Large mats of water hyacinth have landed on the beaches, covering spots in front on the seawall and beyond.
The Oak Ridge Boys will be back on the island with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
There isn’t any brilliant filmmaking here, Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) doesn’t land the performance of the year.
The eighth annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will kick off with a Night Party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand St., in Galveston.
Charlie & The Regrets will be performing its robust and eclectic collection of bohemian-infused honky-tonk music at 8:30 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.
How abruptly the festive season ended — one day those shiny red orbs were sparkling brightly and now they’re gone. Christmas? No, I’m talking about the pomegranate season, which ended earlier than usual this year, leaving fans of the tart fruit searching the stores for one last treat.
Twelve lucky kids will win a rare opportunity to ride on a Mardi Gras float in the 13th annual Firefighters Children’s Parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 26.
When did our landscapes move north? Are we not situated on the balmy Gulf Coast of Texas? Should our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map rating be changed?
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting all students in the region to register for Galveston County Lemonade Day at the kickoff in conjunction with Step Up for Education from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, 3014 Sealy Ave., in Galveston.
Today's recipe is an old favorite, shared originally in 2011: a hearty bean stew with the spicy flavors of hot Italian sausage and piquant fennel
Not even the awful fury of Hurricane Ike could interfere with Clear Lake’s Yachty Gras, now set to celebrate its 19th year of good times in the run-up to the Lenten season.
Galveston Arts Center is pleased to announce the return of Conversations at The Center with artists Alex Goss and J Hill presenting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26.
The Leah Samone Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2005 in memory of my daughter Leah Samone Simpson who passed away at the early age of 10 due to a sudden illness. Leah was very bright, academically driven and had a beautiful smile. Due to Leah’s eagerness toward education, I wanted to continue her legacy and keep her memory alive by awarding scholarships to Galveston County high school students who excel in academic achievement. The primary objective of this scholarship is to help educate and improve the quality of life for African American students. It also helps to eliminate some financial expenses for college and make a higher education accessible to deserving students in my community.
In an earlier column I wrote that in order to understand anything human we must tell a story. Let me explain in this one what I meant. What we do now is understandable only because of what we did earlier and intend to do later. If we had total amnesia, unable to remember our past or future projects, not only would our life be incomprehensible, it would not be human life as we know it. Living consists of combining the past and future seamlessly in the here and now to form each human moment. But since each moment is unstable and no sooner lived than replaced by another, any segment or portion extracted from this dynamic process and set aside for analysis or dissection loses its defining dynamism and becomes inert and lifeless. Similarly, if we dissect a cadaver, we learn many things about the human organism, possibly everything except human life itself, which is a unique reality that exists only as a living person.
There is really nothing more I can say other than to repeat — wow! The Dickinson Festival of Lights hosted with B.I.G. Love Cancer Care and Texas Children’s Hospital was a special night for children who either have or have beaten cancer. While attendance was light, those who attended were truly impressive. I was absolutely floored by a young lady — Mia Spargo — who, at the young age of 10, had fought and won her battle with cancer. She was upbeat and when her dad shared some of the things she had accomplished it was even more remarkable.
”Pine Cones and Magnolia Blossoms,” by JoAn Watson Martin, Gazebo Productions, 2013, 156 pages, available in eBook or print.
The Bayou Animal Services pets of the week are Catfish and Devo.
“Containment,” by Hank Parker, Touchstone, 2017, 320 pages, hardcover, $25.99
“Television: A Biography,” by David Thomson, 2016, Thames & Hudson, 304 pages, $34.95; and “TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time,” by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, 2016, Grand Central Publishing, 432 pages, $19.99
The Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week are Olive and Melinda.
The Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week is Sadie.
This week’s Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week are Brooke and Spark Pug.
What do you do when your support system breaks down? Check out this story about Bacliff-area parents that created a unique shuttle service for working parents called K&G Ride Along.
Wesley Tabernacle United Methodist Church will celebrate its United Methodist Women’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday at 902 28th St. in Galveston. Candy Johnson Wade-Bailey will be the speaker. For information, call 409-771-0400.
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations”
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church, 2612 Ave. L.
All three great Abrahamic faiths do agree on one thing: It all began in a garden. They all envision a Middle-Eastern proto-paradise where the first humans were placed by the one true God. And increasingly, their congregations are setting aside land to promote meditation, prayer and community values including education and the raising of fresh food for the needy.
I have not seen Martin Scorcese’s new movie “Silence.” It has not yet come to a theater in our area. According to the synopsis, “A 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest receives word that his mentor has renounced his faith while on a mission in Japan. Concerned, he travels to the island nation with another clergyman to investigate, only to find that the country’s Christian population are being systematically exterminated. Witnessing the inglorious reality of torture and martyrdom committed against Japanese Christians rocks his faith to the core.”
This weekend, there is a plethora of Martin Luther King Jr. events to help celebrate the national holiday, which will be observed Monday across the nation and Galveston County.
Students and staff in the visual and performing arts departments across Clear Creek Independent School District will come together for the district’s second annual performance of the Choral Masterworks Concert set for 5 p.m. Saturday at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, in Houston.
Not the movie itself, but what director Peter Berg, and in part Mark Wahlberg, are doing feels exploitative, taking tragedies and turning a profit. That being said, “Patriots Day” (opening months after their Deepwater Horizon collaboration) showcases what Berg and his team does best, deliver thrilling scenes of chaos.
