Am. Legion bingo
American Legion Auxiliary 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 benefit
 Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance invites the public to attend a community singing service 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 alliance’s children’s Christmas fund.

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.

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.

Kick Off for 4-H planned
The Orange County 4-H Office will be hosting the 1st annual Kick Off Party from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 10, at Claiborne West Park off Interstate 10. All families are invited to come out to learn more about 4-H and meet local participants. Help kick-start another year with 4-H in Orange County.  Food will be provided. Call (409) 882-7010 to RSVP.

BC Chamber golf tournament re-scheduled
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce golf tournament has been re-scheduled for Sept. 20, with an 8 a.m. tee-off time. This is the first available date at Sunset Grove Country Club. 
It’s not too late to sign up for a hole sponsorship or to enter a team.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information at 409-735-5671.

LSC-PA offers computer courses for senior learners
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer three courses during the 2010 Fall Semester for students age 55 or older, who are interested in taking a course for personal enhancement or who want to earn a technical certificate.
Senior 55+ Program courses focus on computer skills that are useful to older learners.
The courses are:
* Introduction to Word Processing (1-3 p.m. Tuesdays) covers an overview of the production of documents, tables and graphics.
* Photo Digital Imaging I (1-3 p.m. Wednesdays) covers computer and software instruction for electronic imaging, including instruction on color, gray-scale, image conversation, presentation and ethics.
* Desktop Publishing (1-3 p.m. Thursdays) covers desktop publishing terminology, text editing and use of design principles with an emphasis on layout techniques, graphics, multiple-page displays and business applications.
Students who are age 65 or older can enroll in these courses at a reduced tuition rate.
For information about the Senior 55+ Program or to enroll in a course, call Karon Jackson at 984-6418, or send e-mail to:

Long-term unemployment benefits extended
The deadline for jobless Texans to qualify for emergency unemployment benefits has been extended to the week of Nov. 27. Congress passed HR 4213, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010, on Thursday setting this new filing deadline which allows long-term claimants to continue receiving unemployment benefits. President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly after it was passed.
Approximately 150,000 unemployment claimants in Texas had exhausted all available benefits due to the previous deadline. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been advising claimants to continue requesting payment, so they now can receive payment for weeks since the last expiration date.
Claimants who are eligible for the federally funded extensions will receive statements from TWC with their new benefit amounts. TWC expects to begin sending payments to claimants in seven to 10 days. Claimants should continue to request unemployment benefit payments on their scheduled day.
Claimants can find updated information on their claims at, or by calling UI Tele-Serv at 1-800-558-8321 and pressing option 2. There is no need to call TWC to qualify for this extension unless claimants receive a letter telling them to call.
Emergency unemployment benefits are entirely federally funded, so Texas employers will not be charged for any claims paid on this extension.
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.

Craft/rummage sale
Table space is available for American Legion Post 49 will host a community arts and crafts/garage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 2, at the post home, 108 Green Ave. in Orange. To rent vending space, call (409) 828-1488.

LSC-PA ‘hybrid’ courses reduce time on campus
Some students at Lamar State College-Port Arthur can carry a full load of classes this fall without coming to the campus more than twice each week.
Many college courses require students to come to the campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Lamar State has altered many courses so students attend slightly longer classes on Monday and Wednesday and don’t have to come to school Friday.
The college now has 14 “hybrid courses” in which students meet in the classroom one day a week (Tuesday or Thursday), or in some cases twice a week (Monday and Wednesday). The students complete the rest of the course requirements on-line at their convenience.
Charles Gongre, dean of Academic and Continuing Education, said, “Hybrid courses offers students greater flexibility in scheduling, decreased travel to campus and the opportunity for greater control of their learning experiences.”
“Hybrid” courses offered this fall include Art Appreciation, Introduction to American Government, freshman composition, U.S. History (1877-present), Principles of Nutrition, Medical Terminology, Health Coding and Classification Systems, Fundamentals of Mathematics I, General Psychology, Lifespan Growth and Development, Microcomputer Applications, Business Computer Applications, Developmental Writing II and Intermediate Algebra.
Friday, August 20, is the final day of registration for Fall Semester, which begins Monday, August. 23.
The Fall Semester class schedule is available at the Help Desk in the Student Center lobby, or in the Admission Advising Office and Records Office on the third floor.
The schedule also is available on-line through the college’s website (, where students also can register for classes.
Students are encouraged to register early as lines could be long in the Admissions Advising Office and the Admission and Records Office during the last days of spring semester registration.
For information about admissions or registration, call the Admissions Advising Office at 984-6183.
For information about financial aid, call the Financial Aid Office at 984-6203.

Senior citizens’ meeing
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens group will meet Monday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Members should bring a covered dish, bingo prizes and soaps for Orange Christian Services donations. Guests are welcome. For more information, call 883-6161.

