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The less fortunate in Beaumont rely heavily on the many programs Some Other Place has to offer. Founded in 1968 by the local religious community to address the unmet emergency needs of local residents, Some Other Place was created to give people looking for assistance somewhere to turn when they were told by other entities to go to “some other place” for relief.

Now, Some Other Place will turn to the community for help at the 15th annual A Tasting for Some Other Place fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

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Smart phones and home gaming consoles seem to have all but killed off the old arcades that Gen Xers fondly remember as favorite hangouts after school. And while you still have a few big mega arcades in Houston like Dave & Buster’s and Main Event that cater as much if not more to adults than kids, and the chain arcade Tilt in Beaumont, the mom-and-pop style arcades that you used to see on almost every street corner in the ’80s and ’90s seem to have faded away.

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Where were you when the wall came tumbling down? In the fall of 1989, Reagan was in the Oval Office and Eastern Europe was in a free fall. Frankly, I don’t remember where I was when the Berlin Wall finally fell, but as the premise for this movie, it intrigued me from the beginning.

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Canoers and kayakers will abound during the second annual Village Creek Classic Canoe and Kayak Race on Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 8 a.m. The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce will host this fundraising event, which begins at Highway 327 and ends at Baby Galvez. There will be free parking at First Baptist Church (350 Highway 96 S.) and shuttle service for participants, boats and spectators. The rental and non-rental entry fee is $40 per person or $75 for parent/child duo in four race categories: Adventure Seeker, Passionate Paddler, Elite Sponsor and Creek Clean-Up.

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Music fans can relive “Beatlemania” on Saturday, Aug. 5, as the Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute returns to Beaumont to play the Jefferson Theatre at 7 p.m.

The four talented musicians and actors were handpicked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Louise’s involvement with Liverpool Legends makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the original Fab Four! 

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Port Arthur Little Theatre presents All Shook Up – The Musical, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, from Aug. 4-6 and 11-13, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

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The city of Beaumont will host a “Dive-In” movie night at Alice Keith Pool on Saturday, Aug. 5, with the showing of the 2016 animation comedy Sing at dusk. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly, Sing tells the story of a city of humanoid animals, where a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Alice Keith Pool is at 4050 Reed St.

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Considered one of the greatest films of cinema, the 2001 epic fantasy adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown at Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) on Friday, Aug. 4. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Fellowship of the Ring is based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and is the first installment of the three The Lord of the Rings series. A meek hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

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Southeast Texas singer-songwriter Robert Frith will play from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Rodair Roadhouse located at 6701 Jade Ave in Port Arthur. Frith has played at several big musical festivals in the area including the Gulf Coast Jam as well as Janis Joplin Memorial Concert. The diversity of Frith’s original music earned him airplay on radio stations with music formats of pop, rock, classic rock and country. In 2007, he was chosen out of 30,000 contestants as a Regional Finalist for the reality music show Nashville Star on USA Network.

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The H2O Pool Concert Series at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles continues on Friday, Aug. 4, with R&B sensation Jason Derulo at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $75-$115 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

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