There will be a little wearin’ o’ the green this weekend.
The second annual Village of the Arts St. Patrick’s Day Parade is 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Channel 10’s Reginald Roundtree is grand marshal.
Then the 11th annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade is 4 p.m. Sunday on Holmes Beach.
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World War II veteran John Castelli is grand marshal, but the star of the parade for the second straight year is Judy the elephant from Bell, Fla.
n His many fans wish former PHS coach Chuck Rhoads a happy 87th.
n The Manatee County Library Foundation’s 22nd Annual Luncheon is at noon Wednesday in the Bradenton Auditorium.
Tampa author Tim Dorsey, who favors Hawaiian shirts and a humorous skein on Florida skulduggery, is guest speaker.
For luncheon details and tickets, call 748-5555, ext. 6306.
n Ashley Bowers, who graduates from USF in December with an honors degree in secondary English education, is 21 on Sunday.
Cheers from Debra and Vince and sisters Alycia and Nichole.
n Congrats to Ellenton’s Alice Jones, winner of a large-screen TV from Tuesday’s Ellen DeGeneres show.
n LRHS Marching Mustang flutist Ashley Rain is 17 on Saturday. Drum major Jerry Howze is 17 on Sunday.
n The MHS Class of 1969 is holding a 40th reunion meeting 6: 30 p.m. March 23, at Council’s, 536 12th St. W.
Call Barbara Spudd Spivey at 792-5272 for details.
n Ol’ rascal Bob McCardle is 39. For the umpteenth time.
n The 30th annual Better Manatee Day, sponsored by Bradenton Kiwanis, is Saturday.
Among the projects going on from 8:30 a.m. to noon are a shell walkway at Palma Sola Botanical Gardens and a construction project at Manatee Historical Park.
Interested in helping or donating? Call Lisa Morrison at 708-5342.
n Mark Whitley is 19, Larissa Wright is 20, and Debra Wright is 39. Again.
Cheers from Danny Whitley.
n The MHS Key Club’s new executive board are president Andrew Morrish, vice-president Camden Mills, secretary Bailey Powers, editor Sydney O’Reilly and treasurer Melissa DeGroat.
n Nicole Wishon sings our national anthem for Saturday’s Yankees-Pirates game at McKechnie Field.
Mary Akemon does the honors for Monday’s night game against the Rays.
n The LRHS cheerleading pre-tryout meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
Call Melissa Koehlinger at 727-6100, ext. 2126 for details.
Vin’s People, by local columnist Vin Mannix, runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please call Vin Mannix at 745-7055, write him at, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, Fla. 34206 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.