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So St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, leaving in its wake an annual fog fueled by beer of various shades, liquors of different potencies, and we’re guessing several healthy doses of unhealthy food. Of course, the fact that March 17th fell on a Saturday this year is a terrific blessing and a tremendous curse. On one hand, you had an entire day to sober up, nurse your hangover, and maybe even eat a vegetable that was not completely saturated in ranch dressing. On the other hand, you now have a full week of reality to deal with ahead. Depending on the level of hedonism you experienced during St. Patty’s, this may leave you bummed out more than it normally might.

If so, don’t fret. We found a bunch of activities that will cheer you up. They may not get rid of any aches and pains that you may still be carrying over from your weekend of debauchery, but they’ll at least provide your noggin with a change of much-needed scenery.

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Monday, March 19

So you had a little too much to drink on St. Patrick’s Day – okay, a whole lot too much to drink – and you woke up the next day with a ring on your finger, and you can’t quite recall how it got there. Oopsie. Look on the bright side; you now have a perfect excuse to come on down to this event, where a host of various important wedding day necessities from florists and photographers to catering and beauty services will be on hand to help you make the day unforgettable, even if you can’t remember your own proposal.

TIME: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
COST: $50 (one guest permitted with purchase)

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Tuesday, March 20

Yeah, we didn’t actually know “birding” was a real word either. Turns out it’s another word for bird-watching. Whatever you call it, you can learn all the basics behind it at this session, the first of a three-part weekly series hosted by the Pasadena Audubon Society. Enrollment into this class will also include a pair of weekend field trips designed to put all those new birding skills you just learned to use.

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COST: $40 for Pasadena Audubon Society members (full session); $60 for non-members (full session)

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Wednesday, March 21

Interior design is an art form, plain and simple. Don’t believe us? Then get yourself down to this special charity event put on by the Orange County chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, whose proceeds go the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Pacific South Coast Chapter. Thrill to the sight of a previously empty 5,300 square-foot storefront magically transformed into the ultimate abode, as concocted by more than a dozen of ASID’s OC design experts. Who knows – coming here may even give you inspiration for inventive ways to doll up your own dwelling.

TIME: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
COST: $25 for advanced tickets; $30 at the door

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Thursday, March 22

Who cares if the actual event that is being kicked off here doesn’t happen until August? This lovely launch party gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in the exquisiteness of the famous Newport Back Bay anyway. Guests will be able to enjoy a special crustacean-centric menu featuring items like lobster mac & cheese and lobster tacos, and will also get the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the actual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach when it actually goes down later this summer.

TIME: 6:30 PM
COST: $45

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Friday, March 23

On the surface, this Samuel Beckett masterwork is nothing more than two guys standing on a country road, hanging around for the title character. Yet this self-described “tragicomedy” really is about the human condition as it relates to the behavioral oddities of mankind and the existential nature of life. So it’s slightly deeper that what it appears to be. Of course, that’s what makes the show such an acclaimed slice of theatrical brilliance.

TIME: 8:00 PM
COST: $45 – $55

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Saturday, March 24

Have you ever wondered how someone could take a photo of, say, those begonias you have growing in your backyard, and have the picture turn out looking like a bona fide museum piece? If so, this one-day workshop is the perfect fit for you. Join award-winning photographer Gina Genis as she teaches you all about the techniques, tricks, and equipment needed to turn the basic images of flowers, trees, and gardens into jaw-dropping captures of natural expression.

TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
COST: $150 for Riverside Art Museum members; $170 for non-members

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Sunday, March 25

The underground and independent movie scene is alive and well, and this final day of a three-day celluloid extravaganza is proof of this fact. Guests can check out a full day’s worth of feature-length flicks, documentaries, short films, and music videos from all over the world. And yes, one of the movies being shown on this day includes zombies.

TIME: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
COST: $39

Rich Manning is a writer in Orange County, who also contributes to OC Executive.