Stark Museum of Art Offers Papermaking Workshop

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Discover the process of creating handmade paper at the CREATE! Workshop: Papermaking on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Stark Museum of Art.

Participants will add color and natural elements such as flowers, seeds, and leaves to create their own special paper that can be used for a variety of crafts. CREATE! Workshops are multigenerational and designed for artists 8 years old to adults. All supplies are included in the $5 material fee when you register online at for your seat in the workshop.

Advanced registration is required here. There is a $5.00 fee per participant.

CREATE! Workshops are recommended for ages 8 and up and are designed to be multi-generational, but please note that younger children may require additional assistance from their accompanying grown-up. We encourage family collaboration during these workshops. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered for the workshop. Registrants will briefly discuss a selected collection item and then will appreciate art in a new way when they make their own art in the studio. Space is limited to 20 people per session including children and adults – all attendees must register.

For more info, email

Stark Museum Offers Orange County Teachers Virtual Field Trip Registration Starting Jan. 21

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The Stark Museum of Art has published its 2021-2022 Virtual Field Trips & Student Art Exhibitions Catalog! They are excited to announce the return of our Virtual Field Trip offerings for Pre-K-12th grade students, along with their Student Art Exhibitions for K-12th grade students.

Virtual Field Trips offer students the opportunity to visit the Museum from the comfort and safety of their classroom. Most Virtual Field Trips include a Studio Art Kit with supplies for a hands-on studio art project for your classroom. Thanks to the generous funding of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Studio Art Kits are FREE for public, private, and homeschools in Region 5, Texas, and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

New this year, is a Mural @ Home program for classrooms. This program allows teachers to download and print a scalable mural for their classroom or campus in a variety of sizes up to 13.5′ x 7′. This new approach to their mural program allows more students and schools access to this beloved program and also provides students the opportunity to work collaboratively while maintaining social distance in the classroom.

The curriculum, designed by SMA’s education staff, consists of lessons for Pre-K-12th grade students that are aligned with state benchmarks in Fine Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. All of their programs are designed to cultivate 21st Century Learning Skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. They strive to offer students unique experiences that provide real-world opportunities to engage and connect with the visual arts and build upon their classroom experience.

All teachers in Region 5, TX and Calcasieu Parish, LA may register for Onsite Field Trips starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Click this link to register.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting Planned for January 27 for Orange County

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Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC( will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 27th to gather public input for updating the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plans for Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, and Orange Counties. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC), 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77703 in the Nagel Room. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting.

There will also be a Microsoft Teams option for those who are unable to attend in person but are still interested in getting involved in the process. Click here for that option.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide a project overview from H2O Partners, Inc., the consultant to the project, and solicit information from citizens. Public input will help the project team to analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible actions to reduce their impact. Hazards included are flood, dam failure, tornado, thunderstorm wind, drought, hail, wildfire, winter storm, lightning, extreme heat, hurricane, and coastal erosion.

A public participation survey is available here.

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. Mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.

Questions about the Hazard Mitigation Plan should be addressed to H2O Partners, Inc., planning consultants for SETRPC; Attn: Heather Ferrara, Project Manager by email at

Stark Museum of Art to Host For Virtual Tour of Eanger Irving Couse Home

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Join the Stark Museum of Art and The Couse-Sharp Historic Site for a virtual tour of the Eanger Irving Couse home on Friday, January 21, 2022, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. (central standard time)

Take a noon break and travel west to Taos, New Mexico to take a closer look at Couse’s personal home and studio. Davison Koenig, Executive Director and Curator of The Couse-Sharp Historic Site, will guide the live virtual tour and provide insights about how the west truly became home both personally and professionally for the artist. Advanced registration is required for this FREE program. Registration will close on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. (central standard time).

The program will be facilitated live through Zoom at the Stark Museum of Art. Participants are encouraged to download Zoom prior to the event. For more information, including tutorials for using Zoom, please visit the Resources page on the Zoom website.

The live program will be recorded and available at a later date on the Stark Museum of Art website and Stark Art & History YouTube channel.

To register, click here.

Columbanus Motor Sports Sponsoring Chili Cookoff Benefiting United Way

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Columbanus Motor Sports, located at 3500 I-10 West in Orange, is sponsoring its first Annual Chil Cookoff to benefit United Way of Orange County on Saturday, January 29 at their location.

The tasting will run from 11 AM – 1 PM. Purchase of a $10 armband will permit participants to taste and vote in the People’s Choice award. All winners will be announced at 2 PM, including 1st place Judge’s Choice and 1st place People’s Choice. A trophy will be awarded to the first-place winners.

Teams must submit a completed entry form (no entry fee) by Saturday, January 21. After that date will be a $10 late registration fee.

For an entry form and rules, please email

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