The 18th annual Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cookoff benefiting the Yaga’s Children’s Fund will be held May 9-10 at Pier 21.

The state legislature declared Yaga’s Wild Game Cookoff the Official Wild Game Cook-off in the Texas.

The two-day, family oriented event kicks off May 9 at the sponsor party.

Festivities include live music, a fabulous fajita buffet, libations, a $10,000 raffle, a chance to preview cooking teams from around the state and the best silent auction items you’ll see anywhere.

Tickets for the sponsor party are $75 per person and are available at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 1413 Tremont, from any participating children’s charity or at the gate. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10, festivalgoers of all ages can stroll through rows of smoking pits competing in five cooking divisions.

Admission is free. Cook-off attendees can eat, relax and enjoy great live music throughout the day.

Guests can purchase barbecue dinner tickets for $8 from Big Brothers Big Sisters, prepared by the Lighthouse Cook Team. The cook-off is family friendly and offers a giant, free kids area with moon walks, face painters, pony rides and a variety of other activities.

Gulf Coast BBBS has been a beneficiary of the cook-off since its inception in 1997.

The grant money the agency receives from this event has enabled them to grow and expand their mentoring programs so that they can match more children with caring adult role models.

Galveston guest on Great Day Houston

Divafave and Matriarch of the tressdressing clan of gals, the Baby Apple’s own Lulu Benavidez, of Lulu’s Salon and Spa, was a guest on Great Day Houston last week. She demonstrated a wonderful hair integration system for women with fine and thinning hair.

“The response to the show has been outstanding, Lulu said.

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Ronald McDonald House gala, AIDS Coalition brunch

Saturday’s Ronald McDonald House funder chair for this year is Fredell Rosen, silent auction chairs are Georgia Meyer and Karen Flowers, deccos chair is Janice Pierson.

Also, the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas Inc.’s fundraising committee promises to make this year’s Champagne brunch the biggest and best ever.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. June 8.

This year’s event, Chillin’ in the Tropics, is sure to be the Baby Apple’s social event to kick off the summer season. More on all these to come.

Birthday shoutouts

Still munching those Easter eggs and Cakes are b’day babies Jamie Newman, Michael Gaertner, Joan Hyatt, Divafave Brian Maxwell, Ruth Finkelstein, Stephanie Popovich Beall, Mary VanDewalli and Cassie Raftis-Parker.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to or call 409-744-6540.

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