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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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2017 Toyota Avalon

Toyota has been manufacturing its premium midsize sedan, the Avalon, for over 20 years. With a starting MSRP of $33,300, the 2017 Avalon is available in eight models: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE Plus, Hybrid XLE Premium and Hybrid Limited.

Avalon’s sleek profile is accented by a stylish front grille and tasteful chrome trim. Nine exterior colors are available. Inside, the cabin offers comfortable seating and a spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk (14 cubic feet in the Hybrid).

Avalon interior

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‘The Circle’

Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma

Watson, Patton Oswalt

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Rated: PG-13

 

Intended as a cautionary tale about the intrusion of social media technology in our personal lives, this is nothing more than a clumsy melodrama that would have fit better into the Lifetime schedule than a theater release.

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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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