Dates released for museum openings
The Orangefield School District has released a list of dates the Paul Cormier Museum will be open to the public. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Aug. 21, Sept. 18, October 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Special arrangements can be made to tour the facilities by contacting Brian Ousley at or (409) 735-1282. You may also contact Harvey Wilson at
The museum is located on Farm Road 105 next to the Orangefield High School

GOACC seeks president applications
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for applications to replace Chamber President Sabrina Gray, whose last day will be Aug. 13.
Gray has accepted a position with Clayton Anderson Restoration.
She served as chamber president about three years.
Deadline to apply for the full-time job is Friday, Aug. 6.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
• Finances, including budgeting, fiscal responsibilities working with a nonprofit board of directors.
• Management of organization, including a clear sense of GOACC strategic objectives.
• Handling  all aspects of human resource management within GOACC office.
• Represent the organization in local , regional and national activities.
• Development and implementation of events, campaigns, projects and membership drives.

 Experience and qualification requirements:
• Experience in business, marketing, management or equivalent experience.
• Excellent social and interpersonal skills, public speaking experience and writing ability.
• Familiarity of the Greater Orange Area, Golden Triangle.
• Experience working partnership within the community.
• Relevant experience in management, fundraising, coalition building, marketing and strategic  planning with ability to report measurable outcomes.

 To apply send a sealed resume to: Gopher Industrial, 19312 Highway 62 S., Orange, TX 77630, to the attention of David Jones – Chairman.
For more information, call the chamber at (409) 883-3536 or e-mail
Educator open house
The Manning’s store at 4144 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, will host an open house for educators Wednesday, July 28, from 2-7 p.m.; featuring product demonstrations, teacher free samples and giveaways.
Teachers will receive a free gift for attending and refreshments will be served.
Last year’s open house had more than 500 hundred teachers in attendance from all over Southeast Texas. About 800 have signed up for this year.
For more information, call (409) 899-1122 or (409) 832-2027.

Register now for September ACT® Test
Registration is now open for the Sept. 11 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before Aug. 6.
The national ACT September exam is the earliest college admissions test date of the school year. For high school seniors, this date is an excellent opportunity to receive test results in time for early decision applications. The September test date is offered only within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for entry-level college-credit courses based on ACT College Readiness StandardsTM. Every student’s results can be tied directly to these consistent standards.
The ACT has four sections—English, mathematics, reading and science—and takes about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete an optional writing test that requires an additional 30 minutes. Unlike other exams, students are not penalized for guessing or answering all the questions on each test section. In fact, it is beneficial for test takers to answer all questions within the time allowed.
During registration, students may select up to four universities to receive their score reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student. Additional score reports are available for a small fee.
All students complete a detailed inventory of questions during ACT registration. Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning, and college admissions.
The cost for the ACT test without writing is $33. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $48. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.
The ACT website,, has helpful information, free sample items, and options to order inexpensive test prep materials to assist test takers get ready for the exam. However, the best preparation is to take rigorous core courses in school, study hard, and learn the academic skills needed in college.
Most students register online at Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices. Registration is available until Aug. 20 for an extra $21 fee.

Mexican Heritage extension
The Mexican Heritage Society Scholarship Pageant has extended the deadline for applications for its Tiny, Little, Junior and Miss pageants until July 31.
The pageants will take place Sept. 11, the same day as the society’s Fiesta, at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.
The children’s costume contest will also be Sept. 11 for children 6 months to 4 years. Deadline to enter is Sept. 3. For applications and more information, call Cecelia Esqueda at (409) 962-7448.
For more information on the other pageants, call Zita Downs at (409) 727-7405 or Flisha Ramirez at (409) 790-1287.
The society seeks individuals interested in putting up a food booth or vendor business table at the Fiesta. Deadline for a booth is Aug. 24. For more information about booth space call Robert Moreno at (409) 673-3817 or Tony Ramirez at (409) 504-3791.
The society is working on a fiesta booklet. To purchase advertisements, call Andrea Valezco at (409) 543-7580. Deadline for ads is Aug. 1.

Swim Team tryouts
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Swim Team will have tryouts on Friday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sulphur Recreation and Aquatic Center. All swimmers must tryout and bring a completed 2010-11 athletic packet (including the physical). Packets are available from Diane Brown, athletic secretary. All athletes will need to swim a 100-yard freestyle and a 100-yard of another stroke for the tryout and they will be timed.
There will be a $4 fee for each swimmer/family member entering the pool deck. For more information, call Bonnie Dorman at (409) 988-3225 or e-mail
The first swim meet is scheduled in Longview Sept. 25.

LSC-PA orientation
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer orientation for new students on Thursday, Aug. 5, in 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.

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.

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 include Okra, cucumbers, various types of peppers, eggplant, purple hull and Zipper Cream peas (shelled, blanched, and frozen), peaches, watermelon, frozen blueberries and blueberry juice, figs by the gallon (frozen), canned vegetables and hot sauces, jellies, local honey, eggs, 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.