community is invited to join the First Baptist Church of Orangefield next at 5 p.m. on  Sunday, Dec. 2.

They will show the movie “The Nativity Story.”

A drama which portrays the birth of Jesus and the story of Mary, Joseph, King Herod, and the Magi.

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 a.m. – noon: 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.

Salem UMC to host Christmas Cantata

Salem United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m on Saturday, Dec. 8 at their church building located at 402 W. John Ave. in Orange. The community is invited to come out and enjoy Christmas and Gospel Music. Refreshments will be served!

Bridge City Orangefield Christmas Parade Toy Drive

The Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance and Chamber of Commerce are seeking all participants of the parade to donate a toy during the “Christmas Parade” on Dec. 8. All participants of the parade are asked to bring a toy and present it to the “Elves” at the Judge’s Station on the parade route. Last year the Ministerial Alliance assisted 556 indigent children with clothing, shoes, or toys. This Christmas the Ministerial Alliance is preparing for a greater number of families in need. Individuals in the community who wish to donate may also drop a toy off at the Ministerial Alliance office on Monday or Wednesday mornings. Donating a toy will bring joy to a child and give hope to the family. Together, we can share the “Spirit of Christmas.” Thank You, for Giving.

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.