FUMC, FPC to host Kingdom Rock VBS

First United Methodist of Orange, located at 502 N 6th Street in Orange, will partner up with the First Presbyterian Church to host “Kingdom Rock, Where Kids Stand Strong for God,” their Vacation Bible School.

Kingdom Rock will begin at 9 a.m. July 8 -12, at the First United Methodist Church Praise Center located at Pine and 5th streets.

At Kingdom Rock, kids discover how to stand strong for God! Kingdom Rock is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences that kids see, hear, touch and even taste. Plus, they’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of god in everyday life. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot! Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited daily to join us in the “Royal Courtyard” at 11:30, for their Fanfare Finale – a daily celebration of God’s love you won’t want to miss.

Call FUMC , 886-7466 or FPC, 883-2097 to register children in preschool through fifth grade by Friday, July 5. Registration will also take place each day of the VBS.

Faith UMC to host Kidz Adventure Camp

Faith United Methodist Church announces their annual Kidz Adventure Camp from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 9-12.

Creative Adventures in a Christian setting that will leave a lasting impact on children and is for children ages 5 through fifth grade.

The schedule is as follows:

July 9:    God in Arts/Crafts~~  fun and creativity led by local artists

July 10:  God in Food Day~~make yummy snacks

July 11:  God in Science~~ hands on experience and learn about nature

July 12:  God in Performing Arts~~learn new ways of expression through music and drama

Registration fees are $5 per day per child, or $15 per child for all four days.

Registration is limited to the first 40 children.

Registration forms are available at the church, located at 8608 MLK Jr. Dr. in Orange, and on-line at: www.faithumc.org

Please turn in forms and registration fees as soon as possible to ensure your child a spot at this great camp.  Each child will receive a camp tee-shirt.

More information call church office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 886-1291.

St. Paul UMC selling bricks for Prayer Garden

St. Paul United Methodist Church is continuing plans for its Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Prayer Garden by paving the garden with a brick walkway.  The church is selling bricks that will be engraved with a personal note of the buyer’s choice. These bricks would provide a special way honor family and friends with a history at St. Paul’s. Each brick costs $30. Order forms are located in the St. Paul UMC reception area or can be found on stpaulfamily.org. For more information, call the St. Paul office at 409-735-5546.

OF Athletic Department creating Wall of Honor

The Orangefield Athletic Department is developing a “Wall of Honor” for those athletes who have either been named All-State or have gone on to play at the next level.

Much of the Orangefield Bobcat memorabilia was lost in a fire in the early 1990’s. An effort is being made to rebuild the collection. The athletic department is requesting an 8×10 photo and the year of recognition. Donations to the “Wall of Honor” may be dropped off at the field house between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The boy athlete photos will be hung in the field house and the girls pictures will be hung in the new gym.

The Orangefield Athletic Department is asking for the community’s help to rebuild this “Wall of Honor” that will celebrate the accomplishments of their athletes, past and present. For any questions, please call the field house at 735-4504 or email jsmalley@esc5.net.

Farmers Market open Wednesday, Saturday

Orange County Farmers’ Market is held 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays and 7-10 a.m., Saturdays throughout the growing season in the Big Lots parking lot on MacArthur Drive.

Produce and items expected to be available this week include: Tomatoes (red and green), watermelon, butternut squash, peas, eggplant, potatoes, green beans, onions, cucumbers, peppers (bell, banana, and jalapeno), yellow squash, zucchini, herbs, blueberries, blackberries, fresh eggs, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, homemade granola, boudain, jerky, sausage (jalapeno, green onion, smoked and Italian), blueberry bushes, yard plants, house plants, and more. Items will vary based on vendor participation.

For more information, contact any of the market coordinators: Jim Frasier- 409-656-3739; Billy Peveto- 409-289-5289; Jean Fregia- 409-670-6121.

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Texas AgriLIFE

WOC offers free summer breakfast, lunch programs 

West Orange – Cove CISD is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program through Aug. 9. The program is free to the public regardless of economic status. Participants must be between the ages of one and 18 years of age.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at two campus sites:

• West Orange – Stark Elementary, located at 2605 Martin Luther King Drive in Orange, Monday through Thursday.

• West Orange – Stark High School, located at 1400 Newton Street in Orange, Monday through Thursday.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chevron Retirees to meet July 9

The Chevron Retirees Association will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the banquet hall at Robert’s Steak House, 3720 West Park Avenue in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are invited to attend for a good meal, fellowship and an update on the activities of the CRA. A special event is planned so be sure to attend.

