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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Holding Food Manager’s 2-Day Certification Training

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is holding the 2-Day Food Manager’s Certification Training with Test. This course will help you to:

  • Understand the major causes of foodborne illnesses and how to prevent them,
  • Increase the food safety knowledge of your employees,
  • Improve relationships with health officials.

Upon passing the certification exam, you will fulfill state requirements for Certified Food Manager status.

Topics covered include:

  • Foodborne illnesses and how they are caused
  • Food safety hazards
  • Sanitation regulations
  • HACCP
  • AND MORE!

The classes will be held on February 27-28, 2023, from 9 am until 4 pm. These will be held at the Orange County Extension Office at 11475 FM 1442, Orange, TX. To register, download the form at http://foodsafety.tamu.edu or contact the Extension office at 409-882-7010 to get a copy of the form. The cost of the class is $125 per person.

The registration form and payment can be sent to the address listed on the Registration form.

For any questions, contact the Extension office of Orange County.

Mauriceville Heritage Association Announces 2023 Crawfish Bash

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The Mauriceville Heritage Association has announced the 2023 Crawfish Bash will be held Cinco de Mayo weekend, May 5-6.  2023  at 7441 Cohenour Rd. in Orange.

Hours are Friday, May 5, 2023, from 5 pm – 10 pm and Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 10 AM – 10- pm.  There is no entry fee, but there is a $10 per car charge. The parade is scheduled for Saturday at 10 AM. All You Can Eat Crawfish (AYCE) is Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM. Early bird price is $35 per person, while day-of-event pricing is $45. Children 12 and under are free

They are currently accepting sponsor applications and are sending out sponsor forms to ensure all sponsors are noted on all of their Bash advertising.  Sponsorship forms are located here.

For more info, visit their Facebook page.

Orange CVB Sets April 1 as Art in the Park Date

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The Orange Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has set Saturday, April 1, 2023, as the date for the 21st Annual Art in the Park. Hours will be 9 AM – 3 PM in its traditional location at Stark Park. There will be kid’s activities and food trucks, in addition to many vendors selling arts and crafts.

Registration for the vendor market is now open for registration. To receive a registration form, please contact Brandy Judice at bjudice@orangetexas.gov or pick up an application inside City Hall at 812 N. 16th St. Orange, Texas 77630.

Pasture and Forage Program Offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is holding a Pasture & Forage Program. This will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, from 1 pm until 4 pm, with check-in at 12:30.

Three CEU’s will be offered for Pesticide License Holders. These will be as follows:

  1. Integrated Pest Management-Using the Right Weed Control Products into an IPM Approach,
  2. General- Weed Ecology and Management: Things you need to know about weeds and Using Healthy Forages for Weed Suppression in Pastures and Hay Meadows.

The cost for the program is $20. Call the Orange County Extension Office at 409-882-7010 to register before February 8, 2023.

Lutcher Theater Brings Grace For President to the Stage

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No poll is necessary to know that Grace For President will win the majority of our hearts when the best-selling children’s book by author Kelly S. DiPucchio comes to life on the Lutcher Theater stage on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, for two performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace asks, “Where are the girls,” as her third-grade teacher rolls out a poster of all 44 U.S. presidents. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be the first female president. Grace immediately starts off her political career as a candidate and initiates a mock school election. She seems the likely winner until the most popular boy runs against her.

In this timely story, the basics of elections, from campaigns to the complexity of the electoral college are explained in a way that is clear and age-appropriate. Offering an inspiring example of perseverance, courage, and independent thought in how to choose our leaders. Join Grace and her classmates on a musical theater journey through the throes of campaigning and pep rallies, service projects, and posters as Grace and her classmates discover what it takes to be the best candidate.

“This is a great opportunity to bring live theater to the students in our community. For many of these students, this is their first introduction to the performing arts,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “This heart-warming tale will not only entertain but educate our students as well.”

The Lutcher Incredible Kids Events is underwritten by the Stark Foundation and sponsored by Invista, Gopher Industrial, and the Lutcher Theater Service Guild. Because of their generosity, student tickets for “Grace For President” are offered at $5 for students, allowing students the opportunity to experience live theater for a reduced rate.

Limited tickets are available for Grace For President. To purchase, please call the Lutcher Box Office at 409.886.5535 or visit lutcher.org for more information. The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Avenue in Orange, TX.

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