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The Astros celebrated on Saturday Night Live in New York

Sports has always been a getaway from frustration, boredom, fear, you name it. As humans, we turn to sports to get relief from the battles we are enduring, if only for a few hours at a time. But sports isn’t the same. There is more emphasis on player contract extensions or daily fantasy play than the actual enjoyment of watching a game. 

But the Houston Astros have changed all that.

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Mark Chesnutt

Many will never forget what devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to Southeast Texas. The scars will forever show, but compassion has definitely softened the blow. Musician and Texas native Cody Johnson want to continue to help the rebuilding efforts by performing at Ford Arena on Friday, Nov. 17, as a part of his Concerts For the Coast series.

Tickets are $20-$41, $65 for VIP seats, and can be purchased online via ticketmaster.com, by phone (800) 745-3000 or the Ford Park box office.

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Steel Panther

I've never passed up a chance to see the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Metal Band" Steel Panther in concert. Michael, Lexxi, Satchel and Stix were supposed to be a part of the two-day Houston Open Air Festival, which was cancelled due to the ravish flooding of Hurricane Harvey.

Music fans were fortunate enough that several of those bands on the festival including Stone Sour and Steel Panther then scheduled dates at nearby venues. The Stone Sour, Steel Panther, Cherry Bomb Tour played the Revention Music Center on Oct. 15.

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Parade marshal Dr Richard Price speaks with students at Gladys City

Perfect weather is predicted for Lamar University’s “We Are LU” Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 4, with a day full of activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. when the Cardinal football team hosts Central Arkansas at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

“We are especially excited about Lamar University Homecoming this year as we see it as day of free family fun for our community that is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey,” said Homecoming Committee Chairman Courtney Horton.

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Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion, Orange

Break out the hoodies, gloves and snowcaps … well, it may not be that cold, but it is perfect weather for savory gumbo, and just in time for the second annual Gumbo Cook-Off hosted by the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Riverfront Pavilion (803 Green Ave).

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