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Rolling down the Neches ... After a whirlwind of activities over two weeks, the 63rd annual Neches River Festival came to a wonderful close Sunday at the farewell brunch held in the lovely home of Crissy and Todd Clarke. Our future Beaumont leaders started the second weekend of the NRF with a get acquainted party co-chaired by Nicole Saba and Dynasy Phelan at the Jefferson Theater. Dressing ’80s style, many of the creative seniors brought their own flair to the retro fashion.

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A royal good time … Once again, our fair city kicks off spring with magnificent Neches River Festival events. Beginning with the unmasking of King Neches LXIII at the Collier Ferry Dock on April 5, guests were thrilled when social chairs Melanie Heartfield and Tracy Bean revealed NRF King Thad Heartfield. Observing the presentation were Cornie Heartfield, Knights of the Neches and princes and princesses of the royal court.

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“There’s no place like home” … A fundraiser for the Anayat House proved to be a sensational success under the reins of Robin Gerhardt and her tireless committee, who donned ruby slippers to greet guests arriving in costumes from the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The Phelan Mansion made for a perfect venue for this fantastic event. Mid-Life Crisis with the vocals of Jennifer Parker (fab when she sang Barbara Lynn’s song “You Lose A Good Thing”) was followed by the terrific sounds of Three Car Garage.

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So grand … If you’re holding a fundraiser in the future, the surefire recipe for success would be to honor Judy and James Black and have Michele and Mitch Smith serve as the co-chairs of the event. This past Saturday evening, Lamar University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted the 2011 Le Grand Bal: “Rhapsody in LU” at the Montagne Center. The evening began with cocktails, conversation and perusing of LU student/faculty art available for purchase.

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Swing into spring … The Arc of Beaumont will sponsor an “Arc Family Spring Fling” for the entire family. Families are invited for an afternoon full of fun activities including an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, painting flower pots, volleyball and other family games. These springtime events take place on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Spindletop Center North Campus in Beaumont. There will be a $3 fee for Arc individual participants, $10 fee for Arc families of four or more and a $6 fee for non-members.

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