Features

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be reopening, after closing for more than a year due to Hurricane Harvey, Wednesday, Sept. 12. Admission is free; however, due to the flooding from Harvey, the Outpost Tours will be under repair and therefore suspended until early 2019. The Exhibit Hall will also be closed. Though it has been closed for some time the garden is ready for visitors again. 

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Rose of Sharon is such a heat-loving beauty that I can’t help but admire her this time of year.  She not only gives you beautiful flowers but flowers with height.  Another plus for Rose of Sharon is that she blooms later in the summer than some other summer standbys, which have long since given up flowering because of the heat.

The official name of our hardy bloomer in the U.S. is “Hibiscus syriacus.”  Most Americans can easily find this deciduous shrub in whites, pinks and lavenders.

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Big Thicket Association will host their 5th annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 7-mile paddle on the Neches River from Colliers Ferry Park to Lake Bayou set for 8 a.m.  

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Celebrate hope and survivorship with your “Survivor Sidekick” at the eighth annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush Carnaval in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Generously supported by presenting sponsors Provost Umphrey and Quality Mat and Title Sponsors H-E-B and Jason’s Deli, the largest color rush in Southeast Texas will feature added family-friendly activities, including calypso steel drum bands, samba dancers, a Wellness Beach Village, troupes of food trucks and a Flamingo Family Fun Zone.

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The football season will unofficially open for the Lamar University football team Sunday, Aug. 26 with their annual Football Kickoff Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is football legend “Little” Joe Washington. 

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Montagne Center with a VIP reception featuring Washington, LU head football coach Mike Schultz and Director of Athletics Marco Born. That will be followed by general admission to the event at 6 p.m. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Cardinal football team.

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