Features

The 16th annual Port Neches RiverFest: Thunder on the Neches is officially underway at Riverfront Park in Port Neches and continues through Sunday, May 7. Sponsored by Neches Federal Credit Union, RiverFest features fantastic food, great music, vendors, the Mighty Thomas Carnival midway, plus the thrills, chills and spills of the tunnel power boat races on the Neches River.

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ADACDET Beaumont office employees are Julie King, liaison counselor; Kara Wharto

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is seeing a rise in abuse of meth, opiates and synthetic marijuana in the area.

Kara Wharton, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and team leader at the Beaumont office of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADACDET), said the non-profit organization services around 90-100 clients a month and the three aforementioned problems are the most common addictions seen.

“The numbers are growing,” Wharton said. “In this area, it’s methamphetamine” that’s most abused.

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The ninth annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival will be held Saturday, May 6, at St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St.) from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., rain or shine. There will be traditional cuisine from Greece and other Mediterranean countries, along with a variety of unique ethnic goods on sale at the bazaar, and diverse entertainment. Admission to the festival is free.

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Travis Walthall

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Travis Walthall on Saturday, May 6, at Victoria House (2110 Victoria St.) in Beaumont from 8-11 p.m.

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Multi-platinum recording rock band Bush returns to the road in North America in support of their new record Black and White Rainbows, which is available now and was written, recorded and produced by vocalist Gavin Rossdale. This is the seventh studio release for Bush and first new music since 2014’s Man on the Run.

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