Children participating in a previous Family Arts Day at AMSET

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is set to host “Miniature Magic” Free Family Arts Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 500 Main St. Beaumont.

Children and their families will participate in art activities including Shrinky Art, Mardi Gras Masks, Clay Trees of Life, President’s Beards, and Mini Paintings.

Professional storyteller Dru Woods will tell stories of Mexican folklore at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Complimentary cookies and punch will also be served. Throughout the day, AMSET will draw winners for art supply baskets and gift cards.

Participants celebrating Mardi Gras

The 26th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas is Thursday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 11, in downtown Port Arthur, with plenty of food from more than 40 vendors.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday with live music on the main stage from Longneck Road at 6 p.m. followed by the Boogie Kings. Over on the Green Stage, local act Sage Elmore and Lamar’s Section 51 will entertain.

The Rat Pack is Back

Enjoy a dinner and a show in Lake Charles as L’Auberge welcomes one of Las Vegas’ top shows – The Rat Pack is Back — on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas’ most famous entertainers and their live big band as they appeared live in the Sands Hotel Copa Room. The only Vegas-based show with national touring companies and an award from the U.S. Congress is now in its 18th smash year with over 6,000 performances in over 40 states, four foreign countries and over 2 million tickets sold.

Whiskey Myers

From the northeast Texas town of Palestine, Red Dirt Texas country band Whiskey Myers will play the Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont on Thursday, Feb. 8. Loud and proud, they sing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Some call it rebel music, but it’s more like everyday soul. The group began when teen friends Cody Cannon (singer) and Cody Tate (lead guitar) began playing together then decided to take the band to a more serious level. They’ve since released four studio albums, with the latest, Mud, reaching No.

James Holly, M.D.

As we continue to celebrate “Black History Month” each February, it is important that this not just be a date on the calendar but that it contributes to the changing of our future by making us aware of our past.