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.

LCM Young Farmers to host bake sale Dec. 8

Little Cypress-Mauriceville Young Farmers is having a bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply and Farmer’s Mercantile in Orange. Monies raised will go toward scholarships.

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.

OC Radio Control, Marine Corps Reserve host Toys for Tots

Orange County Radio Control Club and the Marine Corps Reserve will host a Toys for Tots funfly on Saturday, Dec. 8 at our Model Airpark, located at 10623 F.M. 1442, starting at 9 a.m. This is a free event for spectators and the public is invited to attend. Participants are requested to bring one new unwrapped toy.

For more information please contact OCRCC PresidentJeff Reed by email at Their website is

LIT offers four classes during Winter Mini session

Lamar Institute of Technology will offer four classes during its 2012 Winter Mini-Semester, which begins on Dec. 17.

COSC 1301: Introduction to Computing, HUMA 1315: Fine Arts Appreciation, SPCH 1315: Public Speaking and PSYC 2301: General Psychology will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 11.

The Winter Mini session is a great way for students to pick up general education courses in just 12 days.

Students may register for these courses by contacting their advisors. The last day to register for the Winter Mini is Dec. 14. For more information, call (409) 880-8321.

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.

OC Retired Senior Citizens to meet Dec. 10

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will have their yearly Christmas Party at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 at the Salvation Army Building on the corner of Strickland and MLK. All members are urged to attend and bring a guest. Please bring some type of finger food for the noon meal. We will have a special guest to entertain the group. All seniors are welcome to attend. For further information, call 883-6161.

OC Retired Teachers to meet Dec. 10

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street in Orange. The Christmas program will be provided by the McDonald Memorial Baptist Church Quartet, under the direction of Pam Nugent. Members are reminded to bring books for the TRTA Children’s Book Project. Members will offer a covered dish luncheon. Check out their website at:

Lutcher Theater Service Guild to host annual Christmas Dinner

The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will hold their annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Lutcher Theater third floor lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Dec. 13

The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet on a different day this month. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 13, 2012, at the Brown Center at 11:30 a.m. Each member is to bring a Christmas ornament for exchange. Birthday lady is Lady Shiann, Shirley Wolfford. For tickets to the  call Southern Belle, Mary Mazoch.

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.

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!

Christmas Musical at LC Baptist Church

The the public is invited to attend Little Cypress Baptist Church for a special presentation by the Children’s Choir at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.,

“The Light Has Come,” a special musical presentation, will be performed during morning worship time. The church is located

St. Mark’s to host Pizza With Santa

St. Mark Lutheran Church has heard from the “Jolly Fat Man in the red suit.” Santa said he will be at St. Mark Church, 945 W. Roundbunch on Wednesday, Dec. 19 around 6 p.m.-depends on “how fast ole Rudolph goes.” He is coming to eat pizza and visit with the Orangefield and Bridge City children up to age 12. He will also pose for a picture with each child and hear their wish list. Santa says he really enjoys the children on his night here and can hardly wait.  He has been coming to visit for the past three years. Please come join him!

Please call Pat Greene at 722-6655 for more information

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.