Literary festival
Lamar University will host a literary festival. attracting award-winning writers to campus for events Feb. 1 and 22. Authors Robert Flynn and Jean Flynn will read from their works at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Dishman Art Museum Lecture Hall. They will attend a question-and-answer session at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Room 101 of the Maes Building. On Feb. 22, short story writer Andrew Geyer will present a reading at 7 p.m. in the Dishman Lecture Hall, with a question-and-answer session at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Maes Building. The festival is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Department of English and Modern Languages and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Several books by Flynn (most under $25) and two books by Geyer ($20) will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. For more information, call Jim Sanderson, professor of English, at 880-8559, or e-mail

Camp Fire dinner
The Orange Camp Fire Council will host its 67th annual dinner, “Celebrating 100 Years” on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church Gillespie Building. Following the dinner, the Community Service Volunteer and the Dan Domas Youth awards will be presented.

Texas Exes host Muschamp

Coach Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator for the University of Texas, will speak when the Texas Exes Orange County Chapter hosts a scholarship fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 W. Sunset Drive. Featured will be all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and catfish buffet, beer/wine and soft drinks, cash bar and silent auction. A limited number of $3,000 and $1,500 donor tables is available by calling Ann Seals at 779-8330 or Michael Catt at 882-4269. Open seating is $50 for Texas Exes members and $55 for non-members.
Mail payment to: Susan Swan, 6410 Chasse Knoll, Orange 77632; and include an e-mail address or phone number for confirmation. The last day to buy tickets is Feb. 4 or until sold-out at 250 capacity.

Free Spanish diabetes class
Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Education Program presents “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes to help them manage blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The one-day class is scheduled for Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vidor Family Pharmacy. To pre-register call the Orange County AgriLife Extension Office at 882-7010. To pre-register in Spanish, call 883-5392.

Thrift/quilt sales
At the Thrift and Gift Shop, old merchandise has been packed to make room for new. Handmade items featured include quilts, aprons, baby items, crocheted and embroidered pieces. There are some real eye openers in our two big jewelry cases. Clothing has been reduced to half price.
 Head quilter Barbara Miles has announced the quilt to be raffled off July 13 can be viewed at the shop. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Favorite heirloom quilt tops are available for finishing estimates. The quilters are at the shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 886-7649 to make an appointment with Miles.

Children’s benefit
The Southeast Texas Foster Grandparent Program and Golden Triangle Chapter of the Chef’s Association will host the annual “Say Cheese Fundraiser” featuring wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres from leading chefs in Southeast Texas. Proceeds benefit organizations that provide services to at-risk children in the area. Time is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Holiday Inn, 4230 Walden Road in Beaumont.

Mercado Days pageant
The Southeast Texas Hispanic Cultural and Educational Center of Port Arthur is announcing registration for the 2010 Miss Mercado Days Scholarship Pageant. The Southeast Texas Hispanic Cultural and Educational Center is proud to announce that they will be giving away six scholarships in this year’s Queen’s pageant. Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality will each receive a $100 scholarship, third runner up will receive a $250 scholarship, second runner up will receive a $500 scholarship and first runner up will receive a $750 scholarship and Miss Mercado Days will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Girls will be represented in four age groups; Tiny Miss Division is 5-8 years of age; Little Miss Division is 9-12; the Teen Miss division 13 years of age to junior in high school; and the Queen’s division is a senior in high school to 21 years. The applicant must be of Hispanic descent such as Cuban, Central American, Mexican, Puerto Rico, South American or Spanish.
Applications must be turned in no later than Jan. 31. The Teen pageant is set April 16, Tiny and Little pageants are April 17 and the Queen’s Scholarship Pageant is April 18. Teen and Queen pageant categories consist of interview, fashion wear, formal wear and traditional Hispanic costume. Tiny and Little categories include fashion wear and traditional Hispanic costume.
For applications, or more information, call Cassie Esqueda Guy at (409) 718-2881, Cecelia Esqueda at 962-7448 or Tina Edmondson at 838-7620.

