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Community Announcements & Event Schedules..

Calendar of Events.................

Feb. 14- Valentines Day (Saturday)
Mar. 8- Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar. 19-22 Bassmasters Elite Tournament
Apr. 5 - Easter
May 10- Mothers Day
May 25- Memorial Day


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Robert's Meat Market is looking for experienced cashiers and meat market help.  Pay is above minimum wage.  Apply in person at 3720 W. Park Ave.

The First Baptist Church of Orange is having a community fish fry on March 7th at 5:00. Tickets are $5.00 each and we are only selling 350 tickets (first-come-first-serve) at the church office on MLK or at Simon Outfitters on MacArthur Drive. Todd Faircloth is the guest speaker and will be there at 3:30 to visit and sign autographs. There will be many door prizes given away including a half day deep sea fishing trip for 6 from Wave Dancer Charters out of Galveston, a Go Pro Camera, rod and reel combos, and many more. Meal is fried catfish, French fries, cole slaw, hush puppies and dessert.

St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 is selling fish dinners in the San Damiano Center (behind the Church) located at 4300 Meeks Drive from 5 to 7pm on the following Lenten Fridays: February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20 and March 27. Dinners include two pieces of fish, french fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drink and dessert for $8. Dine in or carry out.

The Orange Community Band meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Thomen Community Center (Old Armory) at 4103 Meeks Drive. Part of the Southeast Texas arts community since 1959, the Orange Community Band is an all-volunteer group of area musicians playing patriotic, pops, & holiday concerts. Rehearsals are open to all local musicians, ages high school and up. We have need in all instrumentation areas: brass, woodwinds, and percussion. We've even had guitarists and piano players perform with us!  More info Elizabeth Jeanes, President, Orange Community Band, 409-656-1221.

Faith United Methodist Women are once again hosting their annual Lenten Luncheon series. Each Wednesday during Lent you are invited to join us for lunch and a guest speaker from various local churches. Starting Wednesday, February 25, from noon until 1:00 pm, and each Wednesday thereafter through March 25th. These luncheons are open to the entire community. Faith UMC is located at 8608 MLK Jr. Dr., Orange, Texas. Pastor: Dr. Billy Watson For more information, call church office at 886-1291, Monday - Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The City of Orange Planning & Zoning Commission has cancelled the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 5:30 PM, as there were no applications.

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:30 am in the Family Center at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street, Orange, TX. The Honorable Judith Haney, presiding judge of the Woodville, TX Municipal Court will be the guest speaker. A light lunch will be served. Anyone interested in updates of interest to retired teachers is invited to attend.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent, Fallon Foster, Georgette Pillitere, Traffic Safety Specialist, TxDOT and Trooper Stephanie Davis, DPS are urging all parents and caregivers to attend the child safety seat checkup event on March 5. Certified technicians will be available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Orange Fire Department, 501 N. 7th Street, Orange.  If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t miss this opportunity to have a free child safety seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician. Technicians can provide hands-on advice and instruction. Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas. The law requires all children under 8, unless taller than 4’9”, to be in a child safety seat system which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats. Best practice is to have your child in the appropriate seat for their age, weight and height as well as developmental level.  Children should not be moved out of boosters until they fit the lap/shoulder belt system in the vehicle. This is usually sometime between the ages of 8 to 12.

The Orange Amateur Radio Club will host their annual Hamfest February 28, 2015, at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center located at 11475 FM 1442. Doors will open to public Saturday morning at 7:30 am till 2:00 pm. Cost is 8 dollars per person and kids under 12 are free. Plenty of door prizes .This event is primarily for the selling and buying of amateur radio equipment along with other types of electronic gear. If anyone interested in acquiring a amateur radio license there will be test session at 10 am. During the event there will be forums which includes George Thomas, Producer/Director of Amateur Logic TV. Representatives from the American Radio Relay League includes West Gulf Division Dr. Dave Woolweaver, Orange County Radio Control Club, and D-Star (digital) radio. On Friday the 27th, there will be a BBQ sale. 10 dollars per plate. For more information contact Rocky Wilson at rockygwilson@hotmail.com
or http//www.qsl.net/w5nd.

Please save the date – The 20th Anniversary Community Trash Off will be held on February 28, 2015 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This year, the Trash Off is presented by INVISTA and supported by the City of Orange. The headquarters of the operation will be at a new location - the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. Our goal this year is to clean the streets and waterways of Orange, Pinehurst, and West Orange, with a special focus on the Sabine River in preparation for the Bass Masters tournament in March. We need your help this year as we hope to double the number of participants and get a lot of boats out on the Sabine. Any individual, group, or business interested in registering a team should complete this form and email it to Jena Gray at jgray@shangrilagardens.org, or fax it to 409.670.9341. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged, but please note that groups must have a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 4 children (ages 18 and younger).

The Orange Lions Club, in cooperation with the Lions District 2-S1, will host the 23rd Annual Lions Eye Bank Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2, 2015. “The 23rd Annual Lions Eye Bank Golf Tournament is a wonderful opportunity to see what the Lions Eye Bank of Texas is all about” said Stump Weatherford, Past District Governor. “The event is open to the public, giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy a great day of golf and great weather.” The Lions Eye Bank of Texas at Baylor College of Medicine, is located in Houston within the Texas Medical Center, was founded in 1953 by Baylor and the Lions Clubs of the Texas Gulf Coast. The Lions Eye Bank of Texas is committed to advancing sight restoration and providing quality donor eye tissue for corneal transplantation and research. The golf event will begin with a 8:00 a.m. shotgun start and will take place at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. A variety of food, drinks, prizes and contest will be included in the event. For more information on the 23rd Annual Lions Eye Bank Golf Tournament, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit http://www.lionsgolftournament.org.

