The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County has shifted the focus of its new fundraiser called United Way Hometown Huddle scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont.

According John Rollins, the director of Public Relations and Community Impact for United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County, instead of funds raised going their 21 local nonprofit partner agencies, now 100 percent of proceeds will go toward storm recovery.

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Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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If you lost a pet during the recent hurricane and flood, visit Beaumont Animal Care at 1884 Pine St. Call (409) 838-3304 for more information.

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Dame Evelyn Glennie

This weekend is a perfect time to get away from storm issues and we suggest you hit the town this Saturday, Sept. 16 to grab dinner from one of our great local eateries and enjoy the Symphony of Southeast Texas as they open their 65th season.

Festive Beginnings kicks off the Classic Series at the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

“It says a lot about our orchestra and even more about the community because they have come out and supported us many, many years,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton, who is serving in his eighth year as music director of the SOST.

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Hank and Cupcakes are coming to Beaumont to perform at the Logon Café on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. with no cover charge for all ages. The New York Post calls Hank (Ariel Scherbacovsky) and Cupcakes (Sagit Shir) a “funky fresh sound,” so if you have never seen them live, here’s your chance. The duo flew to Berlin in 2012 to record their debut record at the famous Hansa Studios where U2, David Bowie, R.E.M, Iggy Pop and many more legends have recorded legendary music, with Swedish producer Ludwig Boss. The Logon Café is at 3805 Calder Ave.

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