Crazy Jose’s hosts Baptist Orange benefit
Baptist Orange Hospital will team up with Crazy Jose’s restaurant in Orange on Tuesday, July 27, from 3-9 p.m. The restaurant, 110 Strickland Drive, will donate 15 percent of customers’ bills to Baptist Orange Hospital when they bring in a flier available in hospital lobby.
Fliers can be picked up near the Baptist Orange front desk during business hours at 608 Strickland.
“We are excited to partner with Crazy Jose’s for this fundraising event,” said Kristie Young, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation executive director. “We invite the community to take this opportunity to support local hospital health care employees who take care of their loved ones throughout the year.”
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas are not-for-profit, community-owned health care facilities with spiritual values, dedicated to providing high quality health services in a Christian environment. Since 1957, Baptist Orange Hospital has provided comprehensive health services to the people of Orange County. Over the years, the hospital has seen many changes, enhancing medical care to the community and adding new staff physicians.

Strutters hosts fundraiser
A barbecue link sale for the Bridge City Strutters will be Saturday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Walgreens in Bridge City.
Links chips, drinks and baked goods will be available.

VFW Auxiliary hosts Korean Armistice program
Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and The Ladies Auxiliary will host a slide show commemorating the signing of the Korean Armistice 58 years ago at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 25.
Following an open discussion period, refreshments will be furnished.  The program is open to the public.  The VFW Hall is located at 5303 N. 16th St. in Orange. For further information, contact Chairman John Clark at 883-0264.
The Korean War Armistice took place July 27, 1953, ending two years of talks between China, North Korea and US- led United Nations Command. It was intended as a temporary measure until a final peace settlement could be reached. The settlement never came, resulting in the 1954 Geneva Conference to work out a formal peace accord.  The only safeguard for peace on the Korean Peninsula, the armistice provided for a suspension of hostilities, the demilitarization zone and a transfer of POWs. 
The Military Armistice Commission was formed with other agencies from both sides. They meet regularly in Panmunjom  to make sure the truce is honored. Dec.13, 1991 the Agreement on Reconciliation, Nonaggression, Exchanges and Cooperation was signed by ROK Prime Minister Chung Won Shik and DPRK Premier Yon Hyong Muk. 
Tensions are still high between North and South Korea and they remain the most heavily militarised frontier in the world.

LIT AutoCAD class
The Lamar Institute of Technology Workforce Training and Continuing Education Department will have a basic AutoCAD course from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturdays, July 24-Aug. 14.
The class will meet at the Lamar Institute of Technology campus.
The class is an introduction to computer-aided drafting with emphasis placed on set-up, creating and modifying geometry, storing and retrieving drawings, rotating and scaling objects, adding text and dimensions and using layers and coordinate systems.
Tuition is $400; students must purchase a textbook for $40.
For more information, or to register for the class, call (409) 880-8114.

LSC-PA music auditions
People interested in becoming professional musicians and singers are invited to audition Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 3-5, for admission to the commercial music-studio musician performance associate degree program at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
The performance degree program prepares musicians for recording studio work, which requires the highest standard of musicianship and understanding of musical grooves. A good session musician must be able to play for any kind of recording group, whether it is country, pop, rock, jazz, rhythm and blues or other styles.
Students can specialize in guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums or lead vocals.
The program emphasizes private study and ensemble participation, in addition to courses in music theory, songwriting, music business, midi interface and acoustics.
The program has a limited number of places available in the fall class, so auditions are used to screen candidates.
Lamar State is one of the few colleges in the nation offering multiple commercial music degrees. The college also offers music-related associate degrees in music, teaching music and sound engineering technology– plus a one-year technical certificate in sound engineering technology.
This past fall, the college added a one-year certificate in live sound/sound reinforcement.
Specific information about the auditioning process is available on the music department’s Web site (
For more information or to schedule an audition appointment, call Aaron Horne at (409) 984-6345.

