Link sale, car wash
A link sale and car wash to benefit Boy Scout Troop 125 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road. Proceeds will go to help with summer camp, dues and expenses for upcoming events.

Thrift shop fundraiser

The Orange Thrift and Gift Shop, 350 37th St., will host its annual rummage sale fundraiser Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are still available at $12 for indoors and $10 – outdoors. Payment is due upon reservation. For more information, call the shop between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at 886-7649.

Small business events

The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present two business start-up workshops during May. SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the May 12 business start-up workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nederland EDC Office, 1903 Atlanta Ave.
SBDC consultant Kasey Taylor will lead the May 26 workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the LSC-PA Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter St. in Port Arthur.
The free business start-up workshops cover business plans, funding, employees and taxes for first-time business owners. Attendance at one workshop is required prior to a new business owner’s first one-on-one meeting with a SBDC business consultant.
The SBDC offers individual consulting for small business owners at no charge. The center helps prospective business owners by providing financial analysis, loan preparation assistance and help in setting up a business plan. Reservations are required for all events. For reservations or information, call 984-6531, or send e-mail to:

March of Dimes benefit

The annual Orange County March of Dimes March-for-Babies is set for May 9. The 3.2- mile / 5K-walk is hosted by Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will take place at the LC-M High School stadium track. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the walk starts at 9.
To sign up, log on to For more information, call the March of Dimes Beaumont Office at 835-7606 or Cathy Miller, LC-M HOSA advisor at 886-5821, ext. 1070.

Tx drivers’ licenses get makeover

DPS has unveiled a redesigned Texas driver license and identification card with a new look and enhanced security features. “The changes will give law enforcement improved resources for verifying the authenticity of Texas- issued driver licenses and ID while combating counterfeiting, photo swapping, tampering and other types of fraud,” said DPS Director Col. Stanley E. Clark.
The licenses and ID cards contain numerous security features, which DPS will not discuss publicly.
Production of the new cards began April 15 for customers receiving new, renewal or duplicate licenses and ID cards. The vertical format for customers under 21 will continue.
Current driver licenses and ID cards are still valid and will be phased out as they expire. The last redesign took place in June, 2001.
DPS is sending out information to Texas law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and other state agencies to educate them on these changes.

Senior Citizen Rally Day

This year’s Senior Citizen Rally Day with the theme “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” will be May 12 at the VFW Hall on Texas 87 in Orange. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. Events include bingo from 9 to 10 and health screenings / demonstrations from 8:30 to 11. Features include a guest speaker, free lunch, entertainment and awards going to the male and female senior citizen of the year, oldest man and woman, couple married the longest and oldest newlyweds. The Lions Eye Bank of Texas will accept used eye glasses. The Committee encourages everyone to dress according to the theme. For more information, call 882-7010.

Lions’ fundraiser
The Lions Eye Bank of Texas’ 2009 golf scramble / benefit begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Idylwild Golf Club in Beaumont. Fees for the four-man scramble are $350 for a team and hole sponsor, $100 for a hole sponsor and $30 for a cart sponsor. All costs include green fees, cart, complimentary food, beer, water, soft drinks and gift bags. Mulligans cost $5 each. Gift certificates / prizes will go to first- , second- , fifth- , eighth- and 10th-place teams. First place wins $100 certificates per player, second wins $70 per players, fifth wins $50 certificates and eighth and 10th wins $40 certificates. Teams paid up by April 22 will receive one free mulligan per player. This year’s tournament is in memory of Lion Don Honeycutt. To register, call Chet Garner, tournament chairman, at (409) 728-1764; elected trustee L.E. “Stump” Weatherford at 886-5363; or Pat Brady at 727-6671.

Relay for Life fundraiser

The Orange and Bridge City branches of Bridge City Bank will host its last bake sale Friday. Donations will go to Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Golf tourney scheduled
Greater Orange Area Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual charity golf tournament Saturday at Sunset Grove Country Club.
Format is “two-person best ball.” Cost is $100 for a two-person team. Gross and net prizes will be awarded. Mulligans, drinks on the course and lunch are included for participants. Entry deadline is April 28.
For more information, or to register, call Sunset Grove at 883-9454.

Sheriff’s program helps keep seniors safe

Being alone is one of the greatest fears older adults have, as they grow older. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office sponsors a program called “Seniors Helping Seniors.” This free service allows older adults to find comfort and security knowing that someone will be checking on them on a daily basis and in the event that something does happen, family or friends will be notified.
The program provides a daily telephone call to seniors living in Orange County.  Staffed entirely by volunteers, they make daily calls to check on the well being of clients.  Any additional supportive social needs identified are referred to the proper agency. 
If a client cannot be reached, efforts are made to locate the client and ensure their welfare.
How it works:
Calls are made daily, usually during the morning hours.
If the individual does not answer the phone after three attempts, family, friends and/or neighbors are contacted and asked to check on the participant.
When attempts fail to make contact with participant, local law enforcement is called to check.
If you or someone you know could use this service please contact the sheriff’s office at 882-7942.
Volunteers are needed to staff the programs telephone lines. If you are interested call 882-7942.