St. Patty’s Day festivities planned for Auburn

Police remind celebrants to drive safe
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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The day of wearing green, drinking a pint and noshing on corned beef and cabbage is here. Thursday afternoon and evening several local restaurants and bars are hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties and a few nonprofits are hosting fundraising dinners and balls. And amid the festive Irish-themed fun, local law enforcement will patrol the roads reminding people to drive safe and designate a driver if necessary. Looking to celebrate? The St. Paddy’s day crew has planned its 35th annual “St. Paddy’s Day Parade” to start at 5:17 p.m. Thursday rain or shine. No pre-registration required. Meet the group in front of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and head down the parade route at it travels from Lincoln Way to the clock tower, takes a left on High Street and ends in Old Town Auburn. The only requirement is to wear green. The parade will end with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, along with green beer, at the California Club in Old Town. Sally Phipps, a longtime bartender at the California Club, said the ensuing party is always “lots of fun.” “There’s going to be lots of people,” Phipps said. “It’s usually very busy.” Phipps added that staff keeps an eye on the amount of beer and $1 Jell-O shots patrons consume. “We serve responsibly to people,” Phipps said. Downtown Auburn’s The Power Club plans to celebrate the holiday with music from Stout Rebellion starting at 8 p.m. Lou La Bonte’s, Bootleggers and Max’s are also hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties. Other festivities include the Auburn Education Foundation’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Bash. The corned beef, cabbage and potato feast is a fundraiser for the foundation. The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Skyridge Elementary. Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and $35 for families or five. Get your tickets at Auburn Elementary, Rock Creek, E.V. Cain and Skyridge schools. The 1st annual St. Patrick’s Day masquerade ball will be held in Loomis at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The ball starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Entertainment includes music from Radio Active Band, a silent auction, wine tasting and more. Police: Please be responsible If you’re planning to celebrate with libations this St. Patrick’s Day, Placer County law enforcement will also be in the mix keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. The Placer County AVOID the 7 multi-agency task force will have a special DUI saturation effort patrolling the Roseville area Thursday evening in attempt to keep any drunk or buzzed drivers off the road. Officers will concentrate on areas where there have been multiple DUI-related accidents or collisions. Lincoln Officer Todd Rayback, spokesman for the county’s AVOID the 7, recommends that revelers designate a driver early in the night. Other options to get home safely include calling a friend or using public transportation. Auburn Police Capt. John Ruffcorn said law enforcement is supportive of the parade and businesses efforts to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “On St. Patrick’s Day there generally are more people in eating establishments and more people in the bars,” Ruffcorn said. “All we ask when they’re out there enjoying themselves is to please be responsible and do not drink and drive.” Reach Jenifer Gee at