Shelly Vitanza's archive

Conquer the world, free and online. In August, Microsoft Studios and Gas Powered Games launched a new free-to-play format of the historical Age of Empires (originally released in 1997) utilizing Games for Windows Live.

shadow

Lace up to save lives. The Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” will host an inaugural 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Beaumont to increase awareness of two cancers that affect hundreds of Southeast Texans each year and to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For 17 years the “Gift of Life” has been the leading proponent of breast cancer awareness in Southeast Texas, providing free diagnostic tests and access to treatment for those medically underserved in the area.

shadow

At Pine Tree Lodge, order the Whole Cat; it comes with a side of culture.

The Miller family has been serving delicious foods, including award winning fried catfish, at their waterfront location since 1984. Rebuilt after Hurricane Ike, Pine Tree Lodge offers Gulf Coast comfort foods in an atmosphere combining Southeast Texas hospitality and Cajun bayou customs.

shadow

Perusing the pavement for palate pleasing portions? Searching the solar system for savory swallows? Why not wander west to Which Wich?, the new casual sandwich shop on the corner of Dowlen at Folsom where all of your decisions are in the bag?

In fact there are so many decisions to be made about which superior sandwich to select at Which Wich? that hostesses are on hand to guide you through the process.

shadow

Grade school trends include the sockless look for boys, hair feathers for girls, use of the phrase “epic fail” and fighting zombies on the playground and in video games. Zombies seem to be the choicest of enemies.

Therefore, without a doubt, a video game titled “Plants vs. Zombies” attracts 4-footers. Surprisingly this gruesomely goofy game, where players actually manage warring plants, has more strategy than the name portrays. It even has some pretty nice music.

shadow