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S o u t h e a s t
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Country Legend
Reba McEntire
to headline at
Christus Health Foundation
of Southeast Texas’
34th Annual
Benefit Gala
Area Trade Days
Giving Motherhood
a Microphone
Running with Dogs
Festivals of Food
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Country Music’s Sassy, Classy
Redhead Reba McEntire Comes
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Southeast Texas Premier Garden
Celebrates Earth Day
with Eco-Fest
Family Friendly Trade Days Offer
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Reba McEntire headlines Christus Health
Foundation’s 34th Annual Benefit Gala
April 26 at the Beaumont Civic Center.
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Editor's Letter
april 2014
Eat Seasonally...
Could Be Dill-Licious
rozen pickle juice, please!”
The request and the source were unclear. All I could
see over the concession stand window were 10 clinging
fingertips and a tuft of shiny brown hair.
“Frozen pickle juice? Is that what you said, sweetheart?”
I inquired, as I leaned over and out the serving window,
my volunteer post for a four-hour shift at West End Little League, and looked
down into the big brown eyes of a boy about five years old.
“Yea, here’s my quarter,” came his answer, booming bigger than his body as
he pushed his money toward me.
The baseball mom of four boys, a concession-stand lifer, stationed at the
snow cone window next to me and within hearing range, bellowed: “Frozen
pickle juice is in the back freezer.”
Really? We’re selling frozen pickle juice? Kids are choosing to eat frozen
pickle juice when there’s Snickers and M&Ms, Big League Chew and Skittles,
popcorn, cheese fries, corndogs, the best greasy burgers in town, and, heck,
the whole dill pickle?
Yep, was the unspoken and obvious answer realized as I approached the
back freezer. Neon green glowed on the floor and as I swung the freezer door
opened, I heard the five beeps (if only in my head) to “Close Encounters of
the Third Kind” communicating the alien spacecraft was opening. Instead of
letting ET in, I retrieved one of hundreds of plastic containers
of frozen pickle juice for my alien, I mean customer, and returned to my post.
Frozen pickle juice, obviously lucrative
and come to find out healthy, is apparently a
seasonal favorite among the young’uns here
in Southeast Texas. My five-year-old customer
said his pickle sickle was “delicious,” or was that
“dill-licious”? Either way, I’ll pass. I’d rather eat
bugs from mud than sour juice from a jar.
Synonymous with Little League, April and Easter in Southeast Texas? Crawfish! Boiled, fried, in
casseroles, spicy or mild, with potatoes and corn
or without – bring it on! One of the best places to
get crawfish is the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, April 11-13. Get them again in
May at the Boys’ Haven Festival – May 10.
We surveyed crawfish
eaters in Southeast Texas
to find out how you all
like them and where,
and how you eat these
lobster of the south. The
results are in this month’s
infographics, pages 14 & 15.
Crawfish is not the only
cuisine of the spring. Can you say falafel
and baklava? Even if you can’t say them, eat them. These
are just two of the tasty treats at St. Michael’s Mediterranean Festival, May 3!
That leaves two other food finds this time of the year – barbeque and crabs!
The Texas Barb-B-Q Festival is April 24-27. Turn to pages 28 & 29, for details on
all the festivals and savory snacks.
It seems only fitting as we eat the fruit of our lands, we should celebrate the
bounty and goodness of our Earth. Earth Day is April 22, and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will host a week-long festival of sorts called
Eco-Fest with a butterfly release. Get into the green, pages 10 & 11.
This book is all about edible seasonal samplings from pickle sickles to claws
from the coast but also about entertainment and activities unique to our area
like the Neches River Festival, LobsterFest, the ARC of Greater Beaumont Style
Show and the Beaumont Children’s Museum Mini Masters Golf Tourney.
Happy Spring, Happy Easter, Happy Earth Day! Happy Eating!
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Saddle uP
Beaumont Boy Opens
for Country Legend
Christus Health Foundation
of Southeast Texas
34th Annual Benefit Gala
April 26, 7 p.m.
t’s always been “Fancy,”
but “Rumor Has It,” this
year’s Christus Health
Foundation 34th Annual Benefit Gala highlights
the country and western
singer who defines the
term and sings the song.
Reba McEntire will
take the stage at the
most impressive dinner
concert in Southeast
Texas, April 26 at the
Beaumont Civic Center.
Tickets are $375; tables
start at $3000.
“We strive to provide something for all musical
tastes,” said Ivy Pate, regional vice president, Christus Health Southeast Texas. “In recent years, we
have had the best in classic rock, jazz, blues and
soul and decided it was time to go country.”
Vince Gill was the last country singer to grace
the Christus Gala stage back in 1999. Since that
time, the event has hosted The Righteous Brothers, Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Huey Lewis and the
News, and Diana Ross. In the last five years, Southeast Texans have been entertained at the black-tie
event by great talents such as Don Henley; Harry
Connick Jr.; Earth, Wind and Fire; Chicago and The
Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. Those who attended the 2010 gala featuring
Chicago still recall Jimmy Simmons’ saxophone accompaniment with the band.
“It’s an intimate setting with A-list entertainers;
you’re close, but we don’t always have audience members become part of the band, like we did that year
with Chicago and Dr. Simmons,” said Pate, chuckling.
Different this year is an opening act. Southeast
Texas’ own Tracy Byrd will perform first.
”The gala has grown over its 34-year history because there is always something new and different,
but what doesn’t change is the opportunity to see
the most renowned artists,” said Pate. “And this year,
we’re adding an opening act. Of course, it’s not every
community that can have someone as talented as
Tracy Byrd. We’re so fortunate and so excited, too.”
Homegrown from Beaumont’s club scene to wellknown country singer, Tracy Byrd, won the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year in 1996
for “Keeper of the Stars.” Other fun favorites include
“Watermelon Crawl” and “The Truth about Men,”
but his “Holdin’ Heaven” hit number one in 1992.
Byrd had five albums hit gold status with his "No
Ordinary Man" going double-platinum, remaining
in the top 10 on the chart for more than 30 weeks.
The gala will be a reunion of sorts. Byrd was the
opening act on McEntire’s tour in 1993 and the
middle act on her tour in 1995.
“All total I have done roughly 80 shows with her
through the years,” said Byrd. “She is the consummate professional in every sense of the word and
is a superbly talented, kind, driven and fair person.
Those early years on tour with her did a great deal
for my career. It will be great to see and perform
in front of her again. She is an icon in the entertainment business and truly the reigning queen of
country music.”
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Following Beaumont’s boy, one of the most
successful female recording artists in history with
number one hits spanning four decades, the redheaded Reba McEntire, who is considered as sassy
and sentimental as she is successful, proven by her
most recent album.
According to her website, the title track, “All the
Women I Am,” is both an allusion to the reality of
McEntire’s life as a mother, wife, daughter, sister,
entertainment superstar and businesswoman all
rolled into one vivacious woman – as well as an
energetic declaration that to love someone is to
love all of the characters, traits and behaviors that
make them whole. The album overall has earned
McEntire her 64th top 10 hit and her 35th number
one with “Turn On The Radio.” Both Pollstar and
Billboard’s Boxscore (the touring industry’s leading
trade outlets) named McEntire the number one
female country touring artist, selling a combined
total of more than 9 million tickets during the “All
The Women I Am” tour.
She has sold more than 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall
of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. She
has won 15 American Music Awards; 13 Academy
of Country Music Awards; nine People’s Choice
Awards; seven Country Music Association Awards;
two Grammy Awards; an ACM Career Achieve-
ment Honor; and is one of only four entertainers est advances in healthcare for the citizens of the
in history to receive the National Artistic Achieve- area. Pate said past projects have included renovation of the Valero Pediatric Center at CHRISTUS
ment Award from the U.S. Congress.
The Oklahoma native is also an acclaimed actress Hospital – St. Mary; renovation of the Effie M. Hehaving performed in 2001 on Broadway in “Annie bert Pediatric Center and renovation of the Mamie
Get Your Gun” and with 11 movie credits to her McFaddin Ward Cancer Center at CHRISTUS Hosname. She has starred in the sitcom “Reba,” which pital – St. Elizabeth.
For more information and tickets, go to chrisran for six seasons on the WB Television Network/ CW, and “Malibu Country” on ABC. For her
artistic diversity and contribution to country mu- gala/ or email [email protected]
sic and entertainment, the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum is paying tribute to McEntire by currently featuring a cameo exhibition “Reba: All
the Women I Am”, which runs
through June 8.
But will Reba sing “Fancy,”
one of her signature songs
from her “Rumor Has It” album that’s ranked number
26 on the list of 100 Greatest
Country Songs? The answer
remains to be heard, but what
Byrd when asked about McEntire
is known is this is one entertainer that won’t let you down.
The dinner and concerts beginning at 7 p.m. benefit CHRISTUS
Health Foundation - Southeast Texas,
which plays a vital role in supporting the lat-
“It will be great to see and perform
in front of her again. She is an icon in the
entertainment business and truly the
reigning queen of country music.”
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Eco-Fest at Shangri La
By Beth Gallaspy
Get ready to celebrate Mother Nature and learn about how to be more kind to your world at this year’s Eco-Fest at
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange.
The two-day festival on April 18 and 19 is the highlight of activities at Shangri La throughout the month to celebrate
Earth Day and the arrival of spring. “The goal for Eco-Fest is not only to think about how to become more eco-friendly, but for families to have an entertaining and engaging time,” said Ellen Welker, communications manager for
the Stark Foundation. The foundation oversees Shangri La and other Stark
Cultural Venues in Orange – the Stark Museum of Art, the W.H. Stark House
and the Lutcher Theater.
With the motto “Be kind to your world,” Shangri La focuses on being environmentally conscious and ecologically friendly throughout the year. However, this is the third year the
gardens and nature center has hosted Eco-Fest on the weekend closest to Earth Day,
which falls on April 22, Welker said.
