Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ Achievements Honored in Beaumont

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias, nicknamed "Babe" after Babe Ruth

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, nicknamed “Babe” after Babe Ruth

Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ Achievements Honored with Authors’ Meet and Greet at Namesake Museum April 10

BEAUMONT, Texas (March 13, 2014) – Famed female athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias’ legacy is brought back to life with a new children’s book, “BABE CONQUERS THE WORLD: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias,” written by husband-and-wife team Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace. In celebration of the new book, Beaumont’s Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum will host a meet and greet with the duo from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 10.


“Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the Century” so named by the Associated Press

Named “Woman Athlete of the Century” in 1950 by the Associated Press, Zaharias (1911-1956) was an all-American basketball player, two-time Olympic track and field gold medalist, and golf champion, winning several accolades and breaking several records throughout her career. She died of colon cancer at the age of 45 in Galveston and was one of the first athletes to discuss her illness in an attempt to spread awareness of the disease.

In her new biography published in March 2014 by Calkins Creek, a division of Highlights, the authors explore beyond her life as an athlete to delve into the many controversies that surrounded her – including her childhood, personality, marriage and early death. The book is also filled with the athlete’s personal and professional photos and quotes.

School of Library Journal calls the book an ‘engrossing biography,” while Kirkus Reviews says, “The life of the renowned athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias offers the combination of sports, entertainment and celebrity that will interest young readers, and the Wallaces play it well.”

Babe Zaharias, Beaumont, Texas

Babe Zaharias Park, adjacent to The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum, in Beaumont, Texas, United States. Photo courtesy of Billy Hathorn

In her hometown of Beaumont, Zaharias’ legacy is honored year-round at the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum, where visitors can admire her many honors. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Tournament is held every summer in honor of the iconic athlete at the Brentwood Golf Course in Beaumont. Babe D. Zaharias Park and Babe Zaharias Golf Course are also named after her.

The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum is located at 1750 I-10 East in Beaumont. For more information about the museum, call 409-833-4622 or visit For media inquiries about the author event or high-resolution photography, contact Brooke Traister at or 214-252-0900.

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Largest Child Migration – Riders on the Orphan Train

Riders on the Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

The public is invited to a free presentation on this topic on Wednesday, April 30 at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 State Highway 361. The Brundrett Middle School kids will be taken to the theater to see the presentation during the day. There is another presentation for general audiences at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading

Houston Heights Association’s 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour–The Art of Colorful Living

Houston Heights Association’s 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour–The Art of Colorful Living gets underway with the 20th annual Candlelight Dinner and Auction on Friday, April 4 and goes through Sunday, April 6. It will be showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary homes.

Houston Heights, known for its shady tree-lined boulevards, historic structures, art galleries, antique and vintage clothing shops, eclectic boutiques and coffee shops, is also home to numerous world-class restaurants. A popular tourist destination that has been featured in National Geographic Travel and Texas Highways, plus named one of the “Best big-city neighborhoods” by Money Magazine, Houston Heights is the perfect place to spend the day, take a stroll, and enjoy the shopping and local cuisine. Continue reading

Trout Fishing in America at The Grand Kids Festival

This year’s April 5th Grand Kids Festival at The Grand 1894 Opera House will feature “Trout Fishing in America.”


Considered one of the area’s premier spring events, this fun, family-friendly festival will showcase an excellent variety of performances by student choirs, dance groups, bands and musicians – along with professional family entertainment. Continue reading

What is a Macaron? Try Verylicious in League City

Macarons from Verylicious in League CityA macaron is a small classy French cookie, composed primarily of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut, sandwiching a creamy layer of ganache. The macaron origin is French, and the Italian origin is the maccherone or macaroni. It was first made in Paris, Reims, Montmorillon, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Amiens, in France. Continue reading

Fulton Oysterfest Fun in March

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35th Annual Fulton Oysterfest

Presented by: Fulton Volunteer Fire Department

Fulton Oysterfest - March 2014Rockport-Fulton, TX (March 4, 2014) – Don’t miss the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department’s celebration of one of America’s favorite seafood delicacies; it’s the 35th Annual Oysterfest on the waterfront in Fulton, Texas March 6-9. Thursday night admission is $1, Fri, Sat and Sun admission is $3 per person (12 yrs and over). Continue reading

