Lauren Pope, Salvation Army regional resource development director; Sandra Bourn
Mother and daughter place a donation in the kettle outside Dillard’s at Parkdale

The Salvation Army kicked off the 114th Red Kettle Campaign at Parkdale Mall on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Charlotte Mizener (harp), Erin Murphy and Jennifer Shannon (flutes)

The R.C. Miller Memorial Library hosted its fifth annual “Sounds of Sharing” program Thursday, Nov. 17.

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Recalling that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series became darker and darker as the sequels wore on, don’t be surprised if you find that same element in this latest, promising new world created by the famed author. Directed by David Yates (who directed the last four “Potter” movies), this is Rowling’s first screenplay, and its flaws can’t override that these “Beasts” and their collector, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) will have a lengthy run as at least three or four more films are in the works.

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Grammy Award winner Chris Botti, backed by his incredible band and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, will perform at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave.) in Orange on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or at the Lutcher Theater box office.

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Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School senior Josh Lamb signed his national letter

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School senior Josh Lamb signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Texas-San Antonio. With his team, coaches, fellow classmates, family and friends in attendance, Lamb thanked all who had helped him reach this goal before signing.

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