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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

American Association of University Women to host annual book sale

The Orange branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have their annual book sale on Saturday, March 26 in conjunction with Art In The Park. Anyone able to donate any gently used books are asked to drop them off at Mann Insurance Agency, 1505 Park at 15th Street in Orange. If pickup is needed, call 409-886-5739 or 409-886-2194 in Orange or 409-842-8209 in Beaumont. All proceeds from the sale go toward the annual scholarship fund.

Benefit for Collen Buckley set for March 19

There will be a benefit dinner and auction on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Colleen Buckely at the Fraternal Order of Eagles facility located at 803 N. 28th St in Orange. Colleen is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and this benefit will raise money to help cover expenses during her treatment.
The live auction and raffle will begin at 1 p.m. and live music will be provided by various artist.
A barbecue plate ($7), chip beef sandwich ($5) and sausage links ($5) will be sold. Advance orders will be taken for deliveries.
To place your order or for more information, please call Martha Courmier at 337-589-2339, Kay Mahon at 409-330-5299 or 409-886-7381 after 3:30 p.m.

Sunday dances to begin at the Orange VFW

Orange VFW Post 2775, located at 5303 North 16th Street, will be hosting dances by French Music Specialists, The Dallas Street Ramblers each Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning March 13. Admission will be $5 at the door. For further information call 886-9738 after 3 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.

Easter ‘Egg’stravaganza beauty pageant set for April 2

The Easter ‘Egg’stravaganza beauty pageant will be held on Saturday, April 2 in Orangefield. Age groups range from newborn to 16 and up. The attire for ages newborn to nine years old will be Easter wear or Sunday best. Ages ten and up can wear Sunday best or formal dress.
There will be awards for queen, princess, first alternate and second alternate for each age group. The queens and princesses will receive crowns. Every child will receive a trophy just for entering. All entries received by March 5 will receive a crown. Those wishing to enter can sell chances to help pay the entry fee will receive a crown, trophy and gifts.
The entry fee cost $70. Ten dollars per contestant will be donated to the Heartbeats of Hope organization that helps local families with children that suffer from cancer.
For more information or to enter the pageant, please contact Amy Williamson at 409-651-4384 or e-mail at

Texas Ghost Show set for March 18, 19

The 2nd annual Texas Ghost Show, hosted by the Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators is scheduled to being at 7 p.m. on March 18 and last until 11:45 p.m. on March 19 at the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont.
Guests include the entire cast of Ghost Lab, led by brothers Barry and Brad Kling; David Rountree, a leading paranormal researcher and author of “Paranormal Technology, Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting;” author of 10 books on the paranormal and ghost researcher, Antonio R. Garcez; world-renowned psychic, medium and healer, Tiffany Smith Johnson; and escape artist, Aron Houdini.
Also returning will be: Father Andrew Calder from “Paranormal State;” Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard from “Monster Quest;” “Oprah of the Paranormal” Ericka Boussarhane; author and psychic healer, Dr. Rita Louise; Chris Walden, host of the “Shadow Hour” radio show and more.
Radio personalities Brian and Anna Marie of “Ghostology,” will return as emcees.
The “Ghost Lab” will be on display, along with “Museum of the Weird.”
Several paranormal groups are scheduled to attend. They will be available to answer questions and distribute information at their various booths. Those scheduled to attend are:
• Everyday Paranormal
• Graveyard Shift Paranormal
• S.P.I.R.E. Southern Paranormal Investigative Research and Exploration
• T.E.X.P.A.R.T. Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team
• The Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators
• Wide Awake Paranormal
Equipment will also be available for sale at the event.
Tickets are $20 general admission. VIP tickets are available. For more information or to purchase tickets go to
The MCM Elegante Hotel is offering a discount on rooms with group code TXSP.
To rent booth space, call Don Dennis at 409-553-4456.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings

The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

Texas High School Rodeo set for March 13

There will be a Texas High School Rodeo at The Longhorn on Sunday, March 13 beginning at 10 a.m.

Lutcher Stark 1953 class reunion set for April 30

The 1953 class at Lutcher Stark High School will have a class reunion on Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Spanky’s in Orange.For more information, call Bobby Vincent at 409-543-5478.

WOS Class of 1971 plans reunion

The West Orange High School Class of 1971 has scheduled a 40th reunion for Saturday, July 9. The event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. E-mail and mail notices are forthcoming. Quite a few graduates have unconfirmed information.
The classes of 1970 and 1972 are also invited to attend.
For questions call Carolyn Reese Hankins at 409-886-8618 or Tommy White at 409-886-1176 or e-mail Judy Armstrong Brimm at

American Legion Post 49 to host St. Patrick’s Dance March 12

The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will host a “Saint Patrick’s” dance on Saturday, March 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Jesse Domingue and Friends will be featured for live music and it will cost $5 per person.
Beer, wine and set-ups will be sold within but BYOB is acceptable. No coolers.
Table decorations are encouraged. The kitchen will be open. This is a smoking environment, but it is well vented.
For more information, please call 409-886-9861.

