AARP income tax assistance program offered

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will have trained volunteers available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 13 in the Orange Public Library.

Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: all W-2 and 1099 forms, including Social Security benefits and statements; records of Capital gains and losses; receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents; a copy of your 2010 tax return, which will be very helpful for the volunteers assisting in the preparations of the 2011 return.

Electronic filing will be available. No tax returns will be started after 4 p.m.

Spring cleaning in Pinehurst

The city of Pinehurst will host a Spring Clean UP from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at MacArthur Shopping Center in the old Sears building parking lot.

The event is free for Pinehurst resident only. Proof of residency is required such as driver’s license, water bill, etc.

Accepted items include: Household garbage, wood, furniture, appliances (must be free of Freon).

Limbs and trees will not be accepted. Hazardous materials not accepted are: tires, paints, cleaners, antifreeze, car batteries, used oil, insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, gas tanks, etc.

BC Kindergarten early registration 2012-2013

The Bridge City Independent School District kindergarten early registration for the 2012-2013 school year.

Students will register at Bridge City Elementary front office.

The following guidelines apply to the kindergarten program:

• Students must be 5 years of on or before Sept. 1, 2012.

• A state certified birth certificate, complete immunization record, proof of residency in Bridge City ISD (electric, water, gas, or rental agreement) the student’s Social Security card and parents or guardians photo ID are required.

• Current students who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2012 and will complete the 2011-2012 school year in PPCD, Speech, or Pre-K are not required to register for kindergarten. They are automatically promoted.

Only complete packets will be accepted. The last day to request a specific teacher for any grade level is April 13. School personnel are asking anyone knowing parents of prospective kindergarten children to inform them of the registration dates. The office at BCE will be registering students from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. For further information contact BCE office at 735-0900.

Heroes honored at Cowboy Harley-Davidson

The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” program is calling all Southeast Texas heroes to put on their capes, grab their sidekicks and join “Gift of Life” Justice League Honorees Darrell Jacob, Dr. Mark Kubala and Judge Mickey Shuffield for Champagne & Ribs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Cowboy Harley-Davidson (1150 I-10 South, Beaumont).

Vidor Lions Club to host charity golf scramble

The Vidor Lions Club will host their 18th annual Charity Scramble on Saturday, April 14 at the Idylwild Golf Club in Sour Lake. The scramble will start at 8:30 a.m. and will benefit the Lions Eye Bank of Texas. Entry fees include all greens fees and carts, and will be taken up to the start of the scramble. Hole-in-One prize will be a Lincoln MKZ, courtesy of Kinsel Ford. Complimentary food, beer, water and soft drinks will be sold. All players will receive a special gift bag. For more information, please call 409-745-3788.

David Ess, Bridge City Strutter Golf Tournament set for May 19

David Ess and the Bridge City Strutters will be hosting their annual golf tournament. The tournament will have a shotgun star at 8 a.m. (sign-in will be at 7:30 a.m.) on Saturday, May 19, at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. It will be an 18 hole, four-person scramble with prizes awarded. Entry fee is $200 per team, which includes the green fee, cart, food, drink and prizes.

Hole sponsorships are also available for $100, which includes a sign at the golf course and an ad in the Strutters Spring Review Program. The deadline for hole sponsorship is April 17 or tournament entry deadline is May 8. For more information contact any Strutter, or call 735-8521 or 474-1395.

Orange Boat Club Bar-B-Q Cookoff

The Orange Boat Club BBQ cook-off will be held April 20-21. You do not have to be in the cook-off to enjoy this event. All Boat Club members and they’re invited guests are welcomed. The entry fee is $100 per team. Advance sign-up sheets for the barbeque cook-off must be turned-in to Reggie Broussard by April 19 and are available at the Boat Club facility located at 2206 DuPont Drive. Drawing for positions will be held on Thursday April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

This is one of our biggest events of the year and the festivities begin on Thursday, April 19 with a Team Cricket Dart (blind draw doubles) tournament at 7 p.m. A Team Moon Dominoes (blind draw doubles) tournament at 7 p.m. Friday. A Team Board Washer tournament and on Saturday starting at approximately 10 a.m.

WO High School Class of 1962 to host reunion

The West Orange High School Class of 1962 has announced their plans for the 50th Class Reunion. The reunion will be held the weekend of April 20, 21 and 22. Information and registration sheets have been mailed out. If you have not received one and would like to attend, please contact: Anita (Adair) Bussell at 409-886-2069.

Guns vs. Hoses set for April 23

The 17th Annual Charity Basketball Game Guns vs. Hoses has be scheduled for Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds will go towards the LCM Project Safe Graduation. The community is invited to come out and support the LCM Project Safe Graduation and watch the Orange Police Department take on the Orange Fire Department in a fun filled night. Concessions will be available and door prizes will also be given away.

