Mardi Gras The fifth annual Cowboy Mardi Gras to benefit Austin’s House is 6 p.m., today at the Carson Valley Inn. Barbecue dinner, dancing, raffles, silent auctions and games. Tickets $50. Information, 267-6711.Concert Series Tahoe Dance Band performs today for the Carson Valley Arts Council’s Valentines dance and concert in the CVIC Hall. Doors open 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Big Band era dress encouraged. Information, cvartscouncil.com, or 782-8207.Crab Feed Carson Valley Sertoma all-you-can-eat crab and tri-tip feed 5 p.m. Saturday in the CVIC Hall. Proceeds benefit the senior center soup program. Tickets $35 at Douglas County Senior Center, or 782-6349.Poetry Contest Poetry Out Loud 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 88 Cups & More, Minden Village. Information, www.poetryoutloud.org.Lincoln Day Douglas County Republican Central Committee’s annual Lincoln Day celebration Sunday at Carson Valley Inn. Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is master of ceremony. Also features Sen. Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei. Cost, $35 per person. No-host bar opens at 4 p.m. Dinner, 5:15 p.m. Reservations, information Linda 782-5338, Sherry 267-3784 or Maggie Benz 782-5078. Relay Kickoff American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life kickoff party 6-8 p.m., Monday at Silver Strike Lanes, 1281 Kimmerling, Gardnerville. Cost $6 includes three games and shoes. Raffles, food specials. Information, Stacey, 790-3292.Fat Tuesday Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras dinner dance 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Gall Catholic Church Pastoral Center. Music by Catfish Carl and the Classics. Presale tickets $30 per couple, $15 individual, $5 child’s plate. Silent auction, raffle. Benefits World Youth Day travel expenses. Information, Marina Hedwall 782-3784.Community Dance The Douglas County Senior Center hosts a community sweetheart dance 6-9 p.m., Thursday at 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Cost $5. Information, 783-6455.History Lecture The Douglas County Historical Society’s lecture series continues 7 p.m. Thursday at Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Fort Churchill Historic Park Ranger Kim Clawson will speak. Admission $3, free to members. Information, 782-2555.Almanac Listings New and updated listings needed for the 2013 Almanac. Must be received by March 29 to be included. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.