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Oh, those lucky Irish.

What with their leprechauns and soap that makes them smell fresh from the spring...wait, those things aren't real? Well, at least they still can lay claim to a grand holiday with St. Patrick's Day.

The day is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, in observance of the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrated stateside was in New York City in 1762.

Across the valley and foothills, the event will be celebrated with parties, music and hearty plates full of corned beef and cabbage, all washed down with a couple of pints of green beer.

Céad míle fáilte (or, to us Yanks, a hundred thousand welcomes). Bottoms up.

SOS Club, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 8 p.m. music. today

Enjoy a corned beef and cabbage buffet while listening to the live sounds of Billy McCool. 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $15. 578-5801.

Murphys Irish Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Get your Irish up at this annual celebration, which includes parade, arts and crafts, children's activities and much more. Downtown Murphys. Free. 736-1507.

P. Wexford's Pub, 10 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday

Modesto's popular Irish pub throws its annual St. Patrick's Day party inside and out, with parking lot blocked off and tented. Enjoy music by Megan Slankard and more. Drink specials and special menu all day long. 3313 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Free before 5 p.m., $5 after. 576-7939.

Kelley Bros. Brewing Co., 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday

Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, green beer, drink specials and Mardi Gras beads. 112 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca. Free. 825-1727.

Hero's Sports Lounge & Pizza Co., noon-midnight Saturday

Hero's blows out St. Patrick's with two stages of music (one inside, one in the parking lot) Music by Shades of Grey, Megan Slankard, Not for Nothing, The Gallows, Fat Skeleton and more. Party is all-ages until 8 p.m. 821 L St., Modesto. Free ($5 cover for outside access, which is only ages 21 and up). 524-2337.

Knights of Columbus Dinner, 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday

Enjoy the Knights of Columbus annual corned beef and cabbage dinner by head chef Glenn Hollenhorst. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction go to the Immaculate Heart Council 3604. Rogers Family Center at St. Anthony's, 2020 Euclid Drive, Hughson. $10 adult, $5 children. 883-4310.

Fat Cat Music House & Lounge St. Patrick's Party, 7 p.m. Saturday

Have a shamrocking St. Patrick's with music by rap-rocker Moonshine Bandits and Modesto's own EARL and Jiggy. 930 11th St., Modesto. $10. 524-1400.

Black Irish St. Patrick's, 10 p.m. Saturday

Enjoy a late-night St. Patrick's Day show with the Black Irish Band. Jack Douglass Saloon, 22718 Main St., Columbia. $5. 533-4176.