Cowboy Mardis Gras to benefit Austin’s House is 6-10 p.m. today at Carson Valley Inn. Dinner, raffles, auctions, games. Tickets $50. Information, 267-6711.
Birds of Chicago perform today in the CVIC Hall for the Carson Valley Art Council concert series. Doors open 6 p.m., concert 7 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Information, 782-8207 or www.cvartscouncil.com.
15th annual Snowshoe Thompson cross country ski and snowshoe tour 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Highway 88 and 89 intersection in Hope Valley. Donation $10, children younger than 12 are free. Registration, rentals 8:30 a.m. Information, Nina (530) 573-8940 or Sue, (775) 315-7777.
“How to improve a window’s energy efficiency” 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Judy’s Window Coverings, Gardnerville. RSVP to Vicki Bates at email@example.com or 790-0721.
Topaz Sagehens bunco fundraiser noon Saturday at TRE community building on Carter Way. Cost, $16 includes lunch, bunco and one raffle ticket. Purchase tickets at Maggie’s Gifts or at the door. Information, Janet Bryant, 266-4013.
Spring kickoff at Heritage Park Gardens 1 p.m. Saturday. Garden beds for rent, refreshments, seed giveaway, garden goodies. Bring hat and gloves if you wish to help in the garden. Information, Carol firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula 782-8027.
Tahoe-Douglas Elks firefighter and paramedic recognition dinner 6 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos. Cost $18. Doors open 5 p.m. Reservations, John Wise, 266-3941.
Listings for 2014 Carson Valley Almanac are due by March 15 to be included. Send updates to email@example.com. Information, 782-5121 ext. 215.