Toy drive for Bastrop wildfire victims extended to Nov. 3

Due to the great response and the need of toys, the toy drive to benefit the children of Bastrop wildfires has been extended to Nov. 3.
Treasures Requested but not limited to are: NEW dolls, trucks, cars, balls, bats, gloves, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, non-motorized riding toys, action figures, books, etc. Treasures for all ages needed
All NEW toys will be appreciated by the children; no clothes please.
Drop off locations: Vidor: Novrozskys; Bridge City: Big Red Air, Joy Dubose-Simonton, Attorney at Law, Bridge City Bank and Firestone Credit Union; and in Orange: Orange: Novrozskys and David Self Ford.
This toy drive is sponsored by Vidor, Bridge City and Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information: please call 779-0281

Friends of BC Public Library to host book, bake sale

The Friends of the Bridge City Public Library will be hosting a Book Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held outside at the Bridge City Trade Days, located at 163 Mann Street in Bridge City. Books to be sold include fiction and non-fiction, children’s and adults, paperbacks and hardbacks. There will also be a variety of VHS tapes and magazines. Homemade goods include fudge, pralines, brownies, pumpkin bread, muffins and cookies will be sold also.
The proceeds of the sale will benefit the building fund for the new extension on the Bridge City Public Library, which is located at 101 Parkside Drive. Progress on the addition to the library building can be viewed at the address above. Monetary donations will be gratefully accepted at the Library for the benefit of this new building until completion of this new addition. The Library is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Thursdays the hours are 1 to 7 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Book donations are also being accepted with the exceptions of encyclopedias and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. Books in good condition may be dropped off inside the Library during regular business hours. Please do not put these books in the Book Drop or outside of the Library doors. The deadline for book donations for this sale is Thursday Nov. 3. Any questions can be addressed by calling the Library at 409-735-4242.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host pool tournament, karaoke

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine 2523 located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host a pool tournament and American Dream Karaoke with Patty Ferguson on Friday, Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. until midnight. The public is invited to attend, pick out a song and join in the fun. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

Orange VFW, Ladies Auxiliary to honor POW/MIAs

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and The Ladies Auxiliary will honor all POW/MIAs and their families during a special ceremony on Veterans Day.
Post Commander Robert LaFleur and Auxiliary President Cathie Duhon will preside over the program. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 348, will
have their TEXAS WALL set up for viewing. The wall honors all Texas POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War. The program is open to the public and will take place
at the VFW at 5303 Sixteenth Street on November 11th at 11 am. For further information, contact Commander Robert LaFleur at 886-0315 or 313-0502.

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: Satsumas, mustard and turnip greens, radishes, sweet potatoes, watermelon, tomatoes, yellow squash, okra, hot peppers, bell peppers, smoked turkeys and chickens, a variety of jams and jellies, canned vegetables, fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods, blueberry juice, blueberry bushes, and house plants.
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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host open Sunday

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine 2523 located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host and open Sunday on Oct. 30. Doors will open at noon and free chicken and sausage gumbo will be served. The football game will be on the television, dominoes will be available and anyone wanting to play a game is encouraged to bring it. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

VFW Post 2775 contest deadline set for Nov. 1

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 reminds all hopeful entries in the annual Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Citizenship Teacher of the Year entries
that the deadline is November 1st for entries to be IN THE HANDS of the VFW or Auxiliary Chairmen. Materials were taken to area schools at the beginning of the
school year. For further information, contact Post Chairman James Seales at 409-338-1853 or Auxiliary Chairman Patricia Kemp at 409-886-2796. Following judging
the winners will advance to the District Level of competition.

Hunter education safety class to start Oct. 27

Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Orange. You much complete the online home study computer sections, print completed tests and bring them to class. Please 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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host dance Oct. 29

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine 2523 located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host a dance featuring Jesse & Company Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a costume contest with first prize of $50, second prize of $30 and third prize of $20. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 for children 18 and under. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

Orange VFW to give continuing education scholarship

The Orange VFW Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary is taking applications for a $1,000 “Continuing Education Scholarship” offered by the National Ladies Auxiliary VFW. To qualify,
the applicant must be a member for at least a full year, or be a spouse, son or daughter of a qualified member.
Entries must be at least 18 and pursuing a college degree or career direction at a technical school. Four scholarships are presented by National to each of four conferences. Scholarships are paid directly to the College or Tech School, in the student’s name, for use during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
For an application and criteria, contact Chairman Jeanette Clark at 883-0264 or email at

South Texas Beef Symposium, Trade Show with CEU’s

The Symposium and Trade show will be held Nov. 14 from 8:30 am to 4 p.m. at the Ford Park Event Center in Beaumont. The focus for the beef symposium and trade show will be, survival and recovery of the drought. Topics of discussion will include; health problems and management during and after drought in a cow-calf herds, Managing forages and pastures during and after a drought, Cattle marketing, calves and cows during and after a drought, and What happens now to the cow-calf herds “The Beef Cattle Industry”.
Pre-registrations is required. Cost is $20 per person and includes, BBQ lunch, Discussions and Trade show. Three (3) CEU credits will be given. To register contact the Jefferson County Extension office at 409-835-8461

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.

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.

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: