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Orange County Disaster Rebuild Offering Temporary Employment Opportunities

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

Orange County Disaster Rebuild is offering great job opportunities to help your local community. Orange County Disaster Rebuild has received a humanitarian grant through Texas Workforce Commission to be able to hire disaster caseworkers, one construction supervisor, and one volunteer coordinator.

Eligible customers must be:

  • Authorized to work in the US
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Registered for Selective Service (if male born after December 31, 1959)

AND one of the following:

  • Laid Off
  • Laid off due to Emergency or Disaster (Hurricane Laura/COVID19)
  • Self-Employed but now unemployed or underemployed due to Emergency or Disaster (Hurricane Laura/ COVID19)
  • Receiving or Exhausted Unemployment Benefits

Please refer to the flyer below on how you can apply. Please do not contact OCDR directly. If you meet the qualifications above, please call (877) 834-JOBS to apply through the Texas Workforce Commission.

Luigi’s Italian Grill Moving to Former Mazzio’s Location

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Luigi's Italian Grill Moving to Former Mazzio's Location

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant is moving to the former Mazzio’s Pizza location at 3108 Edgar Brown Drive. Luigi’s was formerly located at 3105 Edgar Brown Drive but was forced to close due to damage from Hurricane Laura.

The Orange Economic Development Corporation announced on Tuesday an EDC incentive of $139,000 for the move and renovation. EDC Director Jay Trahan said Luigi’s should be open for business at its new location in late January or early February.

For more info, visit their Facebook page.

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.

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