Eco-Fest features arts and crafts, games, face painting, live animal shows and a
variety of vendors and informational booths. Festival attendees can purchase eco-friendly products such as art made
from recycled materials, find out how to live more sustainably and learn about other environmental attractions in
Southeast Texas. Visitors can even bake cupcakes on site using a solar oven in the Nature Discovery Center.
A festival favorite each year
is the butterfly release. At 2 p.m.
April 18, Eco-Fest participants will help release
hundreds of monarch butterflies and painted ladies into the Shangri La sky.
“We feel it’s an affirmation of spring and new
life,” Welker said. Coincidentally, this affirmation falls
on the Good Friday holiday this year. The butterfly release also has the practical application of boosting the
population of native butterflies, a beneficial insect that aids
in the pollination of local flowers and crops.
Admission to Eco-Fest brings with it full access to all Shangri La gardens
and exhibits. Shangri La showcases more than 300 types of plants and attracts
a variety of wildlife, including more than 17 species of birds that make their
home at the 15-acre Ruby Lake. Visitors can enjoy an outpost tour on Adams
Bayou for an additional fee - $6 adults, $5 seniors and youth (65+ and 10-17),
$2 children (4-9).
From young children to older adults, Eco-Fest has something to offer everyone. “Learn a little about your environment. Take a look at our amazing wildlife
that live in our backyards. Make some choices that will help these animals by
recycling or buying earth-friendly products. Spend some time outside and just
enjoy the gardens,” Welker said. “If you haven’t been out there for a while, the
flowers are starting to bloom, and they’re just stunning.”
With Eco-Fest approaching, it might be the perfect time to consider a
membership to Stark Cultural Venues. Members can attend Eco-Fest at no
charge and enjoy a private, preview of Eco-Fest and the gardens from 9 a.m.-12
p.m. Friday, April 18. A members-only butterfly release is planned for 11 a.m.
that day. Memberships are available beginning at $60 per person and include
free admission for one year to Shangri La, the Stark Museum of Art and the
W.H. Stark House, along with invitations to special members-only events and
other benefits. For more information, visit
Fun, environmental education activities also are planned at Shangri La on Saturdays before and after Eco-Fest. The 10 a.m. Saturday Adventure Series features
a Butterfly Safari on April 12 and “Up-Cycle That” on April 26 letting participants make new creations from recyclables.
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Children enjoy an activity
in the Children’s Garden
during a previous Eco-Fest.
at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, Texas
Friday, April 18, 12-4 p.m. with butterfly release at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Single day: $8 adults, $7 seniors (65+), $5 children/youth (4-17)
Two-day pass: $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $7 children/youth (4-17)
No charge for toddlers (3 and under) and Stark Cultural Venues members.
Annual memberships start at $60.
Fun Fact:
Since the publication of
the book Lost Horizon in
1933, the term “Shangri La”
has represented a place
of beauty, peace
and enlightenment.
A monarch butterfly
pauses before taking
flight. Eco-Fest at the
Shangri La includes a
butterfly release
each year.
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Spring Shopping at Southeast Texas
Trade Days
Who doesn’t love a deal? What’s even better than a good buy - a bargain
on a unique, handmade or hard-to-find item. Area Trade Days offer just
that kind of shopping. Good deals can be found at Orange Trade Days,
Kountze Trade Days and Trade Days on the Avenue in Port Neches.
Orange Trade Days
The weekend following the second Monday every month
East Town, 200 East Turret in Orange
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-5 p.m.
Free parking and free admission
Now in its fourth year, Orange Trade Days features more than 100 arts and crafts,
furniture, antiques, clothes, handcrafted items, food, plants and boutique booths all indoors. In the spring time the shopping
weekend also includes a farmers’ market and during
holidays, like Easter, vendors cater to the kiddos offering giveaways of eggs and candy.
This family-friendly, small-town market is a social
hub showcasing local entertainment and artists
and giving hobbyists and small home-based business operatives a launching pad to grow their brands.
“A lot of vendors just start off selling purses, for example, and try a boutique and do really well and then are
able to open their own store front,” said Gabby Snyder, co-owner with her husband, Billy, of Orange Trade Days.
“It’s also very social. Artists or craftsmen talk to each other, make friendships, and customers find people they’ve
known but didn’t know they sold items. So they’re able to promote their items, network and make friends.”
In April Orange Trade Days are April 18-20. Booths in 10-foot by 10-foot and 8-foot by 8-foot sizes are available
starting at $39. For more information contact Gabby and Billy Snyder at 409-883-4344 and friend them on Facebook
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Kountze Trade Days
Trade Days on the Avenue
The fourth Sunday of the month
U.S. 69 in Kountze
Next door to the Super 8 Motel
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$2 parking and free admission
Third Saturday of the month
Downtown Port Neches
1100-1400 blocks of Port Neches Avenue
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free parking and free admission
Head north of Beaumont on U.S. 69 the fourth weekend of every month
to Kountze for one of the largest Trade Days in Southeast Texas. You can’t
miss this outdoor event located on the highway next door to the Super 8 Motel.
More than 90 vendors occupy 20-foot by 20-foot spaces selling a variety of great
finds like arts and crafts, metal works, animals – cats, dogs and birds - furniture, apparel,
home décor and food items.
Make a day of it. The kids are completely entertained with face painting, water walking
and train rides. The newly paved sidewalks and parking lot make Trade Days handicapped
accessible and great for strollers. Plus food vendors offer a wide variety of tasty lunch, snack
and dinner items. There are also picnic areas and nice restrooms. Even the family dog is welcome as long as Spot is on a leash.
“Trade Days is really growing,” said Donna McGilberry, Trade Days coordinator. “We’re set up
for RV spots, so vendors come in and stay. It’s really good for the Kountze community and for
family-friendly entertainment.”
Kountze Trade Days is a project of the City of Kountze. All proceeds benefit the community.
April Kountze Trade Days is April 25-27. Booth spaces are $45. Parking is $2, but
admission is free.. For more information, see the Kountze Trade Days website at or call Donna McGilberry at 409-880-5667.
The 12 shops and boutiques open
on Port Neches Avenue welcome
vendors of all kinds to set up
for one day a month of shopalong-the-sidewalk. Find arts
and crafts, clothing and furniture, antiques and holiday
décor. Food trucks pull up for
a variety of good eats and of
course, Mike’s Old Fashioned
Soda Fountain is open, too, for
full-service ice cream and entrees
like gumbo and sandwiches.
The only cost is what you find that
you can’t live without. Free parking. Good finds, family friendly
and proceeds support the local economy.
Save the date for May 10 when
Port Neches Avenue will host
the Cannibals Car Club with
Rat Rods and a Surf Board
Exhibition. There will be live
music, lots of food and shopping similar to Trade Days on this
specific date.
For more information about
Trade Days on the Avenue in Port
Neches to either attend or exhibit
call Esther Macha at 409-722-4848.
Get Green: Master Gardeners Sale
One more shopping event deserves mention. The Jefferson County Master Gardeners
Spring Plant Sale and Market Day on April 5 from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., offers everything you need
to get your garden glorious after winter’s toll. The annual event offers a great selection of bedding plants, as well as both old favorites and unusual landscape trees and shrubs. Find a large
variety of vegetables and herbs ready for planting, along with an assortment of fruit trees, tropicals, indoor and patio plants. The selection includes many plants not commonly found in area
nurseries. All plants are suited to the Southeast Texas climate. Parking and admission are free. Go
early; this sale is popular and well-attended, and you don’t want to miss the great goods and sales!
For more information about the Spring Plant Sale and Market Day, call Texas AgriLife Extension
at 409-835-8461.
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crawfish "cray" ving infographic
A Little Red Bug We Love
We Southeast Texans LOVE IT. Pound over pound the little red mudbug is a delicacy we devour in backyards with
friends and family, at area restaurants and at one of the biggest crawfish festivals in Texas – the
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, April 11-13! Who’s pickin’ and who’s eatin,’ where and how? Find out
in this month’s infographic, a tribute to the Mudbug.
of southeast texans cook their own
how do you cook them?
Boil whole In a casserole or dish
Fry tails 48.5%
Other Crawfish Pie, Corn, Crawfish Chowder
What do you serve with your crawfish?
• Potatoes, corn, sausage with potato salad
and hot buttered toasted French bread, yum!
Makin' me hungry!
• Corn
• Potatoes, Corn, Dippin' Sauce, Potato Salad,
Chips and Dips and lots and lots of sweet tea!
• The whole nine yards... everything... lol
• Potatoes, Corn, Pig’s Feet, Pork Bones, Sausage
• Potatoes, Corn, Mushrooms, Squash
and Asparagus
• If making etouffee: rice and cornbread
If boiling: potatoes, corn and sausage
• Potatoes, Corn, Sausage and
Brussel Sprouts!
• Corn, Artichokes, Mushrooms, Onions,
Whole Garlic, Lemons and Butter
how do you season them?
Tony Chachere's Tex Joy Seafood Seasoning
Zatarain's Crab Boil Zatarain's Shrimp and Crab Boil 17.6%
Other TexJoy Crawfish Boil, Slap Ya Mama,
Swamp Fire Seafood Boil, Cajun Land Seasonings
Examine all crawfish meat prior to
eating. Quality meat will be firm and
succulent and appear to have good
color and no off odors.
Never eat crawfish meat that is
mealy, mushy, easily tears apart or
has an off color or flavor.
of southeast texans
leave the cooking
to someone else
your go-to
Crawfish Festivals
New Orleans
Starvin Marvin's, Beaumont
Joe's Crab Shack, Beaumont
Adam’s Crawfish Shack, Lufkin
Major League Grill, Beaumont
Pop's Place, Vidor
Katfish Kitchen, Beaumont
George’s Place, Vidor
Pappadeaux’s, Beaumont
Larry’s French Market, Groves
Juju's Cajun Crawfish Shak, Beaumont
Ancelet’s Marina & Crawfish Hut, Port Arthur
weighing in
How many pounds
of crawfish can you
eat at one meal?
The average per person,
about 3 pounds
Between 4-6 pounds
Crawfish isn't a meal;
it's a day-long event and
I can peel and eat an entire day...
