Legion dance
Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 of the American Legion’s New Year’s Eve dance will be Dec. 31 at the post, corner of Green Avenue and First Street in Orange.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Creole Cookin’ will perform from 7:30-midnight. BYOB beer, wine and setups available. Admission $10 per person.
 For more information, call 886-9861 after 4 p.m.

Stark House/Stark Museum closed for Christmas
The W.H. Stark House and the Stark Museum of Art will both be closed to the public on Dec. 24 and 25. Both facilities will reopen Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. and will return to their respective hours of operation.
Normal operating hours for The W.H. Stark House are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Because the Carriage House of the Stark House is temporarily closed, all tours of the Stark House begin at the Stark Museum of Art until further notice. Admission for tours of the Stark House is $5 for adults ages 18 to 65, $2 for seniors ages 65 and older and $2 for youth ages 10-17. Tour participants must be 10 years of age or older. Special group pricing is available for group tours that are scheduled in advance. 
The Stark Museum of Art’s normal operating hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Museum is located at 712 Green Ave. and offers free admission. Group tours are available by appointment.
The W.H. Stark House and Stark Museum of Art are programs of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Foundation. For updates and further information on the Stark House, visit whstarkhouse.org or call 883-0871; on the Stark Museum of Art, visit www.starkmuseum.org or call 886-ARTS (2787).

Tell the troops thank you

Xerox is making it possible and very easy to tell troops in Iraq “Thank You.” Go to www.LetsSayThanks.com. You can pick out a thank you card. Xerox will print and send it to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.
You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. It is free and it only takes a second. Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
It’s a wonderful way to say thank you. Take the time to send a card and pass the word to others about the program.

BCISD looks for substitute teachers
Bridge City ISD is looking for individuals interested in substitute teaching. Call 409-735-1603 and ask for Virginia Fox; go to their office at 1031 W. Roundbunch Road to pick up an application packet; or log into their website at www.bridgecityisd.net. Under the heading Departments, click on Human Resources. Under this heading click on applications and forms. The very last icon is the Substitute Teacher packet. Please print, fill out, and return to their office with all documentation. You must attend orientation to be put on the substitute list. All information must be turned into the office before applicant can attend.  

Candlelight services

Candlelight services set for Thursday, Christmas Eve, include First United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary (also with communion); and Little Cypress Baptist Church (also with a carol service) at 6:30 p.m. at 3274 Little Cypress Drive.

Christmas Day program

The Rev. R.L. Charlot will speak at a Christmas Day program at 10 a.m. Friday in Starlight Missionary Baptist Church.

Sunday worship

Bishop Larry Phillips Sr. will speak at a worship service hosted by Colonial Christian Community Church, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Ware Plaza in Orange.

Trading Post closed for holidays

Family Worship Center Trading Post will close for the holidays on Thursday Dec. 24. They will re-open  Thursday Jan. 7, 2010. Merry Christmas to all  and Happy New Year.
LSC-PA holiday closure
Lamar State College-Port Arthur closed for the holidays at Tuesday and will re-open at 8 a.m. Jan. 4.
During the holiday break, current students can register for the 2010 Spring Semester through their My.Lamarpa.edu accounts, which are accessible through the college website (www.lamarpa.edu).
All other students must talk with an admission advisor prior to registering for classes. The college will be open for a week before Spring Semester begins Jan. 11.
The Spring Semester class schedule is available on-line at the college Web site. Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Admission Advising Office and the Admission and Records Office on the third floor of the LSC-PA Student Center, or at the Help Desk in the lobby of the Student Center.
For information about admissions or registration, call 984-6183.
For information about financial aid, call 984-6203 or 984-6205.

Nat’l Guard nominations

Texas National Guard and Reserve members and their families have four weeks left to nominate their supportive employers for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the U.S. government’s highest honor given to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. The nomination season closes Jan. 18. As the nomination period reaches its halfway mark, 76 nominations have been received from National Guard and Reserve members from Texas. The state is one of the top 10 states to submit nominations for the award, indicating strong support by the state’s employers for its citizen soldiers. With almost one-half of the U.S. military comprised of the National Guard and Reserve and the ongoing global operations, U.S. employers play an increasingly important role in their support for employees who serve in the military.
Nominations will be accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil through Jan. 18. All award nominees will be announced in mid winter 2010 and the 15 recipients will be announced in early summer.