Come celebrate the joyful Spirit of Christmas presented by 11 member churches of the Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance.  The musical program will be hosted by Winfree Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.,Thursday, Dec. 5.

Monetary donations will benefit the Bridge City and Orangefield children during the Christmas season. This is the Alliance’s big fundraiser for the season.

For more information call 409-735-8296.

Thanksgiving Day Service offered

Starlight Church of God in Christ at 2800 Bob Hall Rd. welcomes the community to join them for Thanksgiving Day Service from 11 a.m. to noon. Come and enjoy praise and worship, singing, testimonial service, and Inspirational Speakers. The Pastor of Starlight is Superintendent E.B. Lindsey

WO hosts annual Tree Lighting Celebration

The City of West Orange will be hosting its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2.

The festivities will begin in the Community Center with a welcome from West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald, and will include Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux reading the book “The Cajun Night Before Christmas” and caroling led by Ms. Pam Nugent, followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree.

Everyone will then be invited back into the Community Center, where Santa will be visiting with the children and refreshments will be served.

Everyone is invited to this kick-off to the holiday season

Beary Merry Christmas Market to be held Dec. 7

The Beary Merry Christmas Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Little Cypress Intermediate, 2300 Allie Payne Road.

Breakfast with Santa is a limited seating event from 9 to 10 a.m. Tickets for this are going fast.

Chili dinners are available for $5, and entry to the Market is $2 with children 12 and under getting in free if they bring at least one canned good per child.

Proceeds from the Beary Merry Christmas Market provide competitive grants for educational enrichment projects throughout the entire LCM District.

OC Republicans seek candidates

Filing for a place on the Republican Ballot for the March 4 primary is underway until Dec. 9.

For more information contact OCRP Chairman Zach Johnson at 409-594-0525.

Christmas in Orangefield set

The 3rd annual “Christmas in Orangefield” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14. Any individual, group or organization interested in being in the parade, please contact Windee Jenkins at 409-988-8256.

For information on reserving vendor space, please contact Deena VanPelt at 409-988-5931.

Any musical or performing group wanting information on the performance schedule needs to contact Julie Agee at 409-670-2003.

Any person interested in volunteering please contact the Cormier Museum.

Thanksgiving Dinner offered at McDonald Memorial Baptist

McDonald Memorial Baptist Church would like to invite the public to join them for a Community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will be served Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The meal will consist of turkey and dressing, side items and dessert.

The church is located on the corner of South and Broad Streets in West Orange. Please contact the church office at 409-883-3974 to make reservations so they will have enough food prepared for all who attend.

Am Legion Post 49 hosts fundraiser

American Legion Post 49 will hold a fried fish plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the post located at 108 Green Ave. Orange.

Cost is $8 and the meal includes: fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and dessert.

Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Call 409-886-1231 after noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 for orders and deliveries.

Thrift and Gift makes reductions for the holidays

Fall arrangements and wreaths have been reduced to one half at the Thrift and Gift; just in time for you to spruce up your house for Thanksgiving. Selected vendor items have also been marked down. They still have wreaths, trees and arrangements for Christmas.

Come early and stay late. They are open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday at Thrift and Gift located at 350 37th St. Call 409-886-7649 for more information.

Chief’s Christmas Dance Dec. 14

The annual West Orange High School Chief’s Christmas Dance will be held 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Dec. 14 at the American Legion in Orange. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a social at 7 p.m.

Once again, it will feature the music you loved from the 50s and 60s with the Ken Marvel Ban and Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois. Tickets are $10 person, attire is casual. Bring your own bottle. There will be a cash bar with set-ups and beer. Open to the public. Invite your friends. There will be door prizes courtesy of Granger Chevrolet.

If you are unable to attend, please let them know how you are doing by calling or writing Jimmy Guidry, 5285 Fairview, Orange, TX 77632, jcrazycajun@sbcglobal.net, or 409-738-2294. The West Orange High School class of 1967 wishes you a merry Christmas.

Sabine Federal Credit Union Sponsors Classroom Makeover Contest

Sabine Federal Credit Union will award $2,000 in prize money to winners of a Classroom Makeover Contest. There will be two winners to receive $1,000 each. Teachers can enter by creating a video or submitting an essay explaining how they could benefit from a classroom makeover. Once a winner has been selected, the teacher will take “before” pictures and then coordinate with the Sabine Federal Credit Union marketing department for “after” pictures. Changes to the classroom are to be made by the teacher; the credit union will not be responsible for any work to be done in the classroom.  The teacher must be a member in good standing of Sabine Federal Credit Union and must teach at a school located in Orange County, Jefferson County, or Hardin County.

Entries must be received by Dec. 6 and submitted to kwilliams@sabinefcu.org or Sabine FCU, Attn: Kristen Williams, P.O. Box 3000, Orange, Texas 77631-3000.  Guidelines available at www.sabinefcu.org.

Sign-up underway for BC/OF Christmas Baskets

Christmas Baskets will be given to indigent Bridge City and Orangefield residents who are age 60 years and over whose income is below poverty. Sign–up will take place at the Ministerial Alliance building next to First Baptist Church of Bridge City during the month of November and through Dec. 4 Sign –Up is 9 a.m. – noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Eligibility depends on proof of income. You must present a utility bill to verify address and have an ID of all family members.

Donations are needed for this program to continue. Any business, church, individual, or organization may make a donation to the account of Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket Fund at the Bridge City Bank.

Eagles to host pool tourney

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host a pool tournament each Friday beginning at 8 p.m. The two tables are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Popcorn will be served and a drink special will be offered until 11 p.m. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun.

For more information leave a message for Sharon Bodin after 4 p.m. at 886-7381.

H-E-B Free Dinner and Entertainment Dec. 6

To celebrate the holiday season, H-E-B will host its 23rd annual Feast of Sharing dinner, an H-E-B tradition for community residents to enjoy a delicious, free meal and festive entertainment, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Ford Park, located at 5115 Interstate 10 South, Beaumont.

WO Waste Management Schedule Changes

Trash will NOT be picked up in West Orange on Friday, Nov. 29, but WILL be picked up instead on Saturday, Nov. 30. All non-emergency departments of the City of West Orange will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30, in observance of Thanksgiving.  Offices will reopen on Monday morning, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.

Local Holiday Closings

Lamar Institute of Technology will be closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The campus will close at 10 p.m. on Nov. 27. Classes will resume on Dec. 2.

GOACC will be closed Nov. 27, 28 and 29. Office will reopen Mon., Dec. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

GOACC 2013 Annual Banquet Meeting

You are invited to attend a banquet that will recognize the 2013 Citizen of the Year, Non-Profit Community Service Award and Business Community Service Award,  6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 for the awards dinner at the Sunset Grove Dr. location of Orange. A social time will be held 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Call 409-883-3536 for reservations.

Lutcher Theatre Christmas Dinner Announcement

All members of The Lutcher Theater Service Guild are invited to attend our annual Christmas  Dinner at  5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. It will be held on the stage on the first floor of the theater. All volunteers are encouraged to bring their favorite covered dish, and if you desire, you may bring a guest.  Please call the theater at 886-5535 and  let them know if you, and a guest, are planning to attend.