First Official Tour of 3 Aransas Pathways Birding Sites

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First Aransas Pathways Birding and Nature Site Tour
“Braving the elements”

Birding Tour of Aransas Pathways

Courtesy of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Rockport-Fulton, TX (January 31, 2014) – A Group of 20 intrepid birders braved the unusual cold on Saturday, Jan. 25. Despite uncommon temperatures in the 40’s, Birders from the Aransas Bird and Nature Club and the Corpus Christi Audubon Outdoor Club arrived for the first official tour of the three new Aransas Pathways birding sites. Continue reading

South Texas’ Winter Guests – the Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes are winter guests to the Port Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport, beginning in mid-September. In the early spring (March and April), the “whoopers” will migrate to the poorly drained wetlands of Canada’s Northwest Territories at Wood Buffalo National Park. Continue reading

‘South Pawcific’ for 16th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras

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Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade in GalvestonGALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS  (27 January 2014.)  The 16th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sunday, March 2nd – beginning at 1pm.  Promoting the theme “South PAWcific” , this popular Mardi Gras event will kick off from 28th and Seawall Blvd and continue west to 46th and Seawall Blvd, before disbanding in the parking lot of the Academy Sports and Outdoor store. Parade Marshalls are “Baxter” and “Max” and their owners, Eddie Kier and Johnnie Mize.  “Baxter” and “Max” won the title of Pets of the Year at the Annual PAWS Gala held last September. Sponsored by and benefitting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), proceeds from the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will be dedicated to the shelter’s on-going Spay/Neuter programs assisting low-income families on the Island – including the GIHS “Fix a Pit” program. Last year the parade hosted over 300 pets in this fun, family Mardi Gras event. Continue reading

Veteran’s Day – Why the Poppy?

Poppy flower - Veteran’s Day – Why the Poppy?

Poppy Flower symbolizes remembrance
Photo Credit –

by Cheryl McCann

On Veteran’s Day, why the poppy has become known as the remembrance flower has a lot of history behind it. Let’s take an in-depth look into it further.

What does the Red-flowered Cornfield Poppy signify? It signifies death with a promise of resurrection. Soldiers who fought in Belgium and northern France were exposed to the blood-red blooms of the cornfield poppy during World War I. It blooms in the fields in summer to this day.  Returning American ex-servicemen made this flower their emblem. Through arrangements by the Americans, women in war-ravaged northern France made artificial poppies to raise funds for children of the war. Continue reading

Galveston’s Grand Presents Life After Lubbock – Jaston Williams & Joe Ely

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Jason Williams and Joe Ely at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston

Jason Williams & Joe Ely

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (1 OCTOBER 2013). Comedian, actor, storyteller and writer Jaston Williams is joined by fellow Texan Joe Ely on stage as they ponder the answer to the question-”Is there Life After Lubbock?”  Don’t miss this one superb performance – filled with stories, music and side-splitting humor on Friday, November 8 at 8pm at Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House. Continue reading

Aim for the Coast Walk/Run/Cycle for Hospice in Rockport, Texas

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AIM for the Coast 2mile/5k Run/walk/cycle for Hospice - Rockport, TexasRockport-Fulton Texas (October 17, 2013) – A new activity is coming to the Rockport-Fulton area this fall. It is the Aim for the Coast Walk/Run/Cycle Along with the run/walk is also a 9-30 mile cycling event. The event is hosted by and benefits the local AIM Hospice non- profit center. The race begins at 8a.m. Saturday, Nov 2 at the Beachfront Pavilion of Rockport Beach. Continue reading

Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas

Scarecrow Festival - Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Credit: Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

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Immerse Yourself in the Largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas at Shangri La Gardens, October 15 through November 9

ORANGE, Texas, October 10, 2013 – Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center’s Scarecrow Festival will soon be in full swing, featuring creations designed by local businesses, schools, churches, families, groups and individuals. This annual festival will take place from October 15 through November 9, 2013, and will feature an amazing array of unique scarecrow designs, fall flowers and autumn decorations displayed throughout Shangri La. Continue reading

