St. Patrick's Day is next weekend on March 17, but South Jersey families don't have to wait to celebrate.
The fun starts this weekend with Collingswood's Eighth Annual St. Baldrick's Fundraiser. The event, which raises money for pediatric cancer research, is an Irish-themed party in which volunteers shave their heads.
Head-shaving is not required to attend this event organized by local firefighters. Last year, in fact, more than 1,000 people attended and 500 shaved their heads. All that is asked is a $10 donation for each guest 12 and older. Children younger than 12 can attend for free.
The goal is to raise $100,000. Families can also donate online at Collingswood's St. Baldrick's page.
St. Baldrick's will be held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium at 315 White Horse Pike from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be music, food, drinks and prizes.
In Mt. Laurel, families can enjoy an Irish concert starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Mt. Laurel Library is hosting the John Byrne Band, led by Dublin native John Byrne. Music will include lively jigs and favorite pub songs.
The concert will be in the library on Walt Whitman Ave.
The fun continues next week with special themed story times. Pottery Barn Kids in Marlton will host a special St. Patrick's Day Story Time on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Kids will get to make Shamrock crafts and hunt for a pot of gold. Then, on the day before St. Patrick's Day, the Barnes & Noble in Marlton will have a Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Storytime at 11 a.m.
Although Merida is a Scottish princess, the Evesham Library will show Disney's Brave for their Sunday Family Movie on St. Patrick's Day.
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