Where’s the corned beef?

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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It's time to go green. And while the environmentally friendly kind may be the first to come to mind, it's all about St. Patrick's Day this weekend. The Auburn Education Foundation will host its annual St. Patrick's Day dinner and sing-along fundraiser Monday, transforming the cafeteria at Auburn Elementary School into an Irish pub, complete with corned beef, cabbage and leprechauns. It's a fun family event, said Connie Gill, dinner coordinator and school clerk at Skyridge Elementary School. It's fun to get together and socialize. It's basically a lot of people meeting, talking, listening to music and eating ” it's a good feeling. Classes from the district's five schools are providing decorations for the holiday dinner, and student dance groups and bands will provide the entertainment with performances. The Auburn Education Foundation was established to help students and teachers in the schools of the Auburn Union Elementary School District. The foundation raises money for schools in the district, said Ken Nittler, district president. The money helps pay for librarians, counselors and our grant programs. The foundation sponsors two grant programs during the year. One goes to all district schools and the other goes directly to the classrooms. The St. Patrick's Day event is one of two annual fundraisers for the Auburn Education Foundation, along with a spaghetti feed in the fall. Monday's menu includes green salad, corned beef or pasta, potatoes, cabbage, rolls, desserts and drinks. It's fun meeting all the people from the community, Nittler said of the dinner. It's a great way to enjoy the holiday. If you are looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little earlier this year, Latitudes restaurant will host its annual Celtic music and Irish food gathering. Celtic music will be performed in the bistro starting at 5:30 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage and soda bread will be featured for dinner. Each Sunday we feature Celtic music, so we already have that Irish pub setting, said Latitudes manager Alice Enochs Shreve. It's a way to bring people in to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a more traditional aspect. Once you bring in the historical music and add the food and drinks, it really starts to feel like an Irish pub. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at Auburn Education Foundation St. Patrick's Day Dinner When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday Where: Auburn Elementary School, 11400 Lariat Ranch Road, Auburn Cost: $11 adults/$6 kids or $35 for a family (two adults, three kids) Dutch Flat corned beef and cabbage feast When: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Dutch Flat Community Center, 933 Stockton St. in Dutch Flat Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door Call: (530) 389-8310 Latitudes What: Celtic music and Irish food at Latitudes When: Beginning 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Latitudes, 130 Maple St. in Auburn Cost: Free, extra for food and drinks