“In Loving Memory” Support Group to meet
 The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory” a support group for mother’s who have lost a child will meet at 6 p.m., July 21, at the North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th Street, Orange. Mothers, any age, who have lost a child for any reason are welcome.
 For additional information call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456 or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-27l8.

 WOHS class of 1969 invites ‘70, ‘71 classmates

Graduates of West Orange High School (Chiefs) from 1970 and ‘71 are invited to attend the upcoming 40-year reunion for the class of 1969; from 6-11:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Sunset Grove Country Club. Cost is $60 per couple or $30 for singles. A buffet dinner will be served.
Those from the class of 1971 who are interested may contact Judy Armstrong Brimm – e-mail judydi_73@yahoo.com or phone 735-8665. 1970 classmates may contact Lin Bingham – e-mail lbingham@gt.rr.com or phone 886-8537.
A group plans to golf at 3 p.m. Aug 7. The fee is $38.75. E-mail Sue Ryder at sueryder @att.net.

OC Chapter, CCA Texas meeting
The CCA Texas Orange County Chapter’s July general membership meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cornbread’s restaurant on MacArthur Drive.
There will be door prizes and raffles items. Guest speakers will be Capt. Aaron Hommel and Capt. Chuck Uzzle.
Meals are $10 per plate and include a beverage. For more information, call Scott Bandy at (409) 988-0744 or Fortune Ford at (409) 626-2452.

BC Band Boosters to meet
Events for the 2009-10 year will be discussed when Bridge City Band Boosters meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bridge City High School Band Hall. All band parents are encouraged to attend.
For more information, e-mail Chery Ellis at rkellis3795@sbcglobal.net.

Circle Drive VBS
Circle Drive Baptist Church, 100 Circle Drive in Bridge City, will have Vacation Bible School from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with the theme “Boomerang Express.” Features include a trip to the “Land Down Under” with Bible teachings along the way; games, crafts, fun times, cookies, snow cones and more. Thursday will feature the “Boomerang Celebration” with hamburgers, hot dogs and games for all ages.
For more information, call 735-5475.

‘Heat Wave Sale’
Orange Thrift and Gift, 350 37th St., will host a “Heat Wave Sale” until July 29 featuring antiques, collectibles, all clothing at half-price, vendor mark-downs and other special sales. The Bargain Room is also open. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, call the shop at 886-7649.

Putnam reception
Pat Putnam, a charter member of Orange Thrift and Gift Shop, as well as a longtime, well-known community volunteer, will move to Boerne to be closer to her daughter. A reception in her honor will take place from 2-4 p.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. in Orange. The reception is open to anyone who wishes to visit with Putnam.

Colley to speak
Jack Colley, state emergency management chief, will speak at the Lamar Institute of Technology’s Eighth Salute to the Real American Heroes at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.
Shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, LIT created the Salute in order to recognize first responders and military personnel who put their lives on lines every day to help the public.
Proceeds from the event go to an endowment fund that supports scholarships for our students pursuing careers in law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical technology and homeland security.
The event will be at Wesley United Methodist Church on North Major Drive. First responders, military personnel and spouses are invited for a meal provided by the Cooks Two Dozen. Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods is the chair of the event.
Others who wish to share in honoring first responders and military personnel may purchase tickets to the event.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (409) 839-2956.

LIT orientation
Lamar Institute of Technology will host an orientation session on July 14 for potential students and for those interested in learning more about LIT; Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m in the Multi-Purpose Center conference center at 802 E. Lavaca.
Representatives from various services offered at LIT will speak about their departments and answer questions. Everything from financial aid to parking to testing will be covered in the orientation. At the end of the session, a campus tour will be offered, or students who are ready to register for the fall semester can do so.
Snacks will be provided, and one laptop computer will be given away. Other door prizes include an iPod and a portable DVD player. Each attendee will receive an LIT tote bag and a portfolio.
Call (409) 839-2007 or (409) 880-8321 for more information and to RSVP. The fall semester at LIT begins Aug. 24.

