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I was sitting today in my favorite rocking chair on the big sun-washed deck literally doing nothing but looking out on the beautiful bay and thinking about how very pretty the water was shimmering and the fluffy white clouds that were bouncing in the sky. Every once in a while, my revelry would be disturbed or interrupted by a boat speeding by, heading under the bridge or to the marina for more gas or bait, a brightly colored jet ski stirring up the water in playful pursuit of another, or a few shore birds stopping to nibble on our oyster reefs.

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Grab your girlfriends, wear red and help the American Heart Association save lives at the Go Red For Women Luncheon on Tuesday, May 2 at the Beaumont Country Club (5355 Pine St) beginning at noon. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, which is more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

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What is the greatest thing about living on the right side of Texas? The outdoor options – it’s that simple.

Unfortunately the cold front that moved through Southeast Texas last weekend is probably the last one we’ll see for a while. But for the time being we’ve got some mild weather to deal with and if you’re looking to have to fun outdoors now is the time to get there.

Get into crabbing

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Zumba Jammer Mauricio Camargo

Come ready to sweat, and to “Set the Floor on Fiah” on Sunday, April 30 at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont for a high-energy Zumba fitness concert featuring Latin Urban recording artist Watatah Fiah Lion and Zumba Jammer Mauricio Camargo. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Alberto “Beto” Perez in 1999 and involves aerobic and dance movements performed to high-energy music incorporating salsa, merengue, mambo, hip-hop and more. The event is from noon to 2 p.m. and tickets are $30.

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In case you haven’t learned at past Med Fests, local troupe Al-Juthoor Dabke wil
Larry the Camel and Georgia Vasilakis

The Mediterranean Sea is known for it’s beautiful waters, which connects nearly two-dozen countries and is home to countless islands. Labeled as the “cradle of world civilization,” it covers nearly a million square miles and unifies all those who surround its shoreline. 

For the past eight years, and some 5,000 miles away, the St. Michael Mediterranean Festival in Beaumont has given festivalgoers a taste of Mediterranean without having to leave Southeast Texas. 

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Funilla yogurt with coconut, strawberry, cherry, kiwi, M&Ms, Nerds and strawberr
There are more than 30 different yogurt toppings to choose from at Spoon It incl

Shamsha Ali was in second grade when her family immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. With business owners for parents Ali, a 1999 graduate of East Chambers High School, decided she wanted to follow in their footsteps.

“Basically I told my husband, I wanted to start something on my own — something small,” Ali said. 

In 2011, Ali started researching different concepts and discovered the self-serve frozen yogurt business plan.

“It wasn’t really that popular back then, and I thought this is really unique,” she said.

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It’s time for the 2017 Follies presented by the Service League of Orange on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater in Orange. This event features a salute to Hee Haw, which was a television variety show intertwined with Country music and humorous skits that ran for more than 25 years. There will be live music, corny jokes, the Hee Haw Honeys, special guests and all the favorite Hee Haw characters. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at 2017follies.com or at the door.

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Butterfly Release

The Harbor Foundation will host its eighth annual Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ford Park in Beaumont. Admission to the event is free.

The entire community is invited, said Brenna Rodriguez, regional director of Business Development at Harbor Healthcare System.

“The event last year just brought out huge crowds of families,” Rodriguez said. “Due to that, we wanted a facility that would accommodate a larger crowd and participation of people that wanted to come out and get involved and be a part of this event.”

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Free Fire

Starring: Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

Rated: R

 

This movie is a trip—back in time, that is, to the ‘80s. The premise is simple: two separate groups are meeting up at an abandoned warehouse under the cover of darkness to transact a weapons deal only it does not go as planned.

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Early voting kicked off April 24 in Beaumont with just a trickling of its populace turning out to select city leadership. During the first three days of early voting for the May 6 election, just under 2,000 voters made their way to one of Beaumont’s five polling locations – Rogers Park, Beaumont City Hall, Beaumont ISD Administration Building, John Paul Davis Community Center, and Johns Library, with an added roughly 300 mail-in ballots received by election officials.

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