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WEEKEND FESTIVALS SHAMROCKS AND CHEVYS.

Byline: Barbara De Witt Staff Writer

St. Patrick's Day is still a few days away, but you can get in the spirit of the wearing o' the green Sunday at the Jewel City Kiwanis Club's 10th annual Classic Car & Street Rod Show in Glendale.

The event focuses on cars - and there will be 400 oldies plus several new demos on display - but it's also about family fun with a St. Patrick's Day theme, says festival organizer Julie Shermer.

The event that attracts up to 3,000 people each year will have arts and crafts, souvenirs, costumed Irish characters and live entertainment. Among the entertainers are bands from Hoover, Glendale and Crescenta Valley high schools and a celebrity DJ playing '50s classics and maybe a few Irish jigs.

For those interested in restoring vintage automobiles, numerous vendors will be selling car-related merchandise, and there's even someone who paints designs on cars while your children enjoy climbing the fire engines and checking out the play area.

Although there isn't any corned beef and cabbage on the menu, you can fill up on hot dogs, hamburgers and fried chicken cooked by the Kiwanis Club members to support their many community programs.

Visitors are encouraged to wear green and keep in mind that the entire event is outdoors. Got a wagon? Shermer says many families bring small wagons to tote their children across the lawns while inspecting the antique autos.

JEWEL CITY KIWANIS CLUB'S 10TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR & STREET ROD SHOW: Verdugo Park at Mountain Street and Colina Drive (across from Glendale Community College) in Glendale. To get there from the San Fernando Valley, take the Ventura (134) Freeway east to the Glendale (2) Freeway and exit at Mountain Steet; then follow the signs. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free; food and souvenirs priced separately. Handicapped accessible; pets on leashes allowed; no alcohol. Indoor and portable restrooms. Call (818) 548-0881.

Also happening this weekend:

SOUTH BAY ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL: Celebrate all things Irish, including bagpipe bands and Irish warriors at this annual parade that begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Valley and Pier avenues and proceeds west down Pier to Hermosa Avenue and Eighth Street in Hermosa Beach - take the San Diego (405) Freeway south to get there. After the parade, enjoy a family festival at the Pier Plaza that continues through Sunday with a kiddie carnival, petting zoo, international food court, arts and crafts fair and two stages of live entertainment. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Free parking with shuttle service at Mira Costa High School, 701 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Admission free; food and souvenirs priced separately. Handicapped accessible; no pets or alcohol. Call (310) 374-1365 or see www.stpatricksday.org.

TASTE OF SOLVANG: Can't get enough of those buttery Danish pastries? Never seen a walking smorgasbord? Food is the theme of this 11th annual event that includes live entertainment throughout the tiny Danish village as well as several dining events and a dance. Solvang (north of Santa Barbara off the 101). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for special events are $25 each, general admission and parking free. Call (800) 468-6765 or see www.solvangusa.com.

SWALLOWS FESTIVAL: Swallows have been flying into the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano for so many years that there's now a festival in their honor. Festivities include the traditional bell ringing at the sight of the first swallows, colorful entertainment (Aztec dancers and mariachi bands) and ethnic foods. Capistrano Mission (take the 405 to Interstate 5 South and exit at Ortega Highway and follow the signs). 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens; $4 for children. Call (949) 234-1300 or see www.missionsjc.com/swallowsfest.html.

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