LSC-PA drama auditions
High school seniors and current Lamar State College-Port Arthur students interested in pursuing a two-year associate degree in drama are invited to audition Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 2-3, for admission to the program.
The college added the degree program in 2009 because of the great interest generated by the new theater and the strong UIL participation in the region. It also ties into the two-year associate degree in Teaching Drama, which the college also offers.
Lamar State drama instructor Laura Stafford said, “We require the interview and audition to give us some insight into students’ skill levels as they enter the program. It lets us learn about their background, experience and their interest level.”
Lamar State’s new Performing Arts Center contains two theaters-a 400-seat theater with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and stage rigging that will accommodate large productions; and a “black box” space for more intimate performances.
The building also houses a large scene shot and comfortable dressing rooms.
“Students will learn about all aspects of theatrical production from staging and scenery to lighting, sound and performance,” Stafford said. “In addition to staging a theater production each semester, students may take courses in acting, voice and stagecraft as part of their study.”
Stafford said one of the advantages of studying drama at Lamar State College-Port Arthur is the school is the only higher education institution in the area doing musicals as part of its academic program.
“Other schools focus on drama,” Stafford said. “We believe that staging musicals and musical comedies broadens students’ scope of theatrical experience, which will be a significant advantage for them in the future.”
Prospective students must complete an interview/audition for admittance to the drama program.
The general education courses that make up the drama degree plan will satisfy Lamar State’s core curriculum requirements. Semester-hour credits earned at the college will transfer to any state-supported college or university in Texas.
To prepare for the interview/audition, students must prepare a typed paragraph, no longer than one page, that describes their past theater experiences and goals.
They also must prepare a memorized monologue or song no longer than two minutes.
To make an appointment for an interview/audition, call Stafford at (409) 984-6331.

LSC-PA orientation
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer orientation for new students on Thursdays, July 22 and Aug. 5, in the theater of the Performing Arts Center, 1700 Procter St.
The orientation sessions, which begin at 1 p.m., are designed to help students begin their college education in a positive and productive manner. All new students, transfer students or those returning to school after some time off are encouraged to attend.
Participants will tour the campus and meet faculty members, department heads, advisers and other students currently attending the college.
In addition to seeing facilities, the students will learn about services offered, such as career counseling, job placement, student activities, scholarship opportunities and library services.
College staff members will be available to answer questions and deliver important information on admissions, the registration process, advising, scheduling, financial aid, testing and other services provided by the college.
The orientations end with a reception, refreshments and door prizes in the Student Center.
For information or to make a reservation, call the LSC-PA Admission Advising Office at (409) 984-6186 or 1-800-477-5872, ext. 6186.

LIT orientation
Lamar Institute of Technology will offer five orientation sessions during the summer.
The dates and times for the orientations are: Tuesdays, Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.; and Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. All sessions will be in the Multipurpose Center on the campus of LIT.
In order to get the most out of the orientation sessions, students should have completed the application process for LIT. Applications for admission and an explanation of the process are available in the student services office at LIT or on the Web site,
The fall semester begins Aug. 23. For more information, call (409) 880-8321.

Acadian Memorial is July 28
On Wednesday, July 28, the public is invited to the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, La., to
ecall the circumstances of the Acadian exile, set in motion through British Governor Charles Lawrence’s signing of deportation orders on July 28, 1755.
Honored guests will include the Mi’kmaq-Acadian (Métis) People of Louisiana, Nova Scotia, Vermont, Maryland and Maine. Representatives from the Acadian Museum of Erath will travel to St. Martinville for the induction of musician Bernie David (Etlintoq Mui’n) into the Order of Living Legends. A French Requiem Mass will follow; return for prayer at the deportation cross. For more information, call the Acadian Memorial Foundation of St. Martinville at (337) 394-2258; or go to

Subsidized child care
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas is adding parents to its waiting list for subsidized child care. To qualify, applicants must meet income eligibility requirements and either be employed or in employment training at least 25 hours per week or be a full-time college student.
Catholic Charities serves as the contractor which administers subsidy funding to child care providers on behalf of the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board. Parents eligible for the subsidy are responsible for selecting their own child care provider.
For more information or to begin the application process, call (409) 835-1411.

LSC-PA courses at Nederland HS
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will help students save money and travel time this fall by offering several college-level courses in the evening at Nederland High School.
“These courses will be exactly the same as if they were taught on the Lamar State campus,” said Gary Stretcher, vice president for Academic Affairs. “They are open to any student who is eligible to attend the college and who meet the course prerequisites.”
Two courses – Family Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Procedure – require only one night’s attendance per week. College Algebra, Introductory Chemistry and Chemistry for Allied Health meet two nights each week.
The science courses also include a lab session, which can be attended the same night as the course or on another night.
Friday, Aug. 20, is the final day of registration for fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 23. Students must apply for admission to the college before registering for classes.
For information about admissions or registration, call the Admission Advising Office at (409) 984-6186, 984-6183, 984-6184 or 984-6185.
For information about financial aid, call the Financial Aid Office at 984-6203 or 984-6205.
For information on the Surgical Technology Program, call 984-6367.

Bingo back in Orange
American Legion Auxillary Unit 49, 108 Green Ave., offers bingo at 6:30 p.m. Sundays.
All proceeds are donated in Orange County. Food and drinks are available.

