Features

After a highly successful Total Package Tour in 2013, the follow-up properly titled Total Package Tour featuring the New Kids on the Block will “step by step” into the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday, May 20. If NKOTB wasn’t enough, Paula Abdul, who will tour for the first time in 25 years, will perform as well as Boyz II Men giving fans a concert with more than 200 million combined record sales on one stage. 

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2017 Lexus RX

After introducing the all-new fourth-generation RX 350 and RX 450h Hybrid luxury utility vehicles for 2016, Lexus continues the RX model’s second season with the same luxury style and craftsmanship.

Model of distinction

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Speedboats of the Deep South Racing Association (DSRA) will be roaring down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 100 mph during the Shootout on the Sabine, with plenty of high-octane outboard action on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, plus a special concert with one of the South’s best Cajun acts — Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns.

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I’ve wanted to write this column for many years, but have not had the unction or the freedom to sit down and do so. I decided several months ago that I would tackle my inner thoughts on mothers and sons and daughters while my health and mind were still up for the challenge. Let me add here before I delve in that I know all family dynamics are not the same.

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I had the great pleasure of talking with a real local farmer recently. I first met William Perego at the festive Saturday morning farmer’s market on College Street by the tennis courts a couple of weeks ago. William and his wife, Lori, live in Kirbyville and are pretty popular up that way this time of year. They farm acres of land and produce quite an inspirational variety of produce. If they have just too much of something some weeks, they give the extra to the local nursing homes. William says, “I make sure to keep the local widow women with some produce, too.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

If you’re in the movie business, summer starts way before the official date. The sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slaying it at the box office right now, and there will soon be others vying for the top prize of highest grossing movie of the summer. Among the big blockbusters yet to come are the usual fare of superheroes—”Wonder Woman” (June 2) and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7).

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Have you wanted to start a new hobby? Are you tired of doing the same old thing on Saturday? This is your chance to learn a new skill or perfect an old skill by attending a class at Spindletop Gladys City Museum. Because of the success of our blacksmith and bladesmith classes, we added basic photography and leather working classes taught by professionals in each trade.

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It’s time to dive into those delicious mudbugs at the 32nd annual Boys’ Haven Crawfish Festival, which takes place Saturday, May 13, at Parkdale Mall near Brightwood College in Beaumont.

The festival features great live music from zydeco, country, Texas rock and oldies, plus a free kids area along with a petting zoo. There will also be a classic car show with street rods, rat rods, motorcycles and choppers.

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Get your crab on at the 32nd annual Texas Crab Festival happening this Mother’s Day weekend from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, at Gregory Park (2292 Highway 87) in Crystal Beach. Admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday (children 12 and under free) and free on Sunday, which is Mother’s Day.

Enjoy a variety of fresh, unique crab and seafood dishes along with traditional festival favorites. Sit down to a table full of flavor with barbecue crabs, a big bowl of gumbo and a bucket of crawfish while you jam to music from the main stage.

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Viva Fest returns as the City of Beaumont hosts the two-day Hispanic heritage celebration this weekend on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, in downtown Beaumont.

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