Carson City celebrates St, Patrick’s Day Irish style – and that’s no blarney |

Carson City celebrates St, Patrick’s Day Irish style – and that’s no blarney

by kim riggs

Swing in to St. Paddy’s week starting with the Mile High Jazz Band’s “Jazz and Poetry” on Tuesday.

The band, along with vocalist Sheryl Adams will be joined by local poets for another lively evening at Comma Coffee. The theme is childhood and growing up, said David Bugli, the band’s leader and pianist.

Organizers will alternate poetry readings and music. Poets Krista Benjamin, Bill Cowee, Terri Breedin, Rita Geil and Richard Smith will be featured.

Mile High Jazz Band Presents “Jazz and Poetry”

Where: Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

When: 8-10 p.m. Tuesday

Cost: $5 general, $4 for members of the band association. Dance instruction from 6-7:30 p.m. is $5 additional.

Contact: Call the Mile High Jazz Band at 883-4154, or go to

If you’re looking for a fun time, two events will start the Irish celebration right.

Thursday, Mallard’s Restaurant at Empire Ranch Golf Course has a St. Patrick’s Day beer-tasting event. For $15, you get to sample several beers and enjoy a wonderful buffet. This is a very enjoyable night out for couples or singles, and they don’t scrimp on the beverages or food.

Mallard’s Restaurant’s St. Patrick’s Day beer tasting and buffet

Where: Mallard’s Restaurant, 1875 Fair Way

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: RSVP recommended at 885-1019

On Saturday, the Knights of Columbus are hosting a true St. Patrick’s dinner at the Piñon Plaza. This is also reasonably priced at $15 and, of course, the meal consists of the traditional corned beef-and-cabbage dinner.

There is also a raffle and auction of more than 100 prizes donated by local merchants, casino shows and a Lake Tahoe cruise. All the proceeds go back to the community, with yearly donations to St. Teresa’s School student scholarships, the Community Pregnancy Center and the Eagle Valley Children’s home, just to name a few.

So give Danny Boy, aka Dick Moore, a call to make your reservations and purchase raffle tickets. You do not have to be present to win.

Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Dinner

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Piñon Plaza

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: Dick Moore at 882-6088

Proceeds benefit: St. Teresa School, churches and other local organizations

One of my favorite cousins and the best PTA mom ever, Charise Whitt, is cooking up a great time.

All individuals who swear “My chili is the best in town” can now prove it.

We all know that Dr. “Chili” Pierczynski is hard to beat.

But if you have a competitive streak and think that your homemade chili is No. 1 in Carson City, Charise wants you to bring it on at the annual Carson Middle School Bingo Night and Chili Cook-off.

Not only can you taste the chili and judge which is the best, the children and grandparents can enjoy a night of bingo.

One individual will walk away with a $50 prize for the best chili and $20 for the best-named chili such as “Buzzard Breath” and “Doggone-good Chili.”

Carson Middle School’s annual Bingo and Chili Cook-off

When: 5:30-8 p.m. March 31

Where: Carson Middle School

Cost: $5 entry fee per recipe for chili contest; $5 for chili dinner with cornbread and salad plus bingo. Makes checks payable to CMS PTA

Contact: Charise Whitt at 883-1682 or fax to 884-9084

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