OC Farmers’ Market waiting on fall gardens

If you’re looking for watermelon, you’ll find them at the Orange County Farmers’ Market, as well as lots of yard plants and house plants, homemade baked goods and homemade granola. Jams, jellies, and pickles will be back in September.

Garden produce is a little scarce right now, but there will be a large variety of fresh produce to choose from as soon as the fall gardens are ready.  Some gardens will be ready earlier than others, so stop by the farmers’ market often to see what’s available.

The Farmers’ Market is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 7-10 a.m. Saturdays. It is located in Pinehurst in the parking lot in front of Big Lots (off MacArthur Drive).

For more information contact the market coordinator, Jean Fregia at 409-670-6121

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Texas AgriLIFE

BC Strutters to host ‘Back to School’ Dance

The Bridge City Strutters will host their annual Back to School dance for sixth through eighth grades from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Bridge City Community Center, located at 105 Parkside in Bridge City. There will be a $5 admission charge. Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.

Hunter Education Safety Class set for Aug. 25

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The online home study computer sections but be completed and the complete tests must be printed out and brought to class. This class is not just for hunters but anyone who handles a firearm can benefit from it. For more information or to register, please call Danny Odom at 409-883-8118.

Dove Hunt Warm Up Fundraiser for 4-H Club

Orange County Claybusters Shooting Sports 4-H club will hold their 8th Annual “Dove Hunt Warm Up” held at the Orange Gun Club, Saturday, Aug. 24. Rounds will start at 9 am. Five Man Teams are $500 and individual shooters $100. Make your own teams or one can be made for you. Shooting format includes skeet trap and 5-stand. Trophys will be awarded for first, second and third place teams. HOA awards for top adult and youth shooters. Lunch will be provided for shooters and will be available for $5 to non-shooters. There will be great raffles and silent auction. Teams and individuals need to RSVP if possible by Aug. 14 to John Bilbo, 409-779-1115.

Orange VFW to host recognition programs

Orange VFW Post 2775, located at the VFW hall on Hwy 87 North (5303 N. 16th Street), will present three Veterans Recognition Programs. Operation Iraqi Freedom will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; Victory over Japan will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4; and Patriot’s Day will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

New videos were produced by Community Service/Americanism Chairman John Clark. For more information, contact Clark at 883-0264.

No meeting set for Orange P&Z Commission

The City of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission will not have their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 3, 2013, because no applications have been made.

Lutcher Theater Service guild to meet Sept. 5

The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will hold their General Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Lutcher Theater for an ushers orientation. All ushers must be present at  this meeting. The theater is located at 707 Main Ave. in Orange. For more information, please call 409-886-5535.

BCHS Classes 76-78 to host reunion

Bridge City High School classes of 1976, 1977, 1978 are planning a reunion from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Bridge City Community Center. Price is $30 for individual or couple. Checks can be made out to BC Class of 77 and mailed to Colleen (Breaux) Fowler, 212 Ridgewood St., Bridge City, TX 77611. Information is also found online at bridgecityhighschool.com, on the high school’s page on facebook, or you can call 409-549-1750.

Starlight COGIC to host Family Conference

Starlight Church of God in Christ, located at 2800 Bob Hall Rd in Orange, will host Family Conference 2013. The conference will be held from Sept. 26-29. Early Bird registration is $30 and $35 after Aug. 30.

The theme for the conference is “Restoring all the treasures of the family.” On Thursday night, at 7:30 p.m., the Guest Evangelist is Evangelist Beverly Crawford. On Friday night, at 8 p.m., the Guest Speaker is Pastor L.D. Lee and Musical Guest, Ron Hall & Company. On Saturday, the Guest Speaker for the Treasure Luncheon will be Pastor Anthony Thomas. Sunday will culminate with Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. with Evangelist Josie Lindsey as Speaker.

Family Power Sessions will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Friday night and a Family Symposium at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

For more information call 409-886-4366.

LCM classes of ‘70-’76 to host reunion

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Classes of 1970-1976 are planning a reunion, with the Class of 1973 hosting the plans since it will be their 40th Class Reunion, on Sept. 27-28.

Activities include a tailgating party before the LCM HS football game from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at Bear Park (LCM HS Football Parking Lot), and attending the football game afterwards.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, a reception with snacks/appetizers/non-alcoholic beverages/set-ups will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 2610 Lutcher Dr. in Orange with music and dancing to follow at 7:30 p.m. BYOB if you prefer alcoholic beverages. Music will be provided by Jimmy Jams and the cost is $35 for couples and $20 for singles. No reservations are needed but contact Sherry Sharpton Stalnaker if you have questions at (409) 313-0774 or sherryd43@aol.com.

Come and join us for walking down memory lane with our former classmates and remembering fun times from 40+ years ago.

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.

OISD football Senior Citizen passes available

Dr. Stephen Patterson, Orangefield ISD Superintendent, has announced that residents of Orangefield who are 60 years of age and older qualify for a Senior Citizens Pass. The OISD school board approved these passes in 1993 and it entitles senior citizens to free admission to home activities and events sponsored by the Orangefield Independent School District.

Residents wishing to obtain these passes should go to the superintendent’s office, located in the administration building between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Proof of age and residence will be required for all Senior Citizens Pass requests.

Eagles to host pool tourney

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.

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 6:30 p.m. 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.

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.

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.