Deadline to register to vote is Feb. 1
Texas Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade is reminding Texans that Feb. 1 is the deadline to register to vote in the 2010 primary elections.
“Registering to vote is easy; Texans may find a voter registration application at their county elections offices, some post offices and libraries, or online at:,” said Andrade.
Individuals may also check online to determine if they are registered or update their registration information if they have moved throughout the state. Any changes to a voter’s existing registration should be made by Feb. 1 to be applicable to the primary elections this March.
For more voting information, visit: or call the Secretary of State’s voter hotline at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

Course saves couples $60 on marriage license
The state fee for a marriage license is $60, plus up to $12 in local fees. Couples who complete a free eight-hour communication workshop at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will not have to pay the state fee and can forgo the normal 72-hour waiting period before taking their marriage vows.
The communication workshop, “Two-Gether in Texas,” is offered once a month on Saturday throughout the year, with the exception of August, November and December.
This year, the workshops are set for Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 8, June 26, July 24, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23.
The workshop is designed for engaged or married couples of all ages to teach them how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and maintain intimacy.
A couple who completes the workshop will receive a certificate to take to their county clerk when applying for a marriage license. The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the $60 discount off their marriage license fee.
The workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 422 of the LSC-PA Student Center, 1600 Procter Street.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, call Family Services of Southeast Texas at (409) 833-2668 ext. 104.

Auxiliary to collect coupons

The Ladies Auxiliary to Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 have answered the call from the Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey and voted to collect coupons for the 2,800 troops and their families. The coupons must NOT have an expiration date, must be trimmed out and sorted into foods/non-foods and the face value total if possible.
They may be sent to Chairman Jeanette Clark, who will fill out the proper customs form and send them to our ‘adopted’ base.
For further information, call 409-883-0264 or email at

LSC-PA schedules Belly Dancing classes

The Continuing Education Department at Lamar State College-Port Arthur is offering two six-week non-credit courses in Belly Dancing.
Charles Gongre, dean of Academic and Continuing Education Programs at the college, said, “These courses are for women of all shapes, sizes and levels of dance experience. They cover specific controlled movements and rhythms that are basic to Middle Eastern dancing and music, as adapted for the sensibilities of an American audience.”
“Belly Dance for Beginners” starts Tuesday, Feb. 9. “Intermediate Belly Dance” starts March 30.
Dance instructor Anna Regan Lilyquist will lead the course, which will meet in the aerobic dance studio of the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive. Students will dance barefoot and should wear workout clothes, such as yoga pants and tank tops.
The fee for each course is $50.
To register or for more information, call 984-6230.

Ball clinic and barbecue to be held Saturday

Bridge City High School Baseball and Softball teams will be having their annual skills clinic for ages 5 – 12, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Saturday, at the BCHS baseball and softball fields. The clinic is free and open to all softball and baseball players.
Cardinal Athletic Booster Club will also host a barbecue from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday. Chicken and link plates  are $7, link plates are $6. Dinners include meat, beans, potato salad, bread and trimmings. Links on a bun will also be sold.
Five or more dinners can be delivered if ordered before by 5 p.m., Friday. Pre-order by calling Terry Smith at 474-1001 or Darlene Brown at 313-0019.

Angel Food Ministries
McDonald Memorial Baptist Chruch invites the public to place food orders from Angel Food Ministries on Feb. 10, noon-6 p.m. in the church office, corner of South and Broad streets Orange Lions City Park.
Distribution date is Feb. 27. Cost per box is $30, and other choices of food are an additional cost. Cash or LoneStar card acccepted. For more information, call the church office at 883-3974.

Religion classes
First Baptist Church of Orange, 602 Green Ave., offers Disciple Life Classes for the community. Most classes will meet at the church except for one women’s Bible study. Classes meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 27 are:
• Men’s Bible Study – “Fearless Leadership: Insights into the Life of Joshua.” Facilitators are Tom Woolley and Alan Ladd; cost, $9.
• Financial Peace University, facilitator Tommy White; cost, $45.
• “The Embraceable Mystery…God,” with Todd Beasley; cost, $7.
• Women’s Bible Study “Discerning the Voice of God” with Katie Beasley; cost, $11.
One women’s study meets Mondays at 6 p.m. The study, “Discerning the Voice of God,” will be led by facilitator Liz Morris in her home. Group members will be provided a light sandwich supper; cost is $11.
For more information, call the church office, 886-7461.

GTBMS Presents: Essential Oils and Essences

Come meet Mary Cannon: a master in her field of theraputic oils and essences. She is the presenter for the Feb. 4 meeting of Golden Triangel Body, Mind, Spirit Connection~Living Well!
This is a privilege and opportunity to tap into Cannon’s wealth of experience and knowledge in this extensive field of subtle energy, how to use them and how they can benefit our bodies on all levels.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Sertino’s Cafe, 5657 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.
NEW to their monthy meetup activites–Beginning at 6 p.m., come in and treat yourself to an Energy Spa. Several practitioners will be available for you to explore and receive the benefits of their protocols.
The public is invited. For more information go to or contact Vickie Ramirez by e-mail at