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Community Announcements & Event Schedules..

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

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


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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.

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.

Annual Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Game between the Orange Fire Dept and Police Dept. is April 30, 2015 6:30pm at West Orange-Stark High school gym (1400 Newton st, Orange, TX 77630). Cost: $4 Adult $2 Child. Tickets available at time of event! Please come out and enjoy a fun game between the local police and fire union! All proceeds will benefit West Orange Project safe Grad 2015. Concessions will be available!

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.

SPECIAL BENEFIT for Aidan Hyatt, 22 month old toddler diagnosed with Histocytosis, (which effects the organs and tissue). Aidan must have chemotherapy for at least a year, if not more... Benefit is an all day event, May 16th 11:00am-11:00pm at the VFW in Orange (8379 Hwy 87N). Bar-B-Que dinners, live Auction, live Bands, Raffle items, washer tournament, 50/50 drawings, door prizes. Any and all donations are appreciated... For more information contact Mindy Moody @ 409-670-8210 or Tera Wood @ 409-313-2928 or Brittany Robinson @ 409-221-5282. Pool Tournament Benefit - May 2nd, noon @ Cotton Cay in Orange. $20.00 per person and Calcutta, with 1/2 of entry fee going to benefit Aidan. For more information contact Melinda Hyatt @ 409-920-8899.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is having the next series of Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes classes. They are for people who have Type 2 diabetes. They will be held on Tuesdays starting on May 12th and going through June 9th from 10:00 am to 12 Noon. The cost for the whole series is $20 per person and will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office on FM 1442. It is important to attend all 5 classes to receive the full educational benefit. Please call the Extension Office at 409-882-7010 to register for this series.

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.

Are you showings a pig this next year at the livestock shows or thinking about showing a pig, but not yet sure of it. Then come join us! Thursday, May 14th , 6 pm at the Orange County 4-H Office located at 11475 FM 1442 Orange. County Extension Agent, Ricky Thompson from Nacogdoches County will be discussing selection, Daily feed and care, show prep and during show, showmanship along with other topics. The free workshop is open to youth of all ages interested in showing swine at livestock shows. For questions contact the Orange County 4-H office at 409-882-7010.

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.

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.

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.  Local sponsorship of the Athena Award is provided by First Financial Bank, NA. CLICK HERE FOR NOMINATION FORM

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is holding a Food Handler’s Class on May 20, 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.

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 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.

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

Stark High - Class of 1953 - It's that time of the year "Tigers". Class Reunion scheduled for May 9, 2015 (Saturday) at Robert's Steakhouse Restaurant located at 3720 West Park Avenue, Orange Texas from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. If you have any questions call Bobby Vincent at 409-543-5478.

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.