Community Listings

Free prostate cancer screening

In celebration of National Men’s Health Month, the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas are providing free prostate cancer screenings for medically underserved men at locations in Beaumont (Saturday, June 16) and Orange (Saturday, June 23). At each screening site, participants will be provided consultations with medical professionals, PSA blood tests, blood glucose tests, blood pressure and heart rate checks, educational materials and free refreshments. To find out if you are eligible, call the “Gift of Life” at (409) 833-3663.

Round to Remember for  Alzheimer’s Association

The Rolling Hills Golf Course in Livingston will host the second annual Round to Remember golf tournament Friday, June 22. All proceeds from the event go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Tee off in the four-man scramble at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. BYOB for the noon hamburger lunch for $5. For $50 per player or $200 per team, get 18 holes of golf, a cart and three mulligans per team. There will be door prizes and prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. To RSVP, sponsor a hole, or for more information, contact Mandy Humes at (936) 632-9930. Players may bring their own carts.

Last chance for unique telling of a classic tale

“Get A Clue … at the Library Summer Reading Club” as the Port Arthur Children’s Library, 4615 Ninth Ave., is welcoming a special guest in Beaumont native turned Houstonian Patricia “Tisha” Barry Rumble on June 14. Rumble will be in the area to wow guests with her stage interpretation of the classic “Pinocchio.” In Rumble’s adaptation, Pinocchio no longer has strings as he is operated via remote control, which makes for a lot of comedy. There are some new characters, too: dog Filippo, the puppeteer, C. Cool Cat and Maestro Stragone. Directed by Ed Muth and choreographed by Cherita, Rumble’s “Pinocchio” also features three original songs in “If I Had a Son,” “Listen to Your Heart” and “I’m a Real Boy” by Rock S. Barry and Sammie Ammons, who is also the music director for Express Children’s Theatre.The show is free for audiences and will take place at the Children’s Library at 2:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Children’s Librarian Carolyn Thibodeaux at (409) 985-8838, ext. 2237, or at cthibodeaux [at] paplibrary [dot] org.

‘Some Enchanted Evening’

The Steve Barton Musical Theatre Project summer music program will culminate in a theatrical event June 22-23 at the Nederland High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are only $5 each or are available in advance from Theatre Project participants.

Nederland High School choir director and Steve Barton Musical Theatre Project music director Renée Kloes said this year’s event, “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” will feature several current Nederland students alongside returning students Hillary Gray and Matthew Taylor (fresh off the “Cats” tour), and Heidi Kloes (returning from Cape Cod summer stock) as director. The students are currently in the process of building the set and costumes in the mornings while rehearsing in the afternoons.

According to Kloes, the program was spawned three years ago and named after a favored NISD alumnus. The intent of the program is to get musical theater artists ready for all aspects of the production of a stage play. Students are encouraged to participate in the program for multiple years, with former participants mentoring the new recruits.

“There truly is nothing else like it being done in the state of Texas,” Kloes said.

Blossom II: Art of Flowers

The Port Arthur Historical Society is home to a new temporary exhibition on view at the Museum of the Gulf Coast featuring stunning floral images from around the world. Blossom II: The Art of Flowers is an exhibition of selected works from the International Competition sponsored by the Susan K. Black Foundation and curated by David J. Wagner, Ph.D. It is the second in an ongoing series of traveling exhibitions of artworks depicting and interpreting flowers of all kinds.

The exhibition will remain on view through July 22, inspiring a “Gardens in Film” series each Saturday at 2 p.m. Film admittance is free and includes complimentary popcorn and admission to the Blossom exhibition as well as the museum’s many permanent exhibits. The film schedule is June 16, “Fantasia”; June 23, “Enchanted April”; June 30, “Green Card”; July 7, “A Room with a View”; July 14, “The Secret Garden”; and July 21, “Pride & Prejudice.”

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the city of Port Arthur. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to schedule a tour, call (409) 982-7000 or visit

Massage therapy sessions

Vista College Massage Clinic is now open to the public and accepting appointments by phone at its Beaumont Campus, 3871 Stagg Drive, No. 194 in Beaumont. Massage therapy students, under the direct supervision of course instructors, offer 30- or 60-minute massage treatments at a discount, using techniques that include Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, reflexology and more. Those wishing to make an appointment should call (409) 234-7098.

“The highly trained students working in our massage clinic can help melt your stress away with the soothing massage techniques they have learned here,” said James Powell, Vista College campus director. “The only thing better than a massage at our clinic is the price.”A full list of services and prices is at A 30-minute massage is $15, and a 60-minute massage is $30. Gift certificates are also available.

Trout Fishing on land

Southeast Texas is preparing for Trout Fishing in America, since word has been let out that the Grammy-wining group will perform during the first annual Southern Summer Night on June 30 at the Carl Parker Center on the Lamar State Collage – Port Arthur campus, 1800 Lakeshore Drive. This annual event, presented by the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, will be a fun family event with children’s activities, live entertainment and all you can eat summer favorites prepared by The Golden Triangle Chef’s Association. Trout Fishing in America is the longstanding musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The pre-headliner will feature the Classics Recovered Band mixing mixes traditional country with classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes. They have opened for legends such as Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Milsap, John Anderson and Daryl Worley.

Entry to the event is $30 per person, $10 for youth ages 5-13, with kids under 5 admitted free. For more information, call the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce at (409)-963-1107 or visit