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Community Announcements & Event Schedules..

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

Apr. 5 - Easter
Apr. 27 - Early voting begins
May 9 - Election Day
May 10- Mothers Day
May 25- Memorial Day


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CITY of ORANGE EASTER EGG HUNT! April 03, 2015 at the City of Orange Pavilion (Corner of 5th and Division). Gate time: 9:00 a.m. Ages: 0 to 8 years old. Egg Hunt time: 10:00 sharp. There will be three age categories: 0-3, 4-6, and 7-8. Activities: Easter Egg Hunt, Balloons, Fire Trucks, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, and Lots More. *ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE* Questions: Call Parks Manager at 883-1083.

McDonald Memorial Baptist Church located at 104 Broad Street, West Orange, TX is having its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 11AM for children through 5th grade. This year we will be on the property across from our church on Broad Street. Following the Egg Hunt we will have a Free Picnic and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

Wesley United Methodist Church located at 401 N 37th Street is having its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 10 and under. There will also be games for the children and refreshments for all. Come and join us Saturday, March 28, from 2-4 pm for lots of fun.

5th Annual 10,000 + Easter Egg Hunt, April 4th @ 10 AM @ Orange First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 MLK Dr. Orange, Texas. Games, prizes, candy and refreshments! bring your own baskets! Everyone welcome! Egg hunt open to kids up to sixth grade! More info call: 883-4674 or 779-0225 Sponsored by OFCNazarene and Community Church

The Bridge City-Orangefield Rotary Club is hosting it’s 2nd annual Bunny Run and Easter Egg Hunt. Registration is open to any runner who would like to participate using the link below. All proceeds will stay local in the form of scholarships for Bridge City and Orangefield students! In addition, both Bridge City and Orangefield High School will be earning money for Project Graduation in the form of concession sales. Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2015. Time: Egg Hunt - 9am; 9:30am - 1K; 10am - 5K. Registration is now OPEN!! https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=13872851 Sponsorship packages are still available for local businesses. Contact Nathan Dean at 735-2010 for more information.

A benefit to raise money for Dawn Wright Hollingsworth, who has cancer, will be held Saturday, April 11, at the VFW Post 4759 in Starks, Louisiana. Friends said she had to quit work because of her medical problems and the benefit will help her pay for procedures and medicine. Barbecue plates will be sold for $7 and include a chicken leg quarter, hot link, beans, potato salad, roll and sweet cake. The meals will be sold at the event or can be reserved by calling 337-324-0006. Reserved plates must be paid in advance before March 27. In addition, a raffle and auction will be held and music will be provided. The meal will start serving at 11 a.m. and the raffles will start at 3:30 p.m. Joe's Metal Scrapping in Orange will also be collecting scrap metal at the event and give 40 percent of the proceeds to Hollingsworth. People may also donate scrap metal at any time to help with the medical expenses by calling 409-882-8094.

The April meeting of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street, Orange, TX. Members will share information gained at the Retired Teachers Day at the Capital in Austin on April 7. Also, David Covey will bring members information about MASA. A light lunch will be served. Visitors are welcome.

Healthy Living-Join us to learn about healthy living and reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Healthy Snacks will be provided at this free and interactive presentation. Tuesday, April 14th 3:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. Location: Sabine Place Assisted Living Community, 5301 Meeks Road Orange, TX 77632. For more information visit alz.org/texas or call 800-272-3900

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 ATHENA Award. This annual award is given to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. The ATHENA Award will be presented at a Breakfast honoring the recipient at the Brown Estate on May 14, 2015. The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 5,000 individuals in hundreds of cities in the United States as well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient. Please return your nomination on the attached form by April 15, 2015. Local sponsorship of the Athena Award is provided by First Financial Bank, NA. CLICK HERE FOR NOMINATION FORM

Orange County Republican Party is pleased to announce our Lunch & Learn Event with US Representative Brian Babin. Times: 12:00PM – 1:00PM. Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Location: Robert’s Steakhouse 3720 W. Park Ave., Orange, TX 77630

PUBLIC NOTICE-The City of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council will meet in a joint session on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Orange Public Library Auditorium (City Council Chambers) located at 220 N. Fifth Street, Orange, Texas to consider the following: PUBLIC HEARING Case No. 15:01: A request by the City of Orange to rezone from “R-1" low density residential zoning district to “C-1" commercial zoning district; 40.56 acres out of the David Odom Survey, Abstract 141 and 76.44 acres out of the David Odom Survey, Abstract 141 more commonly known as 7607, 7637 and 7645 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Case No. 15:02: A request by the City of Orange to amend the Future Land Use Map from Residential to Commercial on a 41' x 201' section of a 1.3 acre tract being part of the Ben Johnson Survey on the north side of Dawnwood Drive, approximately 400 linear feet east of Highway 87. Anyone wishing to be heard on these requests is hereby invited to attend this hearing to voice their opinion either for or against.

