Gift shop, luncheon
Homemade baked and canned food, frozen gumbo, frozen casseroles, arts/crafts and a silent auction will highlight the annual gift shop and luncheon for the Women of St. Mary Altar Society, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 12 in the St. Mary Parish Hall, 912 W. Cherry Ave.
Other features include a raffle. Hot gumbo will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and tickets are $6 available at the door. Take-outs will be available (containers furnished). First through fifth prizes starting with first are: an Acer Astire One laptop computer, an Emerson 19-inch television with high definition, a 24-inch rouind stained glass art piece, an afghan crocheted by Marjorie LaCombe and a $50 gift certificate from Hildegarde Bulovas. Entry fee is $1.

‘Curious George’ tickets
 Tickets are on sale for “Curious George Live” – set for 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and Ford Arena in Beaumont.
Prices are $12 and $15. A limited number of $20 Premium seats and $25 Gold Circle seats are also available. On opening night all seats (excluding Gold Circle) are $12. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call (409) 951-5440. To charge tickets by phone or online, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or go to

Shangri La Autumn Fair
As a finale to its first Scarecrow Festival, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will host a family-friendly Autumn Fair on Nov. 14 with activities for children of all ages from 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Children of all ages can visit Pumpkin Tree Lane, a unique fall display. “We’re celebrating autumn in a big way with this grand fair on Nov. 14, said Director Michael Hoke. “Adults and children will have a wonderful time viewing handmade scarecrows throughout the gardens, plus face painting, scavenger hunts, pumpkin painting, owl observation, skits and songs.”
The event is free after general admission at the gardens, 2111 W. Park Ave. RSVP is not required.
The Shangri La Visitor Parking area, across West Park from Shangri La, will be open and available to Shangri La visitors free of charge. A restricted access parking lot for vehicles with proper handicap designation cam be found just inside the vehicular entrance gate of Shangri La.
For more information, call 670-9799 or go to

Poinsettia sale
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Student Council is selling Christmas poinsettias for $10 in the colors of red, white or pink. Proceeds will go to help council members attend various conferences and retreats in the spring. Deadline to order is Thursday. Orders will be delivered after Dec. 1. To order, call Student Council Advisor Stacey Smith at 886-5821, ext. 1660; or see any council member.

GCRG seeks help for Vidor Animal Control
In these troubling economic times, people are sometimes left unable to care for their pets. Many times they end up abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves, or worse. Sometimes they get picked up by Animal Control, or brought there directly by sad owners, in the hopes that someone else will adopt them.
There is a holding period for these cats and dogs, time to try and get new homes. Some are featured as Pets of the Week. One such 8-year-old mini dachsund featured a month or so ago was quickly adopted by Gulf Coast Roller Girls League vice president.
Linda Cathey at Vidor Animal Control tries to keep the animals as long as possible to find them homes, frequently reaching out to no kill-shelters in Houston and surrounding areas.
Vidor Animal Control needs the communities help. Throughout the month of November, GCRG will have donation boxes at the front of Vidor Market Basket, Brookshire Brother’s, and Wood’s Supermarket, as well as a box at The Skating Palace, located at 2650 Hwy. 12 in Vidor. Donations of both dry and moist (canned) dog and cat food are being accepted.
The rink is open Tuesday nights from 7-9, Monday nights for derby practice from 7:30 to 9:30, Friday night from 7-midnight, Saturdays for parties and skateboard night and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.
For more information, to make a donation or host a donation box, contact the league rep at 409-553-2209.

Spring registration starts Monday
The Spring 2010 registration period for Lamar State College-Orange begins Monday, Nov. 9.  Make an appointment as soon as possible to avoid long lines and extended waiting. Currently LSC-O has over 35 programs of study, including technical, continuing education, and online learning opportunities. Choose a path from nursing, welding, business, dental assisting, information technology, teaching, process/industrial technology, web design/multimedia, medical transcription, and much more. 
Open registration on a walk-in basis begins Jan. 4.  Call 409-882-3340, or visit Franchesca Cole, administrative assistant to the Advising and Counseling Center, in the Ron E. Lewis Library Building, room 354.

Red Hatters to meet in Groves

The Courtyard Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue in Groves will be the location for the next meeting of the Bridge City Golden Girls chapter of the Red Hat Society. The large banquet room has been reserved for the luncheon which will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. A white elephant gift exchange is to be the focus of this gathering. Gifting will be determined by using the story of the “Wright Family.”
After lunch has been served, members can stay for a game of Chicken Foot. As always, there will be a drawing for a door prize.
The group has been asked to participate in a drive-thru toy drive to be held at the First Baptist Church 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Donations for toys should target ages 1 through 4.
October’s lunch/meeting was held at Chicken Express in Bridge City. Everyone received a trick-or-treat goodie bag as well as a scarecrow party favor. Lady Jeannie won the door prize which was an autumn door wreath.

Thrift and Gift closed Friday
Orange Thrift and Gift Shop, located at 350 37th Street, will be closed Nov. 6 to allow employees the opportunity to attend the Golden Triangle RSVP Luncheon in Beaumont. The shop will reopen Nov. 10
Their annual open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 14. The shop and Bargain Room will be open with lots of specials such as hand-crafted wreaths, Christmas items, fleece throws, quilts and linens. Also for sale will be heirloom glassware and newer collectibles and linens. Quilt chances will be sold for $1 or six for $5. 
For further information, contact the shop at 886-7649 between 9am and 3pm Tuesday thru Friday.

Sign-ups for Christmas
Baskets scheduled

Christmas Baskets will be given to Bridge City Orangefield indigent residents who are age 60+ or disabled with an income below poverty. Sign – up will take place at the Ministerial Alliance building next to First Baptist Church of Bridge City between 9 a.m. – noon, Nov. 9, 11, 16, 18, Dec. 7, 9, 14.
Eligibility depends on proof of income. You must present a utility bill to verify address and have an ID of all family members.
Donations are needed for this program to continue. Any business, church, individual, or organization may make a donation to the account of Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket Fund at Bridge City Bank.
For more information call 409-735-8296.

Seminar prepares girls for life
Mary Elizabeth Perkins presents Daughters on the Front Line; preparing girls for life. This seminar is aimed at helping young girls to discover their beauty within.
The seminar is scheduled for 5-9 p.m., Nov. 5-6 at Power of Praise Christian Center, 1301 10th St. in Orange.
Geared to girls aged 13-18, registration fee for the program is $75.
For more information or to pre-register contact Mary Elizabeth Perkins at (281) 865-6995.

Grand opening/ribbon-cutting
A grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Orange County Transportation Facility, will be from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Thursday at the new offices on Farm Road 1442 near the Veterans’ Services Building. Refreshments will be served.