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Enchanting … One of the favored parties of the year, Le Grand Bal: “Some Enchanted Evening” promises to transport guests to another time and place where romance reigns supreme and cares are washed away by the gentle winds of the South Pacific. Presented by Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts, Le Grand Bal is the major annual fundraiser for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

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The only difficult thing about visiting the popular China Garden, located in Beaumont’s Gateway Plaza, is choosing what you will eat first and how long you will stay. More than 150 items await you on the different food bars, beginning with a healthy salad area, a new hibachi grill where you see your food choices cooked, all of the Texas Gulf Coast seafood you can imagine, vegetables, specialty dishes, and tantalizing desserts.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. The city of Orange and the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau are sponsoring the 10th annual Art in the Park on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and it is totally free. The event will take place at Stark Park in Orange.

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We are all likely cognizant of the major social networking Web services, as they have become an integral part of many of our daily lives. I have written about Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus in this column, and have accounts on all three. I use Facebook and Google Plus almost daily but admittedly have not been on Twitter in several months.

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If you have a tendency to forget to water and otherwise “abuse” your plants, succulents are for you. A succulent is a plant that retains water and has thick, fleshy water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. You are probably familiar with cactus, aloe and agave. There are hundreds more lovely succulents available around town when you start to look. It is addictive.

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