In case you haven’t learned at past Med Fests, local troupe Al-Juthoor Dabke wil
Larry the Camel and Georgia Vasilakis

The Mediterranean Sea is known for it’s beautiful waters, which connects nearly two-dozen countries and is home to countless islands. Labeled as the “cradle of world civilization,” it covers nearly a million square miles and unifies all those who surround its shoreline. 

For the past eight years, and some 5,000 miles away, the St. Michael Mediterranean Festival in Beaumont has given festivalgoers a taste of Mediterranean without having to leave Southeast Texas. 

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Funilla yogurt with coconut, strawberry, cherry, kiwi, M&Ms, Nerds and strawberr
There are more than 30 different yogurt toppings to choose from at Spoon It incl

Shamsha Ali was in second grade when her family immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. With business owners for parents Ali, a 1999 graduate of East Chambers High School, decided she wanted to follow in their footsteps.

“Basically I told my husband, I wanted to start something on my own — something small,” Ali said. 

In 2011, Ali started researching different concepts and discovered the self-serve frozen yogurt business plan.

“It wasn’t really that popular back then, and I thought this is really unique,” she said.

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There’s been a whirlwind of changes since Mike Schultz arrived as the new head football coach earlier this year and a major point of emphasis under Schultz is that players get stronger by spending more time in the weight room. 

With that said, Schultz and the coaching staff hosted a first for the Lamar football team — Night of Champions — on April 25, which is a strength and conditioning showcase that saw several members of the team square off in bench press, squats and deadlift at Provost Umphrey Stadium in front of fans. 

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Butterfly Release

The Harbor Foundation will host its eighth annual Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ford Park in Beaumont. Admission to the event is free.

The entire community is invited, said Brenna Rodriguez, regional director of Business Development at Harbor Healthcare System.

“The event last year just brought out huge crowds of families,” Rodriguez said. “Due to that, we wanted a facility that would accommodate a larger crowd and participation of people that wanted to come out and get involved and be a part of this event.”

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The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will present the Spindletop Award to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Golden Pass LNG at the Chamber’s Spindletop Award Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17. This is the first time ever that the award has been given to more than one recipient. 

The announcement was made at a Tuesday, April 25 press conference at the Beaumont Chamber office.

The Spindletop Award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate/organizational citizenship and overall impact on our community. 

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