James Evans, Big Bend photographer, comes to the McFaddin-Ward House sharing his wit, humor, and life’s work capturing images of the formidable national park in South Texas on Thursday, July 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. Evans fell in love with Big Bend on a hiking trip 28 years ago, so he set up camp … permanently. He’s been taking stunning pictures ever since, has authored two books, and finally got married this year.

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Gift of Life client; Beaumont Health Department representative Mary Alexander, R

H-E-B and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas teamed up with the Gift of Life to provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms to more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women Wednesday, July 6, on the UTMB mobile mammography van at the new Beaumont Health Department.

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A suspect identified by police as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was arrested in Vidor July 8 for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia after callers reported the man was harassing female passersby, asking if they were "looking for a good time."

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Texas Country music singer/songwriter Kyle Park will play Saturday, July 16, at the Backyard Music Hall inside Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country at 3871 Stagg Drive at the Gateway Shopping Center in Beaumont. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $15-$27.50 and can be purchased online at jnhillcountry.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Park, of Austin, has been performing since 2005 and has released seven studio albums, with his last coming last October in The Blue Roof Sessions.

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Crepe myrtle

Whether you spell it crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, you can’t help but love this long lasting bloomer. These small flowering trees or large bushes can be seen in commercial plantings and in lots of creative lawns around town. Why do we love them so much? For one thing, they bloom around 120 days throughout the spring, summer and fall. Use them as screens, lawn specimens, shrub borders and container plants. We call them “The Kings of Color.”

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