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Irish heritage to be celebrated this week

Lakeview’s renowned Irish heritage will be celebrated on a multitude of fronts this week.

Men of Worth concert — March 12

The Irish-Scottish duo Men of Worth will perform at First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. See related story elsewhere.

Irish Days Dinner — March 14  

This year’s dinner, prepared by Soroptimists of Lakeview and served from 6 to 7:30 p.m., features a new location of the Lakeview Elks Lodge, and a delicious menu of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, tri-tip steak, applesauce and bread. Social hour begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets are available from Back Yard Floral, the Lake County Chamber, The Golden Gem, The Niche Boutique and Shear Experience.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for adults and teens, $8 for children 6 to 12 years and $40 for a family, while tickets at the door are $17 for adults and teens and $8 for children 6 to 12 years.  Children 5 years and under are admitted free.

Evening entertainment will include the formal presentation of this year’s Grand and Wee Leprechauns, Fields Flynn and Alida Finetti.

Winners of the potato- decorating contest will also be announced, and a Calcutta auction for the Outback Outhouse race teams will also be conducted.

Irish Days Festivities — March 15 

Saturday, March 15, will be jam packed with activities for participants of all ages, starting with the early morning ShamWalk/Run, hosted by the Mile High Striders at Steninger Track at 9 a.m. See related story for additional information.

At 10 a.m., entries are due for the homemade jerky, chili, bread and cookie contests at The Eagle’s Nest, with judging at noon and winners announced at 2 p.m.

The Irish Days parade will begin at 11 a.m., starting on the corner of North 2nd and E streets.

The traditional O’Barbecue will be start at 11:30 a.m., and is only $1 with an O’Button.  Entertainment includes dancers with the Southern Oregon School of Dance and music by the Uketopian Society.

Gaelic games in the downtown area, consisting of potato hockey and a potato peeling contest, will be held at noon.

The Outback Outhouse Race starts at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Lake County Examiner, followed by the annual Pub Crawl at 3 p.m. For $25, participants will receive a t-shirt and a drink at each of the stops, which include the Elks Lodge, El Aguila, Eagles Lodge and Eagle’s Nest.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the Lake County Public Library will host story time and a variety of kids’ crafts.

At 5 p.m., the Eagle’s Nest will host an 8-ball tournament, and at 6 p.m. the Eagles Lodge will host a crooked stick tournament.

Missing Identity will perform at the Elks Lodge, and the Elks will have a baked potato bar available.

Corporate sponsors are Les Schwab Tire and Century Link.

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