Arbor Day Foundation offers ten free trees

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive ten free white flowering dogwood trees.
“White flowering dogwoods will add year-round beauty to your home and neighborhood,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Dogwoods have showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage, and red berries which attract songbirds all winter.”
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation ‘s bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by March 31, 2011.

GOACC to host Fashion and Festivities

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for businesses to feature at the upcoming “Fashion and Festivities–Doing It in Orange” formerly known as “The Bridal Showcase.” The name was changed to include all events, such as, weddings, proms, anniversaries and all special occasions.
The event is scheduled 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, March 20 at the Brown Center. A fashion show will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Booth spaces can be reserved by calling the chamber office at 409-883-3536. The event is scheduled 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, March 20.
Chamber members booth spaces and prices for the various rooms are: Solarium–$225; Sun Room–$225; Dining Room I and II, 1/2 Room–$275; Dining Room I and II, Full Room–$550; Lavender Bedroom, Full Room–$175.00; Courtyard space–under tent–$150.00.
Included with a booth is a black and white business card ad in the resource booklet, which is given to all attendees. Also included are two box lunches for the exhibitors.
Attendees will be required to visit each exhibitor to be entered into the drawing for the grand prize give away.
Admission at the door is $7. Attendees can purchase tickets from exhibitors prior to the event for a cost of $5. All monies received from the sale of early bird tickets will be turned into the GOACC.
Exhibitors must provide one door prize valued at $50. Winners do not have to be present to win. Exhibitors may contact the winner after the event.
Set up for vendors will be March 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and March 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Contact the GOACC at 409-883-3536 for additional information.

BC Knights of the Columbus to offer Lenten fish dinners

Bridge City Knights Of Columbus Lenten fish dinners (fried catfish, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies) begins Friday, March 11, 2011 time 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Every Friday through Friday, April 15. Cost $7 to dine-in or takeout. Deliveries available for ten or more orders. Please call-in orders Thursday evening or early Friday by 9 a.m. To place orders or for more information, call 409-735-4289 or 409735-5725.

OC Retired Senior Citizens to meet March 14

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens monthly meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 14 at The Salvation Army bldg. on MLK and Strickland in Pinehurst. Plan to bring a covered dish for the noon meal. They are still collecting soaps for Orange Christian Services. A guest speaker is planned, so the meeting will start promptly at 10 a.m. All seniors are welcome to attend. Call 409-883-6161 for further information.

Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards to meet March 18

The Lutcher Stark’s Bengal Guards will have their monthly meeting on Friday, March 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Romano’s, located at 1201 16th Street in Orange. All Guards, 1935-1944, are urged to attend. Plans for the April Reunion will be finalized at that time.

Basketball game set for WO-S Safe Graduation

The 16th Annual Basketball Game Project Graduation present the City of Orange Police Department vs the Fire Department on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The game will take place at the West Orange-Stark High School located at 1400 Newton St. in Orange. All proceeds will benefit the WO-S Safe Graduation.

Wells of Agape to host golf tournament

Wells of Agape is hosting their second annual Golf Tournament Charity Fundraiser on March 19 at the Belle Oaks Golf Club, located on Hwy. 73 and Country Club Rd. Check-in is at 8 a.m. The schedule of events are as follows:
• 4 Man Scramble $55 per player (lunch included)
· • Breakfast Burritos will be sold
• Shotgun: 9:00 a.m.
• Mulligans for $1 (Limit 2 per player)
• Lunch will be served during Awards Program
• Awards Program & Prizes following round
For tournament information contact Ron Wells at 409-745-4609 or e-mail at

American Legion Post 49 to sell lunch on March 11

The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be selling plate lunches on Friday, March 11. Smoked chicken quarters, dirty rice, green beans, cole slaw, bread and dessert will be sold for $7 per plate. Delivery and walk-in’s are welcome. Please call after 9 ap.m. on Thursday, March 10 and Friday Morning after 9 a.m. for delivery. Meals are ready from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.
For orders or more information, please call 409-886-9861 or fax 4409-886-1241.
All proceeds go back into The American Legion Post 49, which is a non-profit Veterans organizations of Veterans helping Veterans.

Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society to meet March 14

The Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society will meet on the second Monday of each month. This mont’s meeting will be on Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Center Building at the Beaumont BOtanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park off Fannett Road in Beaumont. Refreshments will precede the meeting. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Call 409-866-5721 or 409-892-4498 for information on the meeting and directions.

Red Hot Flashers to meet March 17

The Red Hot Flashers of Orange County will meet March 17, at the Sunset Grove Country Club, in Orange at 11:30 a.m.
Birthday ladies are: Lady Evangline, Billie Becker: Miss Priss, Zella Williams, and Lady Georgia, Georgia Long. These ladies will present a birthday program. All ladies are welcome. For information call 409-886-1609.

Orange County Retired Teachers to meet March 14

The Orange County Retired Teachers will have their monthly meeting on Monday, March 14, at 11 am at the Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 401 37th Street in Orange. The guest speaker will be Judy Williams, the ACE coordinator at Lamar State College Orange. She will present information about alternative certification programs for teachers. Donna Broomes and Mary Dixon will assist her. Members are reminded to bring children’s books for the TRTA Book Project.