2011 pound weight loss challenge issued

Greg the trainer has initiated a challenge to Bridge City and Orange County residents to lose 2011 pounds collectively from Jan. 1, 2011 thru April 1, 2011. He is providing full support for individual success and has prizes from the community to be awarded each month for the greatest monthly loser. There is a grand prize for the one who has lost the most by April. For information call Greg at 409-550-0777 or e-mail  to gregthetrainer@yahoo.com. There is no long-term membership required to any organization.

BCISD enacts the Child Find/Child Serve program

Child Find/Child Serve is a requirement for school districts to regularly identify, locate and appropriately place children and students with special needs. Bridge City ISD wants to effectively meet these requirements. The community is encouraged to Call the Bridge City ISD Special Education Office at 735-1628 if they know of a child or young adult, ages 3-21, with a special need.

Downtown Orange to host Art in the Park

The 9th Annual Art in the Park Festival will be held in Downtown Orange on March 26. Early registration is encouraged and invitations have been mailed. Artists and crafters will line up along the inside and outside edges of Stark Park on Green Ave. for a day of display, demo and selling of artworks. Local, area and regional participants tend to enjoy this early season outdoor event. Blues and jazz bands perform on stage throughout the day. Food vendors offer tasteful items to refresh everyone. Kid’s Alley offers children hands-on activities they may take home.
For more information or to register, please call 409-883-1011 or 409-883-1010 or stop by the office: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 803 Green Avenue, behind Orange City Hall.

BC baseball alumni game set for Feb. 12

The Bridge City Baseball program will host an alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 12. The game will happen after the varsity scrimmage against Barbers Hill at 11 a.m. All alumni are welcome to attend and come see the many renovations made to Cardinal Field over the past couple of seasons. Please contact Coach Chris Moore at chris.moore@bridgecityisd.net  if you plan on attending. For more information you can also check the Cardinal Baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/ Start getting those arms ready boys!

Income tax assistance

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program started on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 15.
Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1099 forms including Social Security Benefits statements; records of capital gains and losses; receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, and Social Security cards for dependents. Also a copy of their 2009 tax return is preferred because it is helpful to the volunteers prepare for the 2010 return.
Electronic filing will be available. No tax returns will be started after 4 p.m.

LCMHS to host ‘Locks of Love’ campaign

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s Future Teachers and Cosmetology students are partnering to host their Sixth Annual Locks of Love drive.  Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss.  Last year there were 16 donations totaling over 15 feet of hair.
Those wishing to donate hair need to register by Feb. 10.  The haircut should be at least six to eight inches in length – ten inches is preferred. Certified stylists will be providing the haircuts free of charge.  Those who prefer their own stylists cutting their hair can still donate by bringing clean hair that is in a ponytail to the cosmetology department at LCM.  To register, call Kim Levens at 409-886-5821, ext. 1730, or e-mail Kim or Babs Foster at klevens@lcmcisd.org or babsfoster@lcmcisd.org.

Citizen Wildfire Ecology Certification Program
Many people enjoy the beauty of forest and woodlands surrounding their homes and neighborhoods. This is where the Urban Wildland Interface occurs and many of our communities are at risk of wildfire. The program teaches citizens about how to reduce their community’s hazards from wildfire. Citizen Wildfire Ecology Certification Program presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Forest Service Urban Wildland Interface will be held at Orange County ESD 1, 2351 Hwy 12 Vidor. Classroom training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13. March 5 will be a field trip and report on special projects. Pre-registration required contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office Orange County 409-882-7010.

American Legion of host pool tournament

The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 48 in Orange will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a $5 entry fee, ten players maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-330-4847.

BC Senior parent financial aid workshop

There will be a Senior Parent Financial Aid Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bridge City High School.  This program is designed to assist students and parents with the completion of the FAFSA Application, as well as to inform them of other financial assistance options for college education.  A financial aid representative will be available after the workshop to answer questions and schedule individual follow-up appointments to assist families in submitting the FAFSA.  Also, please do not forget to check on scholarship information in the Counselor’s Office or on our website at www.bridgecityisd.net. Call 409-735-1539 for additional information.

Cheer Hawaii fundraiser set

The Cheer Hawaii team is hosting a a Valentines Dance for BC Middle School students, grades six to eight, on Feb. 11 at the KC hall in Bridge City from 7 to 11 p.m.
The cost is $5 person and pictures with frames will be sold for $10 each. Pizza by the slice, snacks and drinks will be sold as well.

Former DuPont Instrument Employees Reunion

The annual reunion of former DuPont instrument employees will be held Tuesday, March 1 at JB’s BBQ in Orange. The group will meet in the parking lot at around noon to visit and will move inside at 1 p.m. In the event of bad weather, please plan to arrive at 12:45. Attendees will pay for their own lunch selection through the serving line.
If you are a retired or former DuPont or INVISTA instrument employee, you are invited to attend this reunion. Visitors are welcome.
For more information, contact Dan Ryder at 409-504-5046 or danryder@ymail.com.

OC Retired Teachers Association to meet

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its February meeting  at 11:00 am on Monday, Feb. 14 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, located
401 37th Street in Orange, The guest speaker will be Dan Perrine of the Texas Travel Bureau. He will update members on information of activities of the travel bureau, with special emphasis on wildflowers of Texas. Gumbo will be a special treat for all members and guests.

Orange Trade Days to host show weekend of Feb. 18

Orange Trade Days will be hosting their next show on Feb 18-20. Along with their  wonderful monthly event of Flea Market, Food and Fun, they are also going to be fundraising for St Judes.  Orange Trade Days will be donating ten percent of their Concession Sales to St Jude. Bordwells Custom Leather & Wood works will be hosting a raffle for a beautiful custom made birdhouse and tiger wood domino set, Bling All Over Boutique will be donating 10 percent as well. Those wishing to participate should contact me Gabby Snyder at 409-883-4344.

