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.

City of W.O. to host annual Christmas Tree Lighting

The City of West Orange will host their annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 at the West Orange Community Center, located at 2700 Western Ave in West Orange. The community is invited to attend the festive evening full of Christmas activities. Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux will read “The Cajun Night Before Christmas,” followed by caroling, the lighting of the City Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa.

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

American Legion lunch fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will hold a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. The cost will be $7 per plate and the meal will consist of fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and a dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available.

Call 409-886-1241 after noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5 or before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 for orders and deliveries.

Hunter education safety class set for Dec. 6

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Orangefield Volunteer Fire Station on Hwy 105 in Orangefield. Participants must complete the online home study computer sections, print the completed test and bring them to class. Please call Danny Odom to register at 409-883-8118. This class is not just for hunters, but for anyone who handles a firearm can benefit from it.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.