Toilet Paper Tea Thursday
Southest Texas Hospice will hold its annual Christmas Open House, fondly called the “Toilet Peper Tea,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the hospice office located at 912 W. Cherry in Orange.
Admission to the event is a donation of office cleaning supplies or office operation items. Suggested items include light bulbs, large plastic bags, coffee, creamer, sugar, dishwasher soap, toilet bowl cleaner, liquid hand soap, solid air freshener, staples, black pens, post its, scratch pads, index cards, paper clips, folder labels, white out, glue sticks, toilet paper and paper towels.
Donated items will be utilized around the office in the coming year. In this way, more finds will remain available to purchase items for needy terminally ill patients and their families. Donations of all sizes are welcome.
The Hospice Memorial Dove tree will be on display. Refreshments will be served. Please enter the building from Ninth Street.
For more information contact the hospice office at 886-0623.

WO-S MS Choir to present concert
The West Orange-Stark Middle School Choirs, directed by Dr. Don Ball Jr., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Episcopal Church. Admission is free.
The choirs will be accompanied by organist/pianist Dr. Scott Feldhausen of Lamar University and St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Beaumont. 
The program will feature American and British Carols, “An African Noel,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Silent Night” in English and Spanish with guitar and piano. The concert will end with a sing-along of secular seasonal favorites like “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells.” 
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located on the corner of Park Avenue and 13th Street in Orange.

Final exam chair massages Dec. 9, 10
The Student Government Association at Lamar Institute of Technology is sponsoring free chair massages to LIT students on Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 9-10).
Angela Gamble, owner of Blessed Hands Massage Therapy, will provide the massages. LIT students will take final exams Dec. 10-16. Massages will be provided Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. in the Beeson Building. On Thursday, massages will be provided from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Multi-purpose Center.
LIT’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Montagne Center. Ira Wilsker will be commencement speaker.

‘Etch and Sketch’ reception Saturday

The Beaumont Art League (BAL) will host a reception for an exhibition of works by Lamar University art students. Etch and Sketch is a student-curated exhibit of artworks from the L.U. Art Department ’s Advanced Drawing and Printmaking classes taught by faculty members Xenia Fedorchenko and “Butch” Jack.
The reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday at BAL’s galleries, 2675 Gulf St. at the old fairgrounds in Beaumont. Admission is free.
“This reception will be a real learning experience for the students,” said BAL Interim Director Janna Fulbright. “By getting this show together, the students will learn valuable skills like gallery prep, designing and creating exhibit invitations and hosting an opening reception.”
Student participants include: Mya Bean, Josh Reed, Jen Alan Lien, Scarlett Blanchard, Wade Goyens, James Little, Robert Day, Justin Bossier, Lauren Beck, Emily DeRoche, Robyn Voight, Dan Robinett, Travis Coatney, Carey Hoffer, Chelsy Broussard, Shane Platt, Josh Gressett, Shane Proctor and Zach Ramsdell.
For more information, call 833-4179.

Support group to meet

 The monthly meeting of In Loving Memory, a support group for mothers who have lost a child, will be Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Contraband Room. The group will participate in the annual Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456 or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-27l8.

Senior citizens’ meeting

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens’ Christmas party will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army on Martin Luther King Jr. For the noon meal, members should bring ready-to-serve items such as sandwiches, dips or cookies; and also, non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. For more information, call 883-6161 or 746-3183.

LCM cheese log sale
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Life Skills class has kicked off its annual cheese log sale.
The choices are cheddar and jalapeno and each log weighs approximately one pound. The cost is $6.75 each. Orders will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 11, with deliveries being made Dec. 15 through 17.  To place an order call 886-5821, extension 1560, or e-mail Terrie Parker at 
All proceeds go toward the end-of-year class trip

H1N1 vacine available Wednesday

Lisa Bond, City of Orange, will be distributing H1N1 vacine at the VFW Hall from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9. Shots or mist will be available.
For more information call the City of Orange 883-6321)

LIT offers Blackboard® sessions for students
The Distance Education Office at Lamar Institute of Technology is offering Blackboard® orientation sessions for students on Jan. 7, 2010, at the Multi-Purpose Center.
The sessions are from 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Students only need to attend one session.
The seminars are for students who are taking an online course for the first time or who would like some tips on navigating the system.
Attendees will learn how to log on to Blackboard®, use the communication tools within the program, navigate within the learning modules, post assignments online and take quizzes and exams online.