American Legion to host lunch fundraiser

American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will host a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. The cost will be $8 and the meal will consist of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Call 409-886-1241 after noon on Wednesday, July 10 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 for orders and deliveries.

Shangri La  to host Wild Wednesdays through Aug. 7

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 W. Park Ave. in Orange, will host the Wild Wednesday program from June 26 through Aug. 7.

“Garden Spa” will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10. Relax and pamper yourself with a special spa experience. Learn ways to use natural garden ingredients to create products for a facial, hand scrub, skin softener and a foot sock. The whole family is welcome.

“Great American Trees” will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17. During a program for all ages, explore the importance of trees for everything from baseball bats to furniture. Celebrate the vital role of trees in the environment and their many uses.

“Scales and Tails” will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24. Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians in an up-close glimpse of theses Shangri La inhabitants.

“Food Factories and ‘Plant Managers’” will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31. Leaves are food factories. They come in all shapes and size to make food for the plants. Explorers of all ages are invited to make a leaf collection and sicker the role of leaves as “plant managers.”

“Orchid Ice Cream” will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Spend a morning learning about the vanilla orchid. Participants will gain knowledge about the vanilla bean as a flower seed pot. Ice cream lovers of all ages will enjoy this program and have an opportunity to make ice cream.

For more details, please call 409-670-9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.

An RSVP is required as space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 409-670-9799.

BCHS Class of 1963, 1964 to host reunion

The Bridge City classes of 1963 and 1964 are planning their 49th and 50th class reunions to be held on Sept. 21, 2013.  They are needing help locating the following classmates:

From the class of 1963: Keith Predmore, Jackie Clewis, Charles Hargis, Dianne Gutherie, Dennis Stephens and Robert Theriot.

From the class of 1964: Barbara Cole, Richard Fredrick, Brenda Hebert, Clifton Michel, Sandra Miller, Mary Terry, Linda Martin and Martha Martin.

If you know the location of any of these students, please contact David Crim at 735-2317, Brenda Pharris Robicheaux at 735-2317, Vincent Hannegan at 735-2033 or Coral Foreman Puckett at 883-3874.

If you were a member of the BC Class of 1963 and 1964 and have been contacted for the reunion please contact the class representatives listed above.

Orange VFW to host annual barbecue/membership drive

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and The Ladies Auxiliary will once again host their Annual BBQ/Membership Drive on Thursday, July 4 for members and their guests. This is

a perfect time for members to pay their 2013-2014 dues or purchase a Life Membership. Veterans who served overseas are asked to bring their DD214 or other proof of eligibility’

under the guidelines set by Washington,and join the VFW. A strong membership is so important in continued struggles to preserve our Veterans benefits and fulfill promises made

at the time of his or her enlistment. Immediate female relative or male relative of a VFW ELIGIBLE veteran are invited to join the Ladies Auxiliary or newly formed Men’s Auxiliary.  Proof of the eligible veterans service is required.

BCHS graduation pics ready for pick-up

Bridge City High School Seniors 2013 can come by the front office to pick up photos taken at graduation beginning Monday, July 8. For more information or questions, please call 735-1600.

Bridge City Volleyball Camp set

The 2013 Bridge City Volleyball Camp for incoming fourth through sixth graders is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. July 15-18. The camp for incoming seventh and eighth graders is from 9 a.m. to noon August 19-21.

The camp for incoming freshman is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15-18.

For applications, please contact the Bridge City High School at 409-735-1600, ask for Coach Becca Peveto.

LCHS reunion for classes of 1953-1970 set

The Little Cypress High School Graduating Classes of 1953 to 1970 have scheduled a reunion for Oct. 5. Reunion events will include an LC Alumni Reception, dinner and dance at the VFW Post 2775 Hall Ballroom at 5303 16th St. (Highway 87) in Orange.

The LC Friends’ Reception, with snacks, appetizers and drinks provided, will be from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with Music and Dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

A fee of $35 per person includes appetizers, drinks, dinner and dance, although all teachers, administrators and coaches attend free. Checks for $35 per person should be made payable to and mailed to Kenneth Lewis, 595 Orleans St., Ste. 500, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Organizers are searching for alumni from the classes of 1963 to 1970. For details on the event, go tohttp://bit.ly/15Bj2yn. For additional information, contact Dr. Carol Fetters at 409-899-1819.

OC Master Gardeners monthly meeting

The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners is held at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. A potluck supper and the business meeting will be held first or program will start at 6:30PM. They will have a program on hydroponics in July. Door prizes will be drawn at the end of each meeting. The public is invited to attend each meeting. Please visit their website http://txmg.org/orange for more information or to contact us.

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.

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.