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KOCB Presents Beautification Award to West Orange Home

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Keep Orange County Beautiful presented the Keep Orange County Beautification Award to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Schirmer of 1713 West Ave. in West Orange on November 18, 2022.

This beautiful home at 1713 Western Ave. in West Orange was established in 1901, long before the incorporation of the City of West Orange. This makes it one of the
oldest, if not the oldest, home still in existence in the City of West Orange.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Schirmer purchased the dilapidated home in 2010 and have been refurbishing the home since then. The Schirmers restored the home with the intent to keep as much of its originality as possible, and that they did with its beadboard ceilings, shiplap walls, crown molding and so much more.

Presenting the award qre Meritta Kennedy, Sandra Hoke, and Sandra Cash, from KOCB’s Board of Directors.

Lutcher Theater Kicks Off 43rd Season with R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

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The Lutcher Theater proudly announces the opening of its 43rd season with R.E.S.P.E.C.T., an electrifying tribute celebrating the legendary Aretha Franklin. This joyous concert event will play for one night only on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at

“We are excited to kick off our season with R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “This show is sure to have you dancing in the aisles and singing out loud to all of our favorite music from the Queen of Soul!”

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. showcases the soundtrack of an era that brought Franklin worldwide acclaim singing hits such as, “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Chain of Fools,” “Respect,” and many more.

The supreme talent bringing this show to life has been found in New York’s Trejah Bostic, the lead singer of the band, supported by vocalists Meghan Dawson, Nattalyee Randall, and Ashton Weeks, who also serve as the evening’s hosts, and Jasmine Tompkins, the vocalists’understudy.

The tour’s incredibly skilled on-stage live band features Music Direction and Keyboards by Darnell White (Revelation The Musical, Gospel at Colonus), Rocco Dellaneve (Keys), TJ Griffin (Drums), Kenneth “Gypsy” Simpson (Guitar), and Owen Williams (Bass).

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is staged by Christina Sajous (Spongebob Squarepants, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, American Idiot, Baby It’s You) who leads the creative team, including Matthew Deinhart (Lighting Design), Taylor Edelle Stuart (Video Design), Joshua Liebert (Sound Design), Antonio Consuegra (Wardrobe & Hair Stylist), Tracey Moore (Casting Director) and Jamal Howard(Associate Director).

This brand-new production is adapted from McGee Entertainment’s Australian touring smash-hit, RESPECT-The Aretha Franklin Story starring Angie Narayan (Australian Idol), also known as Australia’s “Soul Mama,” which continues to play to sold-out audiences across Australia.

For more information or to purchase tickets for R.E.S.P.E.C.T., please visit

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Hosting Door Sign Crafting Class

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offering Virtual Canning Classes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is offering a Door Sign Crafting Class. The class will be held on November 5. 2022, from 10:00 am to noon at the Extension Office at 11475 FM 1442.

The door sign will be a round wooden sign and participants have the option of an initial, word, or name on the sign.  The cost is $25 per person.

Participants will have the option to make a wreath if they would rather do that instead of the sign.

Please call the office at 409-882-7010 to register. Payment must be received by October 28, 2022.

Lutcher Theater Service Guild Seeking Members

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The Lutcher Theater invites individuals interested in getting involved with the arts to attend their annual Service Guild Membership Drive on Tuesday,
October 4, 2022, at 6 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater 3rd Floor Lobby, located at 707 Main Ave. in Orange, Texas. The drive is open to the public and all are invited. Information about committees and membership responsibilities will be presented.

The Lutcher Theater Service Guild is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to support the Lutcher Theater’s performing arts series. Annually the theater provides entertainment to approximately 30,000 adults and children, and the Service Guild helps facilitate Lutcher events in a variety of ways. Additionally, the Service Guild offers an opportunity for fun and engaging social interaction while affording volunteers choices of working when their schedules allow.

“Our volunteers are the true stars of the Lutcher Theater,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director. “We couldn’t bring the caliber of entertainment to this area without their help. The Lutcher Theater has become known in the industry for their hospitality and professionalism that the Service Guild helps provide.”

Persons interested in volunteering can choose to be involved with one or more committees that represent the different aspects of the theater’s needs. Volunteer committee opportunities include:

  • Patron Services: includes ushering, scanning, counting tickets, attending concessions and coatroom, and assisting with hearing devices and binocular rentals.
  • Hospitality: includes catering and providing “home town” hospitality for national and international touring company members and technical crews.
  • Sets, Lights, and Props: includes assisting backstage with the technical aspects of a show, such as loading in, lighting, sound, props and wardrobe for most daytime children’s shows.
  • Administration: includes mailing material relating to board meetings, general membership meetings, and invitations to special events such as the Guild’s Christmas Dinner and Officer Installation Dinner.
  • Audience Development: includes distributing materials such as posters and flyers throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana promoting the theater events to the public.
  • Membership: includes organizing and conducting the annual membership drive, collecting dues and maintaining a current membership roster for the Guild.

Annual dues for Service Guild members are $15 and are used to support Guild activities.

For more information about the Lutcher Theater, the Service Guild, or to RSVP for the Service Guild Membership Drive, please call 409-886-5535 or visit them online.

Stark Museum of Art Announces October Playdate

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Join the Stark Museum of Art on the second Friday of the month from 10:00-11:00 a.m. beginning Friday, September 9, 2022, for art-inspired play and art-making designed just for children 5 and under and their grown-ups. The October SMA Playdate is October 14 and the theme is “Let’s Play with Clay.”

Each month features a new story and activity to help children and grown-ups engage with a work of art at the Stark Museum of Art while making new friends in our art studio. Playdates are scheduled on the second Friday of the month September 2022 through May 2023. Free admission. For more information, visit this page on the SMA site.

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