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.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.
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.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.www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4065499.