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Be a Santa to a Senior

While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones and isolated seniors are at great risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.

This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program.

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Beaumont neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Kubala fits a child with a bike helmet

If you’re surprising a child with a shiny new bicycle this holiday season, remember to give a helmet, too. The physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) say that accessory could save your child’s life.

Doctors believe bikes — and helmets — make great gifts because they encourage exercise. 

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Tom Jenkins

When Harvey rained 28 inches on Jefferson County in one day, the staff at Green Acres Grocery near Fannett was pushing water away from the store’s doors with brooms and squeegees, store owner Tom Jenkins remembers.

“We were open every day, and we ended up selling everything on the shelves,” Jenkins said, explaining that his store was almost an island during Harvey’s floods — people couldn’t get to Hamshire or Beaumont after I-10 and Highway 124 closed, and the channel locks on Highway 365 going into Port Arthur were shut.

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Kenny G

Take a joyous ride through the smooth sounds of jazz with the one-and-only Kenny G when he performs at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Dec. 8, for his Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour at 8:30 p.m. The 61-year-old Kenny G has sold more than 75 million albums, and the Grammy winner is touring in support Miracles: The Holiday Album, which has sold 8 million copies. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has solidified his reputation as the premier saxophonist in contemporary jazz.

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Spindletop Gusher producing water

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will mark the 117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment.

“Every year the volunteers and museum staff work hard to bring new things to this annual event along with making it fun,” said museum director Troy Gray. “Discussions usually center on how to bring visitors back in time to 1901.”

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