Community singing to benefit Christmas fund
 Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance invites the public to attend a community singing service that is being hosted by Second Baptist Church of Bridge City at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Eleven churches will present Christian music by soloist and praise teams.
Proceeds will benefit the ministerial alliance children’s Christmas fund. Come and enjoy the music.

LU to host final football camp
Lamar will host its last football camp of the summer from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Vernon Field Glass Field of Champions.
The camp is for high school students entering the 11th or 12th grade.

Livestock Show tag in Saturday
The Orange County Livestock Show tag in is 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 24, at the Orangefield High School Ag Shop. Make plans to attend to show an animal project at the fair.
Roasters will also need to be ordered at the tag in as well.
Brandy Whisenant of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville FFA said there will also be a workday at the show grounds on Saturday, July 31. “Any and all kids showing livestock need to try and attend,” said Whisenant. “We will be painting, cleaning, mowing and mending pens.”

Stable-Spirit benefit
 A fundraiser for Stable-Spirit, a nonprofit organization providing equine assisted psychotherapy to persons experiencing the crime, crisis, trauma and other issues that may put them at risk, will be at the Chick-Fil-A in Mid-County Wednesday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m.
Supporters should tell the staff they are there for Stable-Spirit in order for proceeds to count for the group.

Livestock meeting
An Orange County Livestock Meeting will be Monday, Aug. 2, at the Extension Office, 11867 Texas 62 N. in Mauriceville across from Market Basket. 

WO-S track T-shirts
The West Orange-Stark Track Booster Club is selling “Back to Back State Champions” T-shirts in sizes small to 3X. Cost is $15, with part of the proceeds going to cancer patient Russell Bottley. To purchase, or for more information, call (409) 882-5530.

Orange Crush try-outs
Orange Crush (Toomey) 10U will host try-outs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, from 2-5 p.m. at the Crush Fields. Team officials seek serious ball players born in 2000-01; and will do private try-outs by appointment if needed.  For more information, contact Patrick Toomey at (409) 988-3409,; or Kevin Wiggins at (409) 313-2730, Serious applicants only.

Program ads
Space is available for 2011 Bridge City High School seniors to place an ad in the fall football program. Three sizes are available: a quarter page for $65, half page for $110 and full page for $185. Contact information is posted on the BCISD Web site, or call Debbie Gregg at 735-1534 and leave name/call back number. All pictures and fees will be due Monday, Aug. 2, in the front office of the high school.
For businesses, prices are a quarter page, $75; half page $125 and full pages are $200. The program will be printed by Central Office Supply, with full color changing covers.

Lamarissimo! season tickets
Season tickets and gift certificates for the upcoming 2010-11 season of the Lamarissimo! concert series showcasing the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances are now on sale in Lamar University’s Department of Music. 
The 21st season opens Tuesday, Oct. 5, with the Jazz Bands concert, and continues with Faculty Artists on Thursday, Nov. 4; A Cappella Choir holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5; Wind Ensemble and Concert Band on Tuesday, March 3; and Cardinal Singers and Lamar Dance Company on Thursday, April 28. 
The holiday concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. in downtown Beaumont.  All others will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theater, 765 Pearl St. 
Season tickets, priced at $40 for adults and $20 for students, include admission to all five concerts.  Lamarissimo! gift certificates may be used for purchase of adult season tickets.
Individual concert tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students, will be available before each concert. 
For the season ticket order form, visit, or call (409) 880-8144.

Feeding the needy
The Bridge City/Orangefield food program, administered by St. Paul United Methodist Church, helps feed low income families in the BC/OF community. Program members seek more families to serve. Distributions are first Thursdays at the Community Center in Bridge City beginning at 8 a.m. Proof of residency is required and qualification for service will be determined at that time.
Founded by W.A. and Margaret Richter, the program continues with the help of many volunteers and other contributors. St. Paul UMC, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road, accepts donations of aluminum cans which they sell to earn money to buy supplies for the program. Other donations are also accepted.

BC class of ‘65
Members of the Bridge City High School class of 1965 meet first Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Robert’s Restaurant in Orange. Class members and guests are welcome at the informal gatherings. For more information, call (409) 963-4859 or (409) 735-2918.

Farmers’ Market
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lot’s parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce. Items includeSquash, okra, cucumbers, tomatoes (maybe), various types of peppers, eggplant, peas (maybe, if they get some rain), frozen blueberries and blueberry juice, frozen figs by the gallon, canned vegetables and hot sauces, jellies, local honey, breakfast burritos, baked goods, and dog cookies. 
Produce varies from week to week. There is no charge for vendors. The market will continue each Saturday until the crops are no longer available. The Texas AgriLife Extension Program again sponsors the event.
For more information, call Jean Fregia at (409) 745-4017 or (409) 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at (409) 276-1260.