You probably don’t want to deal with the mayhem of the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Greenville Avenue, so here are some other options:

Going green? Realtor Beth Johnson can help you live better, save money and increase the value of your home. Stop by Treehouse Saturday at 11 a.m. for a free one-hour presentation and Q-and-A about ways to make your home more green and cost-effective.

Got a green thumb? Want to save some green?  Dallas County Master Gardeners is hosting a free event Saturday to teach you how to plant vegetables in small spaces, what vegetables grow best in North Dallas and when you should plant them. Not only is planting a garden fun, but it also can save you a pot of gold at the grocery store.

There’s no solid St. Patrick’s Day pun for this. If you didn’t make it on this season of American Idol, you can still perfect your musical talents at a songwriting workshop hosted by Sally Barris, a singer-songwriter who writes for A-list country singers. If songwriting isn’t your forte, you can still catch Sally Barris performing at Uncle Calvin’s Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$18.

Do you have no ounce of Irish blood in your body? No interest in drinking Guinness? Instead see a one-person play Sunday at Preston Hollow Presbyterian. Al Staggs portrays German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who died after plotting against the Nazi regime. “A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” starts at 3 p.m.


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