For many it’s a holiday weekend with Monday being President’s Day.  That makes this weekend a good one to get out and have some fun and if you head over the bridge to Seaside you can also support a couple of noteworthy causes.

The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is holding an Irish Wake tomorrow (Saturday) from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Hemmingway’s Café in Seaside Heights.

It’s a fundraiser for the annual parade which is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 on the boulevard in the borough.  The  event will feature performances by the Irish/American band Ballyhaunis and there will be pipes and drums, door prizes and raffles.  Tickets are just $10 and for more information on the parade you can visit ocstpatricksdaysparade.com.

Poster for the Light Up The Sky event (Bum Rogers)

On Sunday Bum Roger’s in South Seaside Park will host a tribute to local music legend Bernie Dippolito whose long career has included stints with Sam The Band, Frankie and the Burn and The G Men.

Bernie has been dealing with health issues for quite some time and for the past two years has been fighting an uphill battle with cancer.  Sunday’s “Light Up The Sky” tribute from 2-8pm will feature popular local performers like Mike Dalton, Eddie Testa, Mike Sorresso, JP LaStella & Company, members of Sticky Fingers and Katfish Lucy and a special reunion performance by the original members of Sam The Band featuring Bernie himself and many more.

There is no cover but a $10 donation is suggested with all proceeds going to the Dippolito family.  Again that’s Sunday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Bum Rogers in South Seaside Park.

By the way for local basketball fans this is a great weekend as the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament will be held at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena at Toms River High School North.

The girls take the court beginning at 11am Saturday with a quartet of games featuring powerhouses St. John Vianney, St. Rose, Manchester and Manasquan.  If you have been waiting for a chance to see the nationally ranked Ranney boys in action and McDonald’s All-Americans Bryan Antione and Scottie Lewis then make plans for Sunday at 11am in the first of four games that day.

For complete Shore Conference Tournament coverage visit shoresportsnetwork.com