Shangri La Gardens

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center celebrates Earth Day with its annual Eco-Fest celebration and Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a full day of family fun.

Enjoy releasing native pollinators during butterfly releases and visit exhibitors to browse eco-friendly products, learn about environmentally conscious services and see live animal shows. Local and regional organizations as well as businesses will have booths that provide information about earth-friendly products, services, and opportunities.

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Bring family and friends of all ages to see spectacular dazzling lights, holiday displays, festive trees, and a life-size Nativity at the seventh annual Shangri La Christmas Strolls, beginning Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-9 p.m.

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The eighth annual Autumn Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Shangri La Gardens (2111 W. Park Avenue) in Orange. The fair will include air apple bobbing, apple printing, an obstacle course, pumpkin ring toss, spider mask making, face painting, kids nature dance, pumpkin decorating, seed planting, and of course the last chance to see the scarecrows.

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Saturday, Nov. 5, Shangri La Gardens invites the community to visit the largest scarecrow festival in Texas, displaying over 70 hand-crafted scarecrows throughout the gardens. This event is their eighth annual Autumn Fair, and the scarecrows are displayed throughout each October.

Festivities are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free for Stark Cultural Members, adults (age 18-64) are $8, seniors (age 65 and up) are $5, students (with current ID) are $5, youth (age 10-17) are $5, children (age 4-9) are $2.00, and toddlers (age 3 and under) are free.

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) is taking the magic of music to the next level by performing three very different concerts at three different locations within the next two weeks, giving everyone in Southeast Texas the opportunity to experience live orchestra music at its best.

“Our theme this season is ‘SOST Fantastique’ and we want to perform great and memorable music that everyone can enjoy at the Julie Rogers Theater and around the community,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton II.

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