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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Peter and the rest of us have made peppers the second most popular veggie in the world, second only to the venerable tomato. There is just such a world of colors, shapes and flavors among peppers. Some of us like the sweet while some like the spicy while others like to grow those they can pickle. Grow your own and you can choose just what you want.

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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.

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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The annual Cops & Kids Carnival is coming back to Beaumont on Aug. 26. Drawing in thousands each year, the fun and free fair features games, rides, food and other attractions while offering youth and law enforcement officers an opportunity to get to know one another in a safe, festive environment.

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With the summer movie season halfway over, it’s time to look ahead. The temperature won’t move much through September and October, but the tone of movies will as the season moves away from the blockbusters and raunchy comedies to more dramas and serious fare with Oscar contenders competing for audience attention. A quick look reveals one trend toward horror films — not the usual stuff, but more psychological horror stories, with some major players.

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United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County distributed nearly $2 million among 19 local partner agencies at an allocation award ceremony Tuesday, July 18, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

The money, raised during United Way’s annual campaign, comes from donors, individuals who live and work in the community, as well as corporate donors, said John Rollins, public relations/community impact director for the United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County.

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Tickets are now on sale for “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the downtown Jefferson Theatre. This rare and intimate show features Furstenfeld, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for the rock band Blue October, playing an acoustic set of songs never before heard, as well as stripped down and softer versions of Blue October fan favorites. The evening will also consist of spoken word and a Q&A session, allowing the audience to interact with him.

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Presented by NMGM Productions, Forever His is a serious, thought-provoking love story you will remember forever, and its coming to the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin) in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, July 29. It’s the story of a young woman who struggled with her past for years, using pills and alcohol to forget those nights she swore she would keep a secret. Tragedy strikes, and now she must tell all to her mother and her newfound love in order to be set free and be “forever his”!

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The fourth annual National Dance Day not only has a new date, but new location as well. What’s Happening Orange County? and The Hub will present National Dance Day in Southeast Texas on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. – noon at the downtown Beaumont Civic Center (701 Main), and it’s free to attend.

“We are moving indoors,” said Penny LeLeux, organizer of the local event. “The last two years, the July heat has been brutal.”

The goal has always been to draw dance enthusiasts from all around Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana

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Aug. 16, 1892, the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company was incorporated. Eight days later, on Aug. 24, 1892, it was chartered by the state of Texas. Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum will honor this occasion with cake and a gusher Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. The gusher will blow at noon. Cake will be served while supplies last.

The blacksmith will be working in the Southern Carriage Works from 10 a.m. to noon. In lieu of admissions, donations will be accepted. Last admission is at 4:20 p.m. and the store will close at 4:30 p.m.

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