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The Junior League of Beaumont is set to host its newest fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars, on Thursday, March 2. Come dressed in your best cocktail attire for a night of dinner and dancing. Guests will be entertained by Southeast Texas celebrities as they perform dances choreographed by the premier dance studios in the area.

Tickets are available for cocktails and the show ($25) or for a sit-down dinner starting at $100. They can be purchased online at juniorleaguebeaumont.org. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and the show follows at 7 p.m.

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The 25th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will be bigger and better than ever when the festivities kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23, and last through the weekend ending Sunday, Feb. 26. All the festivities take place in downtown Port Arthur.

There’s plenty of food with more than 40 vendors, which include pork kabobs, corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, burgers, anything on a stick and of course plenty of pistolettes.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and the first parade will be the Lamar State College Port Arthur Parade that starts at the Carl Parker Center. 

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Classic Movie Night continues Friday, Feb. 24, with the Academy Award winning 1997 drama Good Will Hunting at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by Gus Van Zant and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the movie follows Will Hunting (Damon), a 20-year-old janitor at MIT who has a gift of mathematics. He meets Dr. Sean Maguire, played by the late Robin Williams, who helps him find his direction of life. The movie is 2 hours, 6 minutes long and Rated R. For more information, view beaumontcityevents.com or call (409) 838-3435. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Beaumont Community Players presents Xanadu — a story of love, Greek mythology and roller-skating. The performances will take place at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts at 4155 Laurel Ave. on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows March 3-4 and 9-11. The March 4 performance will be a matinee with a special start time of 2 p.m.

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National touring country singer Sara Evans is scheduled to perform at the Grand Events Center inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $40-$65 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. From Missouri, this 46-year-old CMA winner released her first hit in 1999 with “No Place That Far,” then followed that up with her first No.

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