You can’t get these on EbayUp for grabs at a silent auction Feb. 11 are two tickets to the First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington D.C. on April 28. Donated to “LCM’s Got Talent” by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, the tickets have a minimum bid of $200. Transportation and accommodations are not included. Sponsored by the Congressional Club, the event will be held at the Washington Hilton.
For first hand knowledge on the First Lady’s Lucheon call multi-attendee Laura Floyd at 882-0376.
Other items will be raffled at $5 a chance.
“LCM’s Got Talent” will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 4 at Mauriceville Elem. and Feb. 11 at LCM High School.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students/children.
Attendence to the show is not necessary to bid on the auction. Just go to the high school lobby during the show. Need not be present to win.
For additional information, contact Marlene Courmier at 920-2064 or Sherry Combs at 883-2232, extension 3.

KC Fish Fry Bridge City Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Dinner begins Friday Feb. 19. Lunch will be served 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday through March 26. 
Cost is $7 dine-in or take-out and will include fried catfish, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies.  Delivery available for 10 or more orders. Please call in orders Thursday evening or early Friday by 9 a.m. 735-4289 or 735-5725.

CCS registration
Current students of Community Christian School may register for the 2010-11 school year beginning Feb. 9, and new students starting Feb. 16. A Preview Day for the public begins at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 16 and includes classroom tours, a video presentation, curriculum discussion and financial information.

WO-C early release
West Orange-Cove schools will observe a district-wide early release for staff development on Friday.
West Orange – Stark High School and West Orange – Stark Middle School will release at 11 a.m.
North Early Learning Center, Anderson and Oates Elementary campuses will release at 11:45 a.m.
Buses will run.

Task force dates
A meeting of the Sexual Violence Prevention in Disasters Task Force, to discuss risk factors in the community before, during and after a disaster, will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday in the Regional Planning Commission’s Nagel Room in Beaumont, 2210 Eastex Frwy. The task force is sponsored by Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas. Future meetings are set for May 10, Aug. 9 and Nov. 8.

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.

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 Thursday’s 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

Lutcher ribbon-cutting
The Lutcher Theater stage will be the scene of a 30th anniversary celebration ribbon-cutting Monday, joined by officials with the Orange, Lake Charles and Beaumont chambers of commerce.
In 1980, the theater opened with a gala, sold-out performance by Liberace. Since that time, the theater has continued to be committed to presenting professional entertainment for the enlightenment and cultural growth of people living in Southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana and to better their quality of life and knowledge of the arts and humanities.
Orange Mayor Brown Claybar will attend along with Lutcher Theater Managing Director Jim Clark and chairman of the Lutcher Theater board, Jerry Ehrman.
Marketing Director Lynae Sanford said, “[The] Lutcher Theater would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have supported them throughout the 30 seasons of incredible events and express excitement for the opportunity to continue to serve this community in the future with world class experiences.”