Bag of Donuts

Bag of Donuts

It’s never too late for a last minute trip to Vegas. Gift of Life, who continues to fight prostate cancer, is bringing Vegas to Southeast Texas when it hosts its 13th annual Champagne & Ribs event themed “Viva, Las Vegas!” Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Event co-chairs Sheree and Vernon Pierce are helping to transform the Beaumont Civic Center into “Vegas” for the party of the year that features casino games including craps, poker, roulette, slot machines and blackjack provided by All Vegas Experience.

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Officer Bryan Hebert

With a style probably best described as “Mardi Gras” and a sound that’s nothing if not eclectic and cool, New Orleans “super pop” group Bag of Donuts will headline the annual Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation concert at the IBEW Local Union 479 hall at 1430 Spindletop Ave. in Beaumont on Saturday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

Rounding out the night of special performances, the stage will also boast crowd favorites Spencer Marks, Jimmy Kaiser and Lee Pelly.

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There’s still time to purchase tickets to the Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event on Thursday, April 20, and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park (5115 Interstate 10 South) in Beaumont.

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It takes a team of players both on and off the field to secure a big win for the team, so take your best shot and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer Thursday, April 20, at Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park.

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The 25th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will be bigger and better than ever when the festivities kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23, and last through the weekend ending Sunday, Feb. 26. All the festivities take place in downtown Port Arthur.

There’s plenty of food with more than 40 vendors, which include pork kabobs, corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, burgers, anything on a stick and of course plenty of pistolettes.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and the first parade will be the Lamar State College Port Arthur Parade that starts at the Carl Parker Center. 

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The Texas Rice Festival started as a one-day affair in Winnie in 1969 and has since grown into a eight-day harvest celebration, now in its 47th year. The renowned Texas Rice Festival recognizes the significance off rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in the Winnie area. The festival includes a carnival, livestock show, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls. The final weekend of the event is upon us with gates opening at 5 p.m.

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The annual Texas Frog Fest will take place this weekend, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, in Crystal Beach at 1609 Highway 87 on the Bolivar Peninsula. The event will take place 1 p.m. to midnight each night, rain or shine. There will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase inside the gates along with an RV and tent area. Performing Saturday will be 10 Man Jam, Aubry Lynn England, Jamie Talbert & the Band of Demons, Bag of Donuts and headliner Cody Johnson.

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Bag of Donuts

If a space alien were to land in New Orleans, they just might feel right at home with the out-of-this-world food, fun and, most of all, the music. The motto of New Orleans band Bag of Donuts is party like it’s Mardi Gras all year long, and when the colorful quartet makes their way to Champagne & Ribs on April 16, they plan to bring a little bit of the Big Easy with them.

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