March is designated as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Month in order to recognize the abilities of individuals with IDD as well as their desires and interests to participate in community activities.

Spindletop Center will host its annual IDD Fun Day beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at the Center’s North Campus, 655 S. 8th St. (off College Street) in Beaumont. IDD Fun Day will be an opportunity for Spindletop Center to celebrate the individuals they serve with IDD and to educate the community about Center programs.


We have looked at love, joy, peace, and now we come to long-suffering. It always amazes me that when I am writing in any sort of order or with a defined outline of subjects I want to cover, the Lord sees to it that I have plenty of material. He did not fail this time.

Baby zinnia grown from seed

I just can’t think of any gardening that is more fun than growing from seed. That is, of course, when the outcome is what you expect. There are some simple ways to make seed growing a good experience. When you can master “the seed,” you can start your garden earlier in the season, have plants that are unique and make sure that everything is grown organically. 

Last summer, the new 5,000-square-foot Rodair Roadhouse opened at 6701 Jade Ave.
The Combo Platter includes grilled, blackened or fried catfish, five jumbo shrim

For decades, there was a Cajun hangout in Port Acres that was a great retreat for Southeast Texans who enjoyed good music, dancing and spirits after a long workweek. After establishing itself as a staple in the Cajun community for 39 years, the fun ended when it closed in 2004, and Hurricane Rita finished off the famous Rodair Club.

Last summer, the Rodair Roadhouse, which named its restaurant and bar in tribute to Joe Thibodeaux’s famous club, revived his legend and added its own special touch — a great menu of Cajun dishes.


Appetites for good food will convene on Friday, March 17 at the 15th annual Saint Joseph’s Day at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in downtown Beaumont at 700 Jefferson St.

A mouth-watering menu that includes traditional pasta Milanese, fried fish, plus traditional Italian vegetables like Mamie Fertitta’s famous Artichoke and Green Bean Casserole, and Lucille LeBlanc’s Cabbage Fritters, along with bread and dessert, will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. either dine-in or to-go.