Evening Moonlight in the Gardens

Butterfly - South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature CenterEvening Moonlight in the Gardens 2013 is magic with the light of the moon illuminating the gardens. This year’s festivities include entertainment by Flashback on the Main stage, dancing, a silent auction and a blackboard auction, souvenir flashlights and butterfly release. The food & beverage include steak, sweets, “astronomical” appetizers and spirits. Guests attendance is expected to be a crowd of 700. Continue reading

9 Ways to Have Fun at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013

Energy Day 2013

Photo: Consumer Energy Alliance

Over 15,000 are expected at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013. Energy Day Festival 2013 is a free family fest celebrating our energy future. The Energy Day Festival’s goal is to help students and their families learn about energy technology, efficiency, innovation, conservation and how it impacts our daily lives. Let’s explore nine ways to have fun at Houston’s Energy Day Festival 2013. Continue reading

Hummingbirds in Flight 2013

Hummingbird - Hummingbirds in Flight 2013


Many opportunities exist to see and learn more about  Hummingbirds in flight 2013 and specifically bird banding, bus/boat and nature tours, field trips, lectures, workshops, outdoor exhibits, butterfly exhibit and of course, Hummer Home tours. The event features over 80 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. Continue reading

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013

Aquafest 2013 is gearing up for another year of family fun with food and drink, shopping and a line up of entertainment, featuring the Scott Taylor Band. Other live bands include Tripp Hunt, Big C Band, Mark Williams Band. Also, a Aqua Puppet Show is planned.

Aquafest 2013
Aquarium at Rockport Harbor
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1, noon to 6 p.m.

““This event is crucial to help the Aquarium continue with daily operations, add new exhibits and to maintain a free admission to the Aquarium year-round.  We want families to know they are making a difference by attending AquaFest,” said Dana Daniel, Chairperson of AquaFest and Board of Directors Member for the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Continue reading

Lunar Rendezvous Festival

Lunar Rendezvous Festival: 48th Annual Festival Showcases Summer Events

Every year the Lunar Rendezvous Festival brings the Clear Lake and surrounding communities

48th Annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival

48th Annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival

together to celebrate one of man’s greatest achievements, landing on the moon. Events are open to the public with four events coming up in July:

  • Honeywell 5K Run – July 20th
  • Sunset Service – July 21st
  • Fashion Show – July 23rd
  • Coronation Ball – July 27th

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15 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July on Texas Gulf Coast

July 4 will be very busy in Texas with these 15 ways to celebrate the 4th of July on the Texas Gulf Coast. These events were included in the July 1-14 issue of the Texas Coastal Wave, On The Water Lifestyle’s e-newsletter published every two weeks. You can keep up to date on happenings on the Texas Gulf Coast region by subscribing. Hope your 4th of July is enjoyable and memorable. Continue reading

Fun Flamingo Fandango

Fun Flamingo Fandango 2013

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi, Texas

Flamingo Fandango - South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Fun Flamingo Fandango (brilliant exploit) exhibit is opening on July 1, running the full month, in the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. About 100 named and costumed pink plastic yard flamingos are made into works of art by professional and amateur artists. Along with these flashy, feathery, fabulous and fancy flamingos will be a flock of 200 feathers-only ones for visitor photo opportunities. Continue reading

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show, June 19 to 23, 2013

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show

Houston Summer Boat Show on June 19 to 23 in Reliant Center features all kinds of watercraft including kayaks, recreation fishing boats and ski/wakeboarding boats, and pontoons. It is a good time to get some of the best boat deals. In addition, your family can explore boats keeping current with the current trends. Continue reading

Texas Gulf Coast Region Map

Texas Gulf Coast Region Map comprises 42 counties. Located on its outer perimeter are 624 coastal miles down to Mexico. It includes 11 barrier islands, including the largest two:  Mustang and Galveston bringing lots of visitors to the Texas Gulf Coast. At the widest geographic area of the Texas Gulf Coast Region Map is the inland city of Houston, with a  metropolitan population of over 6 million people. Continue reading

Five Texas Projects to Receive Funding from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Artificial Reef, Coastal State Park Projects Proposed for Latest Round of Early Restoration

Artificial reefs in Gulf of Mexico

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AUSTIN – Five Texas projects to receive funding from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, totaling about $18 million have been proposed to begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources. The three artificial reef and two state park projects are part of the latest round of early restoration led by state and federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees. Continue reading