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by Jordan Owens

Sat., Mar 12

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration Finnigan’s Wake; 620 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.0322;; 7 a.m.; $25, $15 kids

Wear green and get the Guinness flowing early for this enormous annual St. Patrick’s Day event. The celebration starts with Irish Breakfast at 7 a.m. and keeps going until 2 in the morning with plenty of food, booze, bagpipes, live music and Irish dancers. There’s even a wake complete with coffin, procession and Finnigan himself.

Wed., Mar 9

The King’s Speech A/perture Cinema; 311 W. 4 th St., Winston- Salem; 336.722.8148;; 8:30 p.m.; $8.50

If you haven’t yet seen the film that took home top honors at last week’s Academy Awards, don’t miss your chance to see it on the big screen of your local art-house theater. In the film, best actor winner Colin Firth portrays the newly crowned King George VI of England who makes an inspiring rise above his debilitating speech impediment.

Thurs., Mar 10

Arts Advocacy Training Greensboro Public Library; 219 N. Church St., Greensboro; 336.373.7523;; 11:30 a.m.; FREE

Prepare yourself to stand up to our elected officials in support of the arts. This free workshop will educate local arts lovers on this year’s legislative agenda, turning them into powerful arts advocates. If you’re an artist or arts supporter, bring a bag lunch and get informed. Registration is required.

Fri., Mar 11

ACC Fanfast and Tailgate Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.7400;; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; FREE

Whether you plan to watch the ACC Tournament live or from your couch, you can still get in on the action at the coliseum. Tailgate free at the Special Events Center both before and during Friday’s games. Also head to the Pavilion to cheer on your favorite team at Fan- Fest. Activities include historical exhibits, face painting, entertainment and more, all free and open to the public.

Sun., Mar 13

Benefit Show The Green Bean; 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.691.9990;; 3 p.m.; Donations

Abe Reid resurfaces for his first local show in close to four years. He’ll be playing alongside Benjy of Benj-o-matic to raise money for the Dunham family, who lost their home to a fire in February. It’ll be a great Sunday afternoon to shake off the winter blues, celebrate the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and do what you can to help a family in need.

Mon., Mar 14

Grow Your Own Blueberries Clemmons Library; 3554 Clemmons Road, Clemmons; 336.703.2852;; 6 p.m.; FREE

Growing fruit in your own landscape makes it taste that much sweeter. Attend this presentation to learn how to successfully grow blueberries at home. You’ll also learn how to prepare and amend the soil for planting, and how to prune and harvest the fruit. Registration is required.

Tues., Mar 15

Science Café Big Shotz Tavern; 109 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem; 336.758.3485; www.; 7 p.m.; FREE

Science cafés are spreading across the world as a gamegrassroots movement and bringing people together for casual conversation about science. Reynolda Gardens, SciWorks, Sigma Xi and the Scientific Research Society sponsor a local chapter that meets monthly. You don’t need a science background to join them for inclusive, plain-language conversation about this month’s topic, “Your Brain: 10 Myths Busted.”

Wed., Mar 16

Elsewhere Opening Elsewhere; 606 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.549.5555;; 1 p.m.; $1

Greensboro’s living museum opens for its 2011 season and welcomes Mildred’s Lane for a special residency. Mildred’s Lane will arrive from its Pennsylvania farmturned-contemporary art complexity for a special residency that will include a kitchen renovation, food projects and hospitality research. Be there to welcome the reopening and smell what’s cooking this year at Elsewhere.