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Joette Reger of Garden Gate

Oh so attractive are the blooming Lily of the Nile lining the front garden beds of many of the homes in the Golden Triangle. The name agapanthus is translated from Greek as the “flower of love,” and I can see why. The ball-shaped blooms of gorgeous blue or white attract hummingbirds and other pollinators from late June until August or September.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas

From the heart … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is hosting The Art of Giving Tuesday, July 24, from 5:30-7:30pm. The Art of Giving is an informational event with discussion by Beaumont attorneys Kate Eckhart and Anna Scheurich about planned giving and why leaving a legacy is important. There will also be a silent auction featuring fine artwork such as clay objects, prints and painting. Complimentary appetizers and open bar will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (409) 832-3432 or visit amset.org. See you there!

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The Southwest sandwich at Honey-B-Ham

They say when something is handmade, you can tell the difference. Well the saying is proved true at Honey B Ham in the West End of Beaumont. Honey B Ham’s approach to fresh, handmade dishes is the crux of its success, as well as its southern charm and focus on customer satisfaction.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Skyscraper

Halfway through the summer movie season, there are clear winners and losers at the box office and with critics. Superheroes and dinosaurs are at the top, but there, is a plethora of movies that have underperformed in what is already a season that has offered less to movie fans.

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Jet ski racers compete in what has been called 'motocross on water'

The Sabine River in Orange has been a very busy body of water, from recent Bassmaster fishing tournaments to thundering tunnel boat racing. Now for the first time, the waterway will see a “Rumble on the River” as TxH20 Racing presents jet ski racing Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the Orange Boat Ramp (408 Pier Road).

“This is something new that everyone will enjoy,” said Brandy Judice, Orange CVB coordinator. “There will be no charge to attend this family-friendly event. Concessions and kids activities onsite will also be available.”

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The Houston Symphony will perform the music of Final Fantasy

The official symphony concert world-tour Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy comes to Jones Hall (3910 Yoakum Blvd.) in downtown Houston on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Launched in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of fantasy role-playing video game Final Fantasy, this concert tour features the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth.

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The Preacher's Cake at Hard Bean Lumberton

In a world of Starbucks franchises and energy drink startups, there stands a coffee shop in Lumberton that is changing up the rulebook for coffee in Southeast Texas. That coffee shop is Hard Bean Coffee, a much-needed respite for the area and a great alternative to big chain coffee shops.

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Benicio Del Toro in Sicario: Day of the Soldado

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

Rated: R

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Bolivar Peninsula

The Bolivar Peninsula is a 27-mile stretch of beautiful coastal land with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Intracoastal Waterway extending the peninsula’s entire length to its north.

The peninsula, which is rich in history, is named after South American hero Simon Bolivar, who led South and Central Americans to fight for their freedom against Spanish rule. Natives once inhibited the area as Bolivar explored the land, as did Cabeza de Vaca and pirate Jean Lafitte.

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Albert Nolen

Musical weekend … Starting Thursday evening at the Event Center, the City of Beaumont once again hosted Jazz at the Lake with Jimmy Simmons followed by The Flava Band. Several hours of magical music was enjoyed by a large group of jazz lovers. Swaying to the sounds of the talented musicians were Virginia and Ralph Jordan, Nancy Cook and Randy Heydenburg, Rozanne and Brian Blount, Scott Holtmyer, Velma Martin, Susan Simmons, Dean Cornwell, Lenny Caballero, Bobbi Wied, Catherine Armstrong and Kit Ohmstede, to name a few.

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