Features

The 16th annual Port Neches RiverFest: Thunder on the Neches is officially underway at Riverfront Park in Port Neches and continues through Sunday, May 7. Sponsored by Neches Federal Credit Union, RiverFest features fantastic food, great music, vendors, the Mighty Thomas Carnival midway, plus the thrills, chills and spills of the tunnel power boat races on the Neches River.

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2017 Toyota Avalon

Toyota has been manufacturing its premium midsize sedan, the Avalon, for over 20 years. With a starting MSRP of $33,300, the 2017 Avalon is available in eight models: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE Plus, Hybrid XLE Premium and Hybrid Limited.

Avalon’s sleek profile is accented by a stylish front grille and tasteful chrome trim. Nine exterior colors are available. Inside, the cabin offers comfortable seating and a spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk (14 cubic feet in the Hybrid).

Avalon interior

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Travis Walthall

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Travis Walthall on Saturday, May 6, at Victoria House (2110 Victoria St.) in Beaumont from 8-11 p.m.

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ADACDET Beaumont office employees are Julie King, liaison counselor; Kara Wharto

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is seeing a rise in abuse of meth, opiates and synthetic marijuana in the area.

Kara Wharton, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and team leader at the Beaumont office of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADACDET), said the non-profit organization services around 90-100 clients a month and the three aforementioned problems are the most common addictions seen.

“The numbers are growing,” Wharton said. “In this area, it’s methamphetamine” that’s most abused.

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The ninth annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival will be held Saturday, May 6, at St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St.) from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., rain or shine. There will be traditional cuisine from Greece and other Mediterranean countries, along with a variety of unique ethnic goods on sale at the bazaar, and diverse entertainment. Admission to the festival is free.

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Multi-platinum recording rock band Bush returns to the road in North America in support of their new record Black and White Rainbows, which is available now and was written, recorded and produced by vocalist Gavin Rossdale. This is the seventh studio release for Bush and first new music since 2014’s Man on the Run.

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Volkswagen’s 2017 Jetta

In America, the Jetta has been Volkswagen’s best-selling car for many years. With a starting MSRP of $17,895, the 2017 Jetta lineup is comprised of four models: S, SE, SEL and GLI.

Jetta lineup

The Jetta lineup is simplified in 2017. The base S trim includes a 1.4-liter, 150-horsepower engine, 16-inch steel wheels as standard, two-tone cloth seats and more. It offers optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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CJ Johnson

An unforgettable night of magic will be on display in Orange on Thursday, May 4 at Community Church (3400 MLK Dr) as the Kiwanis Club of Orange presents magician CJ Johnson at 7 p.m. Johnson is sure to make the skeptics think twice as he’s been performing for more than 25 years. His performance is engaging for children and entertaining for adults so be sure to arrive early before all the seats disappear. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Betting, Booze, and Brothels

In 1961, a young and ambitious Texas Representative named Tom James became the face of an investigation into crime, vice and government corruption in Jefferson County. What he found would shock and shame the community.

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I’ve walked through many a furniture store trying to find just that ‘right’ area rug to inspire the rest of the room.  Certain colors just make me happy and others bring me a sense of calm while others just don’t do a thing at all.   Your outdoor room can inspire you in just the same way.  Why would you want a yard that makes you snooze?  Choosing the colors that you find appealing when you are outdoors at your home are just as important as what you see inside.

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