Albert Nolen

Honoring “servant leaders,” the 15th annual Harvest of Hope at the MCM Eleganté recognized two outstanding Catholic leaders who are celebrating their 50th anniversaries of religious life, Monsignor Jeremiah McGrath — or Father Jerry –  pastor of Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, and Sister Ester Dunegan, chancellor for the Diocese of Beaumont. The evening started with a cocktail party with music provided by harpist Jane Clark. The emcee for the evening was Monsignor Michael Jamail, vicar general for the Diocese of Beaumont.

La Soirée

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s annual gala La Soirée will be held Jan. 27 at the Beaumont Civic Center. Guests who appreciate the nostalgia of days past will especially enjoy this year’s theme — A Roaring La Soirée.

Music from the ‘20s and fantastic food from Bando’s will keep the party going.

Kenny G

Take a joyous ride through the smooth sounds of jazz with the one-and-only Kenny G when he performs at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Dec. 8, for his Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour at 8:30 p.m. The 61-year-old Kenny G has sold more than 75 million albums, and the Grammy winner is touring in support Miracles: The Holiday Album, which has sold 8 million copies. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has solidified his reputation as the premier saxophonist in contemporary jazz.

Spindletop Gusher producing water

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will mark the 117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment.

“Every year the volunteers and museum staff work hard to bring new things to this annual event along with making it fun,” said museum director Troy Gray. “Discussions usually center on how to bring visitors back in time to 1901.”

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.

Bringing Back the Memories Car Show is on Dec 2nd at City Hall

The Beaumont City Hall parking lot will be filled with some smooth rides this weekend as the Bringing Back the Memories Car Show will be held there Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will also feature games and amusements for kids. Come see some great cars with officers from the Beaumont Police Department. All proceeds will benefit the BPD’s Cops & Kids Program, which is designed around the idea of teaching children that law enforcement officers are friends and protectors.

Main Street Market


The Christmas shopping frenzy is soon to begin, and instead of fighting traffic and long lines at the “big box” stores, the Junior League of Beaumont (JLB) invites you to A Very Merry Main Street Market, a three-day, holiday shopping experience featuring unique merchandise from more than 100 carefully selected vendors from Texas and across the country from Thursday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, children’s items, jewelry and more during the market. Admission is $10.

Veterans day celebrations

Free photo shoot for veterans

While taking in the festivities that celebrate the contribution of American veterans, those who have served in any branch of the military are invited to commemorate the occasion with a professional photo shoot with YellowBrickByB at Lions Club Veteran Memorial Park, 195 W. Bolivar St. in Vidor.

YellowBrickByB owner and photographer Brittani Stanley said the free public event will be held at the park from 7 a.m. until sunset.