Grammy Award winners Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum and Boney James will be the headliners at the upcoming fourth annual Red Cat Jazz Festival, which will be May 2-4 at the Oleander Bowl at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

Featuring a pre-festival poolside reception where guests can mix and mingle with the artists up close and personal, a golf tournament at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, vendor exhibits, food and more, this is surely an event that jazz lovers don’t want to miss. And guess what? It’s right in our own backyard!

The festival, which will honor Ronnie Laws’ 50 years in music, also will feature performances by Marion Meadows, Miki Howard (I love her!), Tom Brown, Mike Phillips, Jazz in Pink featuring Nik West, Karen Briggs and Gail Jhonson, Michael Ward, Joey Sommerville and Bryan Best.

Seating options start at $40 and gates open at noon.

To purchase tickets and for a complete itinerary of events, visit

festival, or call Sam Pink, 832-474-7465, or Shawn Norman, 214-444-3253.

Food and wine festival returns

The fifth annual Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival begins with the Premium Wine Tasting and Pairing event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Tickets are $90 per person.

The Grand Tasting event will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at participating restaurants across the island.

Tickets are $60 per person.

For tickets and information on locations, visit

Seabrook Rotary’s gumbo cook-off

The Seabrook Rotary Club is inviting the public to its fourth annual Gumbo Cook-Off and Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion, 5001 E. NASA Parkway, in Seabrook.

The cost is $10 per person.

The event will feature the cook-off, People’s Choice Award, gumbo tasting, vendors, booths, silent auction, a dunking tank with local celebrities and dignitaries, a children’s area, and a raffle.

Live entertainment also will be provided by the Station Break Band.

Contact Jolanta Dryden, or 713-805-5810.

Spring flower show

The Heritage Gardeners of Friendswood will have their annual spring flower show, Through the Garden Gate, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at five gardens in Friendswood.

Today, there will be a judged flower and horticultural show open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marie Workman Garden Center, 112 W. Spreading Oaks, in Friendswood.

Tickets are $7 today only, and then they’ll be $10 per person on each day of the tour. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free.

Visit or call 281-992-4438.

Don’t forget about the dog show

The fourth annual Galveston Island Dog Show, A Bark in the Park, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kempner Park, 2704 Ave. O, in Galveston.

All dogs and all breeds are welcome to participate.

The event features vendors, educational seminars, artists, photographers, face painting and a market showcasing family-friendly foods, lemonade, and of course items for your doggy!

Entry fee is $10 per dog. Visit, or call 409-771-1747 or 409-789-4142.

Fairview Cemetery fundraiser

Don’t forget to go out and support the Fairview Cemetery Group from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell, in League City.

The group is trying to raise money to help keep the cemetery in good shape and to preserve its history.

Concessions will be served from noon to 3 p.m. by Lighthouse Charity Teams, and Kevin Anthony and the G-Town Band will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 in advance and $7 the day of. Ages 13 and younger will be admitted free.

Tickets are available at the League City Chamber of Commerce, Nana’s Attic, Book Haven, Milk Pail, the museum, and One Room Schoolhouse.

If you can’t attend, but still want to donate, mail your donation to Phyllis White, Treasurer, 804 Bauer Ave., League City, TX 77573.

Angela Taylor-Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News. Have an item for Hot Ticket? Email

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