Lamar University’s Brass Quintet

Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music will host its inaugural Brass Festival, a three-day event celebrating brass instrumentalists, beginning Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 9, in the Simmons Music Building.

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Adair Stephens painting

Ad Hoc Beaumont will bring the first mobile pop-up art show to Beaumont on Thursday, April 7. Inspired by the success of food trucks, Ad Hoc Beaumont is taking art out of the galleries and into the streets.

“We want to help people think about art in different ways and reach more communities of people, especially the young and old that may not have access to local art spaces,” said Michael Mason, founding member of Ad Hoc Beaumont.

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast will host a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a day filled with arts, crafts, science experiments, hands-on demonstrations of Victorian and quilting crafts, plus learn how to spin, weave and knit through traditional art forms. The Museum of the Gulf Coast is at 700 Proctor in Port Arthur. For more information, call (409) 984-6453. The Museum of the Gulf Coast combines conventional and unconventional methods to tell the exciting story of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region.

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Wounded service members and their family members who participate in future Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) healing retreats on the Bolivar Peninsula facility will have access to a fully equipped, wood working shop donated by Dewalt Tools.

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Photo by Joshua Cobb

A special ceremony at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont on Friday, April 1, honored James R. Barlow of Beaumont, a survivor of the historic Okinawa campaign. Members of the Marine Corps League and area veteran organizations took part in the flag raising and dedication.

The 89-year-old Barlow enlisted in May 1944. After boot camp at Parris Island, he served in the Pacific Area from January 1945 until August 1946. He was only 19 when he began serving in the last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Battle of Okinawa.

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