WOS Baseball Alumni game set for Feb. 19

All former WO Chiefs, Lutcher Stark Tigers, and WOS Mustangs are invited to play.  Dust off your gloves and come out and play. Come meet the 2011 Mustangs and visit with former players on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Ronnie Andeson Park. Registration and warm-up starts at 1 p.m. and the game starts at 2 p.m. Participation costs $25, which includes a t-shirt. The homerun derby will follow the game. Cost for the game, the shirt and the homerun derby is $35.
Family and friends are invited to come out and show their support.
The concession stand will be open selling hotdogs, links, and all of your other favorite baseball foods. Admission is FREE! Come and support our WOS Baseball Team!!!
For more information contact, Annely Domas 409-670-5309 or Jesse Riojas 409-313-1019

MCT Credit Union – Scholarship Applications

The MCT Credit Union Scholarship Program has been established to provide eight area high school graduates with a $1,000 scholarship to help with the funds needed to attend college. MCT is committed to investing in the future of our teens through this program.
The applicant must be a graduating senior and a current member of MCT Credit Union with accounts in good standing. 
The MCT 2011 scholarship applications are available at high school counselors’ offices in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties as well as all MCT branch locations. The deadline to return applications is March 31.

Orangefield Cormier Museum to be open Feb. 19.

The Orangefield Cormier Museum will be open Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 -2. Admission is free and special tours are available by contacting Harvey Wilson by e-mail at: hawilson@esc5.net.

American Legion Post 49 to host Valentines Dance

The American Legion Post 49 in Orange will host a Valentines Dance on Feb. 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The band, Creole Cookin’, will be featured and tickets will cost $5 per person. This is a BYOB event (no coolers allowed) with beer, wine and set-ups sold inside. Table decorations are encouraged and the kitchen will be open. This will be a smoking environment. The dance will take place that the American Legion hall, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange. For more information, call 409-886-9681.

SE Texas Arts Council to host grant writing workshop

The Southeast Texas Arts Council will hold its first grant writing workshop Feb. 26, 2011 at the Foundation for Southeast Texas building located at 700 North Street, Meeting Room 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Any non-profit organization in Jefferson, Orange or Hardin County with plans to offer a fine arts or humanities program is eligible to apply.
Any new organization must attend one of the workshops.
A second workshop in March will be announced soon.
For more information, call 409-835-2787 or email director@setxac.org

Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society to meet

The Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society meets on the second Monday of each month. This month’s meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Center Building at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Terrell Park off of Fannett Road in Beaumont. Refreshments will precede the meeting. Those interested are encouraged to attend. For more information on the meeting, or directions, call 409-866-5721 or 409-892-4498.

American Legion Post 49 to host American Dream Karaoke

The American Legion Post 49 proudly presents The American Dream Karaoke featuring Patty Ferguson on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free of charge and it is a smoking and BYOB event, no coolers please. Beer, wine and set-ups will be sold within and the kitchen will be open.  For more information, call 409-886-9861.

American Legion Post 49 to host fried fish lunch

The American Legion Post 49 will host a plate lunch on Friday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be serving fried fish, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans and bread for $7 per plate. They will deliver and walk-ins are welcome. Those interested need to call before noon on Thursday, Feb. 17 and those wanting  deliveries must call before 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. All proceeds go back into the American Legion Post 49 which is a non-profit veterans organizations. For orders and more information, call 409-886-9861 or fax: 409-886-1241.

Hunter education safety class set for Feb. 15.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Orange. Those interested must complete the on-line home study computer sections, print completed tests and bring them to the class. Call Danny Odom to register at 409-883-8118.
This class is not just for hunters, but anyone who handles firearms can benefit from it.

Delta Kappa Gamma News for February

The February chapter meetings of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in Orange will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15.  All chapters will meet at 6:30 p.m.  Theta Chapter will meet in the home of Theresa Beauchamp for a program led by Camille Fuller, entitled “February-A Healthy Month for Women.”  Theta Omega Chapter will gather in the Café at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and attend the “Saving Our American Raptors” program presented by Doris Mager. The chapter of Theta Psi will be led by Judy Williams in a program entitled, “Love Makes the World Go Round” at the home of Alana Peddy. Members of the three educational honor society chapters may contact their chapter presidents for more information.
Orange VFW to offer free Wii Bowling

Orange VFW is offering free Wii Bowling for members and their guests on Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in the clubroom.  Guests must be accompanied and signed in by a member of the VFW or Ladies Auxiliary.  For further information, contact the Club Room after 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 409-886-9738.

OC Retired Senior Citizens to meet Feb. 14   

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will have their regular meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 at the Salvation Army Building on Strickland Drive. The Nominating Committee will give their report on officers for this year. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. Each member is to bring bingo prizes. Also, we are still collecting soaps for Orange Christian Services. All seniors are welcome to attend. For more information, call 409-883-6161.

AgriLIFE and FITLIFE to offer ‘Live Long and Strong Workshop’

The Orange County AgriLIFE Extension Office is sponsoring a Live Long and Strong Workshop, a back to basics series, at the FITLIFE located at 2826 Western Ave. in Orange.
This is a three day course, Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 16-18. The first 20 to sign-up will get the classes free of cost but space is limited. The classes include cooking demos, Zumba fitness, meal planning, strength training, food safety tips, yoga demonstrations, and tips on reducing the cost of food.
For registration or more information, please call 409-882-7010 or 409-988-9974.