TO-DO LIST: Mark the calendar for these 9 events in February, early March

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Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the month of February and early March.

Feb. 9
Learn about equine health

This one-day course covers horse health topics. Equi-First Aid Texas offers hands-on scenarios for practice. Refreshments and a light lunch are included. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $129 (youth), $159 (adults). Twisted M Stables, 25830 Hardin Store Road, Magnolia. 936-827-5694.
www.astableconnection.com

Feb. 9
Enjoy casino night,
concert fundraiser

Live it up Las Vegas-style at District 249’s casino night and Jason Cassidy concert. A portion of the proceeds go to nonprofit Boots for Troops. 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. $10-$100. 23238 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-717-0020. www.district249.com/casino-night

Feb. 9
Dance the night away

The Telstars plays at a Valentine’s Day dance at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 in Tomball. 8 p.m.- midnight. $10 (age 12 and younger), $30 (adult), $50 (couple), $100 (VIP couple). 14408 Alice Road, Tomball. 281-351-2427. www.vfwpost2427.org

Feb. 9
Enjoy a romantic evening

This annual Valentine’s Day event includes catered dinner, music from Cool Freddie and the Crew, live and silent auctions, and a social hour. All proceeds go to the Knights of Columbus. 6 p.m. $40-$75. St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1111 S. Cherry St., Tomball. 832-848-1261.
www.kc-11472.org

Feb. 15
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Burroughs Park

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a date night movie under the stars, featuring a screening of “Casablanca.” Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. Popcorn is provided. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 281-893-3726.
www.hcp4.net

Feb. 19
Engage in rodeo traditions

The city of Tomball hosts a reception where guests can meet trail riders heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. More than 3,000 riders partake in the Sam Houston Trail Ride. Noon. Free. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.
www.tomballtx.gov

Feb. 22
Sample barbecue, coffee

Learn about coffee roasting, watch chocolate truffles be made and eat barbecue during A Journey of Flavors, a culinary tour featuring Shop Copan and Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. Tickets are limited. 9 a.m.-noon. $52.99. 22111 Hufsmith-Kohrville Road, Tomball. 832-761-0670.
www.experience.visithouston.com

Feb. 22
Meet potential employers

Magnolia-based nonprofit organization Society of Samaritans hosts a job fair and blood drive. Attendees can have resumes reviewed, meet with 50 employers and take part in practice interviews. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. 281-259-8452.
www.societyofsamaritanstx.org

Feb. 23
Celebrate Mardi Gras

The Magnolia Festival Committee hosts the annual Mardi Gras celebration with an umbrella parade as well as the State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. Cajun Cook-off, giving teams an opportunity to showcase cooking skills. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 281-615-5697. www.cityofmagnolia.com

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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