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LONG WEEKEND OF JAZZ CONCERTS: Thursday through next Sunday in New Orleans, Satchmo SummerFest has free performances by top names in traditional and contemporary jazz. Performers include Dr. Michael White, Connie Jones, Crescent City Jazz Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins, Chris Clifton, Rebirth Brass Band, Tim Laughlin, Soul Rebels, Leah Chase and Treme Brass Band.

The four music stages – plus food booths and vendor tents – are on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint, in the French Quarter.

Also, when you book a hotel room through, you can get a $50 refund when spending $150 or more.

The annual event honors New Orleans native and jazz legend Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901-1971). Satchmo SummerFest coincides with Armstrong's birthday (Aug. 4).

Info on the event: 504-522-5730;

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FUN ON THE BEACH IN HAWAII: Shell Vacations Hospitality's Kona Coast Resort on the big island of Hawaii has a summer promotion, good through Sept. 5, that features rooms beginning at $139 a night, a $15 gas card, up to 15 percent savings off the total stay for those staying four nights or more, a Fun on the Beach gift pack with games for youngsters, and a 10 percent coupon off a future Shell Vacations Hospitality stay. (Shell Vacations Hospitality is not to be confused with its sister company, which sells vacation ownerships.)

Details: 866-729-7182; (click Specials & Packages).

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SEE RURAL ENGLAND: The Draycott Hotel in London and Cotswold House in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, are part of a four-night, two-address Town & Country Package at fixed rate in U.S. dollars – 3,400 of them, to be exact.

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