Go to Mardi Gras (kind of)

Experience a taste of New Orleans at Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern, 5 Southwick St., Mendon, on Friday. Enjoy Cajun and Creole food, specialty drinks, giveaways, live jazz music and other festivities from 4 p.m. to close.

Learn to play poker

Don't know a royal flush from a full house? Have a seat at the poker table Friday night (and every Friday night), from 6 to 7:30, at Boston Billiard Club & Casino, 55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, N.H.

'Raise the Roof' for Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell's 12th Annual Gala is Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St.

There's a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, three-course dinner and a program about how Habitat's partner families' lives have changed thanks to community support. For tickets, visit https://501auctions.com/dream.

See how good you are at trivia

Friends of Nashoba hosts the third annual Trivia Night on Friday at Chelmsford Elks Club, 300 Littleton Road (Route 110), to raise money for scholarships for Nashoba Valley Technical High School students. It's 21 and over, and tickets are $20, which includes dinner, starting at 6:30. Trivia starts at 7:30.

Find out where to volunteer

Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, hosts a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.


m. Nonprofit organizations, community groups and town departments will be on hand to connect with potential volunteers and new members, network and to showcase their organizations. Organizations attending include 350Mass, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, Chelmsford Friends of the Library, Chelmsford Recycling Committee, Learning in Retirement Association, Open Pantry of Greater Lowell, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC and more.

Take the kids to a puppet show

The Drawbridge Puppet Theater will feature "Rumpelstiltskin" every weekend in March starting this Saturday and Sunday. The classic fairy tale features string and shadow puppets, and is appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Show times are Saturdays and Sundays at noon. Tickets are $7, and reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, visit drawbridgepuppets.com.

Hear high harmonies

New England Voices in Harmony will wow you with their a cappella show, "Treasures from the Heart," on Saturday at Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, N.H. The show also includes Taken 4 Granite and Vocal Revolution. The show starts at 2 p.m., with a silent auction starting at 1. Tickets are $18 general, $10 for under 12 and over 65. Call 603-686-7464, or visit www.newenglandvoicesinharmony.org/treasures.

Enjoy Strong Coffee -- and stronger music

Alexander Moore and George Barber will be the musical performers at Strong Style Coffee, 13 Cushing St., Fitchburg, on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Participate in 'posidelki'

Visit the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton, on Sunday at 2 p.m., for a free "posidelki," the rural Slavic custom of engaging conversation and Russian tea and treats. This month's topic is contemporary Russian composer Georgy Sviridov, most widely known for his choral music. The event is free and best for adults and children over the age of 12.

Heart -- then meet -- the instruments

Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road (Route 40) presents the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Family Concert, "Princesses and Pirates," on Sunday, from 2 to 3:30 p.

m., featuring guest conductor Marshunda Smith. After the show, there's a 30-minute "Meet the Instruments" session, which allows children to engage with the musicians, and get a closer look at and learn more about the instruments that make up the ensemble. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children and students, at the Door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4065499.