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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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The City of West Orange will hold its annual Spring Clean-up this weekend. Dumpsters will be available behind the West Orange Fire Station from 8:00 to 3:00 on Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00. West Orange residents only will be allowed to dispose of debris and garbage in the dumpsters, so proof of residency with photo identification will be required. City workers will be available to assist citizens with unloading their vehicles.

Are you a homeschool student or parent and interested in being a part of 4-H or learning more about 4-H? Then join us, Tuesday, April 21 at 10 am at the 4-H office located inside the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442. Christina Ritter, 4-H/Youth Development Agent will be discussing all the different projects and activities that 4-H has to offer as well as some adult volunteer opportunities. A few 4-H projects are, food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, dog project, leadership, consumer decision making, photography, gardening and the list goes on and on. Mark your calendar and come join us on April 21. For additional information call the 4-H office at 409-882-7010. 4-H is Building Leaders for Tomorrow.

The City of Orange Zoning Board of Adjustments Commission will not have a meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 because no applications have been made.

First Baptist Church Orangefield Women’s Ministry invites you to our Spring Conference to be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, at FBC Orangefield. Conference time is 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Our guest speaker will be Melanie Toups and the praise team will be Trina Bickham and Nikki Hanson. We would love you have you join us! Childcare will be available. Any questions or for more info, call the church office at 735-3113.

Bridge City Project Graduation Rag Ball Tournament, May 2, 2015, Orange Crush Fields (Across from West Orange Highs School). Registration 8:00 am, Tournament Play 9:00 am. $150.00 per team of 15 ($10 per person). Homerun bracelets $10. Trophies for 1st - 3rd Place. Teams will supply their own balls. Concessions available. If you are interested in putting a team together or for further information please contact Brandy Barlow at 409-221-5240 or Lisa New at 409-474-0091.

A meeting will be held at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Education Center (at the Special Programs building on the corner of MLK and FM 1130) at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015, to give representatives of private schools and parents who homeschool their children the opportunity to participate in planning and consultation for the federal Title 1 Part A and Title 2 Part A. We will also be discussing which eligible private school students will receive special education services, the services to be provided, how and where the services will be provided, and how the services provided will be evaluated. For more information, contact Jody Slaughter at 409-883-2232, ext. 2730.

Orangefield High School's Youth Leadership students will be hosting a 5K to support the Wounded Warrior Project on April 18th. Registration will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and the walk/run will begin at 8:30 at the OHS field house. The cost is $20 for a team of 6-8 people, individual participants, $6, and Veterans & current Military, FREE.  If members of the community would like to participate they may register the day of the event. Please email Olivia Gravett, OHS Activities Coordinator, at ogravett@orangefieldisd.net with any questions.

The Orange County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at Robert's Steakhouse, 3720 W. Park Avenue. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

The officers and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Orange (TX) Alumnae Chapter cordially invite the public to a School Board Trustee Forum Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 P.M. The site of the forum will be held at the West Orange-Cove CISD Administration Building Outreach Room on Park Street. For any additional questions or concerns, call Linda Lee (670-8612)

An unforgettable night of magic is coming to Orange -- one you won’t want to miss! The Kiwanis Club of Orange, TX is hosting a Magic Show on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Little Cypress Mauriceville High School Auditorium. With his impossible sleight of hand, Magician CJ Johnson is sure to make the skeptics think twice and the kids at heart become younger! His performance is engaging for children and entertaining for adults. Be sure to arrive early before all the seats disappear! Tickets are available for an $11 donation and can be picked up at the Lamar State College – Orange Cashier’s Office located on the second floor of the Ron E. Lewis Library Building. The Magic Show is part of the Kiwanis Club’s annual fundraisers to support children in the Orange community. For more information, contact Andrew Culpepper at (409) 779-3033.

Since 2000, the Gift of Life has conducted more than 8,000 free prostate cancer screenings and helped extend the lives of 67 men who have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, with all costs completely underwritten by the Gift of Life. During Men’s Health Month, the Gift of Life will host screening sites on June 6 in Port Arthur at the Carl Parker Center, June 13 in Beaumont at Lamar Institute of Technology and June 20 in Orange at the Lamar State College Wilson Building. Please call 833.3663 or our 24-hour hotline 860.3369 to register. Statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.

