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The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be reopening, after closing for more than a year due to Hurricane Harvey, Wednesday, Sept. 12. Admission is free; however, due to the flooding from Harvey, the Outpost Tours will be under repair and therefore suspended until early 2019. The Exhibit Hall will also be closed. Though it has been closed for some time the garden is ready for visitors again. 

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The morning light guides you to the water, dressed in gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and tall rubber boots. You make this trek with a sieve extended by a long pole in hand as you collect snails, ranging in size from half-an-inch to an inch long, being careful to not expose yourself to parasitic flatworms that infest the waters. This is just another morning of summer vacation for Lamar University junior biology major Emily McCall of Orangfield, who spent two weeks performing field research in Kenya. 

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Soul food is a pillar of our southern culture from the Louisiana bayou to the coast of North Carolina. It is this aspect of the American identity that Jadalaya’s House of Soul brings to the community of Beaumont. Jadalaya’s House of Soul in Downtown Beaumont is a soul food restaurant dedicated to providing delicious southern cooking that tastes like it came right off the family dinner table. 

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Melton Murphy stands at attention in uniform

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” It is this notion that embodied the second annual Veteran Fest held at the Downtown Event Centre on Sunday, Aug. 5. Veterans of Southeast Texas and beyond were celebrated at the veteran focused festival hosted by Young Americans Overseas (YAO) and sponsored by Humana and Marvic International LLC Construction. The event was free and also offered street tacos, drinks and live music with a petting zoo and face painting available for children at no charge.

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Happy Family Combo at Taste of China Xpress

Chinese cuisine first came into prominence in America in the late 20th century though Chinese restaurants have been in America since at least the mid-19th century. Taste of China Xpress in Beaumont is another addition in this rich and delicious history of Chinese cuisine in America. Located on College Street, this Chinese eatery goes above and beyond in terms of flavor, portions and choice.

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