Start St. Paddy's Day a little early
The 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival will be held - rain or shine - in Old Sacramento on Saturday. The parade steps off at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & L Streets and meanders through historic old town.
It's Second Saturday
Galleries put their party dresses on, restaurants fling the doors open and people flock to the heart of Sacramento for the monthly Second Saturday. Join them!
Boat show at Cal Expo
Check out more than 500 boats - from some 8-footers to the 40-foot big boys - at the Sacramento Boat Show & Off Road Extravaganza. It runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission's $10, but kids younger than 12 and uniformed law enforcement and military get in free.
Guaranteed to get a goodnight kiss
To commemorate the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Kensington Park Hotel in San Francisco is offering a "Shag Like Royalty" package. Included in the deal: Union Jack condoms, two mini bottles of gin, a copy of "Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang," and a list of San Francisco's best British pubs. The package is valid through May 15, in case it doesn't work out for you this weekend. Nightly room rates start at $189. For more information, call 800-553-1900 or visit www.personalityhotels.com
PHOTO CAPTION: Andrew Henkin of Sacramento painted his Great Dane Madeline green for the 2009 St Patrick's day celebration in downtown Sacramento. Paul Kitagaki Jr., The Sacramento Bee.