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2. Habitat for Humanity of Jeff
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Stay Cool...
Easy Everyday Spring Time Meal
By Tabetha Franklin
Main Dish Studio Kitchen
When the weather warms up and you want to
get out and enjoy spending time outdoors, the last
thing you want to do is come in and heat up your
kitchen preparing dinner. Spring is the perfect time
to let a slow cooker do the work of preparing meals.
Here is an easy slow-cooker recipe from the
recently published e-book “Main Dish Everyday
Meals- Slow Cooker Edition.” The cookbook is full
of slow-cooker recipes for beef, pork, chicken and
more. It even includes bonus material on creating
"Meal Kits" that you can freeze and cook later. With the popularity of tablets and readers, the e-book download makes it easy
to have your favorite recipes available to read on any electronic
device. You can order the book on for just $2.99
or find out more by visiting
Chipotle Pot Roast with Mango
Mango meets chipotle and blends delightfully in this new pot
roast. Slow-stewing brings out the smoky chipotle flavor, and the
mango gives it that touch of sweetness that is pure Caribbean.
Serves 6+ portions, Gluten Free
3 pounds eye of round
1 tablespoon Tony Chachere (or any all-purpose seasoning)
1 package frozen mango chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1 jar of salsa (chipotle style)
1 can mango nectar
1. Put beef into slow cooker and
sprinkle with seasoning; add
mango chunks, red bell pepper
and onion.
2. Mix salsa and mango nectar
together, and pour over roast.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
Tabetha Franklin is a blogger, mom and entrepreneur.
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southeast texas somebody
Southeast Texas Goes No-Gi
The number one grappler in the nation, Brian Debes, is teaching self-defense the
non-traditional way – no-gi – at his new studio, 10th Planet, right here in Southeast Texas. The 134-pound, self-proclaimed non-athlete and Lamar industrial engineering graduate, known as “barn cat” in the mixed martial arts world, told us
about his sport, his business and how he subdues opponents twice his size.
Q: You’re... skinny, and you’ve said you’re non-athletic. How did you
become a ranked grappler?
A: I really wanted to do it. I like the whole philosophy that the smaller person
can beat the bigger person and that it was possible and, of course, it’s needed
for self-defense for females. I’m successful because of the technique and being
dedicated to it and focused on that. Technique is what makes someone good,
which comes with time, repetition. Most sports like basketball, for example,
require some physical attribute - taller is better; with grappling, we work
around whatever attributes you have. I’ve faced opponents at the expert level
who had one leg. Ninety-pound women can excel at this sport. A lot of times
the natural athletics that have had immediate success in every sport that are
250-pounds of brute force come into this sport and get choked out by a girl.
Technique is key, and it’s an intellectual and physical challenge. I’ve out trained
and spent more time than my opponents, and that’s how I’ve progressed.
Q: So you’re ranked in no-gi. What is that?
A: Look at all martial arts, and they are all wearing the gi (pronounced gee) or
kimono. It’s like going in to learn self defense, and the guy teaching is working
with a samurai sword. You can learn it, and it’s a cool experience, but it doesn’t
make sense today. Another example, you can learn to use a lapel, but the opponent doesn’t always have it in the real world. What makes the most sense
is training for modern times. Things change, and you have to change the way
you do everything. That includes martial arts without the gi, and we’re the first
no-gi Jiu Jitsu in the Golden Triangle.
Q: We’ve heard you’re called “barn cat.” Is that part of the rank?
A: I got that name from my instructor, Eddie Bravo, for my ability to implement some of the techniques he created like the rubber guard that allows the
person on the bottom to maneuver to the top position. The rubber guard was
invented by Eddie Bravo to deal with the problem that there is no gi to grab.
The move limits the opponent’s options, so you can set up things, and it slows
things down. I’m also known for my heel hook, which is a type of leg lock that
allows you to control the other person’s legs and hips with their legs.
Q: Who is Eddie Bravo, and what is 10th Planet?
A: 10th Planet is my business, a great facility of 2500-square feet of mat space,
two restrooms, locker area at 5925 Caswell Road in Beaumont, where I have a
solid competition team, one of the strongest in this area. 10th Planet also represents a non-traditional, no-gi system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu developed by Eddie Bravo, a third-degree black-belt who trained under Jean-Jacques Machado.
Bravo really focused his Jiu Jitsu on training without the gi in order to enhance
its applications for use in mixed martial arts. So he is the founder of this nontraditional system and of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, which represents ever-evolving
methods to attack and counter.
Get more information about
Brian Debes and 10th Planet at
the website
or call 409-782-6649.
empower yourself
On April 26 from 1-3:30 p.m.,
10th Planet is offering a
free women’s defense seminar.
FREE Class for Kids
On May 25 from 2-4 p.m. 10th Planet is offering Kids in Kimonos, a free community resource for families looking to enrich their children's
lives with the art of Jiu Jitsu. Offering monthly training gatherings, Kids in Kimonos provides camaraderie, exercise and exposure to the sport as
well as to the Jiu Jitsu community in Texas for
kids, ages 6-15. With the goal of offering children the discipline and sense of self-esteem
that comes from learning the art form, Kids in
Kimonos events are free and open to all academies and families. This Kids in Kimonos will be
offered gi-free so don’t wear a kimono!
2014 april
Just Say “No” to Flawed Wine
By Gerald Patrizi
Wine Manager at Debb’s Liquor
Learning about wine is really easy.
You either like a particular wine or
you don't. That is because we all have
a certain flavor profile that either a
wine falls within or we don't like it.
But sometimes a wine may have all
the necessary traits that we like except there seems to be something
not quite right. Could it be that the
wine is flawed? Damn right, it could
be, and flawed wines happen more
than you think. Sadly, many times
people are afraid to speak up.
So what makes a wine flawed? The
most common problem is what we
call a corked bottle. The wine exhibits a musty, wet cardboard smell and
a funky taste that masks the fruit flavors of the wine in varying degrees.
The cause is TCA (trichloroanisole),
which infects the wine usually from
the cork, hence the term "corked
wine." In some wines the infection can be slight and hard to detect with the consumer feeling that
there is something not quite right
and probably never trying the wine
again. In other bottles it can be very
pronounced making the wine completely unpalatable. Don't be afraid
to speak up, especially in restaurants,
if you suspect the wine is corked. Remember musty, wet cardboard is not
a flavor component many people
like, myself included.
Another common wine flaw is oxidation. The causes can be traced to
excessive exposure to oxygen during
the winemaking process, not enough
sulfur dioxide layered in the space
between cork and wine before bottling, loose and leaky corks, or the
wine just being too old. More common in white wines, this flaw is easy
to spot because of the dark yellow
color and the nutty, sherry-like smell.
Volatile wines are ones afflicted
with too much volatile acidity. Wines
have a vinegary smell and tart taste. If
a young wine exhibits these traits, it
will only get worse with time.
The most questionable of all flaws
is a wine infected with brettanomyces or "brett." Brett is yeast that
infects the wine, and the traits it
causes not all winemakers consider
to be bad. Earthy, bacon and leather
components in small doses are not
so bad. As my wife says of this flaw at
high levels: “not so much.” Americans
tend to like their wines on the clean,
fruitier side and can shy away from
such traits as sweaty saddle.
One in 10 wines can exhibit one of
these traits, so I hope this has shed
a little light on what makes a wine
flawed and will empower you to
speak up when a wine does not taste
quite right. Salute!
Gerald Patrizi
brew review
Bottles Up: Can-Do Crafts
By Brandon East
More than 1,400 craft beers from
over 380 U.S. craft breweries are
packaged in cans, not bottles. Even's number one
rated beer in the world, Heady Topper, a Double IPA from The Alchemist in Vermont, is canned ... in a
16-ounce tallboy. It's insanely good.
Cans are becoming more prevalent
Brandon East
on shelves, especially here in Southeast Texas. Southern Star from Conroe was the first to can crafts in Texas.
Karbach and other new Texas breweries soon followed.
Cans are portable and more durable
than glass and keep out light, which
can skunk beer. Cans go where glass is
prohibited; they are a blast to shotgun
(#ShotgunFriday), and the can itself is
a canvas for beer label artwork.
I highly recommend
these canned brews:
• Karbach Barn Burner
• Modus Hoperandi
• Maui Coconut Porter
• Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout
• Real Ale Hans Pils
• Southern Star Bombshell Blonde
• Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
• Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
Imperial Stout
For spring and summer, here is a
very refreshing IPA that drinks so
well. It’s medium body with a clean,
semi-dry finish.
Hop Nosh IPA
Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City, Utah
7.30% ABV
Pours a clean golden-orange to
amber color with a white head. Nose
is an impressive hop bomb with
notes of fresh juicy satsuma, dank
resinous cannabis, freshly cut grass,
grapefruit rind, lemon pith and pine.
The caramel, light biscuit and honey
malt character are no match for the
hops. Lemon, overly ripened pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, mango and
shortbread flavors dominate.
Got beer questions? Email Brandon at
[email protected] or keep up on
Texas Brews on Facebook at
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2014 april
performing arts
Southeast Texas “Listen To Your Mother” Show
By Jennifer Williams
Director, Southeast Texas
“Listen To Your Mother”
The inaugural Southeast Texas “Listen To Your Mother” Show will take
place at 2 p.m. May 4 at the Jefferson
Theater in Beaumont. Writers from surrounding Southeast Texas towns will
share their heartfelt, hilarious and inspirational stories about motherhood.
What is the Listen To Your Mother
In 2009, Ann Imig sat in an audience as women shared personal sto-
ries they had written. The experience
of hearing the most poignant and hilarious moments of a person’s life read
aloud was powerful and stayed with
her over the next several months.
The following year, while cleaning
Lego arms out of her shag rug, she
realized how she could transition that
power to motherhood. “I looked at
our national Mother's Day holiday
and suddenly found it sorely lacking. I felt that motherhood
deserved something more
than a frittata once a year
— something less retail-related and more communityfocused,” Imig said.
SOMETHING NEW for april!
