March 13, 2009

Going Green for St. Patty's Day in and Around Ann Arbor

"WHAT should we do for St. Patrick's Day this year?" "Are there any great events happening in Ann Arbor?" and more specifically WHAT can I do with my children that doesn't involve GREEN BEER! Here's a list of St. Patrick Day events for everyone!!!

Friday, March 13: Funky Frosty Fridays: St. Patrick’s Day Skate — 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, Ann Arbor - 734.794.6234. Dress in green and skate to Irish folk music. Call or go online for rates.

Saturday March 14: Pinckney Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2009, 12.00 noon. This is the 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in downtown Pinckney. Please join us for a bed race prior to the parade!

Crafternoons: St. Patrick’s Day Hats for kids and teens, at the Superior Township branch of the Ypsilanti District Library. Time - 2:00 p.m. Gear up for St. Patrick’s Day by turning an ordinary paper bag into a wearable decoration!

Sunday March 15: Ann Arbor Shamrocks & Shenanigans Running Fit and Conor O'Neill's present the Shamrocks & Shenanigans fundraiser for the "Save A Heart" foundation at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Funds raised by Save A Heart support families and patients who come to the Michigan Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The funds help cover costs including: travel, lodging and other expenses. These funds also support clinical research. In a time when more medical costs are being shifted to the patient, one of the goals is to relieve the families' financial burdens during a very stressful period in their lives.

51st ANNUAL St. Patrick's Parade in Detroit ~ 2:00 p.m. Please come down to Michigan Avenue and Celebrate! The Parade route is along Michigan Avenue in the area known as "Corktown", so designated for its history as home to many early arriving immigrants from Ireland and specifically, County Cork. The Parade covers a dozen or so blocks and passes historic Tiger Stadium and the Gaelic League/Irish American Club.

Tuesday March 17: Check out the all-day events happening at Guy Hollerin's in Ann Arbor on St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun at the Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Join in the fun in the Community Meeting Room to celebrate the luck of the Irish @ the library. Watch the movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People starring a very young and handsome Sean Connery. Wear something green!

Thursday March 19: The Silver Maples, a non-profit independent and assisted living community in Chelsea, will host a variety of St. Patrick's Day events on Thursday, March 19 to carry on the Celtic celebration. There will be a free concert at 7 p.m. of Irish and folk music by Finvarra's Wren of Detroit. Tickets to the concert are free but must be picked up ahead of time at either the Chelsea Senior Center or Chelsea Pharmacy, because seating is limited. For more information call 734-475-4111.

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