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The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) continues its Classics Series at the Julie Rogers Theatre (765 Pearl) in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, Nov. 19, with “Triumphant Tchaikovsky,” featuring wonderful triumphs from one of the greatest composers of all time. Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Bizet’s Symphony in C and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto make for an international program of time-honored classics. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Director Denis Villeneuve heads for the stars after the drug-fueled border wars of “Sicario” early this year. Even that movie, filled with violence and an unrelenting tension, was in its own way understated, a hallmark of this director’s style. So, too, is “Arrival,” a thoughtful, almost meditative movie that is as much about the limitations of the heart as it is about the outer limits.

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It’s fascinating to me that we are eating a plant cultivar that was popular even before the Middle Ages! Kale is the new buzzwords at trendy restaurants.

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Q. I went to buy a present to give someone for Christmas. The store told me that if she didn’t like it, she could exchange it, but there were no returns. I decided not to buy it because I was afraid she wouldn’t like it. The store was small without a lot of selection. Is it legal for a store to not allow you to return a gift and get a refund?

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A bouquet made of 100 roses, with one for each year of Connie Dickinson’s life

Connie Dickinson, volunteer extraordinaire, had a big day Tuesday, Oct. 18. She reached her 100th birthday and celebrated for several days with friends and coworkers.

Monday, the day before her special day, Vickie Holcombe, director of Volunteer Services at Baptist Beaumont Hospitals, staff, volunteers, patients and guests joined together to honor Connie on one of her regular volunteer days at the hospital.

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