Each month in 2014 the EventsBook
has vowed to offer you something
NEW to do in Southeast Texas.
This month we’re helping to give
motherhood a microphone by spotlighting
the “Listen To Your Mother” Show.
In less than eight weeks, she found
a venue and held auditions and a
rehearsal. She found a sponsor and
wrote her first press release, and then
almost 300 people attended the first
“Listen to Your Mother” Show at the
Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wis.
Imig wanted to recognize
and give a voice to the craft,
the work and the complexity of motherhood. The
mission of each production
is to “take the audience on
a well-crafted journey that
celebrates and validates
mothering through giving voice to motherhood… in the form of
original readings performed live on-stage
by their authors.”
Imig’s goal was to marry
the world of mothers who
write online with a live stage event.
The shows are recorded, and the videos are placed on YouTube. Shows
are comprised of local amateur directors, producers and writers who share
their stories about motherhood with
an in- real-life and virtual audience.
The same power that initially captured Imig’s attention has carried
through to each production, Alexandra Rosas, Madison cast member
and co-director/producer Milwaukee, said, “It sounds cliché, but my life
did change after I made the leap to
audition for a LTYM show four years
ago. I had never read before an audience before, never even thought the
word "audition" would be a word
leaving my lips, and yet I did it. I read
for the Madison cast and from then
on, I had the encouragement to believe that my story is a story only I
can tell. I've gone on to read for other
shows now, and I am a storyteller. I
wouldn't be a storyteller and writer
now if it weren't for the belief in myself that the LTYM shows gave to me.
It's the power of the personal narrative, claiming our place in this world.”
The Listen To Your Mother Show
Becomes a National Phenomenon
Shortly after the videos for the first
show were placed on YouTube, Imig
heard from Stephanie Precourt with
a request to host a show in Northwest Indiana. That summer Imig received requests from three additional
cities to host a local show.
Precourt, now the online content
manager for LTYM, said she emailed
Imig because, “When I watched
Ann's first show, I was overwhelmed
with so many feelings. I wanted everyone to watch and hear those stories. Here were everyday people sharing pieces they wrote. They weren't
professional writers or speakers and
were REAL. I was nodding my head
in agreement or choking back tears
and knew it was something special. I
wanted to be a part of it.”
Over the next four years the popularity of the show spread. In 2014, 32
cities across the nation will host a
LTYM show within the two weeks
leading up to Mother’s Day. Cities
include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore,
Boston, Boulder, Charleston, Chicago,
DC, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City,
Little Rock, Madison, Metro Detroit,
Milwaukee, Nashville, North Jersey,
Northern Utah, NW Indiana, NYC,
Oklahoma City, Plumas County, Portland, Providence, Raleigh Durham,
Sacramento, San Francisco, Southeast Texas, Spokane, St. Louis, The
OC, and Twin Cities.
Over the last four years, almost
500 storytellers have participated
in the Listen To Your Mother show.
Well over 10,000 have attended the
shows. More than $25,000 has been
raised for local non-profits.
Giving Back
In addition to featuring local writers, each show supports a local nonprofit that benefits women and/or
children. From the beginning Imig
knew she wanted to give back to the
local communities that host a show.
Imig believes that creativity and
privilege go hand-in-hand. She said,
“If I had the luxury of the resources
and support necessary to create the
show, I wanted to do something tangible to support other parents and
families in my community without
such resources and support.”
A portion of ticket proceeds from
the Southeast Texas show will be
donated to the Julie Rogers Gift of
Life program, which benefits medically underserved men and women
of Southeast Texas through cancer
screenings and educational outreach
programs. Since the Gift of Life program’s inception, it has provided over
25,500 free mammograms and 7,000
prostate exams. In 2013, 14 men and
women were diagnosed because of
the program’s efforts.
Tickets are on sale now and can
be purchased at the Beaumont Civic
Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets or charged by phone at
800-745-3000 or ordered online at Tickets will also be
available at the door for $15.
This unique event gives motherhood a microphone.
A Streetcar Named Desire
7:30 p.m., April 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12
2 p.m. Matinee, April 5
Betty Greenburg Center for the Performing
Arts, 4155 Laurel, Beaumont, 409.833.4664
Murder on the Nile
7:30pm, April 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
2:30 p.m. Matinee, April 20 & 27
Port Arthur Little Theatre, 4701 Jimmy
Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, 409.727.7258
The Last Days of Christ
Outdoor Passion Drama
6:00-10:00 p.m., April 17, 18, 19 & 20
Legacy Christian Academy, 8200 Highway
105, Beaumont, 409.466.2614
The Magic Flute
7:30 p.m., April 11 & 12
Student Ensembles Concert
7:30 p.m., April 29
Lamar University, Rothwell Recital Hall,
4400 S. MLK Jr. Parkway, Beaumont,
Lamar Civic Orchestra
7:30 p.m., April 15
Lamar State College- Port Arthur, 1500
Procter St, Port Arthur, 409.880.2154
Sweet Charity
7:30 p.m., April 10, 11, 12, 13
2:00 p.m. Matinee, April 13
Lamar University Department of Theatre
and Dance, University Theatre, 4400 MLK Jr.
Parkway, Beaumont, 409.880.2250
The Snail and the Whale
9:30 & 11:30 a.m., April 1
West Side Story
7:30 p.m., April 11
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., April 12
Jeanne Robertson
7:30 p.m., April 17
Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts,
707 W. Main, Orange, 409.886.5535
Southeast Texas cast members
Elaine Alguire Producer
Jennifer Williams Director
Monica Berry
Howard Cox
Shari Gunter
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Candy Mickels Mejia
Dolores Mitchell
Kelley Nettles
Jill Patir
Debbie Slaughter
Sean Wilson
april 2014
2014 april
visual arts
members’ artwork showcased in annual competition
By Melissa Tilley
The arts and culture scene is thriving in Southeast Texas. That fact will be even
more evident when The Art Studio, Inc. (TASI) unveils its annual member exhibition, TASIMJAE: The Art Studio, Inc. Members Jurored Art Exhibition. Opening with a free reception 7-10 p.m. April 5 and on view through April 26, the
exhibition reflects the diversity of the artists’ work and is always an eclectic collection. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to view a rich medley of
the creations resulting from the local, vibrant arts community in one location.
Celebrating its 30th year, TASIMJAE continues to fulfill The Art Studio’s mission of encouraging and enabling local artists to create and show their work.
Membership to TASI is open to anyone, and the competition and exhibition
invites all members to submit works created in the last two years and not
previously shown, along with other size and display qualifications. A juror then
selects the pieces to be shown in the exhibition. The 2014 juror is Lynne Lokensgard, 40-year professor of art history at Lamar University.
TASIMJAE provides a great opportunity for artists to get feedback on their
work. In 2013, more than 80 entries were submitted for the show, and 30 pieces
were accepted for exhibition. The first place winner of TASIMJAE receives a solo
exhibition the following year. The 2013 first place winner was Lisa Reinauer for her
oil painting, “Chronos Rings.” Reinauer’s solo exhibition opens on May 3 at TASI.
The Art Studio, Inc. is located at 720 Franklin St. in Beaumont and is open
Tuesday through Saturday 2-5 p.m. For more information, call 409-838-5393
or visit
featured exhibits
Above: 2013 TASIMJAE first place winner “Chronos Rings” by Lisa Reinauer.
The Art Studio, Inc. also hosts
a monthly Band Nite enhancing
their exhibitions by incorporating original music by local musicians. Band Nite on Saturday,
April 26 features live music
by the statement, Soul
Buzz and the reunion of
the Obscene Orchestra.
All ages are welcome;
21 and up BYOB. Admission is $5. For more
information on Band
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Dishman Art Museum
Mirrored and Obscured:
Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits
through May 11
Artwork by Abigail McLaurin
in Café Arts, through June 1
Figures: Artwork from the
Permanent Collection
through May 11
Justice Illuminated:
The Art of Arthur Szyk
April 25-May 30
The Art of Arthur Szyk
6-8 p.m., May 1
Glory Days: The Art and
Visual Culture of the Second
Spindletop 1929-1934
through April 13
Magnolia Garden Club
Bi-annual Show
April 13-16
Student Thesis Exhibition
April 28-May 16
Guest Talk: Magnolia Garden
Club Bi-annual Show
2-6:30 p.m., April 15
500 Main, Beaumont, 409.832.3432
The Art Studio
720 Franklin St., Beaumont, 409.838-5393
TASIMJAE: The Art Studio, Inc.
Members Jurored Exhibition
April 5
Band Nite
April 26
1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, 409.880.8959
Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter, Port Arthur, 409.982.7000
Step Right Up!
April 5-May 26
"Under the Big Top"
April 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Texas Artists Museum
3501 Cultural Center Dr., Port Arthur,
Beaumont Art League
Nederland Art Guild Meet to Paint
Every Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Neches River Festival Art Show
April 6-19
Gulf Coast Art Educators
Student Art Show
April 6-19
Neches River Festival of Art Show
and Gulf Coast Art Educators
Student Art Show
2-4 p.m., April 6
Stark Museum of Art
2675 Gulf Street, Beaumont, 409.833.4179
712 Green Ave., Orange, 409.886.2787
Navajo Weaving: Tradition and Trade
through July 12
April 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
W.H. Stark House
610 West Main Ave., Orange, 409.883.0871
Pitcher Perfect
through May 31
april 2014
kids entertainment
Discover Engineering
By Courtney Mleczewski
Does your child have a passion for
science? Do you have disassembled
toys strewn about your house? Do
you have a hard time answering all
of the “whys” and “hows” your child
asks you each day? You may have a
budding engineer in your household!
Let your child explore the science
behind everyday items at the Lamar
University Society of Women Engineers Discover Engineering event at
the Spindletop-Glady City Boomtown Museum on April 12.
With the help of several local companies, a dozen engineering organizations and students from Lamar University, this event will nurture curiosity
while exposing local students to the
many faces of engineering. Activities,
demonstrations and experiments are
planned to engage and excite young
minds about the highly sought after
field of engineering. The interactive
and self-paced demonstrations will
provide hours of educational fun for
a multitude of age groups. Many of
the demonstrations will be geared
towards middle-school-aged students. However, all ages are welcome.