Bridge City Project Graduation is having a Garage Sale on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Circle Drive Baptist Church,100 Circle Dr., Bridge City,TX from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.in the Gym (located in the back).

Parking Lot Sale-The Salvation Army Women's Ministries will host a parking lot sale with garage sale items on the corner of MLK and Strickland/W.Park on Saturday, April 25th beginning 8am until. Items such as books, kitchen items, knick knacks, etc. will be available.

Lutcher Theater Service Guild Installation of Officers Meeting  for the Year of 2015-2916 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th at the Sunset Grove Country Club.  Installation of Officers will be held at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.  Dinner will be provided by the theater for all Active Service Guild Members.  Supporting members and guest will be $20 per person. Checks should be made payable to the Lutcher Theater Service Guild.  Reservations should be made for active members, supporting members and guest by April 29.   Please RSVP to Cecil at  Cecil@lutcher.org or 409/883-4700.

The Golden K Kiwanis group will meet at the Sunset Grove Country Club on Wednesday, April 22nd at 9:30 a.m. You may order your breakfast then. At 10:00 the group will have a discussion on a current matter. Our speakers, at 10:30 will be Jeff Oliverio and Francis Coker from Beaumont Asset Management.

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.

Community volunteers are needed to help with the second phase of a project to enhance the grounds of Little Cypress Elementary School. Work will begin at Little Cypress Elementary on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9am until 2pm. This is an Eagle Scott Project led by Scout Chris Bilbo of BSA Troop 62. Volunteers are encouraged to bring tools such as gloves, spaded shovels, and wheelbarrows, Lunch will be provided for the volunteers, for more information please contact Chris Bilbo by email: cwright1@gt.rr.com or telephone (409)882-9972.

Deweyville Project Safe Graduation is holding a fundraiser car, truck & motorcycle show on April 26, 2015 from 9am-5pm @ the High School. The public is invited to attend.

Hear the Danny Dillon & West 105 perform live and free of charge on Friday, April 24 on the lawn at Bridge City Bank. Bring your lawn chairs for this community event.

Private Pesticide Applicators License Training- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County will be offering the Private Applicators Training (PAT) April 23 at 9 am at the office located at 11475 FM 1442 Orange. PAT is the required training for anyone pursuing a Private Applicator license to purchase and apply State-Limited-Use, Restricted Use, and/or Regulated Herbicides. The fee will be $60 registration if purchasing books(strongly encourage to purchase books). We will need to know 1 week prior if you are purchasing books to allow for delivery. Fee of $10 if not purchasing books. Training will take 5-6 total hours to complete correctly with lunch own your own. Bring pencil/pen, note pad, calculator, and driver license. To register call the Extension Office at 882-7010.

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

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.

43rd Annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 3 Day Summer Horsemanship School a Program of Texas A&M Equine Specialist Teri Antilley will be held June 29-July 1st in Orange County . A Great, affordable, hands-on opportunity for building a strong foundation and advancing your horsemanship skills. Participants will receive 24 hours of instruction on basic, intermediate and advanced horsemanship skills and maneuvers, and have the opportunity to practice these with guided instructions. Youth and adults will have the opportunity to join in the fun of riding their own horse, enjoying good fellowship with like-minded people, and learning from Aggie instructors. Bring your horse, and anything else you or your horse might need (buckets for watering, all tack, riding boots – not tennis shoes, caps, sunscreen, snacks), and your English or Western saddle. No overnight stalling will be available on the grounds. The School will be held at the Orange Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Orange. Registration Fee is $100 per horse and rider. Registration, Waiver, Coggins Papers and Payment Deadline is June 1, 2015. Limited to 20 Participants. No late registration will be accepted. Concessions will be available. For more information contact Christina Ritter, County Extension Agent, 4-H/Youth Development at christina.ritter@ag.tamu.edu or call 409-882-7010. More information about the program can be found at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academic/equine/summer-horsemanship/

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

M.B. North high school of 1965 will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April10, at McDonald's 1710 N 16th Street. For more information please contact Paggy Lazenby or Walter Lazenby at 746-2139.