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Alongside the St. Patrick's Day parade, Hillsboro and Forest Grove have plenty of fun planned.

COURTESY PHOTO: MCMENAMINS  - McMenamins will have a special menu for St. Patricks Day, including Irish Stout, Irish coffee, Irish Reuben and corned beef and cabbageForest Grove and Hillsboro are about to make other towns green with envy as St. Patrick's Day approaches. Here are some opportunities to celebrate the day:

Live music

McMenamins Grand Lodge and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day with their annual musical festivities with Irish fare.

• While all McMenamins locations will be serving food and drink specials including Irish Stout, Irish coffee, Irish Reuben and corned beef and cabbage, the Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove, is hosting a "St. Paddy's Jam" beginning Friday, March 15, live music at its Garage Door.

Musical group Coyote Willow will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 15. Americana group McDougall takes the stage at 8 p.m. Both groups will return at the same time Sunday, March 17. Admission is free.

On Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.March 16 at the Garage Door, Celtic group Blarney Thursday kicks things off, followed by jazz-influenced folk band Sky in the Road to follow at 5:30 p.m. Self-described "Irish rebel" band Biddy on the Bench will close out the night from 8 to 10 p.m.

At Pat's Corner at the Grand Lodge, multi-instrumentalists (including the Irish harp) Bob Soper and Elizabeth Nicholson will play from 2 to 5 p.m. and Irish Americana group The Brothers Dunne will end the night from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 N.E. Cornelius Pass Road, in Hillsboro, will be hosting live music in its Barn on Sunday, March 17 with Soper and Nicholson from 1 to 3 p.m., kicking off the evening. Musical group Spud & The Snake Skinners will follow at 4 p.m. and indie folk group The Old Yellers will close the evening with their set at 7 p.m.


Dinner and desserts

• The Hillsboro Community Senior Center is hosting a Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed on Saturday, March 16, from noon to 2 p.m. Plates are $7 and can be taken to-go or to eat in. To learn more about the Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraiser email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Friends of the Hillsboro Community Senior Center at 503-615-1093.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hillsboro are hosting a St. Patrick's Day bake sale at Hare Field, 1151 N.E. Grant St., in Hillsboro, beginning at 9 a.m. before the Murphy's Furniture St. Patrick Day Parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. starting from Hare Field and stretching east to Cornell Road, south to Main Street, west to Second Ave, north to Grant Street and east, back to Hare Field.

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