Parents and children of all ages will
enjoy themselves, too!
Lamar student Sarah Paine, the
event’s founder, started Discover Engineering three years ago after seeing
the need to introduce students to
engineering earlier in their education.
“Many college students at Lamar are
from the area and like math and science, but don’t know how to turn
that into an engineering degree,” she
said. “I’ve seen a lot of people get delayed in their college career because
they start with a different major, then
want to change it to engineering and
have to take additional classes.”
While you’re at the museum, make
sure to explore the rich history of the
Golden Triangle through Beaumont’s
early claim to fame, the Spindletop
Gusher. Visit the authentically reproduced version of the early oil-rush
town with a replica oil gusher, a general store, dry goods store, a log cabin saloon and a barbershop, among
other buildings.
Discover Engineering will take
place from 12-4 p.m. April 12 at the
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown
Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons
Blvd., Beaumont. Entry into both the
event and the museum is free and
open to the community. No registration is required, but please contact
the museum at 409-880-1750 if a
large group is planning to attend.
A special thank you goes to the
sponsors of this event: ExxonMobil,
MeadWestVaco, NALCO Champion
and Valero.
2014 april
A tradition worth keeping
By Beth Gallaspy
At its heart, the Neches River Festival is a celebration of the young people of Beaumont, and this year
about 150 young people will join in that celebration.
Now in its 66th year, the Neches River Festival
is one of Southeast Texas’ longest-running and
grandest traditions. Festivities begin this year on
April 1 with the King’s Arrival at Collier’s Ferry Park,
followed by the announcement of the Citizen of
the Year on April 3 and culminating on April 12
with the Queen’s Coronation at Julie Rogers Theatre and Coronation Ball at the Beaumont Civic
Center. In between, the young participants and
adult supporters will enjoy a flurry of fun activity.
“I think it is an educational experience and a social experience that many of these young people
haven’t had before,” said Nancy Fertitta, executive
director of the festival. The 52 high school seniors
participating as princesses go through an interview
process as part of the judges’ selection of the queen.
“They have to summon up enough poise and intelligence to show themselves at their best. That’s
what we’re trying to emphasize. All of these girls
have unbelievable resumes and unbelievable plans
for the rest of their lives,” Fertitta said.
The princesses along with their escorts, honor
guard, out-of-town duchesses and junior attendants also have ample opportunities to socialize
2013 Neches River Festival Queen
Kathryn Morgan Meadows
with each other and their adult hosts. The festival calendar includes a pool party hosted by the
Symphony League of Beaumont, a themed Get
Acquainted Dance at the Jefferson Theatre and, of
course, the Coronation and Ball on April 12.
Tickets for the Coronation at 7 p.m. are $20, available through the Civic Center box office. Tickets
for the Ball at 9 p.m. are $100-$150 and may be reserved by calling the festival office at 409-835-2443.
The Neches River Festival Parade is one of the
most popular attractions each year. This year’s parade rolls through downtown Beaumont at 10 a.m.
April 5.
The Neches River Festival also partners with
other organizations each year for additional events
during the festival. This year, the Beaumont Art
League’s Neches River Festival art exhibition will
open with a free reception from 2-4 p.m. April 6
in the Brown Gallery, 2675 Gulf Ave. That same afternoon, King Neches will visit the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park in recognition of the
festival’s longtime relationship with the Beaumont
Council of Garden Clubs. The Beaumont Bridge
Studio’s annual tournament in connection with
the festival is planned for April 11.
As a non-profit, the festival awards two Lamar
University scholarships each year to outstanding
young festival participants. Money raised by the
Knights of the Neches through their annual Casino Night, planned for April 1 this year, help fund
those scholarships.
Fertitta called the festival “a good, wholesome
thing for this community. It’s a tradition, and we
need things like that.”
For more information on the Neches River Festival, call the festival office at 409-835-2443.
april 2014
featured events
8:00 AM
Beaumont Track Club Kid Camp Registration,
Sterling Pruitt Activity Center
11:00 AM
Lunch at the Lake, Event Centre, 409.838.3435
8:00 AM
Beaumont Farmer's Market, Beaumont
Athletic Complex Basketball Court
10:00 AM
Neches River Adventures, Riverfront Park,
1:30 PM
Horticulture - How to Attract Butterflies to
Your Yard, McFaddin-Ward Visitor Center,
5:00 PM
First Thursdays on Calder, The Mildred
7:00 PM
Micro Wrestling Federation Winnie Mayhem,
Nutty Jerry's, 877.643.7508
8:00 AM
City of Beaumont Trash Off, Sterling Pruitt
Activity Center,
8:00 AM
Jefferson County Master Gardeners Spring
Plant Sale & Market, Jack Brooks Regional
Airport Hanger 4, 409.835.8461
10:00 AM
1860s Vintage Baseball Game with the Beaumont Lumbermen, Spindletop Gladys City
Boomtown Museum, 409.880.1750
11:30 AM
Spring Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt Festivities, Trinity United Methodist Church,
7:00 PM
Michael W. Smith, Nutty Jerry's, 877.643.7508
6:30 PM
Julie Rogers' Gift of Life Champagne and Ribs,
Cowboy Harley, 409.833.3663
5:00 PM
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, Mauriceville
Fairgrounds, 409.651.6358
5:30 PM
Lamar University Alumni Baseball Tailgate
Party, Vincent-Beck Stadium, 409.880.8921
6:00 PM
Jefferson County Go Texan BBQ Cook-off and
Scholarship Dance, Elk's Lodge, 409.781.9974
8:00 AM
Hope Women's Resource Clinic Walk for Life,
Journey Community Church, 409.898.4005
10:00 AM
Better Business Bureau "Shred It & Forget It,"
Central Mall, 409.835.5951
10:00 AM
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, Mauriceville
Fairgrounds, 409.651.6358
12:00 PM
City of Beaumont Easter Egg Hunt, Magnolia
12:00 PM
Discover Engineering, Spindletop Gladys City
Boomtown Museum, 409.223.2254
8:00 PM
Bill Bellamy with Ali Siddiq Comedy Show,
Jefferson Theatre, 409.838.3435
12 & 13
6:00 PM
Jefferson County Go Texan BBQ Coof-off and
Scholarship Dance, Elk's Lodge, 409.781.9974
11:00 AM
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival, Mauriceville
Fairgrounds, 409.651.6358
1:00 PM
Wedding Preview, MCM Elegante' Hotel,
12:00 PM
Golden Triangle Quilt Guild, Northwood
Christian Church, [email protected]
7:00 PM
Golden Triangle Quilt Guild, Northwood
Christian Church, [email protected]
7:00 PM
Poetry Renaissance - Live Poetry, The Art
Studio, 409.363.3444
6:00 PM
Big Thicket Program: "Capturing the Big
Thicket Digitally through Audio Recording and
Video/Photography," Logon Café, 936.274.1181
2:00 PM
Butterfly Flutter, Shangri La Botanical Gardens
and Nature Center
18, 19 & 20
9:00 AM
Orange Trade Days, Orange Trade Days
Grounds, 409.883.4344
9:00 AM
Open Studio, Beaumont Art League,
10:00 AM
Trade Days on the Avenue, Port Neches
Avenue, 409.722.4023
7:00 PM
Spindletop Roller Girls Home Bout, Beaumont Civic Center, 409.838.3435
7:00 PM
Band Night, The Art Studio, 409.838.5393
7:00 PM
2014 Lamar University Scholarship Recognition Dinner, Lamar University Montagne
Center, 409.880.8284
5:00 PM
Spring Community Picnic, McFaddin-Ward
24, 25, 26 & 27
10:00 AM
Texas Bar-B-Q Festival, Conn Park Complex,
7:30 PM
Lamar Spring Dance Concert, Lamar University Theatre,409.880.2250
25, 26 & 27
8:00 AM
Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days, Kountze
Trade Days Grounds,409.880.5667
10:00 AM
Great Balls of Fire Family Day, Fire Museum
of Texas
11:00 AM
Harbor Foundation's 5th Annual Butterfly
Release, Tyrrell Park, 409.981.1888
5:00 PM
2nd Annual Angels Special Needs Pageant,
Kirbyville High School, 409.423.0178
7:00 PM
Christus Hospital Foundation 34th Annual
Benefit Gala Featuring Reba McEntire Beaumont Civic Center, 409.899.7555
7:00 PM
MercyMe With Special Guest Jamie Grace &
Citizen Way, Nutty Jerry's, 877.643.7508
7:30 PM
Lamar Spring Dance Concert, Lamar University Theatre, 409.880.2250
2:00 PM
Beaumont Children's Museum Mini Masters,
Colorado Canyon, 409.351.3882
2:00 PM
Lamar Concert in the Park LU Plumber
Building Grounds, 409.880.8144
4:00 PM
Artist Series 2013-2014 - Parker Advanced
Chorus, St. Mark’s Church, 409.832.3405
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food & beverage
Spring for Food Flings
St. Michael’s Mediterranean Festival
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Experience the soul of Southeast Texas this
month when culture collides with cuisine at three
annual festivals. Falafel and baklava will tempt your
taste buds as you raise your glass to
Greek beer at the Mediterranean
Festival. A mouth-watering fullmeal-deal awaits sampling at the
Texas Bar-B-Q Festival, and a good
time is guaranteed racing, chasing and chewing mudbugs at the
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival.
Prepare your stomach and
belly up; food comes
first at these springtime festivals.
May 3, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Since 1909 St. Michael’s Orthodox Christian
Church has served the community a traditional
Syrian dinner - plate of cabbage rolls, kibbee,
green beans and pita bread - but in the last few
years, the church has expanded its offerings to
also include authentic Greek, Arabic and
Lebanese delicacies and a full-day of eating
and entertainment.
The expanded menu now includes not
only the plated meal served inside the
church hall for $12, but also an a la carte feast
served under a tent in the side yard of the church
at 690 North 15th St. in Beaumont.
