Albert Nolen's archive

A seasonal sensation … Once again, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual fundraiser Spice of the Season to raise money for Leadership Beaumont. This year’s soiree, Cartoonmania, was catered by Carrabba’s Italian restaurant with celebrity waiters dressed as their favorite cartoon characters. As they served guests appetizers, salads, a main course and dessert, they earned tips in Looney Loot.

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Red, White and Wow! … Lamar University President James Simmons earned another elite honor with induction into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame at the latest Texas Bandmasters Association annual convention in San Antonio. In selecting Simmons to become part of the Hall of Fame 2012 class, the international bandmasters fraternity continues its tradition of honoring outstanding Texas band directors. Simmons was thrilled to observe that the honor puts him in the record books with his mentors and up for recognition by his peers.

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Hope lives in the heart … On Thursday, Aug. 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Beaumont will host its Hope for Tomorrow Luncheon and Style Show at the beautiful Tyrrell Park Botanical Garden Center.

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Carnival of the Arts … A virtual delight for the senses, REcreate is a vibrant creative cultural event staged in historic downtown Beaumont that was first held last year, and by the looks of last Saturday night, doubled in size this year.

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