WO Christian Church to host Mega Sports Camp

The West Orange Christian Church, located at 900 Lansing St. (one block off Western Ave.) will host a Vacation Bible School at 6:30 p.m. through July 26. This year’s theme will be “Mega Sports Camp Breaking Free.”

They will be providing fun, games, crafts and snacks. This VBS is free to the public.

For more information, please call Kurtis at 409-779-3440 or Nelda at 409-719-3992; or log on to www.westorangechurch.org.


LC Bapt. Church to host VBS, Family Night

Little Cypress Baptist Church will host a Vacation Bible School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through July 25. Games, snacks, crafts, missions and Bible stories will be held.

LC Baptist Church will host a family night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26.

An adult Bible study will also be offered Monday-Thursday.

Please call the church at 409-883-7956 for more information.


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.


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: Watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peas, okra, eggplant, spaghetti squash, onions, cucumbers, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, figs, fresh eggs, homemade baked goods, boudain, jerky, sausage (jalapeno, green onion, smoked and Italian), 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.


VFW, Ladies Auxiliary to honor Korean War Vets

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and The Ladies Auxiliary invite the public to attend a new slide show in Recognition of Korean War Veterans.

The program will start at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North (5303 North 16th Street).

For further info, contact Chairman John Clark at 883-0264 or Post Commander Jim Seales at at 409-338-1853.


OC Disabled American Veterans to meet

Orange County received a charter for a new Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Vidor. A meet-eat-and-greet will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29 for husbands and wives at the First Pentecostal Church, located at 185 Camp Street next to the Vidor Sub Court House.

Gary Warren was elected president and other officers will be present to start this new chapter. This will help provide a voice for Disable American Veterans from all branches and all periods of war. This will also provide veterans with a list of their entitlements and benefits.


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 through Aug. 7.

“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.


American Legion to host lunch fundraiser

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. Thursday, Aug. 1. Cost is $8 and the meal will consist of fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Call 409-886-1241 after noon Wednesday, July 21 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 for orders and deliveries.


Free school supplies to be distributed Aug. 17

The Orange County Christian community has teamed up to distribute school supplies on a first come, first serve basis at the from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Orange Lions City Park.

In case of rain the WOS Middle School will host the event. In addition to the free school supplies, students and their families will be treated to free food, entertainment, haircuts, socks, underwear, free or low cost vaccinations, and more.

Local businesses or organizations that would like to help support the children of Orange County can write a check to OCS (Orange Christian Services) with a note in the memo line for “Back to School Orange”.

Please mail checks to Orange Christian Services, Back to School Orange, 2518 W Park Ave, Orange, Texas 77630

For more information please look us up on the web at www.backtoschoolorange.com or their Facebook at backtoschoolorange.


BCHS Class of 1963, 1964 to host reunion

The Bridge City classes of 1963 and 1964 would like to recognize its military veterans at our 49th and 50th class reunion to be held September 21 and 22. We would like a picture and brief description of your military service.

If you are a veteran and do not plan attend, please forward your information and picture so that others may know of your contribution.

Please contact ervprince@yahoo.com or Vincent Hannegan at 409-735-2033 or 972-841-1678


Eagles events for July

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host a pool tournament each Friday beginning at 8 p.m. The two tables are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Popcorn will be served and a drink special will be offered until 11 p.m. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun.

For more information leave a message for Shon Branham after 4 p.m. at 886-7381.


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.


Bridge City Volleyball Camp set

The 2013 Bridge City Volleyball Camp for incoming seventh and eighth graders is from 9 a.m. to noon August 19-21.

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.


Ladies Aux, VFW membership dues now due

The Ladies Auxiliary to Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 had a successful run on membership during the July 4 BBQ/Membership Drive, which allowed the auxiliary to reach its first State Membership Quota.

There are still 66 members who have not paid their dues and still a number of members from last year. Dues are $18 for continuous or reinstates to remain a member. All dues must be in by Dec. 31, 2013 to remain continuous. Dues may be sent to Membership Chairman Jeanette Clark at 3705 Martin St; Orange, TX 77630 or to Treasurer Patricia Kemp at 4700 London Circle; Orange, TX 77632.

For further information contact Patricia at 886-2796 or Jeanette at 883-0264.

If you need help with your dues, please contact one of the above in the strictest of confidence. We have a fund to take care of this.  The auxiliary membership is key to supporting our Veterans and their benefits.

The Post and Auxiliary meet monthly at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North.  Attendance at these meetings will give members an insight of all the programs and work we do on behalf our veterans who have given so much for our freedom.


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.


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.