LIT opens registration
Registration is open for all students for the Winter Mini-Semester and the Spring 2010 semester at Lamar Institute of Technology.
The class schedule may be found on the LIT Web site or on the LIT campus.
Students must be accepted to LIT and must have completed all their testing requirements in order to register.
The first day of the Winter Mini-Semester is Dec. 17. The Spring 2010 semester begins Jan. 11, 2010.
For more information, contact Student Services at (409) 880-8321.

Christmas Open House at OHS

Orangefield High School will be holding its Christmas Open House, Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the High School Gym Foyer. 
Refreshments will be served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2009 Christmas Ornament Available
To celebrate the holiday season, the Stark Museum of Art introduces its third annual Christmas ornament, now available in the Museum Store.  The ornament features an image from one of the illuminated manuscripts in the exhibition Entwined across the Ages: Illuminated Manuscripts and Tapestries, on view at the Stark Museum through Jan. 30.
The manuscript illumination shown on the ornament portrays an angel announcing to shepherds that the Christ Child is born. The artist has created a charming, pastoral scene with an extensive and detailed landscape.  The illumination is one of twelve miniatures in a medieval Book of Hours, once owned by a family, near the town of Mons, in the Hainaut region, now Belgium. 
Museum of Art Christmas ornaments, along with holiday cards and other products related to the museum’s collections, are available for purchase at the Museum Store, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is located at 700 Green Ave., Orange. For more information call 886-2787.

EUC extendes unemployment compensation
The U.S. Department of Labor has authorized the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to begin processing unemployment benefit claims for the newly enacted 14-week extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Act benefits.
Claimants do not need to contact TWC unless they receive a letter with instructions to do so.
This 14-week extension of benefits is part of EUC, which expires on Dec. 31, 2009 unless Congress renews the EUC Act. Therefore, claimants who exhaust regular unemployment insurance (UI) or the previous federal extensions after Dec. 26 will not be able to apply for this new federal extension. TWC estimates that approximately 27,500 claimants will exhaust their benefits the week ending Jan. 2, 2010.
TWC is working with Congress as it considers changing the expiration date of the EUC Act beyond the end of 2009. Because the additional benefits are federally funded, employers will not be charged for claims paid through this extension.
Claimants who currently receive unemployment benefits should continue to request payment as scheduled. Claimants should keep their addresses current by updating them online at or by contacting a UI Tele-Center toll-free at 1-800-939-6631.
TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards remain committed to providing work search assistance, training and other services to unemployed Texans. Thousands of job postings are available on, TWC’s online, job-matching Web site.

CDA “Christmas Showcase”

Catholic  Daughters  Of  The  Americas, Court  Saint  Cecilia  #1396  will sponsor a “Christmas Showcase at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2009 Orange Community  Playhouse, 708  Division, Orange.
Adults- $15, students- $10, children under 12- $5.
All Proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund and Other Charities
Channel 12 news anchor, Jackie Simien, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Enjoy an evening of Christmas entertainment including performances by: Doug and Donna Rogers, Stacie Taylor, Larry O’keefe, Whitney Clark, Christine Phares, Carol Mathews, Vinny, The Magician, Reynolds and Benefield, Franklin Gans, Duyen Do, Stephen Wolfford, Taylor Pousson, Salem Methodist Men’s Choir, Ingram School Of Dance, Saint Mary School Children’s Choir and The Orange Blossoms Line Dancers.
Refreshments will be served at intermission.
Santa plans to visit!

Holiday Exhibition Celebration at Stark Museum

The Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, will host a Holiday Exhibition Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17. The special exhibition Entwined across the Ages:  Illuminated Manuscripts and Tapestries will be open and docents will give gallery introductions.
In coordination with The W.H. Stark House Holiday Open House, refreshments of cookies and punch will be served in the Lobby of the Museum.   Admission is free.
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum will be closed all day Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 
Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit

Salvation Army Doll Tea

The annual Doll Tea of the Salvation Army will be at noon Friday at the Salvation Army building, 1950 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Dolls that have been dressed by area organizations will be on display for the public. There is a competition with several categories that will receive first- , second-  and third-place awards. Refreshments will be served. Dolls on display will be distributed to needy children for Christmas.

Grace Church hosts Leeland
Baytown Christian band Leeland, nominated for a Grammy Award for its debut album “Sound of Melodies,” will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday in Grace Community Church, 1030 N. Main St., Vidor. Doors open at 5. For more information, call 769-6609.