Fans of St. Patrick have another weekend of partying coming up. Friday at noon, bring a bag lunch to Alexandria's George Washington Bicentennial Center (201 S. Washington St.) and take in some Irish folk music by Magpie, a Washington-based duo. Later Friday night, celebrate with authentic Ceili dancing: The Blackthorn Stick Club of Washington will be holding its fifth annual St. Patrick's Day dance, from 9 to 2 in the Burgundy Room at St. Mary's Church in Landover Hills. They'll have Irish tea, soda bread and set-ups (bring your own beer and liquor). Admission is $5 in advance, $6 at the door; call 474-4641 or 229-1264 for details.
More dancing Saturday night, to music by the Celtic Thunder Ceili Band, from 9 to 1 at the new Bathesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Hall, Batery Lane and Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. It's sponsored by the nonprofit Irish Cultural and Folklore Society.Admission is $6; call 560-7659 or 770-2171 after 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Annandalites will be celebrating with a traditional performance by students of the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance, followed by participatory dancing. This one's free, from 2:30 to 4 at Wakefield Recreation Center, 8100 Braddock Rd,Call 321-7080.