Be a Santa to a Senior

While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones and isolated seniors are at great risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.

This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Tom Jenkins

When Harvey rained 28 inches on Jefferson County in one day, the staff at Green Acres Grocery near Fannett was pushing water away from the store’s doors with brooms and squeegees, store owner Tom Jenkins remembers.

“We were open every day, and we ended up selling everything on the shelves,” Jenkins said, explaining that his store was almost an island during Harvey’s floods — people couldn’t get to Hamshire or Beaumont after I-10 and Highway 124 closed, and the channel locks on Highway 365 going into Port Arthur were shut.

Kenny G

Take a joyous ride through the smooth sounds of jazz with the one-and-only Kenny G when he performs at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Dec. 8, for his Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour at 8:30 p.m. The 61-year-old Kenny G has sold more than 75 million albums, and the Grammy winner is touring in support Miracles: The Holiday Album, which has sold 8 million copies. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has solidified his reputation as the premier saxophonist in contemporary jazz.

Spindletop Gusher producing water

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will mark the 117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment.

“Every year the volunteers and museum staff work hard to bring new things to this annual event along with making it fun,” said museum director Troy Gray. “Discussions usually center on how to bring visitors back in time to 1901.”

Wynonna & the Big Noise

Wynonna Judd will make her first ever stop in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 8, at Ford Arena with her band The Big Noise as the concert will feature a mix of holiday favorites and Wynonna’s biggest hits. To make it even more special, Ford Park will be hosting a special pre-concert Wine Tasting at Wynonna event. Tickets for the Wine Tasting at Wynonna event are just $15, and will include six samples of a diverse selection of wines along with a cheese and fruit display to cleanse your pallet. Doors for the wine tasting will open at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, and will remain open until 7 p.m.