Sabine Federal Credit Union is proud to award $8,000 in scholarships this year. We offer a $1,000 scholarship to each of the six Orange County high schools. Applications can be picked up at each school’s counselor’s office. We offer a $500 scholarship to two CUT$ (Credit Union Teen $aver) Club members. Applications can be printed from our website on the CUT$ page or picked up at either of our locations. We also offer one $1,000 scholarship to a student at Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O). The LSC-O scholarship can be applied for through the LSC-O financial aid office. All applications are now available. Please read the applications thoroughly as some deadlines may vary.

BBQ Link/Chip/Drink Sale & Garage Sale - We will be in the Parking Lot of New Anointing Church, 10681 N. Hwy 87, Orange, Texas, Saturday, March 14th, 7am-3pm .. "Cancel if Raining".....the BBQ Link,Chip & Drink will be $3.00 each, so come get as many as you want. Some of the garage sale items for sale are men's, women's, children's, and baby clothes (25 cents each). We have all kinds of toy's, and several size TVs including (2) 55" televisions, an entertainment center, VHS movies, beautiful framed wall pictures, lots of books, knick knacks and miscellaneous items, just too many things to list. Call (409)746-9515 for more information.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is holding 2 bee classes on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The first class is at 2:00 pm is called Bees and Me. This class will talk about what bees need to make honey and how you can help. It will also be on Bee basics, colony collapse disorder, insecticides, and Africanized Bees. The 2nd class will start at 3:30 and is called Be a Beekeeper. If you have ever thought about keeping bees, come and learn about our upcoming 12 month course offering. Course starts March 14th. Classes will be held the second Saturday of the month and will include hands-on mentoring and instruction $200.00 course fee $100.00 deposit on Feb. 28th reserves your space. Both classes will be held in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office that is located in the Orange County Convention and Expo building. Call 409-882-7010 to register.

FREE TAX HELP-Beginning January 31 thru April 14, 2015. Jackson Community Center will be offering Free Tax Assistance through the Lamar University Community Tax Center. Fast refund and electronic filing are available to eligible families and individuals earning up to 58,000. Open Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: 520 W. Decatur Ave, Orange, Texas 77630. Appointments Only. To Schedule an appointment and for additional information please contact Elizabeth Campbell, Program Manager at 409-779-1981 or email jccorange@gmail.com

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting 12:15 PM Wednesday February 4th at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4:00 PM every Wednesday and Friday through April 15th. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1099 Forms including Social Security Benefits statements; Records of Capital Gains and Losses; Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions,  and theft losses , job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases, and Social Security cards for dependents. All health insurance info, form 1095-A if received, any Health Care Exemptions received from the IRS or the Marketplace. Also a copy of your 2013 tax return.

The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is beginning their annual drive to collect “gently used” books for their scholarship fund. All books, fiction, non-fiction, hardbound and paperback are needed. Also wanted are audio and video tapes, CDs, DVDs, video and board games, and puzzles. These may be delivered to the Mann Insurance Agency, located at 1505 Park Avenue at 15th Street, during regular business hours. If unable to deliver your donations, you may call 886-5739 or 886-2194 to arrange for pickup. The AAUW will collect books until the day of the book sale on Saturday, March 21st, in conjunction with Art in the Park.

The Orange County Master Gardener’s Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8AM – 1PM at Jewel Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield (Exit 869 S off IH 10). Perennials, annuals, shrubs, tropical, Satsuma’s, limes, lemons, cold-hardy avocados, Texas Superstars and heirloom vegetables are just a few of the unique and hard to find plants we will have available. Five 10X10 booth spaces are available for rent at $25 each. For more information contact Sheri Bethard at 409 673-5057 or sheribethard@yahoo.com

A Dementia Care Givers Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange. The meetings are in the Brother Sun room in the Canticle Building. For those who cannot meet during the day, there is a meeting the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 2775 will host an Indoor Garage & Craft Sale. Tables are being rented on a first come, first served selection for $10 per table. All tables must be rented from the auxiliary. The sale will take place April 25, 2015 from 7 am 'til 1 pm--NO EARLY BIRDS!!!. The hall will be available Riday, April 24th for set up from 3-8pm.Donuts will be available upon opening. Beginning 9 am the kitchen will serve Hot Dogs, Nachos & Chili Pie. Non-alcoholic beverages and chips can be purchased at the bar. Contacts Cathie Duhon, Chairman @ 409-883-6909 (home) or 409-553-6180 (cell); Ramona Henson @ 409-330-1677 and Patsy Kemp @ 409-886-2796 (home) or 409-988-3269 (cell) for table rentals or further information.

Reunion Info

Little Cypress Mauriceville class of 1985 30th Class Reunion Date: July 18, 2015 Event length: 1 Night only Time: 7-12 PM Price: $60-75 Per person Location: Will be decided at next meeting. The next planning meeting will be held at Roberts meat market restaurant in Orange Texas on February 26, 2015 at 6 PM. All classmates who graduated the year 1985 are encouraged to attend. For more questions check out Little Cypress-Mauriceville School class of 1985 reunion facebook page.

As the 40th anniversary of our graduation approaches, we are currently looking for graduates of WOHS Class of 1976. If you graduated from WEST ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL in 1976 - call and leave your name and contact info @ 409-883-8625. If you know someone who graduated from WOHS, please share this information with them.