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First Annual Michael Hoke Foundation Gala Date Set

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The Michael W. Hoke Foundation for Excellence in Science Education by hosting the 1st Annual Michael W. Hoke Foundation Gala, with the goal of raising funds for a scholarship at Lamar University for one or more deserving students. it will be held on July 23, 2022, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Shahan Events Center – LSCO, 209 Green Ave. in Orange.

Michael Hoke was born in Dickinson, TX, the third of four boys, to Marvin Ford and Jesse Faye Hoke in July of 1948. He grew up playing amongst the woods and wetlands that abounded near his childhood home. It was during these formative years that he first fell in love with the outdoors and what it had to offer. After graduating from Dickinson High School he would go on to attend Lamar University, and after nearly not making it out of his first year, he found his footing, and Sandra, and eventually graduated with a degree in Biology.

Most people would have you believe that Michael immediately found a job as a teacher, but that wasn’t the case. He began working at Sherwin Williams selling paint. However, after a dispute involving a sales commission, he got in his car, drove down to a school, entered, and asked to speak to the principal, as he had decided he wanted to become a teacher. It was that fateful day that would lead him to become one of the best and most lauded science educators in the country.

During his career, he would go on to found or co-found such programs as Bios: A School on Wheels, Science Superstars, Eco-Rangers, and many more. His work impacted thousands of students, instilling in many a lifelong love of science and the environment.

The 1st Annual Michael W. Hoke Foundation Gala will include dinner and drinks, a silent auction, a presentation about their cause, and much more.

Patrons can enjoy a drink and catch up with old friends before dinner, provided by Old Orange Cafe & Catering Company, followed by a presentation and announcement of silent auction winners. The attire is business casual.

All net proceeds of the event will be donated to increase the endowment for the Michael Hoke Memorial Scholarship at Lamar University.

Tickets are $100 each and can be reserved online here.

Independence Day Festivities Planned for July 4

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The City of Orange is thrilled to host the 2022 July 4th Concert and Fireworks Celebration. This event will be open to the public at 5 P.M. on Monday, July 4, at the Riverside Pavilion, located at 708 Simmons Drive.

The celebration will begin with concessions and activities at 5 P.M. followed by live entertainment by Logan Soileau from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. A spectacular fireworks display will begin immediately following the concert at 9 P.M. Concessions and kids activities will be available on site.

This event is free to the public, and please note that no dogs or pets will be allowed at the Riverside Pavilion. Coolers are welcome and chairs are encouraged.

For additional information, please contact the Explore Orange team at 409.883.1011/409.883.1010 or visit the Explore Orange Facebook page.

City of Orange Slates Independence Day Celebration

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Join the City of Orange at the Riverside Pavilion at 708 Simons Dr. in Orange on July 4, 2022, for Independence Day festivities from 5 PM – 9 PM.

Live entertainment will be provided by Logan Soileau at 7 PM. , followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9 PM.  Kids’ activities will be provided, food vendors will be available, and coolers are permitted. However, no dogs or other pets are permitted.

For more info, contact the Orange Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 409-883-1011.

Gift of Life Spnsoring Men’s Healthcare Screenings

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Gift of Life Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer Program provides free healthcare screenings for men. These screenings include prostate cancer screening, cholesterol panel, HIV, blood pressure, Hepatitis C, blood glucose, and on-site physician consultations.  Lunch and door prizes are also included.

The Gift of Life will be hosting free men’s healthcare screenings in the lobby of Baptist Hospital in Orange, Texas on June 14, September 13, and November 15. 2022.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Gift of Life at 409-833-3663.

Krewe De Onyx to Sponsor Juneteenth Festival

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Krewe De Onyx is pleased to announce the Juneteenth Festival, to be held at the Riverside Pavilion. The festival will be held on June 18 and 19 with the gates opening at 10 am each day. The community is invited to join this FREE event and enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, and much more!  Achievement Awards will be presented to community leaders.

Activities include:

Saturday, June 18

  • Far Cry from 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers from 4-6 PM
  • Chris Ardoin and Tha Wustep Krewe from 7-10 PM

Sunday, June 19

  • Prayer Service with Father Jim Sichko at 10 AM
  • Jarvis & the Gent from 2-4 PM
  • Flava Band from 5-6:30 PM
  • Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers 7-10 PM
Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs. Coolers, tents, canopies, and pets will not be permitted.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the festival, please contact Ashley Charlot at 409-998-3524.  For more info, visit their Facebook page.



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