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Despite the ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Jefferson and the surrounding counties, the show must and will go on!

The city of Beaumont’s traditional Fourth of July celebration with music, concert, food, drinks and the grand finale — fireworks — will be as big, bright and booming as it has been for the last 25 years.

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Apparently too many consumers are saying, “Wii Who” because Nintendo is launching a new console, Wii U. And you guessed it; the latest and greatest will likely be out just in time for holiday giving. However, some are saying the product won’t be available until first quarter 2012. Either way, parents, prepare for no doubt the marketing campaign to our young’uns that will launch about the time you finish reading this column.

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Some of the biggest entertainment this summer in Southeast Texas comes from the smallest of characters – Southeast Texas kids.

Community theaters, like The Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Port Arthur Little Theatre and Orange Community Players, offer constructive summertime fun for children, culminating in stage performances for all audiences, and the curtain is about to go up.

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Ignite your taste buds at Boomtown BBQ, traditional Texas barbeque with a Tex Mex twist.

At the curve of Old Calder before it empties onto Phelan Boulevard, turn in at the antique Plymouth truck at 5555 Calder, and then follow the smell of smoked meats to a casual eatery with a tin-covered ceiling, order bar and self-serve seating inside or on an expansive enclosed front porch.

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Beaumont has a new cozy, modern hot spot to cool your palette and express your individuality. It’s The Yogurt Spot on the corner of Phelan at Dowlen in front of Exygon and next door to Subway.

Whether you Cake “Batter Up!” for a Chocolate Craving or Tiki Torro until you turn Totally Tart, you’re going to have fun tasting these tantalizing flavors at this self-serve, pay-by-the ounce healthy dessert bar.

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