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Texans no longer have to drive across the Louisiana border to get their gambling fix. Now, in the heart of The Big Thicket, just 17 miles east of Livingston, is a 15,000-square-foot gaming facility operated by Naskila Entertainment on the Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation. A soft opening was held Tuesday, May 17, and a grand opening is set for Thursday, June 2.

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Highest bidder … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas recently hosted its bi-annual Treasure Auction. This year’s theme was Pop Art, and almost 30 local artists did their best to channel Andy Warhol.

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The Outdoor Association of Texas Heroes (OATH) will host its inaugural Memorial Day Bash on Sunday, May 29, at Kountze High School (1488 FM 1293 Road) from noon – 10 p.m. There will be barbecue cooked up by the Kicked Back Cookers BBQ Team, as well as cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, a dunking booth, a petting zoo, a washers tournament, a horseshoes tournament, live music from Pat Overstreet, Back Creek Band and Chad Stone, plus much more.

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Classic Movie Night resumes with the 1951 drama A Streetcar Named Desire on Friday, May 27, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. A winner of five Academy Award, the film follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), and her husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), in New Orleans.

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The annual Texas Frog Fest will take place this weekend, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, in Crystal Beach at 1609 Highway 87 on the Bolivar Peninsula. The event will take place 1 p.m. to midnight each night, rain or shine. There will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase inside the gates along with an RV and tent area. Performing Saturday will be 10 Man Jam, Aubry Lynn England, Jamie Talbert & the Band of Demons, Bag of Donuts and headliner Cody Johnson.

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