This Week: Region offers choices for St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re in the mood for celebrating on a Monday, there are lots of places to find revelry and music with an Irish flavor.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. at deVere’s Irish Pub on L Street in downtown Sacramento, and they won’t close until nearly 2 a.m. DeVere’s, Mix Downtown and Firestone Public House are teaming up to stage three parties in the block of 16th and L streets. Fox & Goose, the Pine Cove and the Starlite Lounge will be among the other bars in the Central City holding celebrations, some with Irish bands.

Music enthusiasts can also forgo the green beer and attend an Irish music concert. The Mondavi Center at UC Davis will hold a free concert at 6:30 p.m. in its Corin Courtyard featuring Cahersiveen, which it bills as one of the top Celtic bands in Northern California. Tickets are required, though, for a Mondavi concert that follows at 8 p.m. by Caladh Nua, an ensemble with roots in the southern counties of Ireland.

On the other side of town, in Folsom, the National Dance Co. of Ireland will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


Midtown businesses gather for spring mixer

The Midtown Business Association is hosting a spring mixer and open house Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at its new office, 919 20th St., between I and J streets. Attendees can mingle with business and property owners while sampling hors d’oeuvres and drinks from various midtown establishments. Admission is $10. Association members and a guest may attend for free.

Behind the News: Representatives of Greenwise Joint Ventures, a regional nonprofit, will be on hand to promote The Farm to Fork to Fuel Pilot Project, which seeks to recycle food waste into energy.

For information and RSVP: www.exploremidtown.org

‘Spinning Plates’ opens capital’s food film festival

Launched in 2012 as a way to showcase food-themed documentaries, the 10-day Sacramento Food Film Festival kicks off Thursday this year with a showing of the film “Spinning Plates” at Ten22, the Old Sacramento restaurant at 1022 Second St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for opening night are $40, but admission prices vary depending on the event. A schedule and prices can be found at www.sacfoodfilmfest.com.

Behind the News: Directed by Joseph Levy, “Spinning Plates” examines the lives of the people behind the operations of three restaurants – one in Chicago, one in Iowa and a third in Tuscon, Ariz. Other films shown during the festival include “Beer Wars,” “Cafeteria Man” and “Sweet, Sexy Ocean.”

Info: www.sacfoodfilmfest.com

Designs aired for new Citrus Heights City Hall

Preliminary exterior designs for a new Citrus Heights City Hall will be presented during a community meeting Wednesday. The presentation follows up on a February meeting attended by about 80 people, who discussed design elements they considered important in a new building. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive.

Info: www.citrusheights.net

Rancho Cordova to look at moratorium on smoking bars

The Rancho Cordova City Council on Monday will consider declaring a 45-day moratorium on the establishment, expansion and relocation of private smokers lounges, e-cigarette lounges, vapor bars and hookah bars. The council and city staff members are reviewing and considering possible amendment of zoning regulations that apply to such establishments. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.

Info: www.cityofranchocordova.org.

Around Town

Lawyers group presents course on small claims

California Lawyers for the Arts is offering an informative session Wednesday titled “How to Prepare and Present Your Small Claims Case.” The 5:30 to 7 p.m. session led by Paul Slavit, a former court commissioner with San Francisco Superior Court, covers best practices and how to file and serve a claim and prepare evidence. The presentation at the Sacramento Public Law Library, 609 Ninth St., is $20 for the public; $10 for CLA members; and $5 for CLA students and seniors if tickets are purchased online. Walk-up pricing is $5 more for each category.

Info: www.calawyersforthearts.org

Kaiser offers ‘Walk to Thrive’ Galleria stroll

Kaiser Permanente has scheduled a series of physician-led walks at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville. The next “Walk to Thrive” event occurs at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the public can join Dr. Michael Okimura at the dining terrace for a walk through the mall. The mall is open to walkers before stores open at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

Info: www.kpwalktothrive.org

Farm life returns to the Capitol on Wednesday

The state’s annual California Agriculture Day returns Wednesday to the west steps of the Capitol. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the public can pet farm animals; sample honey, nuts, and other food products; and peruse presentations on agricultural tourism. Produce expert Michael Marks gives a stage presentation at noon.

Info: www.cdfa.ca.gov/agday

College president defends his title at chili cook-off

Roseville’s annual celebrity chili cook-off takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive. This year’s chefs include Fox 40 morning news anchor Paul Robins, Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan, William Jessup University President John Jackson and Sierra College President Willy Duncan, last year’s defending champ. Proceeds from the event will benefit after-school programs for teenagers and Point Break, a program designed to address social issues such as harassment, prejudice, bullying and suicide. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; children under 8 are free.

Info: Advance tickets can be purchased at www.RosevilleChili.com or by calling (916) 869-8835