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Shangri La Botanical Gardens Has Reopened to Public

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens Has Reopened to Public

The staff at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center invite local residents to explore the beauty of the gardens, enjoy wildlife and the outdoors, and experience the wonderful seasonal changes in Southeast Texas late in the year.

The center is open Tuesdays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is free of charge.

Shangri La has implemented a range of practices to ensure the safety and well-being of their visitors and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak including optional timed ticketing to maintain adequate social distancing.   Due to COVID-19, they have reduced their garden capacity. For your safety and enjoyment, they recommend that you reserve a free timed ticket for the specific day and time you plan to visit. Limited walk-up entry is contingent upon availability.

To reserve timed tickets, click here.

Other safety precautions they have implemented include:

  • new signage and a one-way route through the gardens
  • mandatory mask use during entry and all indoor spaces (mask use is optional throughout the gardens)
  • limited maximum occupancy in select indoor locations
  • additional hand sanitizing station
  •  increased cleaning schedule in public areas
  • some areas remain closed (including our Café) for the safety of the public

Santa is Coming to Orange Train Depot

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Santa is Coming to Orange Train Depot

Santa is coming to the Orange Train Depot, 1210 Green Avenue in Orange on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4-6 PM. Visitors will see Santa and his masked elves and Orange Community Players singing Christmas Carols. Candy will be given and as well as special prizes if visitors wear a Santa hat! Children can also bring those letters to Santa that will be sent directly to the North Pole.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Depot, Friends of the Orange Depot is a non-profit group dedicated to restoring the century-old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Orange, Texas.

Orange County Disaster Rebuild Taking Registrations for Hurricane Laura Assistance

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Texas Mutual Donates $50,000 to Orange County Disaster Rebuild

If you were affected by Hurricane Laura and still in need of assistance, Orange County Disaster Rebuild will be doing a disaster assistance intake this Friday, November 20, 2020, at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center located at 502 6th Street in Orange from 9 am to 2 pm.

IMPORTANT: You will need to bring copies of the following mandatory documents listed below:
1) Photo ID
2) Proof of Income ( W-2, Paycheck stub, Social Security Information)
3) Property Tax Receipt for 2019
4) Current Utility Bill
5) 3 Previous Months of Bank Statements

Shangri La Botanical Gardens Sets Reopening Date

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens Sets Reopening Date

The City of Orange is excited to share Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center has announced its reopening for Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The center is located at 2111 W Park Ave. in Orange. The operating hours will be Tuesday-Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is free.

Mandatory mask use will be required indoors, and optional throughout the gardens. Hand sanitizer stations will be available

Since returning to the gardens after the closure from Hurricane Laura, the Horticulture staff of Shangri La has been hard at work cleaning up and clearing away fallen branches and debris from the storm. With help from Frey’s Landscaping and Davis Tree Company, the gardens look almost back to normal, though not without some new gaps.

The loss of several trees has changed the skyline and brought sun to plants that were accustomed to shade. The staff sees this loss of trees as opportunities to improve the gardens and are excited to see plants continuing to bloom and providing cheerful color to the landscape, almost as if thumbing their noses at the storm.

72nd Annual Christmas Parade Scheduled

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72nd Annual Christmas Parade Scheduled

The Kiwanis Club is proud to announce the 72nd annual Orange Christmas Parade on Friday, December 4 at 6 pm. This year’s theme is “A Texas Christmas.”

Special guidelines have been established this year for the Christmas parade. They include:

  • A longer route, allowing spectators and participants to maintain appropriate distancing.
  • Spectator and participant masks are encouraged at all times.
  • Floats in staging areas will be distanced by 20 feet.
  • Absolutely no candy or merchandise may be distributed during the parade or along the parade route.
  • Float riders will be limited to the County’s maximum allowable group size on December 4th. At this time the number is 10.
  • Spectators will be encouraged to maintain social distancing standards along the parade route and together in groups of no more than the County’s maximum allowable group size on December 4th. At this time the group number is 10.

The entry form is available here.

For more info, visit the Kiwanis Club Facebook page.

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