Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Memorial Day, and Independence Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

“Beat the Heat” Garage Sale, shop Bridge City Merchants Weekend

To celebrate all the hardworking folks of our Community this Labor Day weekend, the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will be holding a “cool” air conditioned Garage Sale on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Bridge City Community Center.
Most items will be sold by the “stuff the bag” method for a donation of $5 per bag.
Also during the Labor Day Weekend, the Chamber would like to encourage shopping our community merchants and eating in our restaurants. It may be hot outside, but the Community Center, merchants and restaurants will be turning up the air conditioner for your shopping pleasure. “Shop Bridge City” Labor Day weekend !!!!

Farmers’ Market held Wed. and Sat.

The Orange County Farmers’ Market has opened for the season and expanded to include Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., in addition to the usual 6:30-10 a.m. on Saturdays. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.
The following items are now available: Watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, tomatoes, yellow squash, purple hull and zipper cream peas, okra, eggplant, a variety of jams and jellies, canned vegetables, fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods, granola, and blueberry lemonade.
The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.

Cardinal Athletic Booster Club offering ‘parking pass’

The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club is offering a “Parking Pass” for all Home Football Games for $20. The pass will reserve you a space in the parking lot in front of the Athletic Field House. Please contact Cil Dixon Athletic Directors Secretary at 350 Bower Drive or 409-735-1641 if you would like to purchase one.

Heritage House receives new shipment of ‘Picturing Orange’

Heritage House Museum is proud to announce; A new shipment of the History Book, Picturing Orange has been received and is ready for sale to the public. This very interesting and pictorial history of Orange County is the hard work of Dr. Howard C. Williams of Orange. Buy your copy at The Heritage House Museum office, 905 W. Division in Orange, Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The price is $38 including tax.
Those wishing to have a copy mailed to you or to someone else, please send the information with an extra $10 for shipping and handling and we’ll be happy to mail it.

American Legion to host pool tournament

The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player 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.

VFW, Ladies Auxiliary to host V-J Day.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 & The Ladies Auxiliary will host a slide show entitled V-J Day. The video consists of events leading up to the surrender of Japan and signing of the peace treaty. The public is invited to attend on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6:15 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North.

Museum of the Gulf Coast to remember Sept. 11, 2001

The Museum of the Gulf Coast will offer FREE admission to the public on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. For more information please call 409-982-7000 or visit

OC Retired Teachers to meet Sept. 12

The Orange County Retired Teachers Assn. will meet on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street, at 11 am. The guest speaker will be Richard Briggs, Texas Retired Teachers Association District V Legislative Chairman. He will update members about the past legislative session and how retired teachers will be affected by its decisions.
Chuck Wilson, Regional Director for Sholar’s Medicine Chest, and Scott Nassimbeni, Regional Marketing Director, will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Those interested should bring their Medicare cards.
The organization will begin its fall children’s book drive. Plan to bring contributions to each meeting. Lunch will be served.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Sept. 15

The Red Hot Flashers of Orange County will hold their monthly meeting Sept. 15, at Tuffy’s in Mauriceville, at 11:30 a.m.
Birthday ladies are: Lady J, Charlyn Jensen and Madam Rebecca, Becky Nation.
The ladies are planning a bus trip to Lafayette, La for the Tinsel and Treasure Holiday Market Sept. 23. Round trip tickets are $35. For additional information call Madam Rebeccca, 409-746-2004.

OC Retired Senior Citizens to meet Sept. 12

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will have their monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. at The Salvation Army building, located at the corner of Strickland and MLK in Orange, on Monday, Sept. 12. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal and a bingo prize. We are still collecting soaps for Orange Christian Services. All seniors are welcome to attend. Call 409-883-6161 for further information.

Hunters Education Safety Class set for Sept. 23

Texas Parks and Wildlife will host a Hunter Education safety class on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will finish on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested must attend both sessions. Certification is required for those 17 years and older and were born on or before Sept. 2, 1971 to hunt in Texas. Children nine years of age and older can become certified. To register, call Danny Odom at 409-883-8118.
This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.

Bridge City Heritage Festival set for Oct. 1

The Historical Museum of Bridge City is hosting the Bridge City Heritage Festival on Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bridge City Community Center grounds. There will be live musical entertainment, carnival rides, antique cars, crafts and exhibits, a silent auction, bingo, children’s games and much more. For those interested in a craft/exhibit or food booth space, please contact Paige Williams at 409-738-3743, Tracey Broussard at 409-344-2341, Lisa Beuhler at 409-988-9999 or by email at to receive a vendor packet.

Boilermakers, members and ex-members of Local 587, to meet Sept. 10

Anyone who has ever been a member of Local 587, is invited to a luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m., at the Sheetmetal Hall located at 8397 Old Hwy 90, Orange, Texas. All members, past and present, are encouraged to attend the luncheon and visiting with old friends.

Orange Ladies Auxiliary getting ready for Garage Sale on Oct. 22

Orange Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2775 are renting tables at $15 each for a Garage Sale to take place at the VFW Post on Highway 87 North on Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be 40 Tables to rent at $15 each, on a first come first serve, CASH ONLY, basis at the time of rental. There will be no refunds.
Doors will open to vendors for setting up from 6 to 8 a.m. and open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for customers. No food or beverage will be allowed; no electricity is available and vendors must take their leftovers with them. Deadline is Oct. 8. For further information, contact President Cathie Duhon at 409-553-6180 before 2 p.m. or Senior Vice President Jeanette Clark at 409-883-0264.

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.

BCISD to administer Credit by Examination

Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be December 6, 7 and 8, 2011 and June 5, 6 and 7 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at: