You can use this weekend to tune up for St. Patrick's Day celebrations Monday, or just get out of the house. Here are some things to do in Fairfield:

Do you have "A Way with Words?" The Art/Place gallery, 70 Sanford St., does with its exhibit that incorporates language through visual expression. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and during all Fairfield Theatre Co. performances, which shares the space. On Sunday, there will be reception to meet the artists. Call 203-292-8328 or visit for more information.

Kick up your heels for pre-St. Patrick's Day fun with Irish step dancing Saturday at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave. The free event starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 203-259-0346, ext. 18, or visit

When you're done with dancing, head over to the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, to hear The Kerry Boys at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. There's no charge for admission to hear the Irish balladeers. Visit or call 203-256-3161.

Get a leg up on the holiday at the 19th annual St. Patrick's Day Classic Fun Run at Jennings Beach on Sunday. In addition to the main 4-mile race, there will be a Kids Fun Run, a 1-mile Youth Race and a Family Fun Run. The events, sponsored by the Warren Street Social & Athletic Club, kick off at 10:15 a.m. The main event is at 11 a.m. Registration is $10 the day of the race. Info:

Catch '60s-era crooner Jack Jones at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart University's Edgerton Center, 5151 Park Avenue. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 203-371-7908 or visit