Skip the green beer

celebrate family-style


If you would like to dodge the wild and crazy St. Patrick's Day festivities in favor of more family-related fun, give these events a whirl. Sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, they all take place tomorrow:

DJ Gary O'Baykowski will spin Irish jigs and other music at the St. Paddy's Day Disco at Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch includes hot dogs, potato salad and chips. Admission is $7. The center is at 4501 Farring Court. 410-396-1550.

Visitors to Cylburn Arboretum can create a small herb garden for their windowsill or outside porch, trade herb recipes and sample foods made from herbs. Admission is $20. The arboretum is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. 410-396-7839.

Roller-skaters can lace up their wheels at the Lakeland Recreation Center's Friday Night Roller-Skating. It runs 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and features prizes, food, music and games. The center is at 2921 Stranden Road. 410-396-0091.

Skate under green lights at the Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Ice Rink from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., when admission is $4 and skate rentals are $2. If you get tired and need a break, munch on some shamrock-shaped cookies and sip green punch. The rink is at 200 S. Linwood Ave. 410-396-9392.

The Curtis Bay Recreation Center will hold a St. Patrick's Day Dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with shamrock cookies, green punch and prizes for ages 5-13. Tickets are $1. The center is at 1630 Filbert St. 410-396-1811.

At the James D. Gross Recreation Center's Teen Night In, kids can watch movies, play basketball, dance and enjoy refreshments. The free event is for ages 13-17 and runs from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. The center is at 4600 Lanier Ave. 410-396-0755.

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