INTERNATIONAL pop and country-music stars The Bellamy Brothers, below, and Alta Loma’s Billboard-topping singer-songwriter Johnny Lee and his Urban Cowboy Band will head the lineup at Bayou Fest next weekend.
The two acts, whose most famous songs include Let Your Love Flow and Lookin’ For Love respectively, will star in Saturday’s free all-day festival, which is also set to feature popular local group the Pee Wee Bowen Band.
The 8:30am-10:00pm event at Highland Park in La Marque also feature a car show, a barbeque cook-off and, for children, a fishing tournament and a pumpkin carving contest.
Check-in for the cook-off begins on Friday and judging for its jackpot beef fajita division will be held that evening. All other divisions will be judged on Saturday and the winners in each division will take home at least $1,000, with the grand champion receiving a further $500 and a trophy and the reserve grand champion $250 and a trophy.
The first 200 children younger than 13 to sign up for the children’s fishing tournament will receive a free T-shirt and La Marque Lions Club will award fishing rods to the top 10 little anglers.
The pumpkin carving contest offers prizes for kids in four age groups – up to 5, 6-10, 11-14 and 15-19.
The event boasts free admission, free parking and a welcome for coolers at Highland Park, which is at 1801 Highway 45.
Bucks for Indians is gala’s aim
INNOVATIVE education and former student Joe Kelly Tombrella will be top of the class at Santa Fe Education Foundation’s annual fundraising gala on Friday.
The gala, which will highlight the foundation’s grants to forward-thinking Santa Fe ISD teachers, will also honor 1944 high-school graduate Tombrella, who went on to become a prominent businessman and civic leader in the area.
It begins at 6:00pm at Ed Pickett Hall at Galveston County Fairgrounds, 10 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock.
To help sponsor the event or purchase a ticket, contact Jodi Gidley at 409-925-9080.
Church in top gear for Countryfest
MODEL-T Ford cars and vintage tractors will be among the attractions lining up to charm the crowds when Aldersgate United Methodist church kicks off its Countryfest bazaar on Saturday, October 17.
The bazaar, which runs from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the 13217 FM 1764 church in Santa Fe, comes in the middle of a three-day plant sale featuring amaryllis and bearded iris from Holland, along with hibiscus, plumeria and many other species.
On each of the three days, the church’s front yard will be turned into a pumpkin patch with the gourds on sale each afternoon.
Diabetes control classes on way
TEXAS A&M Agrilife Extension Service is offering a free seven-week diabetes education program for African-American adults with type 2 diabetes.
The weekly program, called Wisdom, Power, Control, is designed for African-Americans because their diabetes rate is double that of white Americans in Texas.
It will begin at Hitchcock public library on October 21 and will run until December 9 with a break for Thanksgiving week and each class running from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
The program will highlight practical ways to better control and manage diabetes and show how to prevent future problems.
To register, contact the Agrilife Extension office at 281-309-5059 or 281-309-5049.