Booth after booth offers generous portions of
handmade falafel (ground chickpeas blended with
fresh cilantro, parsley, fava beans, onions); tabouli
(freshly chopped parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers,
green onions and mint); chicken and beef kabobs;
lamp and beef gyros; pastitsio (layers of pasta,
ground beef and béchamel cream sauce baked and
topped with marinara); spanakopita (phyllo dough
pastry with spinach and cheese); dolmades (stuffed
grape leaves); Arabic and Greek coffees, beers and
wines; and a variety of pastries and ice creams.
Sit and stay awhile. The day includes lively authentic music and dance as well as a kids’ area with
face painting, petting zoo and water walking.
There’s shopping, too. A bazaar includes ethnic
groceries, jewelry, t-shirts and church cookbook
with all of the festival recipes.
Everyone is invited to peruse the heritage booths
displaying a collection of Greek and Middle Eastern clothing, fine china, books and keepsakes accumulated from Southeast Texas families. And tours
of the church will be offered at 1, 3 and 6 p.m.
Admission is free. Food and drink tickets are $10 for
10 coupons for a la carte purchases and can be purchased in advance at Nacol Jewelry on Dowlen and
Abbie's Imports. A portion of the proceeds will go to
Nutrition and Services for Seniors Meals on Wheels
Program and the Anayat House. For more information visit www., follow them
on Facebook at St-Michael-Mediterranean-Festival
or email [email protected]
Mauriceville Crawfish Festival
April 11, 5 – 11 p.m.; April 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
April 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The biggest celebration of that little red bug we
love – crawfish – comes to the Crawfish Capital of
Texas – Mauriceville – on the fairgrounds the second
weekend in April. But it’s more than mudbugs. This
small-town fundraiser hosts big events – a parade, a
pageant, tournaments, contests, carnival, shopping
and a barbeque cook-off plus live entertainment.
Eat and compete! Order up some of the
5,000-pounds of crawfish that will likely be sold
and eaten during the three-day event benefiting the Mauriceville youth football program, but
consider racing your mudbug, too. The festival includes crawfish eating and racing as well as a duck
call contest.
In addition to the crawfish peelin’ and eatin,’
approximately 15 food vendors offer a variety of
carnival fare like kabobs and funnel cake, barbeque
and corn dogs. This year the festival will feature a
beer garden with proceeds benefiting youth programs in the area.
Crafters from near and far exhibit their specialty
items on the grounds near the carnival rides. You’ll
find 25 vendors showcasing homemade items like
jewelry and fudge, hair bows and henna tattoos,
plus boutique-type apparel and gifts.
See king crawfish – Beau Garcon, and his female
companion in Boots n Pearls – as the grand marshals of the parade Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Businesses, high schools bands and drill teams, churches
and local organizations process down Highway 12
from 1136 to 62 turning right at Market Basket.
Parking is free, and proceeds from the
event go to the upkeep of the
festival grounds as well as to
Project Safe Graduation and
the Mauriceville Football Association. In previous years, the festival
has donated money to the Orange County
Youth Livestock Association.
For more information contact
Darla Norman at [email protected] and visit the website at www. and
on Facebook at
Entertainment Schedule
Friday: $5 adults; kids under 5 are free
Driving Dixie 7 – 11 p.m.
Saturday: $5 after 5 p.m. $7 per person –
Cadillac’s 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Creole Cooking
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
James Talbert and
the Band of Demons
9 p.m – midnight
Sunday: $4
Tyler Darby
Texas Bar-B-Q Festival
April 24, 5 – 10 p.m.; April 25 & 26, 10 a.m. –
midnight; April 27, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
One event gives new meaning to the term
pickin’ and grinnin’ – the Texas Bar-B-Q Festival
at Conn Complex in Vidor. This Vidor Chamber
of Commerce fundraiser, the largest of the chamber’s events, is an anticipated festival not only for
its food but its local live music.
Although the main event is April 24-27,
the entire month of April
is devoted to preparing.
The Miss Vidor competition takes place
on April 5 to choose
a queen to reign over
the festivities, and on
April 8 and 9, a talent
competition at Benoit’s Louis
Hall determines three musical talents who will perform
during the festival. Plus
cash prizes are awarded to
the top three band winners.
Still at the core of this
IBCA (International Barbecue Cookers Association)sanctioned event is brisket
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and ribs and pork and beans.
The cooking starts Friday
and includes a mystery
dish contest as well as
a Kids Q Competition.
In the mystery dish
contest, teams are given
a food item, like a head
of cabbage, and they’ve
got to turn that food item
into something tasty. Kiddos, accompanied by an
adult, are given two pork chops to cook up using only
wood and wood products in their own little contest.
Friendly competition, including horseshoes and
washers, good eats, jamming tunes and carnival
rides is what this weekend is all about.
Parking is $5, and cost to enter the festival is $2
per person. Carnival rides are priced separately.
For more information contact [email protected] or visit
Concert schedule
B.B. & Co.
Bellamy Brothers
Texas Thunder
Travis Matte & the Kingpins
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from runway strutters to enthusiastic putters
By Courtney Mleczewski
The ARC Style Show and Dinner
Get ready for a night of stars and
style at the hottest fashion show in
town! Come watch models from The
Arc of Greater Beaumont shine like
the stars they are on the runway while
supporting this worthy organization.
The Arc of Greater Beaumont is
an organization devoted exclusively
to serving local individuals with disabilities and improving quality of life
for them and their families. The Arc
is constantly exploring ways to expand and create new possibilities for
members with numerous services,
including adult socialization, employment assistance, summer day
camps, children and family services,
and self-advocacy.
The Style Show and Dinner will be
held at the Holiday Inn and Suites
Beaumont Plaza on April 25 at 6:30
p.m. Tickets for the show are $75 for
adults, $25 for children 10 and under.
In addition to the Style Show, The
Arc will be honoring local leaders
and businesses for the support they
have given to people in Southeast
Texas with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Even if you’re unable to attend the
dinner and Style Show, you can still
help out this exceptional organization. From sponsoring a model to
advertising in the program, there are
many levels of support you can provide through this event. Please see
the Arc website at www.arcofbmt.
org or call the offices at 409-838-9012
for more details.
Green Jackets Not Included…
Bring your putter and your little
one. Golf’s biggest tournament is
coming to Beaumont... kind of. The
Beaumont Children’s Museum’s
Mini Master’s Golf Tournament will
be held Sunday, April 27 at Colorado Canyon.
The tournament format is single
person stroke play, $25 for a single or
featured events
6:15 PM
Fund-A-Bus $5 Gentle Beginner Yoga Class,
Wesley United Methodist Church Nederland
Christian Life Center, 409.727.3177
8:00 AM
City of Beaumont Trash Off, Sterling Pruitt
Activity Center.
9:00 AM
LIT Shootout Fundraiser, 1 in 100 Gun Club,
9:00 AM
Catholic Charities Breakfast with the Bishop,
St. Jude Thaddeus Church, 409.924.4400
7:00 PM
Orangefield vs Hardin Jefferson Alumni Football Game, F.L. McLain Stadium
6:30 PM
Julie Rogers' Gift of Life Champagne and Ribs,
Cowboy Harley, 409.833.3663
11 & 12
6:00 PM
Jefferson County Go Texan BBQ Coof-off and
Scholarship Dance, Elk's Lodge, 409.781.9974
8:00 AM
Kirbyville Lions Club - Rodney Horn Memorial 5K, Kirbyville High School, [email protected]
8:00 AM
Hope Women's Resource Clinic Walk for Life,
Journey Community Church, 409.898.4005
8:00 AM
The Lindsay Foundation's 11th Annual Ride
for the Bear, Wal-Mart SuperCenter Parking
Lot, 281.399.2937
9:00 AM
Second Saturday at The Giving Field, The Giving Field at Liberty, 409.201.8702
10:00 AM
Better Business Bureau "Shred It & Forget It,"
Central Mall, 409.835.5951
12 & 13
8:00 AM
Beaumont Police Association Benefit Golf
Tournament, Iron Oaks Golf Club,
8:00 AM
Good Friday Shoot, 1 in 100 Gun Club,
12 & 13
8:00 AM
Beaumont Police Association Benefit Golf Tournament, Iron Oaks Golf Club, 409.785.4701
6:00 AM
OJC Sabine Fishing Tournament, The City of
Orange Boat Launch, 409.920.1764
8:00 AM
The B.J. Stelly Memorial Bike Blessing and Nun
Run, Port Arthur, [email protected]
24, 25, 26 & 27
10:00 AM
Texas Bar-B-Q Festival, Conn Park Complex,
6:00 PM
Goodwill Anniversary Gala, The MCM
Elegante, 409.838.9911
11:00 AM
UMW Spring Luncheon, Style Show, and
Bake Sale, Trinity United Methodist Church,
6:30 PM
The Arc of Greater Beaumont's Annual Stars
of the Arc Celebrity Style Show and Dinner,
Holiday Inn And Suites Beaumont Plaza,
11:00 AM
5th Annual Butterfly Release, Tyrrell Park,
11:00 AM
Harbor Foundation's 5th Annual Butterfly
Release, Tyrrell Park, 409.981.1888
5:00 PM
Winnie-Stowell Ducks Unlimited Banquet,
Winnie Community Building, 409.267.7116
7:00 PM
Christus Hospital Foundation 34th Annual
Benefit Gala Featuring Reba McEntire, Beaumont Civic Center, 409.899.7555
12:00 PM
DX/DT Cruzin for a Cure in Memory of
Cynthia Cook-Coffey, Bridge City Wal-Mart,
2:00 PM
Beaumont Children's Museum Mini Masters,
Colorado Canyon, 409.351.3882
7:00 AM
Great Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Lobsterfest Golf Tournament, Bayou Din Golf
Club, 409.838.6581
two for $40. With a little help available through the purchase of “mulligans” (or extra strokes) for $10, you
could knock a couple strokes off your
score and win a ticket to the 2015
Master’s Tournament in Augusta, Ga.
