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St. Patty’s Day events

That one day of the year where everyone’s Irish ” provided they want to be ” is once again approaching.

And for fans of traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare such as corned beef and cabbage, green beer and lots of good cheer, there’s a variety of activities planned, not only on the big day itself (Wednesday, March 17) but also this weekend.

First things first: in an effort to make things as safe as possible on the state’s highways, this weekend marks the beginning of “The Heat is On,” a state-wide, St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement blitz which runs from 6 p.m. Friday, March 12, to 3 a.m. Thursday, March 18.

The Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement departments, including Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies and Aspen and Basalt police, will be conducting DUI saturation patrols.

As a result, the boys in blue ask that you plan accordingly, organizing a designated driver or making mass transit or taxi arrangements after the party.

Last year’s St. Patty’s Day campaign netted 461 arrests during the same period.

Provided you think ahead and take the proper precautions, the festive spirit abounds.

Here are some of the local highlights:

– Join the American Legion in Carbondale for a corned beef and cabbage dinner, held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 12. $8 per person.

– Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Hotel Colorado with a traditional St. Patrick’s Day party, Saturday, March 13. Celtic music by Fifth Reel, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and soda bread, drinks and more. $25.95 per person. The hotel also has a special “Stay the Night” package to avoid any of the Leprechauns out on the road home. Reservations: 945-6511, ext. 117.

– A St. Patrick’s Day banquet and silent auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. A traditional Irish supper and entertainment will be provided by the church’s Youth Group. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 3-12, free for kids under 3. Tickets at Watersweeper and the Dwarf and Through the Looking Glass. Proceeds benefit the Youth Group’s service trip to Tecate, Mexico. Information: 945-6848.

– Corned beef and good times will again be the highlights at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Congregational Church of the Valley. There will also be plenty of potato dishes and lots of salads and desserts. This fund-raising event is from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 14. $10 for adults, $6 for children 5-13 and seniors. Leprechauns and children age 4 and under eat free.

– Corned beef and cabbage prepared by Kurt Wigger of Sopris Restaurant is on the menu at St. Stephens School and Parish Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, $35 per family.

– Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at St. Vincent Church in Basalt. Corned beef and cabbage or roast beef available. $9 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for kids under 5.

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