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If you've always wanted to attend a Houston Chowhounds throwdown but haven't been in the past, the upcoming Ceviche Throwdown is a can't-miss occasion and for one spectacular reason: The Chowhounds are trying to rasie $5,000 to help struggling Gulf fishermen in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill. Jim Gossen of Louisiana Seafood will ensure that the money reaches those who need it most, and Jenny Wang will be hosting a silent auction during the event with prizes donated from Chowhound members and restaurants across the city.

The throwdown will be held at Soma Sushi on Monday, July 19, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event, which feature ten area chefs competing to create the best ceviche dish of the evening, are $60 and include a commemorative T-shirt as well as a bounty of food. Tickets can be purchased online and should be purchased ASAP, as the throwdowns always sell out quickly.

Starting tonight, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will be hosting its popular weekly summer series of soirees: Mixers & Elixirs. Every Friday evening at 6 p.m., the HMNS opens its doors after closing to the public for music and mingling amongst priceless jewels and dinosaur bones (yes, it's every bit as fun as it sounds). Tickets are $14 for members or $17 for non-members, and tonight's musical guest is Mango Punch, while fans of the '80s will groove to Molly & the Ringwalds next week. Appetizers are complimentary, but remember to bring money for the cash bar.

If you're a World Cup fan, you've got until July 11 to enjoy the matches and the excitement that only comes once every four years. Why not enjoy it in the company of other enthusiastic fans as well as great food and beer? Check our directory for listings of area restaurants and bars that are hosting World Cup viewing parties throughout the next month. Gooooooool!

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

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