You Say Yi-ro, I Say Dji-ro

If the thought of gyros and baklava makes you hungry and syrtaki dancing tickles your fancy, you may be ready for a trip to Greece. Passport not updated? No worries. Greece is closer than you think. "Passport to Greece," the 31st-annual Greek Festival at Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church, located at 2100 NW 51st St. (Yamato Road) in Boca Raton, is right around the corner and is open to the public. Enjoy live entertainment by syrtaki dancers, and buy jewelry and pottery from overseas. The children will enjoy carnival rides while you satisfy your cravings for lamb shank and chicken oreganato. And if you want food and nothing else, a drive-through will be ready to take your order and send you on your way. Festival tickets cost $5 per person, and children under 12 are admitted free. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday. Call 561-994-4822, or visit
Thu., Jan. 24, 4-9 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 27, 12-7 p.m., 2013

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