BC Band Booster meeting Thursday

There will be an informational meeting for the parents of students and students who will traveling to Walt Disney World in Florida in March.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the high school band hall.  Stay in touch with upcoming happenings on the Bridge City Band Boosters Facebook page as well as visiting www.bridgecitybands.com.

BCHS Alumni to meet Jan. 31

The Bridge City High School Alumni Association will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Bridge City High School.

AARP income tax assistance available Feb. 1

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Every Wednesday and Friday through April 15, 2013.

Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following:

All W-2 and 1099 Forms, including Social Security Benefits statements;

Records of Capital gains and losses;

Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents;

A copy of their 2011 tax return to help the volunteers prepare the 2012 return.

Electronic filing will be available. No tax return will be started after 4 p.m.

BC Knights of Columbus to offer fish dinners

Bridge City Knights of Columbus  will offer fish dinners (fried catfish, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries) beginning the Friday before ash Wednesday Feb. 8 and continuing through Friday March 22. Serving between 10:30 a.m. Until 1 p.m. $8 per plate. Dine-in or takeout. Large order delivery is available call 735-5725.

6th Annual Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game

The sixth annual Bridge City High School Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

All interested players are to e-mail Coach Knight at tony.knight@bridgecityisd.net ASAP to reserve a spot. The only participation requirement is that you must have played Varsity basketball at and graduated from Bridge City High School.

Interested players should include in the e-mail the year they graduated, the coach they played for and their jersey number.

Mardi Gras Parade set for Feb. 2

The Krewe of Krewe’s Mardi Gras Parade is set for Saturday, Feb. 2 in Historical Downtown Orange. Those wishing to participate and have a float in the parade can pick up an application at the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce or email Lacey at membership@orangetexaschamber.org.

A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

For questions or more information, please call the chamber office at 409-883-3536.

AgriLife Extension to host gardening classes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County will the Green Thumb Series at St. Mary Catholic School from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes are as will be held Feb. 5, Feb. 12, and Feb. 19.  The topics will be:  Sprouts, shoots, and Roots; Planning and Preparing your Garden Area; Structures for Planting Year Around; Container Gardening, and Herb Gardening.  The cost will be $20 per person for this group of classes and covers all materials.  Please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 409-882-7010 to sign up for these classes.

OC Christian Writers Guild to meet Feb. 5

The Orange County Christian Writers Guild is to meet on Feb. 5, at the Brown Hearing Center, 105 Camellia in Orange. The Guilds purpose is the educate and encourage all who attended. We have guest speakers and time to discuss your work. For more information call Karen Y. Stevens at 409 988-2588 or email kstevens@gt.rr.com

OC Parks Dept. to release trout

Orange County Parks Department announces the trout release at Claiborne West Park on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. Five hundred trout will be released. Park hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A fishing license and stamp are required. For more information call 409-745-2255.

BC Baseball to host Chuck Young Classic

Bridge City Baseball will host the Chuck Young Alumni Classic on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will consist of a homerun derby ($20 entry) beginning at 10 a.m. with the alumni game beginning at noon. Anyone interested in playing please contact Chris Moore at chris.moore@bridgecityisd.net For more information you can check the BC baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/ or follow them on twitter at @bccardsbaseball.

OC Retired Teachers Assoc. to meet Feb. 11

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its next meeting at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 401 37th St. in Orange. The guest speaker will be Mary Behnke of Habitat For Humanity, presenting the goals and activities of this important organization. Afterward, a light lunch will be served. All members are encouraged to attend.

OC 4-H Shooting Sports to begin meeting

Orange County Claybusters 4-H shotgun club will hold their first meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 pm. Claybusters meet at the Gun Club, 929 Liston in Orangefield.

4-H shooting sports has a new club manager, Wayne Walker who also announced that Colby Buckle will be the club manager for the new rifle club. Both clubs are open to boys and girls 9 years of age to 18 years old.

For further information about either club, please contact Wayne Walker, 409-988-6003.

BCCC to host Mystery Dinner Theater

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will be holding their third annual Mystery Dinner Threater “READING AUNT LOUISE’S WILL”, Feb. 15 and 16.

On Feb. 15, tickets will cost $20 per person or $150 per table of 8, dinner and drinks will be served (no alcohol).

On Feb. 16, tickets will cost $40 per person or $300 per table of 8, and $50 to decorate table. Dinner, drinks and wine will be served (NO ONE UNDER 21 WILL BE ADMITTED).

Stop by the Bridge City Chamber office from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 735-5671 to reserve a table.

OC Relay for Life to hold monthly Team Captain meetings

The Orange County Relay for Life will holding monthly Team Captain meetings at the Lamar State College – Orange Wilson Building, Room 101.

Team captain meetings are scheduled for: Monday,  Feb. 25, Monday, March 25 and Monday, April 22.