Dickinson native, Mark Peikert, who was named editor-in-chief of Playbill magazine in October, has always had a knack for writing.
I have long been a fan of banana breads. My affection is mainly because they so closely resemble cake. But it’s also because of all the various incarnations and the simple flexibility of the basic formula.
Here’s some advice on what parents can do to prevent and treat these common illnesses of school age children.
The Grand Kids Festival Committee has announced winners of the 22nd annual banner contest. Twelve designs were selected from Galveston County School students as 2017 winners.
I think it’s about time I schedule another appointment with my therapist. I have experienced multiple episodes of denial over the past few days and I am in need of psychological counseling.
On January 1, 1999 — New Year’s Day — thousands of emotional Galvestonians gathered to witness the implosion of the Buccaneer Hotel, a beach front icon which stood for more than 70 years on Seawall Boulevard.
It’s the time of year when colds, flu and general malaise are lurking everywhere. There are as many game plans for preventing and treating colds as there are victims, but one of the most time-honored is the hot toddy.
Between a front-page ad for “Dixie Pale Bottle Beer” — a sore temptation during the not-yet-waning days of an unseasonably hot summer — and a solicitation to “Send 12c” for a comprehensive railroad map of Texas, The Galveston Daily News caught its readers up on the known news of the day, much of it grim.
Again this year on Feb. 26, pet lovers have a choice: Bring your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building. Not only will parade watchers get to enjoy the Krewe of Barkus Parade, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27, but also attendees will get to see the beloved and popular Children’s Parade that begins immediately following the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade. Both the pet parade and the Balcony Party events benefit exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is observed on the third Monday of January each year, will be celebrated across the country — and Galveston County in particular — with a multitude of events recognizing the Civil Rights leader’s contribution to human rights for people of all colors and ethnicities.
The Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week are Blaze and Bixby.
This week’s Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week are Frankie and Raleigh.
The Bayou Animal Services pets of the week are Ginger and Millie.
Philosopher Julian Marias describes truth as “the foundation of human life, the element in which life moves as long as it does not lose sight of its condition. For this reason it is the subsoil of society.” History supports his premise; truth is the indispensable condition of humanized life. Without its sustaining, corrective force, life sinks to grotesque alternatives: the stampeding human herd, or the conscienceless human beast. We need look no further than modern times for horrific examples: the murderous regimes of Hitler, Stalin or Mao, or today’s berserk terrorists. Slaughtering on the Left, the Right and in the name of God, They are united in their disdain for life and allegiance to falsehood, the world’s busiest equal opportunity employer.
Bill received a call from someone claiming to be handling the estate of his late cousin — twice removed — who had recently passed and his vast estate and holdings were being settled. It seemed that Bill, who had never met or even heard of the “cousin” was to play an important role in this inheritance. The proceedings were to be held out of state and Bill need not attend in person. This “lawyer” representing the estate’s beneficiaries would handle everything. He said he would fax or email a copy of the death notice in which Bill was specifically mentioned.
Jutland: The Unfinished Battle: A Personal History of a Naval Controversy,” by Nicholas Jellicoe, Naval Institute Press, 2016, 352 pages, hardcover, $35.95
“You’re a Leader, Charlie Brown,” by Charles Schulz and Carla Curtsinger, foreword by Brian Tracy, 2016, SimpleTruths, 148 pages, $14.99
Master list of faith events; don't touch; run whenever there's space
Galveston’s Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate the Epiphany with its Blessing of the Water ceremony at noon Sunday at Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway.
More than any other occasion, the new year marks the passage of time. We celebrate it with the dropping ball in Times Square, fireworks that ignite the night sky, fresh cut flowers in the Rose Parade, stadiums that vibrate with energy as the best college teams face off against each other. 2016 is history and 2017 has come.
The Christian church has used many different models to serve the poor since its earliest days. The New Testament book of Acts records how lay ministers were set aside to help needy widows shortly after the church was founded. Later, the needy were supported by individual churches and during the Middle Ages by an early form of workfare by monasteries across Europe.
In his first film since Oscar-nominated “The Impossible,” (coincidentally my favorite movie of 2012), J.A. Bayona continues his theme on suffering. Using mixed media of CGI characters, watercolor animation and live action, “A Monster Calls” is an emotional journey, perhaps even a tool for young people to cope with loss. There are many themes that run deep in Patrick Ness’ screenplay, based on a book he helped complete after the author’s own passing. A busy film that touches on bullying, cancer, parental separation and, of course, coming of age. Newcomer MacDougall (“Pan”) is surrounded by grade A supporting talent including Oscar nominee Jones (“Rogue One”), the iconic Weaver (“Chappie”) and the commanding voice behind the monster, Neeson.
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert Sunday will include a performance by a Mariachi band. The symphony’s music director, Trond Saeverud, talked about the program.
The centuries-old tradition, The Twelfth Night of Christmas, will be celebrated with wassail, king cake and holiday tunes by the Galveston College Community Chorale at 7 p.m. at the historic Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston.
Now that the holidays are out of the way and cooler weather is in the forecast, things are tending to slow down a little bit as far as big events are concerned. However, there still are a wide array of events that you should be made aware of.
The Moore Memorial Public Library debuts a new digital exhibit featuring the 1867 Settlement in Texas City.