Mardi Gras, with jazz, jambalaya and king cake, at church Sunday
Contributed photo, The Original Wildcat Jass Band performs at the third annual Mardi Gras French Quarter Jazz Mass and jambalaya feed this Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church on Roller Coaster Road. Detrick Branston

A Northwest church presents its third annual Mardi Gras French Quarter Jazz Mass and jambalaya feed this Sunday, Feb. 14.

The event, at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, is free, with donations accepted to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

A church release calls the jazz mass "a one-of-a-kind music event in Tucson."

Worship begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, with a jambalaya feed and traditional "king" cake served afterward by Dove's "famous" church ladies. A free-will offering will be taken for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Proceeds are distributed by Lutheran World Relief, which has been Haiti since the devastating quake.

Sunday's service features the professional ensemble The Original Wildcat Jass Band, which begins playing at 10:45 a.m. The guest preacher is Bishop Stephen Talmage, bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The first 300 people are seated; interested persons "are encouraged to arrive early," the release continued.

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church emphasizes classical and jazz music as part of worship and other community events. It is located at 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. More information is available by calling 887-5127, or on the church's website, www.doveofpeacetucson.org.

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