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Ireland experience

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host “Ireland’s Gaeltacht Experience” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The afternoon will include “Learn Irish for St. Patrick’s Day,” a few quick lessons in Gaeilge; the “Magic of Seán- Nos,” Máirín Uí Chéide will present a workshop on the seánnos style of singing and well as perform songs herself; “The Lonesome Boatmen,” footage of Galway Hooker sailing boats and a chance to meet their crews; and “The Man Who Was Never Knocked Down,” Seán Mannion and his biographer, Rónán Mac Con Iomaire, will talk about his unique story. This free event is sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library. Call the library at 617-268-0180 for more details.

Dorchester Heights tour

Robert J. Allison will host a free coffee hour at 9 a.m., followed by a walking tour of the Dorchester Heights National Monument, on Sunday, March 17, at 17 Old Harbor St. Evacuation Day marks the day in 1776 when the British evacuated Boston, the first American victory in the War for Independence. Cannon that Col. Henry Knox had brought from Fort Ticonderoga, placed on Dorchester Heights, forced the British army and navy to leave. Coffee hour will begin at 9 a.m. and the tour steps off at 10 a.m. Allison will lead the group to the park to enjoy sweeping views of the city and the history of Henry Knox and the cannon. Allison is a history professor at Suffolk University. He is the author of several books, including “The American Revolution: A Concise History” and “Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero.” Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-dorchester-heights-in-south-boston-on-evacuation-day-tickets.

5K race/walk

The 79th annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, starting and finishing at the Edgerley Family Boys & Girls Club, 230 West Sixth St. The annual road race is held prior to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The route will be West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, down East Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up East Broadway to West Broadway, down E Street to West Sixth and back to the club. All proceeds will benefit the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Refreshments and prizes will be available. For more information, visit www.bgcb.org or call 617-268-4301.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

The 117th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, starting at Broadway MBTA station on West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue, continue to East Broadway to P Street, turning right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right on East Fifth, left onto G Street to the southerly side of Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street and ending at Dorchester Avenue (and the Andrew MBTA station). The parade will feature dozens of bands from Ireland and across the United States, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column; police and army contingents, school marching bands, novelty vehicles, Star Wars characters, clowns, dancers and more. The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston is sponsoring the parade. Further information can be found at www.southbostonparade.org.

Character studies

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is hosting “Dennis Nance: Character Studies” from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through March 17. Visitors can create artworks of their own on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They can explore artist Dennis Nance’s costumes inspired by everyday objects, and see why he has been called a “wizard of word, wardrobe and wonder.” They will develop creative characters, make costume elements and have a chance to see the characters brought to life in the art lab. Admission is free with museum admission and admission is always free for visitors, ages 17 and under. Further information is available at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3100.

Tax help

ABCD: South Boston Action Center, 424 West Broadway, is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13. Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Call for an appointment at 617-269-5160, ext. 0.