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Jazz at the Lake returns on Thursday, June 16, at the downtown Event Centre (700 Crockett St.) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a free concert from Dean James. James, a jazz sensation, literally calls Beaumont his home away from home. “I have a very huge fan base in the tri-city area of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange,” said James, who was born in California and now resides in Houston.

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Stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth will perform at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave.) in Orange on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55-$90 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org. Chenoweth brings her Broadway hit voice to Orange to dazzle you with stories and song.

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Imagine laying out by the pool, drinking a cool adult beverage while listening to live music. Sound too good to be true?

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This handsome young dog is Larry. Larry is a hound mix and he has the ears to prove it! He is around a year old and weighs 40 pounds. Larry likes to play with other dogs, but has been known to be a little of an attention hog. Larry has long, lean legs and a brilliant orange and brown brindle coat. Please go meet Larry (No. 26037) and all of his friends down at Beaumont Animal Services.

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Not many plants, trees or flowers can boast that they bloom continuously for months on end. But the vitex can! It is a sure-fire winner for your yard. This purple bloomer is an excellent choice for our smaller, modern suburban landscapes.

You may know this small tree or bush by other names. Some folks call this specimen tree a “chaste tree.” I’ve also heard it called Hemp tree, sage tree, Indian Spice tree and monk’s pepper. It is native to China and India but became a “resident” of America hundreds of years ago.

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