The Cajun French Music Assoc. is offering three $750 scholarships to any school in the Lamar University system.  High school Seniors should contact their contact their counselors.  Deadline for apply is April 30.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Science Agent Fallon Foster along with the Committee on Aging would like to invite the Senior Citizens to our 46th Annual Senior Citizens Rally Day. Rally Day is our way of honoring our Senior Citizens with a day of fun, food and entertainment. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442 in Orange. The doors will not open until 9 am and the event will conclude at 1 pm. The agenda for the day includes, bingo, health screening and demonstrations, guest speaker, door prizes, entertainment, free lunch and awards to outstanding male and female senior citizen of the year along with other awards given for different topics. This year’s theme will be “Senior Beach Blanket Bingo”. If you know of an outstanding female or male senior citizen of the year you would like to nominated or would like to be a vendor call the Extension Office at 882-7010. Lions Eye Bank of Texas will be accepting donations of eye glasses.

American Legion Post 49 presents Chad Eldridge "Texas Star Karaoke Night" beginning: March 14th, 2015 every 2nd. Saturday each month at 108 Green Ave here in Orange, Texas. Open to the public ... 8pm til midnight ... great DJ music ... No cover charge. 409-886-1241

Faith UMC announces Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday service of communion will be April 2 at 6:00 p.m. Good Friday service will be April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Easter Sunrise service will be on Sunday. April 5th at 7:00 a.m. followed by a breakfast feast. Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m., immediately following the breakfast. A Resurrection Celebration will be held at 10:50 a.m. Easter Sunday. The public is invited so please join us at Faith UMC as we observe this Holy Week. Our Pastor is Dr. Billy Watson. We are located at 8608 MLK Jr. Dr., Orange. If you need more information please call our office at: 886-1291. Office hours at 9-2 Monday - Thursday.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is holding a Food Handler’s Class on April 21, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Extension Office on Hwy 1442 in Orange. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment such as but not limited to: good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse. This is a Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program. It is recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The cost is $20 per person and is payable by check or cash the day of the class. You must pre-register by calling the Extension office at 409-882-7010.

A benefit will be held for Jodi Schaffer, on April, 25th from 10AM-3PM at the city hall gazebo in West Orange, to help pay medical expenses incurred from fighting cancer and other health ailments! We will have live music, Link plates for $7.50, auctions! Both live and silent. A raffle for a baseball bat signed by Jodi's nephew Seattle Mariners, Brad Miller. He also sent cards to be auctioned they are all are authenticated. A bake sale, split the pot and so much more! We thank Rugged Rhinestones T-Shirt company for their endorsement and The Orange Jaycees, Chantel Robinson for her contribution and sponsorship. As well as many area boutiques,companies and shops who've donated certificates! Donations of any kind are welcome please contact : Jackie Abshire for more info at JackieAbs83@gmail.com or 409-221-0979!

The Ladies Auxiliary Orange VFW Post 2775 wish to extend an invitation to ALL members who are Cancer Survivors. A special recognition portion of our meeting will take place during our regular meeting at 7pm on April 20th, at the Post Hall on Highway 87 North (5303 16th Street). Any member who has had or does have cancer of any kind are invited to attend. For further information, contact Cancer Chairman Cathie Duhon at 409-883-6909 (H) or 409-553-6180 (C).

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:   March 27. Dinners include two pieces of fish, french fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drink and dessert for $8. Dine in or carry out.

COVE BAPTIST CHURCH INVITES FAMILIES TO JOIN US ON GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 3, 4 – 6PM 1005 DUPONT DR. FOR A UNIQUE, MULTISENSORY EASTER EVENT, CALLED RISE UP WITH JESUS. This adventure is designed to provide a fun experience for families as they travel through a station-based adventure, Guests will experience games, activities, crafts, and an interactive drama—and an Easter Egg Hunt all while experiencing Easter in a new and refreshing way.

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.

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.

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 Friday, 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

The Little Cypress Class of 1970 will have its Spring Reunion on Saturday April 18, 2015. The Social will be at ROBERT'S STEAKHOUSE in ORANGE on WEST PARK AVENUE. TIME: 3PM-8PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. COST: $15.00 ASSESSED to CLASSMATES ONLY. Please send your $15.00 to: Ann Martin Dominguez, 1410 Dawnwood Drive, Orange, Texas 77632. Call Ann Martin Dominguez at 409-886-7231 or Stephen Bull at 409-330-4102 if you have questions.

M.B. North high school class of 1965 will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 14, at McDonald's 1710 N 16TH Street. For more information contact Walter or Peggy Lazenby at 746-2139.

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.

Little Cypress Mauriceville class of 1985 30th Class Reunion is July 18, 2015 from 8-mid at the Garden District in Little Cypress. $50 Per person or $80 per couple. Payment is due on or before May 1, 2015. Mail a check or money order made out to Kimm Mayo Benson. The account is under Kimm Benson or Terri Childs at Sabine Federal Credit Union. After payment is received, a receipt will be emailed, so please include your email address. Kimm Mayo Benson, 2233 Barbara Street, Orange,Texas 77632 (409)221-7158. We are planning a slide show of before (senior year) and after (now) pictures of our classmates, as well as our classmates who have passed away. Please send pictures to Kimberly Willis-Salgado at email: Salgado.k@gmercyu.edu. For more information see Facebook page: LCM 1985 30th CLASS REUNION

The Class of 1966 from Little Cypress High School is currently working on our 50th reunion to be held next year. Please send an email or a message to me on FB with your current contact info (address, phone #, email address) to brendaeavesjoy@yahoo.com. Please share this information with those you know who graduated in 1966.