Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center's Discovery Theater will host two S.O.A.R., Inc. (Saving Our American Raptors) bird programs about American raptors. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., visitors will get an up-close look at several types of raptors and learn about their habitats. This program will be led by Doris Mager of S.O.A.R., Inc. and a $1 donation is requested from each attendee. All donation proceeds go directly to S.O.A.R. Inc.

LU President Jimmy Simmons and first lady Susan Simmons

Lamar University will host a “Standing Ovation” – a celebration honoring LU President Jimmy Simmons and first lady Susan Simmons – on Saturday, March 2, at the Montagne Center in Beaumont. Simmons is stepping down after more than 14 years of service as president and 43 years with the university. Activities will begin with the Lady Cardinals’ basketball game at 4 p.m. and continue with the Cardinals’ men’s game at 6 p.m.


The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents its annual Youth Education Concerts on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each day, at the Julie Rogers Theatre. More than 3,500 local students are expected to attend the free concerts and gain exposure to a live performance of a symphony orchestra.


Why stick with the tired cliché of candy and flowers on Valentine's Day when you and your loved one could enjoy an evening of food, wine, music and theater in an elegant 1930s setting.

Valentine's Day Dinner Theater” offers couples a unique opportunity to spend a romantic evening out on Feb. 14.

Judit Varga, Empty Pod, ca. 2011, semi-porcelain, 9 x 9 x 19 inches

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) announced its winter exhibitions showcasing artwork by an extraordinary group of contemporary artists. Sarah Williams: Remote America, Edge of Mists: Photography by David H. Gibson and San Angelo Ceramics will be on view through April 7, 2013.

Sarah Williams: Remote America