March 2020 Newsletter

March Newsletter

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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

And to celebrate the day and your newfound Irish heritage, here are a few family friendly events that you may want to check out.  Don’t forget your Shamrock Shake!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – Celebrate Irish culture at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. Check out bagpipe players, Irish dancers, beautiful floats and more. This year’s theme is “Serving Our Communities.”  Then enjoy food tastings, pony rides, craft exhibitions and other entertainment at the festival.  Sat., March 14. 11:30am. FREE. Parade begins at Second and Market streets and head straight down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza.

Flying Leprechaun Skydive– Enjoy face painting, a jump house and a leapin’ leprechaun who jumps out of a helicopter. Search the museum’s gallery for hidden leprechauns and a earn a treat from his pot o’ gold. Children wearing green will receive a parachute toy. Sat., March 15. 10am-12pm. Included with admission: $18 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 FREE. Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0220.

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade – This event begins with Doga (yoga plus dogs), then continues with a red-carpet dog parade to the backdrop of saxophonist Justin Ward. Trophies will be awarded to the best dressed dogs. Sun., March 15. 1-4pm. FREE for dogs and people who love them; $20 yoga with dogs class at 1pm. Patrick’s Park, Fort Mason 11, San Francisco. 415-765-8188

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Dublin’s two-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the biggest on the West Coast, drawing as many as 80,000 people  to enjoy Irish entertainment, authentic Irish foods and beverages, popular festival favorites, shopping at 200-plus vendor booths and a pop-up Irish tea cottage. Don’t forget to check out the parade Saturday and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk Sunday. Sat., March 14: Parade at 9:30am; carnival 10am-7pm. Sun., March 15: Fun run at 8:30am; carnival 10am-6pm. FREE. Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza. 925-833-6650.

Leprechaun Trap Making – Build Leprechaun Traps for St. Patrick’s Day with your own box you bring from home. Other materials and decorations provided. Sun., March 8. 2-4pm. FREE. Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave.

Mommy & Me and Daddies Too Kid’s Club – Celebrate the luck of the Irish with live musical entertainment, fun themed arts and crafts and more and this monthly children’s club. Wed., March 11. 10am-12pm. FREE. Westgate Center, 1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.

San Jose Shamrock Run – A Leprechaun Kids Run is part of the festivities benefitting the San Jose/Dublin Sister City Scholarship Program. Sat., March 14. 8am. $20 and up. San Pedro Square, Market and West Santa Clara Streets.

St. Patrick’s Day Craft– A holiday-themed activity for ages 5-10. Thu., March 12. 3:30-4:30pm. FREE. Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Circle, San Jose. Also at the Tully and King Branch Libraries on March 13.

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Packing Hacks for Less Stress

Spring break is right around the corner and if you’re planning a trip, you may have those pre-trip butterflies about packing for it. Here are some packing hacks that will help expedite and ease the process.

There are a few steps to take before starting to pack. It’s a good idea to compile a packing list of things that are always needed, no matter the destination or season. Things such as toiletries, socks, undergarments and accessories can be included here.

Once that’s done you can consider the clothes and shoes you’ll need for the trip and its climate. It’s worth taking the time to plan outfit by outfit or day by day. This can allow you to eliminate extra items and gives you the opportunity to plan versatile pieces. These can be used multiple times throughout your trip and should include neutral tops, pants and outerwear.

Now you’re ready to put things in your luggage!

Actually packing
There are many ways to pack that saves room and keeps clothes nice. Rolling your clothes provides the opportunity to save clothes from wrinkling, especially if you take your time when rolling. Or, use a packing cube to organize your clothes by day or outfit and save stress while on vacation.

Bring an extra bag for dirty clothes, especially if you’ll be living out of your suitcase.It will allow you to keep those dirty clothes and socks separate from your clean, fresh clothes.

Consider stuffing some items into your shoes, such as perfume or travel appliances. Not only will this keep them slightly safer than if they were to be floating around, it also saves space and helps you maintain the shape of your shoe.

Pack everything in the same spot or in the same way every time. This not only keeps you organized, but also speeds up packing because everything that needs to be packed has a designated spot. There will be no wondering where a certain item is — you’ll already know!

Finally, you can toss in a dryer sheet or two in between some of the layers of clothes you’ve packed. This is just one more step to ensure your clothes stay smelling fresh and clean.

Wishing you safe travels and a fully packed bag!