Red Hot Flashers to meet Dec. 13

The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet on a different day this month. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 13, 2012, at the Brown Center at 11:30 a.m. Each member is to bring a Christmas ornament for exchange. Birthday lady is Lady Shiann, Shirley Wolfford. For tickets to the  call Southern Belle, Mary Mazoch.

Cormier Museum to open Dec. 15

The Orangefield Cormier Museum will be open from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Orange Chapter of DAR to Meet

The William Diamond Chapter of The Daughters of American Revolution of Orange will have their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. The meeting will be held at 4464 Memorial Drive in Orange. The program for the meeting will be “Historical Biographies”.  Any woman eighteen years of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of The American Revolution is eligible for membership. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. If more information is needed, the Chapter Regent may be contacted at 409-735-5253.

Eagles offers free classes, pool tournament and hall rental

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2523 located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several free classes, activities and fundraisers.

Free scrapbook classes are held at 4 p.m. each Tuesday. The community is invited.

Free genealogy classes are offered at 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

The 63’ X 39’ hall is available for rent. The hall is suitable for all occasions, with an occupancy of 200. The amenities include a band stand, nice dance floor, tables, chairs, large kitchen, wet bar, pool table, and a large parking lot. A bartender and waitress will be provided as needed. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has an excellent location, one block off MacArthur Drive. For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.

American Legion Club Room now open

The American Legion Club Room, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange will be open at noon, Monday through Sunday, on a trial basis. The American Legion Post 49 is revised their hours to be serve their members and guest. For this venture to be successful, the American Legion is asking for the support and patronage of the community.

Boy Scouts to host annual flag fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of Troop 62 is now accepting subscriptions for commemorative flag displays in and around North Orange (near Hwy. 87 and Meeks Drive) between IH-10 and South Teal Road. The 3’ by 5’ flags will be displayed on the five flag days of the year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriots Day [9/11] and Veterans Day). The flags will be displayed no later than 9 a.m. on the commemorative day, picked up before dusk and stored until the next flag day.

An initial $75 tax deductible donation ($50 for renewals) is required. Money orders and checks must be received 14 days prior to posting day in order to ensure timely service. All proceeds go to support Scout activities and programs throughout the year.

For subscriptions, contact Bubba Plexico, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, at 214-770-0568; or Chris Wright, Troop 62 Fundraising Chair, at 409-882-9972.

Service League of Orange searching for “Community Needs”

The Service League of Orange is now accepting requests from non-profit organizations only for application forms to receive financial assistance through their Community Needs Committee. The Service League encourages projects, events and activities that primarily target the good of all of the entire “Orange County” community. To qualify, verification of non-profit status must be submitted with the Service League Needs application by Oct. 1, 2012.

Applications can be obtained by calling Mindy McKee at 409-779-8867 or Carolyn Lemons at 409-670-1839 or emailing requests to

KOCB searching for community projects

Keep Orange County Beautiful has access to limited funding to assist the cities of Orange County, or the county itself, in disposing of abandoned tires dumped on the side of the roads.

Such a project provides a discernible environmental benefit of providing proper disposal of these tires and reduces health threats associated with illegally dumped tires. These dump sites can become breeding grounds for mosquitos and rodents that carry diseases, plus tire fires can result in the contamination of surface water, ground water and soils.

Funds may also be available to clean up trash dumps on public property.

If you or your community affiliations have potential projects that fit this description, please bring them to the attention of the KOCB board at 330-9373.

Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.

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.

Area pastors, churches invited to participate in WOS Elementary Build Great Readers volunteer program

West Orange – Cove CISD would like to invite area pastors to attend a Build Great Readers Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 13,. The purpose of the event is to review and evaluate the Build Great Readers (BGR) Partnership which was implemented this fall at West Orange – Stark Elementary. Many churches in the community have provided volunteer mentors to serve in this kindergarten through fifth grade reading partnership. Others may be interested in learning more about this community initiative and possibly joining this partnership in the spring of 2013.

All are welcome to join the BGR discussion as we take this opportunity to develop action plans for moving forward and consider the expansion of this program. The luncheon will be Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the WOCCISD Administration Building Board Room at 505 N. 15th Street. Pastors should contact the WOCCISD Superintendent’s Office at 882-5600 to confirm attendance by 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Christmas Music at LCBC

The Celebration Choir of Little Cypress Baptist Church will present the musical “Celebrate the Wonder” at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. The public is invited to come and enjoy the program in the sanctuary located at 3274 Little Cypress Drive.  For more information, call 883-8905.

St. Mark’s to host Pizza With Santa

St. Mark Lutheran Church has heard from the “Jolly Fat Man in the red suit.” Santa said he will be at St. Mark Church, 945 W. Roundbunch on Wednesday, Dec. 19 around 6 p.m.-depends on “how fast ole Rudolph goes.” He is coming to eat pizza and visit with the Orangefield and Bridge City children up to age 12. He will also pose for a picture with each child and hear their wish list. Santa says he really enjoys the children on his night here and can hardly wait.  He has been coming to visit for the past three years. Please come join him!

Please call Pat Greene at 722-6655 for more information

First UMC of Orange to host Blue Christmas Service

First United Methodist Church of Orange invites you to a Blue Christmas service in the Slade Chapel on Elm Street between 5th and 6th Streets in Orange. The service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. There are times in our lives when the Christmas spirit is hard to muster. There are times when Christmas just doesn’t seem as cheerful and upbeat as we have experienced for a number of reasons:

• A loved one dies

• Friends/family move away

• We struggle with divorce

• We lose our jobs

• We may face cancer or some other overwhelming disease.

If this is the case for you, we invite you to our first Blue Christmas service.

Even though the title seems melancholy the service is a hopeful and healing way to begin your Christmas. Bring your family and friends. It is our prayer that this will be an uplifting time for you, even at this time, in your life’s journey.

First UMC to host MOPS 

The local Mothers of Preschoolers group (affectionately known as MOPS) invites you to join them one Tuesday a month 9:30 a.m. to noon September through May in the First United Methodist Church Praise Center located on the corner of 5th and Pine.

MOPS is designed to nurture EVERY mother with children from infancy to kindergarten through guest speakers, mentor moments, creative activities, breakfast, discussion time, play groups and more.

Members come from all walks of life, but share one desire—to be great moms!  You don’t have to be a Methodist, just a mom.  Free childcare is provided during meetings.  For more information and dates, please contact FUMC Orange at 409-886-7466 or find more information on the web at or

St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.