The first-place finishers in each age
group will receive a trophy, provided
by Mathew’s Jewelers, and a putter,
donated by Games People Play, in
addition to a ticket to the 2015 Master’s Tournament! You can print out
the registration form at the museum website or Games People
Play website. Make sure to
“Like” the museum on Facebook to receive ongoing
updates on this and
other exciting events.
The proceeds of
this fun afternoon will
go to support the Children’s Museum building fund and
various upcoming exhibits.
“Our attendance has grown each
year, and we expect to see an increase again this year,” said event
chairperson Stephanie Vanskike.
“We love to see families coming
together to participate!”
While you’re marking your calendar for Mini Masters, make
sure to save the date for the
Museum’s Second Annual
Gala. The Do, Dream. Discover! Gala will take place at the
Beaumont Events Centre on May 15.
Register today at and “Like” the
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Beaumont Children’s Museum at
2014 april
sports & recreation
A Fitness Partner That Will Never Let You Down
By Amie James
Race Director, Gusher Marathon
[email protected], www.
Bark and spark:
Partners Diesel
and Amie
Five years ago the love of my life, my
specimen of a Boston terrier, Roscoe
passed away. My heart was broken. I
didn’t want another dog, but into my
life came this sort of ugly little dog. He
had a huge bulldoggish head, a barrel
chest, almost non-existent hindquarters and a stumpy, crooked tail. He was
the canine equivalent of Danny DeVito. He wasn’t pretty, and he wasn’t all
that into me. I took him home anyway.
It turned out to be a great decision.
He’s become my running partner,
our mascot and the next great love
of my life. Diesel has run as far as 14
miles with me, getting me through
the long, lonely miles. He lives to run,
and our running friends are his buddies. He dances when he sees them
and is crushed on the days it’s too
hot for him to run with them. He’s
consistently delighted to go with me
on days when no one else will. Running has improved his behavior in
our home and brought us closer to-
gether. I had no idea this big-headed
lug would turn out to be so inspiring
to people. Nothing about his looks
say “athlete,” but his heart screams it.
That makes it hard not to be encouraged when you see this little brick of
a dog flying joyfully down the road.
You, too, can enhance the joy of
running if you run with a dog. Below
are a few things I’ve learned from
running with Roscoe and now
Diesel, and I’ve also included
some tips from Terry Pfeff, a
dog trainer in our area.
How To Run With Your Dog:
1. Use a harness or some other method that gives you control of
the dog’s movement without the potential for obstructing its airflow. Collars are not appropriate for running.
2. Get a solid leash. Whether it’s a running lead that goes around
your waist, or handheld, is a matter of preference and dog training.
3. Start small. Let the dog decide when you run and when you walk. Build up
to longer distances, and give the dog plenty of time, food and rest for recovery.
4. Consider the conditions. Paws have no protection from hot concrete,
glass or thorns. Choose an appropriate running surface.
5. Dogs do overheat. Again, consider the conditions. A night run or early
morning run may be okay, but taking a dog on a run when the sun is
beaming down and it’s 90 degrees outside is simply irresponsible. Humidity impacts dogs too.
6. Dogs need water. Carry enough water or plan stops for your dog along
your route.
7. Be careful with water. Dogs can get the bloat, a condition where the stomach fills up and twists on itself. Hydrate but be cautious. Consult your vet for
the best planning.
8. Don’t feed your dog within a few hours of the run for the same reason.
9. If you carry a water bottle that contains sports drink and share it with your
dog, beware of the ingredients. Some sports drinks contain Xylitol. Dogs cannot have Xylitol.
10. Be firm but patient. Consistently train a dog not to pull. Pulling could jerk
you into traffic. Don’t allow them to sniff as much as they wish. They’ll get into
a flow, and you will be able to run without frequent stops as they learn what
you expect of them.
“I had no
idea this big-headed
lug would turn out to be
so inspiring to people.
Nothing about his looks say
“athlete,” but his heart
screams it.”
Amie James
Terry’s Tips:
If you want to get your dog to be your training partner, follow these tips to keep him safe,
healthy and comfortable:
• Take your dog to the veterinarian for a full check
up to make sure it is healthy enough to run with you.
• Wait until your dog is full-grown. Don't run with
your puppy. You can start taking smaller breeds
out at six months, but you should wait a year for
large-breed dogs' bones to mature.
• Don't run with older dogs. Large dogs
Diesel is an
avid runner,
shouldn't run past seven years old. Even
but also has
small dogs should cut back their milemany other
age after they reach the age of 10.
• Ease your dog in to running. Start your
dog out slowly, just like you would if you were
new to running. If you gradually increase the miles,
your dog's pads will toughen up, making him less susceptible to injury. Check your dog's pads for signs that he overran. If you
notice tenderness, raw spots or bleeding, give him a few days off from running.
• Keep your dog hydrated. Make sure you carry enough water for both you
and your dog. Teach your dog how to drink from a water bottle or carry a
portable doggie dish to put water in.
• Stick to trails. Whenever possible, run on trails, which are shaded and soft.
The softer surface will be easier on the dog's joints.
• Always keep your dog on a leash. Even if your dog is well-trained, he may still
try to run off if he sees another dog or animal.
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featured events
9:00 AM & 5:30 PM
Move It Monday – Zumba, Mannings Texas
on Wheels, 409.363.1351
6:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters Weekly Run, Orange
Leaf Frozen Yogurt
5:30 PM
Team Bass Jackpot Tournament, Taylor's
Bayou, 409.527.1270
6:30 PM
Golden Triangle Strutters Weekly Run, Orange
Leaf Frozen Yogurt
6:45 PM
Work it Out Wednesday – Zumba, Mannings
Texas on Wheels, 409.363.1351
8:00 AM
Group Bike Ride, Colonnade Shopping Center
Parking Lot
9:00 AM
LIT Shootout Fundraiser, 1 in 100 Gun Club,
9:00 AM
Nederland Masonic Lodge Golf Tournament,
Babe Zaharias Golf Course, 409.779.5523
10:00 AM
1860s Vintage Baseball Game with the Beaumont Lumbermen, Spindletop Gladys City
Boomtown Museum, 409.880.1750
7:00 PM
Orangefield vs Hardin Jefferson Alumni Football Game, F.L. McLain Stadium
5:30 PM
Lamar University Alumni Baseball Tailgate
Party, Vincent-Beck Stadium, 409.880.8921
12 & 13
8:00 AM
Beaumont Police Association Benefit Golf
Tournament, Iron Oaks Golf Club, 409.785.4701
8:00 AM
Kirbyville Lions Club - Rodney Horn Memorial
5K, Kirbyville High School, [email protected]
8:00 AM
Beaumont Police Association Benefit Golf
Tournament, Iron Oaks Golf Club
8:00 AM
Hope Women's Resource Clinic Walk for Life,
Journey Community Church, 409.898.4005
8:00 AM
Good Friday Shoot, 1 in 100 Gun Club,
6:00 AM
OJC Sabine Fishing Tournament, The City of
Orange Boat Launch, 409.920.1764
8:00 AM
The B.J. Stelly Memorial Bike Blessing and Nun
Run, Port Arthur, [email protected]
8:00 AM
Equine Flexion Therapy Clinic, All Around
Training Center, 409.423.4848
• Watch for overheating. Be familiar with the signs of fatigue or heat illness,
which include panting, slowing down, foaming at the mouth, weakness, inability to stand, uncontrolled movement, agitation and glazed eyes. If you notice
any of these signs, cool your dog immediately by thoroughly wetting him with
cold water and getting him into the shade or an air-conditioned area, if possible. If your dog starts to vomit or doesn't improve within 10 minutes, seek
veterinary help as quickly as possible.
For more information, visit Terry Pfeff Dog Training at
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business & networking
sink your claws into LobsterFest
By Courtney Mleczewski
Who wouldn’t love to experience
a taste of the East Coast right here in
Southeast Texas? Join the Beaumont
Chamber of Commerce for a little
“surf and turf” at their 23rd annual
LobsterFest on May 2 at the Beaumont Civic Center from 6 to 10 p.m.
You can join in the
festivities for
$75 per
person or $1,000 for a reserved table
of 10 and enjoy socializing while indulging on lobster, steak, corn, potatoes and cake. The lobsters are
coming from the heart of seafood
country, Maine. Dinner will be expertly prepared by Cooks Two Dozen, who will be cooking the lobsters,
and Munro’s Cooking Team, who will
be grilling the steaks.
Throughout the evening diners
will be entertained with the hometown talents of Katie Whitney &
The Draw. You can listen to this
local favorite play an eclectic mix of
songs from the 60’s to today in addition to their soul-filled country/rock
originals. Along with the musical performance, the evening will feature a
silent auction and raffle, which will
include a trip to Mexico.
The LobsterFest dinner is the culmination of an exciting week of golf
and goodwill as the Chamber raises
funds to support its mission of serving members and the community as
a “catalyst to have a positive impact
on the economic well being of Beaumont and the surrounding region.”
Director of Government Affairs and
Communications Rene’ Latiolais said,
“As a non-profit, our fundraising efforts are key to supporting professional and economic development
in our community.” The Chamber organizes many training and networking events throughout the year, as
well as promoting new and growing
businesses through multiple ribboncutting ceremonies
You don’t want to miss the music
and food at this highly anticipated
annual event while supporting those
who support the growth and prosperity of our neighbors in Southeast Texas. Please contact the Chamber office
at 409-838-6581 to purchase tickets.
