Nearby Notes: Festivals, events and more

North Carolina

Emerald Isle, March 11-12. St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Details:

Hickory, March 12. Inside Pitch Toy Show. Details:

Raleigh, March 12. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. Details:

Outer Banks, March 17-20. Taste of the Beach. Details:

Wilmington, March 18-20. Cape Fear Wildlife Expo. Details:

South Carolina

Newberry, March 11. Irish Fling. Details:

Charleston, March 11-12. Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival. Details:

Gaffney, March 12. Run for the Clover (5K run/walk). Details:

North Myrtle Beach, March 12. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. Details:

What to see and do in Sicily

Tuesday, you can learn about visiting Sicily – off the “toe” of Italy – the largest island in the Mediterranean and home to Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount. Etna. Simona Strino Normand, a native of Sicily, will give a presentation about her homeland at the March of the Magellan Travel Club. Reservations are not required and there is no charge to attend. It begins at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. Details: Contact Bob Taylor at 704-906-6483;