Winter Market offers Irish entertainment — The Beaverton Farmers Winter Market is teaming up with the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with musical and dance performances on Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Beaverton City Park along Southwest Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets. Mayor Denny Doyle will get the party started at 11:55 a.m. “Our Beaverton St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is a vibrant, family-friendly event that brings our community closer together,” Doyle said. His welcome will be followed by live Irish music by Hanz Araki on flute and vocals, Seamus Egan on tenor banjo, Cary Novotny on guitar and vocals, and Joe Trump on percussion. At 12:30, the Molly Malone Dance Troupe will perform lively, intricate dances. Sam Keator of S & A Irish Entertainment will then host an Irish dance demonstration at 1 p.m. with audience participation. The Beaverton Farmers Winter Market is open the first and third Saturdays in March and April from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information about the Winter Market, visit

St. Patrick’s Weekend Festival — The Thirsty Lion at Washington Square in Tigard will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Weekend Festival from Friday through Monday with live music, Irish dancing, Irish food specials, 52 beers on tap and the third annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. Bagpipers and Irish dancing performances will take place during the day as the Thirsty Lion comes alive and friends and families come together to celebrate life and enjoy food, beer and craft cocktails. Thirsty Lion will feature a special St. Patrick’s menu that takes a modern twist on traditional Irish foods with a diverse array of fresh, local ingredients. Each year on St. Patrick’s weekend Thirsty Lion teams up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, and hosts three signature head-shaving events at each of the Thirsty Lion locations. “Shavees” who pledge to shave their heads ask friends and family to make donations “on their head” and in return, they attend and shave their heads in solidarity of kids with cancer.

Shamrock Run and Fitness Fair — The 36th annual adidas Shamrock Run takes place on Sunday, highlighting a weekend celebration of the Irish, fitness and fun in Portland. Shamrock Run Weekend Activities begin Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Fitness Fair open to the public at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, featuring nearly 70 booths and exhibits for all ages, happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday with music from The Cronin Tierney Band, a Leprechaun Lane Kids area with sports mascots and interactive games as well as a number and T-shirt pick-up for registered runners. On Sunday, the Shamrock Run hits the streets of downtown from 7:40 to 9:40 a.m. with 5K, 8K and 15K runs; a 5K walk and 1K Leprechaun Lap. From 8 to 11:30 a.m. the Widmer Brothers’ Beergarden will be open. Stanford’s salmon chowder will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. St. James Gate will provide music from the stage. Music on the course will be performed by Kell’s Irish Pipes and Drums, Highland Park Middle School, Beaverton High School, Power Pep Band, The Beat Goes on Marching Band and Bob Soper and Friends. For more information, visit

St. Patrick’s Day Family Night — Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon is hosting a family event on Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Ambridge Event Center, 376 N.E. Clackamas St. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 to 20 and free for those 11 and younger with a paying adult. This year’s event starts with opening ceremony followed by the Tualatin Pipes and Drum Band, Mikey Beglan and the East Ave Ceili Band, the Tir Eoghain ceili dancers, Laurence Nugent, Cary Novotny and Danny O’Hanlon and finishing with the Molly Malone Irish Dancers. Young or old, this is considered the best party in town! Info:

Irish ‘Origenes’ Lecture — The All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon is bringing Tyrone Bowes to Portland on Saturday for a lecture and discussion about “Pinpointing a Precise Ancestral Origin Using Commercial Ancestral DNA Testing.” Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 or available online at Bowes, founder of Irish Origenes, will host three 45-minute sessions beginning at 10 a.m. in The Old Library Room at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway. The first session will cover history, genes and geography; the second covers how to pinpoint a genetic homeland; and the third presents case studies. Questions will be answered after each talk. For more information, visit

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