It's not too soon to start thinking green! Vancouver's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration is also a giant fundraiser for the Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission raise funds to support Clark County's parks, trails, and recreational programs. "St. Paddy's for Parks" will be held on Friday, March 14, at an appropriately green-thinking location, Shorty's Garden & Home, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, just a couple blocks west of the 205.
This 21-and-over event features Irish food and ale, live music by 5 Guys Named Moe, and performances by the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes and Drums and Molly Malone Dancers—all in a toasty warm, heated indoor space. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door, including a beverage token. Tables seating six to eight people can also be reserved for $100. Purchase tickets online through Ticket Tomato. (Early registration is recommended, because this popular event often sells out!) Click here to see a flier—or call the Parks Foundation at 360-487-8370 if you'd like to become a sponsor.
Finally, just because the grown-ups get to have all the fun on Friday night doesn't mean we forgot about the kids! "St. Paddy's for Kids" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the next day at Shorty's. It's a totally free, kid-centric St. Patrick's Day party with stories, arts & crafts, hands-on nature activities, and more.