The Galveston Historical Foundation is inviting you and me to a night of food, fun, music and frivolity as it gears up for its Mardi Gras kickoff with its “Menardi Gras Celebration” at 7 p.m. today at the Michel B. Menard House — which just happens to be the island’s oldest residence — at 1605 33rd St. in Galveston.

Tonight’s festivities will feature the New Orleans-based band, The Hustlers Brass Band.

Tickets are $55 per person or $90 per couple and includes access to beverages and heavy hor d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited, so make sure you visit to secure yours.

For information, contact Will Wright, or 409-765-3404.

Las Vegas Night fundraiser

The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo will have its annual Las Vegas Night fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today at the Ed Pickett Hall at the Galveston County Fairgrounds on state Highway 6 in Hitchcock.

There will be gaming tables, slot machines and a roulette wheel for all to enjoy as you help to raise funds for the local nonprofit entity. For $10, you will get $10,000 in chips to play games such as poker, Texas Hold’em, slots, craps, black jack and roulette.

Door prizes will be given away as well, which will include a trip to the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

Beer and wine will be served and set ups also will be available.

For information, visit or call 281-723-5995.

‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

“Cheaper by the Dozen” — starring Teddy, a 1-year-old rescue dog — debuts at 8 p.m. today at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, in Dickinson.

The comedic production is family-friendly and was first produced over 50 years ago.

Actors starring in the play are Shawn Daniel and Janet E. Harris, who play the parents; Netanya Cartright, Isaiah Fernandez, Jayden East, Michael Richards, Tyler Teague, Brookelyn Aumillee, Denea Melvyn-Oppelt, Jordan Emmitte and Camden Bottoms, play the children characters; and Ryan Daniel, Dianne Foussac, Lance Nutter and Daelyn Hall, round out the cast.

Performances can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 5.

Tickets start at $17 and parking is free. For ticket information, visit or call 281-337-7469.

Chili cook-off set for Saturday

The West End Marina will have its seventh annual chili cook-off from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 21706 Burnet Drive in Galveston.

Along with the cook-off, there will be a live band starting at noon, and raffle prizes, which will include a Ruger 9MM, bike, massage, artwork and other fun items.

Admission is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Sea Isle Planters Bunch. For information, call 409-497-4152.

Contact Community News Editor Angela Wilson, or 409-683-5239.​

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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