Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Block party for St. Patrick’s Day

A St. Patrick’s Day block party begins early in Sacramento and continues all day. De Vere’s Irish Pub opens at 9 a.m., and the revelry will continue at 16th and L streets. California Pipes & Drums will perform, and there will be traditional Irish food favorites and beverages. Beginning at 11 a.m., Firestone Public House, 1132 L St., will feature Irish snacks and drinks, with DJ Billy Lane performing beginning at 7 p.m. At 2 p.m., MiX Downtown will offer beverages and a live set by DJ Eddie Edul. Go to firestonepublichouse.com for more information.

Performing Arts Theater opens

Students, families, alumni and community leaders celebrate the grand opening of Cordova High School’s $22 million Performing Arts Theater beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 2239 Chase Drive. The 35,000-square-foot facility features a 464-seat theater and rehearsal and classroom space for Cordova High’s band, choir and drama programs. The celebration includes performances by Cordova High students and a reception by the school’s Culinary Academy.

Sacramento author to speak

Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky discusses his latest book, “The House of Twenty Thousand Books,” a memoir about his grandparents and their house filled with books. Originally from England, Abramsky now lives in Sacramento. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento. Go to www.library.ca.gov for more information.

Holocaust presentation

Holocaust survivor Herbert Heller will speak at Rocklin Event Center in a presentation sponsored by Chabad House of Placer County. Tickets are free for students, $15 for adults in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased at www.JewishRoseville.com/lecture. The event starts at 7 p.m., 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin.