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actors during a performance of The Nutcracker ballet

The Beaumont Civic Ballet’s landmark performance of The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for the last 45 years, and the 46th year will be even more spectacular as those in attendance experience breathtaking dance and see young Clara’s fascinating adventure unfold through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets in two separate performances – Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10 – at 2:30 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre (765 Pearl) in downtown Beaumont.

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Festival of Lights decorated trees

No need to book a trip to the North Pole to embrace Christmas festivities when you can make the short trip to Moody Gardens on Galveston Island to experience the 15th annual Festival of Lights and Ice Sculptures: A Caribbean Christmas now through Jan. 8, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Carlo Correa with children

Houston Astros star Carlos Correa gave 100 kids the surprise of a lifetime when he and fiancée Daniella Rodriguez showed up at a youth fishing clinic in Katy on Dec. 2. The event was held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in partnership with Vamos A Pescar, an initiative by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Fishing’s Future.

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TASO baseball umpires Terry Falgout and Tim Summers

TASO baseball umpires Terry Falgout and Tim Summers recently worked the Houston Astros front office company softball game at Minute Maid Park. While there, they took a photo with the 2017 World Series trophy.

TASO Beaumont Officials chapter is now recruiting new umpires for the upcoming 2018 season. The group will next meet on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in Beaumont at the IBEW Hall located at 1430 Spindletop Road. For more information, view tasobeaumont.org.

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Carl Parker

Several years ago, I had a friend who was a great golfer. In fact, for many years he held the course record on one of the municipal courses here in Port Arthur. My friend was given to entering serious golf tournaments around East Texas and once told me a story about what happened to him upon entering a tournament in Center, Texas.

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deer are set to be moving and looking for food in this week's cold front

Our first good blast of cold air arrived this week, and that will guarantee that both hunters and fishermen will be getting the jump on game and fish across Texas.

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Senior Kiandra Bowers, shown here with Head Coach Robin Harmony

True freshman Lola Bracy came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, while junior Chastadie Barrs notched her national-best third triple-double of the season as the Lamar Cardinals equaled a school record for points scored in a 116-37 win over the visiting Schreiner Mountaineers in a non-conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Dec. 4.

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perspective in life can change over time

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in our heart and life.” 

– Author unknown.

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Fall flowers

“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.”

— Unknown Chinese philosopher

Just look at the wonderful surprise I saw at the Houston area Champions Golf Club. These lovely mums are a reminder of how hardy and long-lasting garden mums can be. And as you can see, they are just beautiful! I rounded the corner after attending a baby shower inside and on my way back to the car, there they were — a huge mass planting brightening everyone’s day.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am concerned about one of my friends, “Amanda.” She and I are both middle-aged housewives with only part-time jobs. For the past six months or so, we’ve been having lunch together once a week.

Amanda comes from a much more repressed background than I do. She was raised to believe that wives should be submissive to their husbands, etc.

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