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ASK at Summer in the City

The city of Nederland is hosting Summer in the City at Doornbos Park on Saturday, June 9, with vendors, games, music, food and more.

Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) president and coach Scott Ferguson said will be there with three fundraising booths. They will have a bracelet booth, food booth (brisket sandwiches, smoked boudain and drinks) and will be running the Home Run Derby.

This event will help raise money for ASK so it can continue to keep all the sporting events free for all participants. League participants must be children and adults with disabilities.

ASK is in need of volunteers to help, especially for the Home Run Derby. They need a minimum of 10 people. It starts at 2 and ends at 5:30 or 6. If anyone knows of a pitching machine that they could borrow for the Home Run Derby, let them know.

All proceeds from the booths go toward Adaptive Sports for Kids.

Ferguson encourages those that can’t help to come out and help support ASK and the city of Nederland. For more information or to help out, contact Joe Boudwin or Sharon Grandberry at (409) 892-1808.

Summer Food Program

The city of Beaumont Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a Summer Food Service Program each summer in conjunction with the Texas State Department of Agriculture. The program is managed through the Food and Nutrition Division of that department, and offers a free lunch to kids 18 years of age and under who during the summer months while school is out might not otherwise get a balanced meal. The meals are free and there is no registration; kids just need to show up at a site near them. All meals must be eaten on site, and second meals are encouraged.

If a church organization or day-care facility is offering vacation Bible school or other services, they may bring their kids to any site and participate. Contact Fred Lemell Jr., the development coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department, at (409) 838-1902 the day prior to a group’s anticipated participation so meal orders can be adjusted for that day. The program runs for about 49 days during the months of June, July and August, with exception of the Fourth of July, which is a city of Beaumont holiday.


Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows Monday-Friday, June 11-Aug. 17:

L.L Melton Family Life Center

3455 Sarah St., Beaumont

Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch noon – 1 p.m.

All other sites serving breakfast 9:30-10:30 a.m. and lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.Regent Apartments

175 Maime, Beaumont

Plymouth Village Apartments

5080 Helbig Road, Beaumont

Timbers Edge Apartments

1075 Pinchback Road, Beaumont

Concord Homes

2020 Cottonwood, Beaumont

Tracewood Apartments/BHA

4925 Concord Road, Beaumont

St. Francis activities

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Orange will hold the Young at Heart Garage Sale in the San Damiano Center Friday, June 8, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. until noon.

The church will also hold its Knights of Columbus barbecue June 24 after morning masses.

Vacation Bible School will be the week of July 16-20, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Registration forms are available at church entrances and the church office. The registration fee is $5.

St. Francis is also offering summer art classes the following week, July 23-27. Session I (grades 1-3) will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Session II (grades 4-8) will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. An adult session is available Monday through Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. The registration fee for Sessions I and II is $80, and the adult session fee is $60. Register at the church office.

Church directories are now in, Donna Scheer, director of communication, said. Directories are available for pick up in the church office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Scheer at (409) 883 9153.

Credit union professional retires after 46 years

Nancy Pattie will have a particularly rare claim to fame when she retires after 46 years of service on June 15. The executive vice president (EVP) of Neches Federal Credit Union’s 1254 pearl branch will have completed her entire career with the same financial institution.

Although the initial focus of her career was in accounting, Pattie was hired as the credit union’s posting machine operator in September 1966.

Since her early beginnings, Pattie has handled just about every role in the credit union — including a stint as CEO that spanned 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. In 2005, she became EVP/branch manager for Neches FCU.

Pattie has remained very involved in the community and the credit union movement, serving on the Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions, Board of Directors for The Garth House, Board of Directors for the Texas Telephone Credit Union Association, member of the Beaumont Rotary Club for more than 15 years, and serving on the Texas Credit Union League as a representative for the state of Texas for the very first youth involvement board.

“Nancy has been an icon in the credit union community for more than 46 years,” bank president and CEO Jason Landry said. “Her commitment to the core values of the credit union movement have greatly contributed to the credit union’s success as a whole. I have always admired her high standards, business ethics, and sincere commitment and service to the community.”

Pattie will be recognized and honored at a reception scheduled for June 15 at the 1954 Pearl St. Neches FCU Branch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Neches Federal Credit Union is a community credit union serving Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties. For more information, go to or visit one of the eight locations in Port Neches, Beaumont, Nederland and Lumberton.

Shangri La ‘Wild Wednesdays’

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announced upcoming programs for the summer “Wild Wednesdays” series, which will begin June 13 and continue into August. “Wild Wednesdays” has programs  for both the young and young at heart, many of which are hands-on activities and explore the natural world through informative natural history lessons from Shangri La educators.

Program participants will meet at the admissions window at 9:30 a.m., with sessions lasting about an hour. All programs are free of charge, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Call (409) 670-9799 to make a reservation.

June 13: Bee Gardening – During this family-friendly program, attendees will learn how to attract native bees to yards and gardens through the addition of flowering plants and discover the roles of bees as pollinators in local ecosystems.

June 20: Paper Making – Attendees of all ages will enjoy this hands-on program allowing participants to make and take home their own paper.

June 27: Owl Puke – Explore the food chain by dissecting owl pellets, and learn about Shangri La’s rehabilitated barred owl Maxine. Attendees will be able to meet Maxine, hear her story and learn more about barred owl adaptations.

Located at 2111 West Park Ave. in Orange, Shangri La is open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information, visit Star MuseumsThe Stark Museum, W.H. Stark House and Shangri La Botanical Gardens are just a few of the more than