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This St Patrick's Day weekend there is much to do with celebrations at the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus on the plaza at 60 Merrick Way Friday through Monday and the traditional celebration at JohnMartin's Irish Pub at 253 Miracle Mile Sunday and Monday.

St. Patrick's Day at JohnMartins
The original St. Patrick's Celebration at JohnMartin's is back again for its' 23rd year. The iconic pub and restaurant that changed Coral Gables' spirit industry forever, will be hosting a variety of themed activities in honor of their favorite holiday, starting with brunch from 10am to 2pm Sunday with Live Music by Dublin-born and Raised Paddy Keleghan and Band. On Monday, enjoy a fabulous St. Patrick's Day Menu Until 11pm. The bagpiper begins at noon for a couple of hours, then the Irish Band "Fire in the Kitchen" plays live from 3pm to 9pm, followed by a live DJ until closing time. Call 305-445-3777.

St. Patrick's Day Weekend on the Plaza
At the Bierhaus, St. Patrick's celebrations begin on Friday, March 14 from 5pm to 2am with live music, special drinks, green beer and Irish food. The Big City Band plays from 7 to 11pm outdoors on the plaza. Entertainment and special continue Saturday from 3 to 2am with Hot Mess playing live from 7 to 11pm. Sunday the celebration continues from 2 to 10pm featuring Deck 52 playing from 4 to 8pm. On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, the grand celebration from 4pm to 2am includes C.O.D (Cool Ole Dudes) playing live from 3 to 7pm. Admission is free. Call 305-774-1883.

Coral Gables Is Among America's 10 Friendliest Small Cities
Feel like you live in an international city, but still have all the amenities and comfort of a small and pleasant community? Well, you're not the only one. According to a recent research done by Movoto, a real estate site, Coral Gables has been ranked 10th in their list of America's Friendliest Small Cities. The national online real estate firm looked at 100 cities with under 50,000 in population and ranked them based on charity, flower and gift stores, farmers' markets, Facebook likes, and other factors. "Coral Gables is a great example of a community that is welcoming to new neighbors," says Mayor Jim Cason. "We are very proud that Coral Gables is recognized as one of the friendliest small cities in the nation."

Saturday, March 15

The Coral Gables Farmers Market
The Farmers' Market takes place in front of City Hall every Saturday through March 29. From 8am to 2pm, enjoy live music, just-picked produce, baked goods and plants, and more. At 8am, a free Tai Chi class is offered in Merrick Park. At 9am, a free gardening workshop is conducted by local experts. In case of rain, the workshop is held inside City Hall. At 10am, a master chef creates a dish for shoppers to sample. At 11am, there are wonderful children activities for our younger Market shoppers.

Kids: Wizard of Oz at Miracle Theatre
Actors' Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Actors presents the Wizard Of Oz Saturday at the Miracle Theater, 280 Miracle Mile, at 2pm. After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, young Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch Of The West and find the mighty Wizard who can send her home. Tickets are $10. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293.

Monty Python's Spamalot at Miracle Theatre
The 2005 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the Kingdom of South Florida for a limited engagement at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre through March 30. Lovingly "ripped off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," it turns the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on its head with a chorus line of dancing divas, knights in tights, flatulent Frenchman and killer rabbits. It won three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording of Monty Python's SPAMALOT won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293.

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