If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, there’s a variety of options in the area. You can get your weekend started by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and then learn all about wildflowers and peruse a variety of vendors selling all kinds of goods. And if you’re looking for a date night activity Saturday night, a quick drive could get you to a fun concert or an action-packed sporting event.
1. Be sure to wear green
The Bonham Creative Arts Center will host its second annual St. Pat’s Potato Palooza and Corned Beef Dinner Friday night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to a menu consisting of corned beef, cabbage, stuffed potatoes and beer, those looking to celebrate will also be able to enjoy of the CAC’s “Show Me The Green” exhibit. The event is scheduled to go from 6-8 p.m. at the CAC in Bonham, 200 W. 5th St. and entry will cost you a “donation of your choice.” But if you’re interested, the CAC asks that you please RSVP so organizers can make sure they have enough food. For more information, visit the CAC Facebook page or call 903-640-2196.
2. Get wild about wildflowers
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge’s third Saturday Refuge Rocks event will be all about wildflowers this month. The event for children ages 8-12 will take a closer look at the flowers that grow wild in local fields and forests, and how they have adapted to differing environments and habitats. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to learn wildflower facts and even create some wildflower art, but organizers ask that each child planning to attend the 10-11:30 a.m. event on Saturday be registered separately by 4 p.m. Friday. For more information or to register, call 903-786-2826 or visit www.friendsofhagerman.com.
3. Easy like Saturday night
Vocal Group Hall of Fame members the Commodores will bring their funk/soul hits from the ’70s and ’80s to the Global Event Center stage at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Saturday night. Tickets are still available for the show, which will likely include such hits as “Easy,” “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” and “Brick House.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the concert is set to start at 8 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.winstarworldcasino.com.
4. Start Christmas shopping early
With more than 450 vendors expected, Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney offers up almost anything you can imagine and is the perfect place to find a unique gift for that person who is always difficult to buy for in the holiday season. In addition to items you won’t find anywhere else, shoppers can browse home décor, clothing, accessories, sporting goods, antiques, pet items and a variety of “state fair” style foods Friday through Sunday at the trades days grounds at 4550 W. University Dr. in McKinney. Entry is free, but parking will cost you $5 if you want to go early Saturday or Sunday. Parking is free all day Friday and after 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
5. Action on ice
Get a taste of some professional hockey this weekend without driving all the way to the Metroplex when the Allen Americans host the Wichita Thunder Friday and Saturday. The Americans will be holding promotions for both games — autographs on Friday and specialty jerseys on Saturday. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. both nights at the Allen Event Center, which is located at 200 East Stacy Road, suite 1350 in Allen. Tickets are available at the team’s website allenamericans.com or at the event center box office.