The next meeting of the Friends of the Orange Depot board and volunteers will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 PM for refreshments and 5:30 PM for meeting, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2300 Eddleman Rd., Orange. Everyone, including those who are interested in volunteering for the group, is encouraged to attend for important updates about the progress of the depot restoration, November gala announcements and museum committee plans.

The non-profit organization is busy selling engraved bricks and collecting donations as well as gala sponsorships. All donations since mid-May count toward the matching $50,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation, so any individual or business considering donating to help fund the remainder of the goal is encouraged to do so now, to take advantage of the matching grant. Credit cards are accepted on their website,, or checks can be mailed to Friends of the Orange Depot, P. O. 2654, Orange, TX  77631. Brick forms may be filled out on the website as well. Catch up with the latest news and photos on their Facebook site, Orange Depot Train Museum.