Katie Whitney
& The Draw
featured events
6:00 PM
Civil Air Patrol Meeting Youth Program, Jack
Brooks Regional Airport, 903.335.9998
7:30 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Business Connection, MCM Elegante' Hotel,
7:30 AM
Better Business Bureau "Morning Mix Tour,
"Neches Federal Credit Union, 409.835.5951
3:00 PM
Business Start-up: Checklist for Success, Lamar
University College of Business, 409.880.2367
7:30 PM
ARC of Greater Beaumont Southeast Texas
Self Advocate Meeting, Foundation for
Southeast Texas Auditorium, 409.838.9012
8, 9 & 10
8:00 AM
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Business Development Week, Holiday Inn
And Suites Beaumont Plaza, 409.838.6581
9:00 AM
Greater Port Arthur Chamber Education
Committee Meeting, PAISD Administration
Building, 409.963.1107
6:30 PM
Progressive Democrats of Southeast Texas Meeting, The Beaumont Club, 409.898.7355
10:00 AM
Better Business Bureau "Shred It & Forget It,"
Central Mall, 409.835.5951
3:00 PM
Key Steps to Owning a Franchise, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.2367
7:30 AM
Better Business Bureau "Laws of Life" Banquet,
Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza, 409.835.5951
7:30 AM
The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of
Commerce Morning Business Connection,
Lockwood International, 409.963.1107
3:00 PM
How to Write a Business Plan, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.2367
7:30 AM
Better Business Bureau "Morning Mix Tour" Stops in Beaumont, 409.835.5951
12:00 PM
Julie Rogers Gift of Life Cancer Crusaders
Blood Cancers, Julie Rogers Gift of Life Pro-
gram, 409.833.3663
5:30 PM
Julie Rogers Gift of Life Cancer Crusaders
Blood Cancers, Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, 409.833.3663
8:00 AM
Franklin Covey: Five Choices of Extraordinary
Productivity, Lamar University College of Business, 409.880.8604
5:45 PM
Single & Parenting, The United Methodist
Temple, 409.721.5953
6:00 PM
Support Group for Survivors of Domestic
Violence, Family Services Counseling Center,
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Port Arthur, Project Hope, 409.833.2668
2:00 PM
BIPP and Anger Management Orientation, Family Services Counseling Center,
6:00 PM
Anger Management For Men, Family Services
Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
Building the Scientific and Historical Case
for Christianity - Christian Course for College
Students, Little Cypress Baptist Church,
2:00 PM
Anger Management For Women, Family
Services Counseling Center, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Beaumont, Family Services Counseling
Center, 409.833.2668
6:00 PM
Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program Port Arthur, Project Hope, 409.833.2668
25 & 26
9:00 AM
Learn how to stain your concrete, The
Veranda, 409.727.1657
classified pick of the month
What WOOD you do for
your birds?
This spring give your backyard
birds the boot... the boot birdhouse,
that is.
Robert Turner repurposes old
boots into accommodating and
charming birdhouses that Texas birds
can appreciate. The boots are natural
or painted to your color preference,
trimmed in iron and can be made
with one, two or three openings for
bird comings and goings.
Turner, who operates a lawn care
business but enjoys woodworking as
a hobby, also makes crosses, wooden
frames, shelves and unique Texas
wall hangings.
The beautiful 10-inch by 14-inch
crosses are made from either cedar
or cypress wood adorned with nails
that are painted a variety of colors or
left natural. Some crosses are left with
natural wood but others are stained.
All are finished with a clear coat or
two of varnish.
Picture frames are also made from
cedar or cypress and can be custom
ordered for size. Turner’s shelves are all
14 inches wide but come in three different sets – four shelves that are 4 feet
tall, three shelves that are 3 feet tall
and three shelves that are 2 feet tall.
And Turner just started making a
new product – a Texas-shaped wall
hanging made from old license plates,
perfect for a game room or a man cave.
Find Turner at local markets –
Kountze Trade Days, Orange Trade
Days, Vidor Free Market, Larry’s Old
Time Trade Days in Winnie (space
C27) – or call him at 409-658-2694.
Are you a Southeast Texas
artisan who advertises on
Contact us to be featured
in this section.
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[email protected]
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april 2014
sneak peek may
• Nutrition and Services for Seniors
Deliver the Difference Luncheon,
Event Centre
• Free Lecture on Amizetta Wine,
McFaddin-Ward House
1-3 & 8-11
• Les Miserables,
Orange Community Playhouse
• Greater Beaumont Chamber of
Commerce 23rd Annual LobsterFest,
Beaumont Civic Center
• The Biggest Loser RunWalk
Beaumont Half Marathon/5K/Kids
1 Mile Fun Run, The Event Centre
• Samaritan Counseling Center
of Southeast Texas Fundraiser,
1 in 100 Gun Club
• Run or Dye, Ford Park
• Kids Fit Foundation 1 Mile Fun
Run, The Event Centre
• 26th Annual American Red Cross
Hurricane Party "Cocktails & Camo,"
Beaumont Civic Center
• Lamar A Cappella Choir - Grand
Chorus, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
• The 17th Annual TORCH
AWARDS for Marketplace Trust
2014 Presentation Banquet,
Beaumont Civic Center
• 2014 Christus LiveWell Women's
Conference with Keynote Speaker
Melissa Joan Hart, Ford Park
• CASA Justice is Served,
Beaumont Event Centre
• Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary
Garden, McFaddin-Ward House
• Treasure Hunt,
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
• City of Beaumont Moonlight
Bicycle Madness Bike Ride,
Rogers Park
9, 10, 16, 17, & 22-24
• Dreamgirls,
Beaumont Community Players
• Spindletop Roller Girls Home Bout,
Beaumont Civic Center
• Police Memorial Services,
Beaumont Police Department
• Do, Dream, Discover! Gala,
The Event Centre
• Beaumont Blast, 1 in 100 Gun Club
• Catholic Charities
Third Age Celebration,
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
• Better Business Bureau "Lunch and
Learn," MCM Elegante' Hotel
• Opening Reception Mark(ing)
Time: Works on Paper Invitational,
Dishman Art Museum
Daisies & Dragons Duathlon for Kids,
Beaumont ISD Educational
Support Center
• Movie in the Park,
Wuthering Heights Park
• Opposing Forces Family Arts Day,
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
2014 april
membership directory
Nonprofit Member Organizations
Alzheimer’s Association,, 409-833-1613
American Cancer Society,, 877-227-1618
American Heart Association- Golden Triangle,, 409.980.8800
American Red Cross- Beaumont Chapter,, 409-832-1644
Anayat House,, 409-833-0649
Arc of Greater Beaumont,, 409-838-9012
Art Museum of Southeast Texas,, 409-832-3432
Beaumont Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas,, 409-212-5000
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation,, 409-212-6113
Beaumont Children’s Museum,, 409-658-8927
Beaumont Civic Ballet,, 409-838-4397
Beaumont Civic Center Complex,, 409-838-3435
Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau,, 409-880-3749,
Beautify Beaumont,, 409-656-7400
Beaumont Heritage Society,, 409-832-4010
Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center,, 409-842-0500
Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas,, 409-835-5348
Big Thicket Association,, 936-274-1181
CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc.,, 409-832-2272
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas,, 409-924-4400
Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth,, 409-892-7171
Christus Health Foundation,, 409-899-7555
City of Beaumont,, 409-980-8311
City of Beaumont Parks and Recreation, Recreation Division,, Best Years Senior Center 409-838-1902, Sterling Pruitt
Center/Athletic Complex 409-838-3613, Henry Homberg Golf Course 409-842-3220
Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc.,, 409-833-2668
First United Methodist Church,, 409-832-0295
Garth House,, 409-838-9084
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council,, 409-832-0556, ext. 102
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana,, 409-838-9911
Golden Triangle Republican Women, 409-832-6269
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce,, 409-838-6581
Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce,, 409-963-1107
Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County,, 409-832-5853
Harbor Hospice Foundation,, 409-840-5640
Heartbeats of Hope,, 409-651-8390
Home Instead Senior Care,,
Hope Women’s Resource Clinic,, 409-898-4005
Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” Program,, 409-833-3663
Junior League of Beaumont,, 409-832-0873
Kirby-Hill House,, 409-246-8000
Lamar Cardinals Football,, 409-880-1715
Lamar Institute of Technology,, 409-880-8321
Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation,, 409-880-8321
Lamar State College- Port Arthur,, 409-983-4921
Lamar University,, 409-880-7011
Lamar University Small Business Development Center,, 409-880-2367
Lutcher Theater,, 409-886-5535
March of Dimes,, 409-835-7606
McFaddin-Ward House,, 409-832-2134
Monsignor Kelly High School,, 409-866-2351
Museum of Gulf Coast,, 409-982-7000
Nutrition and Services for Seniors,, 409-892-4455
1-in-100 Gun Club,, 409-755-6648
Orange Community Players, Inc.,, 409-882-9137
Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce,, 409-963-1107
Progressive Democrats of Southeast Texas,, 409-898-7355
The Salvation Army Beaumont Corp.,, 409-896-2363
Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas,, 409-727-6400
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center,, 409-670-9113
Some Other Place,, 409-832-7976
Southeast Texas Arts Council,, 409-835-2787
Spindletop Center,, 409-839-1000
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown,, 409-835-0823
Stark Museum of Art,, 409-886-2787
St. Anne Catholic School,, 409-832-5939
St. Anthony Cathedral School,, 409-832-3486
St. Mark’s Church,, 409-832-3405
Symphony of Southeast Texas,, 409-892-2257
Temple Emanuel,, 409-832-6131
Texas Energy Museum,, 409-833-5100
Trinity United Methodist Church,, 409-892-8121
Ubi Caritas,, 409-832-1924
The W.H. Stark House,, 409-883-0871
Winnie Chamber of Commerce,, 409-296-2231
Wilton P. Hebert Health & Wellness Center,,
YWCA,, 409-899-1011
For Profit Members
Coushatta Casino Resort,1-800-584-7263
MCM Elegante Hotel, 409-842-3600
Rayburn Country, 409-698-2444
MCM Elegante Catering, 409-842-3600
Entertainment Venues
Ford Park, 409-951-5400
Food and Beverage
The Main Dish Studio Kitchen, 409-866-MAIN
Sports and Recreation
City Dance Center, 409-833-7772
Coushatta Casino Resort,1-800-584-7263
Paradise RV Resort & Waterpark, 409-385-7946
Rayburn Country, 409-698-2444
MCM Elegante Getaway Spa, 409-842-3600
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