Thursday, January 22, 2009

Amby Martin gives Joplin report
The blonde from Nederland High will become the rock legend from Port Arthur when Amby Martin makes an encore performance as Janis Joplin at the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame.
“I’ve been working my chops in New York City,” the actress/singer said in a voice mail at my machine.
The show is set for Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Port Arthur Civic Center.
Promoter Don Ball says people call him asking about the Janis Joplin Birthday Bash, but after years under that name, the show has become the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show.

‘Gems to Enjoy’
Area and celebrity cooks have contributed recipes to “Gems to Enjoy,” an Alter’s Gem Jewelry cookbook to benefit the American Red Cross.
Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mario Batali, Kate Bosworth, Jeff Foxworthy, Rob Reiner and Sybil and David Yurman. More than 20 U.S. governors have already contributed recipes for the second edition, according to Devon Alter.

Book buys
Carol Boettcher, publicity chair for the Friends of the Port Arthur Library Book Sale, has been helping sort books for the upcoming sale set for Feb. 5-7. She said she has unearthed a variety of treasures. Besides the usual fare of books this sale will include lots of children’s videos and CDs.
This sale includes no library discards, so all books are gently used patron donations.
“Best of all, the donations keep coming,” she said.
Call her at 984-6453.

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