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Swing into spring … The Arc of Beaumont will sponsor an “Arc Family Spring Fling” for the entire family. Families are invited for an afternoon full of fun activities including an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, painting flower pots, volleyball and other family games. These springtime events take place on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Spindletop Center North Campus in Beaumont. There will be a $3 fee for Arc individual participants, $10 fee for Arc families of four or more and a $6 fee for non-members.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on March 19 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Several matches are scheduled including Max Muscles defending the GCPPW heavyweight title against Zen Zen, four-way with Hector Montoya vs. Avarice vs. Hambone vs. Jen Alise and “Mr. Right Now” Chaz Taylor vs. “Sweet & Sour” Larry Sweeney.

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A grease fire at the FM 365 location of Novrozsky’s Hamburgers, Etc. shut the Nederland eatery down for more than a month, but it might have proved a fortuitous development for the restaurant. As they scramble to reopen in early March, the Beaumont-based chain finds itself in the middle of an incipient burger war.

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Gold strike … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas held the annual “Go for the Gold” fundraiser last week, and it was a golden success. More museum supporters attended the reverse drawing than ever before. Dynamic duo and GFTG chairs Carla Allen and Linda Foutz did a fantastic job rounding up so many folks to attend this terrific event.

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As I drove Chuck Berry from the Houston airport to his gig in Winnie, we found ourselves laughing at the times of the not-so-great 1950s.

The broad generous smile held his 84 years well. His big hands and 6-foot-plus frame stretched out and relaxed as we talked of trials and tribulations that beset his career. He was jailed at one time without charges, taunted by white club owners and got less than a penny a record during his 66-year tenure on stage.

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