LSC-O hosts administrative professionals luncheon

Lamar State College-Orange will host an Administrative Professionals Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at The Brown Center, 4205 W. Park in Orange. Guest speaker will be Jackie Simien.

Lutcher Stark Class of 1953 Reunion

The Luther Stark Class of 1953 will be having a reunion at 6 p.m. on April 28 at Spanky’s Restaurant in Orange. Call Bobby Vincent at 409-543-5478 for more information.

Dorothy Ann (Dot) Eshbach 90th Birthday open house set for April 29

The family of Dot Eshbach would like to invite all of her friends to an open house on Sunday, April 29 to celebrate her 90th birthday. The open house will be held at 1375 Oaks End in Bridge City from noon to 3 p.m. Stop by for cake and punch and to share memories. While it may not be possible, the families goal is to keep this a surprise, so mum’s the word.

Habitat for Humanity hosts golf tournament

Greater Orange Area Habitat for Humanity will hold their annual charity gold tournament on Saturday, May 5 at Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 Sunset Drive in Orange. The format is a two person best-ball. Cost is $100 for a two person team. Gross and net prizes will be awarded. Mulligans, drinks on the course and lunch are included for participants. Entry deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Contact Sunset Grove Country Club at 883-9454 for more information.

Thrift & Gifts Center to host garage sale

Thrift & Gifts outside garage sale is being planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The organization needs at least 20 vendors. Spaces will rent for $12 with sellers providing their tables and chairs. Gates will open at 7 p.m. for those setting up with sales beginning at 8 a.m. The shop and bargain room will be open. To reserve a booth or for more information, call 886-7649, or come by the Thrift & Gifts Center at 350 37th St. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Senior Citizen of the Year Nominations sought

Nominations are sought for the 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year. The winner will be announced at the 43rd annual Senior Citizen Rally Day “Getting’ Hooked on Health” on May 8.

Nominees must be 60 years old or over. Application must be accompanied by a written summary of the nominee’s service to mankind such as: participation in service organizations; service projects; their contribution towards improving the community; and volunteer service (church, clubs, community, and fellowman). Describe outstanding leadership, service, achievements, and awards.

Deadline for entries is April 16. Mail form to: Extension Committee on Aging, P. O. BOX 367, Orange, TX 77631-0367. Those submitting an application for a nominee must be willing to accept the judge’s decision.

For more information call the extension office at 409-882-7010 or check out their Web site:

Heavenly Hearts Summer Charity Pageant to be held May 26

Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants announces it’s next event. The Summer Charity Pageant will be held on May 26 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries are being accepted now and will continue until May 24. Early bird entry discounts are given to those that enter by May 5. Age divisions are from babies all the way to adult. The event is open to all areas and to both boys and girls. Attire is formal and summer wear. Awards are crowns, trophies, plaques, sashes, toys, gifts, and much more. No one will leave empty handed and all young contestants receive a tiara just for taking part in this event. The charity that will benefit from this event is the Bridge City Ministerial Alliance. Entry fee into this event if entered by the early bird deadline is $85. Late entries will be charged $135.

Raffle tickets for various donated items can be sold to pay the entry fee, or you may get a sponsor if you want to enter at no cost to you. For more information, log on to Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants on facebook. Anyone can enter, purchase a raffle ticket, or make a donation by calling Kari Stringer 281-259-4437 (Must leave a message) or by email for a much faster response Applications can be mailed or emailed to you by sending your email address to the yahoo account. There are also applications available to pick up at the Ministerial Alliance. The alliance is open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and they are located next to First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with any donation of any value to the event.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host pool tournament

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday starting at 8 p.m. Prize money goes to first and second place winners. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

American Association of University Women collecting books

The Orange branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is now collecting books to be sold in their annual book sale. Anyone able to donate any gently used books is asked to drop them off at Mann Insurance Agency, 1505 Park at 15th Street in Orange. If pickup is needed, call 886-5739 or 886-2194 in Orange. All proceeds from the sale go toward the annual scholarship fund. Each year, the AAUW awards scholarships to two young women from Orange.

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 Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

American Legion hosts bingo on Sundays

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 49 at 108 Green Ave. in Orange hosts bingo every Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a bingo game on Easter Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 886-7202.

BCCC now accepting Business, Citizen of Year applications

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Please submit all nominations in writing to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 150 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, Tx. 77611. Deadline to submit nominations will be Feb. 8, 2012.

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 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:

Quantum-Touch® Level one workshop scheduled

Quantum-Touch is a powerful yet easy to learn natural healing technique. Through the use of breathing exercises and body awareness, the body’s own ability to heal itself is accelerated.

Join certified practitioner and level 1 instructor, Penny LeLeux in a weekend workshop to be held in Orangefield, May 26-27. Receive an early registration discount of $50 off regular workshop fees through May 4.

Call 409-728-5970 or e-mail for more information.