Gift of Life rescheduled cancer screenings
The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program will host free prostate cancer screenings for medically underserved men from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Orange on Saturday, Nov. 15 at North Orange Baptist Church.
A second screening will be held at the same time in Beaumont on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center.

Thanksgiving Holiday for Orangefield students

Orangefield Independent School District will have early release at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. The school will be closed Nov. 24-28 for the Thanksgiving Holidays with school resuming on Monday, Dec. 1.

FEMA offers home repair ideas at Walmart through Nov. 22
Teams of hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are visiting Texas stores, answering questions residents may have about protecting their homes from future
disaster damage, as well as other home improvement questions.
The FEMA representatives explain flood- and wind-resistant building techniques, and offer advice on topics such as home elevation, safe rooms, wind straps, flood insurance and other measures to make homes stronger and safer. They also offer publications on similar topics.
FEMA representatives will be available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 22 at Walmart, 795 Texas Ave., Bridge City, TX 77611

Project Grad to sell Poinsettias
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Project Safe Graduation will be selling Red Poinsettias for the holiday season. The cost will be $9.50 each for a 6 1/2 inch plant. 
Deadline to place an order is Monday, Nov. 24. Plants may be picked up from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 or Saturday, Dec. 6 at the LCM High School. 
All proceeds go to support the 2009 Senior Class. 
Order now from Crystal at 779-4310 or Lisa at 779-9894.

Red Hat members meet Nov. 20
The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet Nov. 20, and drive to Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino in Vinton, La., for their regular meeting. Members will meet at the Orange Wal-Mart at 11 a.m.
Birthdays to be celebrated are those of Debbie Tutus and Doris Miller.
Dues will be collected at this meeting.
For more information, call Queen Helene, 886-1609

Disaster Support Group coming to BC
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and school district have worked together with Spindletop MHMR to bring in  Disaster Mental Health Services, which is sponsoring a support group for individuals and families who have been affected by Hurricane Ike. The group meeting is free, confidential and supportive. Activities for children are included in the Disaster Mental Health Service.
Sessions are scheduled 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in the Bridge City High School cafeteria, 2690 Texas Ave.
To attend individual sessions, or for more information, call the Bridge City Chamber at 735-5671.

Seahawks host softball tryouts
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks softball team will host open tryouts Nov. 22 for current high school juniors / seniors, and students now enrolled at Lamar-PA or planning to attend the college in fall, 2009. Tryouts will be at Martin Field, 1000 Lakeshore Drive on the LSC-PA campus. Position players will work out from 9 a.m. to noon; and pitchers and catchers from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Interested players are asked to download a registration form from the softball page of the college Web site (, fill out the form then follow the instructions for returning the form to the college. Prospective players must show proof that they had a physical during the past year. Prospects must bring that verification to the tryouts.
For more information, call 984-6293.

SBA sets up in BC Chamber 

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, 150 W. Roundbunch Road, will be a temporary site for the Small Business Association to provide assistance for local business owners and residents to see what is offered due to the impact of Hurricane Ike. Normal operations will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
For questions, call Janelle Sehon at 735-5671.

LSC-PA holds holiday food drive
Lamar State College-Port Arthur is holding it’s annual food drive until 5 p.m., Nov. 21. They are attempting to set a new record of 10,000 cans of non-perishable food, because of the increased need.
Food donations may be delivered to the the Student Activities office on the second floor of the Lamar-Port Arthur Student Center, 1600 Procter Street.
For information, call 984-6191.

GOACC extends nominations
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce announced that it has extended the nomination deadline for yearly awards presented by the chamber at their annual meeting in January. Dec. 15 is the new deadline. Chairman contact info for the following awards are:
Citizen of the Year  – Joe Love  – (409) 883-3563
Non-Profit of the Year – Misty Bornholt-Winder – (409) 882-4040 
Community Service- Business Award – (409) 883-3563
Give these chairmen a call for more information.

Kids’ benefit pageant is Dec. 13
Applications are being taken for the Poinsettia Prince and Princess Charity Beauty Pageant, to benefit various children from Bridge City who lost belongings because of Hurricane Ike.
Deadline to enter is Nov. 25; the pageant will be fromn 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Memorable Moments by Maggie in Groves.
Anyone may enter regardless of age, location or experience. Divisions are from infant to adult, with a separate division for young boys. Attire for anyone under 13 is a nice Christmas dress or party wear. Ages 13 and up may wear a formal dress.
For more information, call Lacy Williams at 746-9944; or e-mail; call Kari Stringer at 745-4751 or e-mail

Mobile disaster recovery site

The Southeast Texas Interfaith Organization for Disaster Recovery offers a free Disaster Recovery Project mobile site office at 1150 Texas Ave. in Bridge City from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Immediate assistance is provided and these services include mud outs, yard services of tree cutting and debris removal, blue tarps, and the removal of damaged indoor items.
SETIO will also accept “needs” applications that will be assessed for eligible Long Term Recovery Assistance.
SETIO is a faith-based organization that generates collaboration among diverse communities in Southeast Texas to achieve recovery from disasters and improve quality of life for all citizens.
For more information, call (409) 982-1510.

After-school study lab
First United Methodist Church, 502 N. Sixth St. in Orange, sponsors an after-school study lab from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays for grades four through eight in the church Praise Center. Registration is required. The lab is free and features recreation time and hot meals served.
For more information, or to register, call 886-7466.

Annual Toy Coffee announced
The Service League of Orange hosts their annual Toy Coffee 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the home of Gisela Houseman located 12359 FM1442, Orange (North off I-10 West; first house on left). Enjoy a tour of the home and refreshments.
Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or donation to the Salvation Army to help provide a Merry Christmas for area children.
For more information contact Pat Nash @ 886-1795 or Cheryl Sargent @ 882-9719.

GOACC announces drawing
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that purchases from Nov. 1 through Dec. 17 at member businesses will earn entries in a drawing for a $100.00 GOACC gift certificate. One entry will be given for each $25 of sales from ANY GOACC member. To receive entries, copies of receipts for proof must be brought to the chamber office by noon, Dec. 17, at 3737 N. 16th St.
A drawing will be held Dec. 18, at their Business Connection.
Some restrictions apply. Maximum number of entries per person per day is 40.  Receipt must show date of purchase, amount of purchase and chamber member name. 
Sales receipts from Nov. 1 through Dec. 17 only. 
GOACC staff are not eligible.