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At Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, every day is Earth Day.

It’s not uncommon for the volunteers and staff who operate the 252-acre ecosystem to be caught up to their elbows in dirt, up to their knees in swamp or even with their hands in a beehive. So, as you can imagine, they know how to throw an Earth Day bash for the rest of us.

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If there’s any truth to the Italian proverb that one does not age while seated for a meal, then Sophia Loren is living proof. At 76, the woman known the world over as the Italian Marilyn Monroe credits her killer curves to one lifelong beauty secret: pasta.

“Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti,” Loren once said.

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The days of gun-slinging roughriders who deliver swift justice might be over, but that cowboy code of honor, integrity and courage is still very present in the men of Southeast Texas. Men who challenge the obstacles of life head on with determination — from business ventures to the fight against a life-threatening disease — are the men who achieve the impossible and inspire courage.

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The bouncing bazaar known as the Merchant Soiree returns April 14, hoping to host many good fellows at Goodfella’s.  In the words of Shakespeare, the merchants invite you to buy with them, sell with them, talk with them, walk with them—at what’s squaring up to be the biggest and most lovely Soiree yet.

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One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Christus Health Foundation Southeast Texas Annual Benefit Gala—in addition to raising much needed funds for the renovations of the local Christus hospitals, the black tie event is very simply one heck of a party.  Past entertainers who have appeared at the local event include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Ray Charles, Lionel Richie and las

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