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Two Concerts Scheduled for Together Thursdays

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Together Thursdays is a FREE outdoor concert series that will take place at the Orange Riverside Pavilion at 708 Simmons Dr. in Orange. The schedule features:

Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 PM: Drywater featuring authentic Texas music

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 PM Kin Faux. Kin Faux is a band of four talented musicians on a mission to put “western” back in country music. While they do pay tribute to country legends like Haggard, Jennings, and Cash, the heavy influence of the band comes from today’s Texas music scene (i.e. Randy Rogers, Kevin Fowler, Cody Jinks, and Wade Bowen).

There will be outdoor games and food trucks as well. They are planning for five trucks, three food and two dessert trucks. Food trucks will be open beginning at 6 PM.

The series is sponsored by a partnership between Dow and the United Way of Orange County. For more info, please visit the United Way of Orange County’s Facebook page.

Keep Orange County Beautiful to Hold E-Waste Collection on Oct. 23

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Keep Orange County Beautiful is holding an E-Waste collection day on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Orange Baptist Hospital parking lot at 608 Strickland Drive in Orange from 8 a.m. until 1 pm. The waits to be collected that day will include computers, laptops, hard drives, monitors, printers, power cords, cell phones, tablets, fax machines, scanners, UPS, batteries, electronic appliances, and televisions.

Orange County residents are encouraged to clear out their back rooms, garages, and offices and recycle their electronic waste or E-Waste. Not only are the bulk and the sizes of these devices bad for landfills, but all of them also contain at least one or two chemicals that can be highly toxic. The need to keep e-waste out of our landfills is becoming a major issue with municipalities and businesses and should be foremost in the minds of the general public as well.

“We all have old electronics hanging around the house and garage,” said Sandra Cash. chair of Orange County Beautiful. We need to make sure that those old ones do not go to the landfill but are recycled.

Funding for this event has been received from the TCEQ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and SETX Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.

Scarecrow Festival Scheduled Oct. 12- Nov. 6 at Shangri La

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Shangri La Botanical Garden’s Annual Scarecrow Festival is back and takes place October 12 through November 6, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friends from all over will be able to enjoy dozens of unique scarecrow contest exhibits, fall flowering displays, thousands of pumpkins, and autumn decorations displayed throughout Shangri La Gardens. Free timed tickets for this event w are recommended to ensure entry into the gardens as capacity is limited. The timed tickets are available here.

This year, voting on the scarecrows will be open to not only visitors but to those at home as well. All votes will be cast electronically on their website and winners will be announced during Autumn Fair on November 6 at 2 p.m. on Facebook Live. Names of winners, as well as images from the contest, will also be posted on the Shangri La Gardens’ website.

Don’t forget that Autumn Fair is the last day of the Scarecrow Festival, Saturday, November 6! This day of autumn harvest fun will feature family-friendly activities sure to get you in the mood for fall. Free timed tickets will be REQUIRED for entry into the gardens for this event. Tickets for Autumn Fair on November 6th will be required and released at a later date.

Shangri La to Host Adult Workshop on Succulents

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will hold an adult workshop, The Dish on Succulents, on November 20, 2021. The materials fee is $25.
Join us on a creative journey to explore all about succulents! In this program, you’ll become familiar with this low-maintenance favorite. Shangri La Gardens Director of Horticulture, Jennifer Buckner, will share her secrets about succulent growth and propagation so that you can develop the confidence to provide “green-thumb” style care. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to create your very own succulent arrangement to take home. Containers, soil, plants, and supplies are all included in the workshop fee.
Registration begins October 6th @ 9:00 a.m. You can register here.
For additional info, please visit their Facebook page.
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