Online auction
Lemons Auctioneers of Tomball has been retained by Lamar University to conduct an online auction to sell surplus residence hall furniture from Cardinal Village, Phase I. The furniture consists of approximately 120 rooms of sofas, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, desk/hutch, bed frames and stackable dressers. The auction continues through Thursday. All successful bidders may pick up their items July 13-17.
Items may be viewed on the Lemons Auctioneers Web site, www.lemonsauctioneers.com, which has pictures and descriptions of the items. All bidders will comply with the registration requirements of Lemons Auctioneers. Lemons will approve all online bidders, manage the auction and payments.
For more information, call Janice VanPelt at 880-8940.

Rummage sale
From 6-10 p.m. July 17, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents a “gARTage Sale and Barbecue,” a unique shopping event blending an art sale with a garage sale and added down-home dinner to boot. Admission is $25 per person and includes dinner, shopping and live musical entertainment by “Champagne with Friends.” Proceeds benefit exhibitions and educational programs at AMSET.
“If you’re looking for a wide selection of fine art and the best quality home décor items, this … sale is where you need to be on July 17,” said event chairwoman Paula “Torchy” Salter. “Shopping plus a barbecue dinner and musical entertainment for just $25, you can’t beat that!”
AMSET has removed the unfavorable aspects of a traditional rummage sale – outdoor heat and early morning hours – and added entertainment and a delicious dinner to form a fun-filled, well-rounded shopping extravaganza. While enjoying the air-conditioning, shoppers can choose from a wide selection of art and home décor that they won’t be able to find anywhere else. The sale will include items deaccessioned from the AMSET permanent collection, which include several Wedgwood Queen’s Ware and Jasper Ware pieces, early 20th century Lustreware, and several Steuben Glass vases. In addition, AMSET will offer guests a chance to buy higher-quality items in a silent auction.
 For people looking to change out their quality art or home décor items not in use, AMSET will be accepting donations to be sold at the sale until July 15. “I’d love for all of our AMSET friends to troll through their attics and storage bins for fabulous items not in use that they would like to donate to the sale,” said Salter.
For reservations or more information, call (409) 832-3432 or e-mail info@amset.org.

Discount food packages
St. Mark Lutheran Church will take orders for the Angel Food Ministry discount food program through 3 p.m. Friday at 925 Roundbunch Road.
The July menu features a signature box for $30, a senior box with 10 fully-cooked, heat-and-serve meals; and an allergen-free box with five pounds of breaded meats for $25.
Available with either of the above are a seven-pound assorted meat grill box for $23; a five-pound streak box for $22; a four-and-a-half pound box of flavored chicken breast filets for $20; a three-and three-quarter box of T-bone steaks for $21, a fresh fruit and veggie box for $22 and a “Latin flavors” fruit and veggie box fo $22.
Full menus and order forms are available at the back door of the church next to the parking area. Return orders by mail or place in the mail slot in the back door of the church from noon-3 p.m. Friday. Lone Star Vouchers will be processed at that time. Orders can be picked up from 8-10 a.m. July 25. Orders may also be paid for with cash, checks or money orders.
For more information, call 313-6479.

LIT offers alternative energy seminar
Lamar Institute of Technology will sponsor a seminar on alternative energy options from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Multi-Purpose Center, 802 E. Lavaca.
The seminar will present information on various topics related to alternative energy such as solar panels and other solar products; wind turbines; geo-thermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning; home energy efficiency; available tax and Entergy rebates; and possible careers.
For more information, contact Bobby Craigue at (409) 839-2909 or e-mail at robert.craigue@lit.edu. The cost is free.

AMSET Summer ArtVenturers to display artworks
Fridays through July 17, Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will host families and friends for the ArtVentures Summer Camp Friday showcase, where the young campers display the results of a week filled with learning about art and using their creative abilities to produce their
Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp is offered Mondays through Fridays with two workshops per day: morning classes are from 9 a.m. to noon; afternoons are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children ages 4-14 choose from many class options for a high quality, intensive art education experiences. All courses are taught by professional artists, and the participants work closely with those respected artists in a variety of mediums.