The second annual Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival returns Oct. 5-8, with four days of literature and poetry readings, children’s events, Irish dance and music performances, a comedy show, workshops and an art exhibit. The local festival is patterned after the renowned Listowel Writers’ Week, a nod to sister city Listowel, Ireland. Fourteen Irish writers, poets and local writers will participate in more than two dozen events at various locations around town. The Oct. 5 kickoff is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saratoga’s Montalvo Arts Center, where the Irish writers will attend a welcome brunch hosted by Irish Counselor Robert O’Driscoll and Los Gatos Mayor Marico Sayoc. A 1 p.m. program follows, “Seamus Heaney: The Berkeley Years,” and includes a discussion led by the poet’s son about Heaney’s experiences at UC-Berkeley in the 1970s. Tickets for both the brunch and talk are $50. General admission tickets for the talk alone are $20.
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St. Patrick’s Day always ushers in a good mix of Irish concerts and club shows. Here’s a partial rundown of what’s going on in the Bay Area. Shay and Michael Black, aka the Black Brothers, are renowned in the U.S. and their native Ireland for their authentic performance of a wide range of Irish folk tunes, street songs and historical ballads, delivered in gorgeous harmony, and often some amusing stories to boot. The two brothers and their band have a quartet of shows this month in the greater Bay Area.
Farmers Market: Willow Glen’s market operates year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, Holiday Brunch: Hosted by the Almaden Senior Association beauty and the beast stained glass fabric ballet flats and clutch bag - wedding party bridesmaid shoes and catered by the Almaden Senior Chefs, The menu includes a Denver-style omelet, ham, potatoes, Danish and mimosas, Entertainment by a cappella group With a Twist, Dec, 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m, Almaden Community Center, 6445 Camden Ave., San Jose, $12-$15, 408-268-1133, Senior Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-11 a.m. Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St., San Jose, Contact Barb Jarvis at 408-286-9369..
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