All Team Captain meetings are directed at planning for the Orange County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., May 3 – 4, 2013 at Bridge City High School. This year’s theme is “A Little Bit of Texas, A Whole Lot of Hope.”

Individuals or teams interested in becoming involved with this event are invited to attend the meeting and register on-line at www.OrangeCountyRelay.org

Eagles offer activities, pool tournament and hall rental

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several 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 Eagles will host a pool tournament every Friday beginning at 8 p.m. Prize money will given to first and second place winners. Food will be available.

The Eagles will have tables ready to play 31 on Saturdays from 4 p.m. until closing. Enjoy happy hour and meet our members.

The Eagles have new hours of operation. They will now be open on Monday’s at 4 p.m. The hours for the rest of the week remain the same.

Patrons will now enjoy free pool, free popcorn and drink specials Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during special hours.

For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.

Local AAUW to host book drive

The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is beginning their annual book drive to collect “gently used” books for their scholarship fund. All books, fiction, non-fiction, hardbound or paper back are acceptable. Books may be delivered to the Mann Insurance Agency located at 1505 Park Avenue at 15th Street during regular business hours. If unable to deliver the books, you may call 886-5739 or 886-2194 to arrange for pickup.

KOCB sells Litter Button banners

Keep Orange County Beautiful hopes to sell 50 banners to local businesses for $25 each promoting their “Litter Button” on their Website: www.kocb.org. Their hope is that each banner will generate 10 hits of the “Litter Button,” which would mean 500 litterers in the State of Texas would be notified by the Texas Department of Transportation of their illegal activity.

If you see someone littering, take down the time, date and place of the littering and the license plate of the vehicle. Report the activity by going to www.kocb.org and hit the litter button. Fill in the information which is then sent to TxDOT.

The offending litterer will be sent a letter reminding them it is illegal to litter in the State of Texas. They will also receive a litter bag for their car and a Don’t Mess With Texas sticker.

To purchase a banner, contact a member of KOCB or visit their Website.

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.

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.

St. Mary’s to host Ladies Game Night Jan. 30

A Ladies Game Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 909 Cherry St. in Orange. Snacks and prizes will be provided by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Bunco veterans are more than willing to share the fun with newcomers to the game. No reservation is required, only a $5 donation at the door.

LC Bapt Church to host Justin Peters seminar

Little Cypress Baptist Church, located at 3274 Little Cypress Drive, will host a Justin Peters seminar on “Word of Faith” at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday Feb. 3 and at 6:30 p.m. on both Monday, Feb. 4 and Tuesday, Feb. 5. For more information, please call the church at 883-8905.

Salem UMC to host gospel fest

Salem United Methodist Chuch will host the Best of the Best Gospel Fest at 6 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 16 at  Joe Ware Plaza in Orange. Tickets will cost $15 and the meal is included. For more information or tickets call 409-883-2611.

Faith UMC to host “Holy Workers” work day

Faith United Methodist Church, located at  8608 MLK, Jr. Dr, Orange, is hosting a “Holy Workers” work day from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Their worship service will be held from 9:30 to 10:30am. There will be no Sunday School Classes that morning.  Cleaning will begin at 10:30, followed by a luncheon at noon.

Volunteers are asked to please come to church in your work clothes. This should be a fun morning and we invite everyone to take part. Please note the time change if you are wanting to attend only our worship service, it is 9:30am.

Financial Peace classes at Saint Francis Church 

Saint Francis Church, located at 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange is hosting Financial Peace University (FPU) classes consisting of a nine week video based curriculum taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey. These Christian-based classes incorporate small group discussions that help encourage debt-free living, accountability, and discipleship.

These once per week classes are scheduled for nine weeks on Tuesday’s from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from Feb. 26 to April 30 with no meeting planned March 12 (Spring Break). To sign-up for these St. Francis hosted sessions, please use this unique website link  http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/43141/class/222667. Total course costs are $89 (plus shipping cost) per couple to pay for workbooks and course fees. For additional information, please contact church coordinator, Pat Belcher, via cell at 409-670-8241 or email patrickbelcher@rocketmail.com.

Starlight COGIC to host WIND Retreat

Registration is underway for WIND Retreat 2013, sponsored by the Women’s Dept. of Starlight Church of God in Christ. The Retreat is scheduled for April 12-14 at the Omni Houston West Hotel. The theme is Joy! Psalms 16:11.  Special Guest include Pastor Elaine Benson of Houston; Evangelist Phyllis Thomas of Sacramento, Calif. and Psalmist Linda Broussard from Starlight. Registration includes two nights stay in a luxury hotel, two full meals, conference bag and material. Registration fees: are Single $325 pp; Double $220 pp; Triple $185 pp; Quad $170 pp; and Teen Girls $99 (based on two adults in room). A deposit of $75 is due by Friday, March 15 and the balance is due no later than Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information call 409-886-4366. Evangelist Josie Lindsey is Director of Women Ministries at Starlight.

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 www.mops.org or www.fumcorange.org.

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.