Valentine’s Day may be a week away, on Tuesday, February 14. But there are a slew of events leading up to it around the South Bay and Santa Cruz. Whether single or coupled, enjoy one of the many VDay themed activities throughout the area -- including savoring handmade chocolate, dancing the night away, and getting crafty making cards.
Time/Place: 5 to 7 p.m., , 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd
What: If you want to make your sweetie some chocolate (and strawberry and shortbread) treats, or just indulge yourself, this is the class for you.
Time/Place: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Northwest YMCA, 20803 Alves Drive
What: Here’s a charitable event for all ages to dance the evening away. Proceeds will go to the giving campaign of the YMCA.
Cost: $5 plus extra for food
Time/Place: Sat., Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., begins at , Gilman Ave. and E. Campbell Ave.
What: If you want to work off all the chocolate you’ll be consuming later, and have a good time, this 10K run is for you. You’ll weave through the Campbell Par Course, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Lark Avenue.
Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for children, to register.
Time/Place: Sat. and Sun., Feb. 11 and 12, 12:00 pm to 4 pm at the Solis Winery, 3920 Hecker Pass Road
What: Sample five decadent chocolates from the DeBrito Chocolate Factory matched with Solis’ wine
Time/Place: Sat., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 9Lives Club, 7430 Monterey Street
What: The South County Derby Girls will host a night of dancing and live music featuring the Melting Horses.
Time/Place: Wed., Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., , 127 Main Street, Los Altos, CA
What: Receive a signature portrait with an added touch for Valentine’s Day: a customized greeting card.
Cost: $49 entry fee gets you a 20 minute session and a downloadable Valentine Card. A portion of every fee will be donated to the Los Altos Community Foundation!
Time/Place: Sun., Feb. 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (15980 Los Gatos Boulevard)
What: Pile on the sprinkles at this festive event that’s fun for kids and adults. Learn how to bake, and create, your own unique cookies.
Cost: Free, but a $1 donation benefits the Live Oak Senior Nutrition Center.
MILPITAS: Valentine’s Day Party for Desi Singles
Time/Place: Sun. Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Chandni Restaurant in nearby Newark, 5748 Mowry School Rd.
What: Don’t have a honey this VDay? No problem, especially for Desi singles, who can mingle over Bollywood music, fun party games, and last but not least delicious food.
Cost: women $25; men $50
Time/Place: Fri., Feb. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., , 1400 Terra Bella Ave.
What: Want to announce how you feel about your loved one to the world (or at least community)? KTMV will be taping a night of VDay shout-outs, in which every person has 15 seconds to record their greeting. First come, first served.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Time/Place: Sun., Feb. 12, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., , 1710 41st Ave.
What: Planning on staying in and cooking up a tasty meal on Feb. 14? Staffers will be on hand to advise you on recipes and the aphrodisiacs er, ingredients, that go into them.
Time/Place: Sat., Feb. 11, 12-5 p.m., Book Shop Santa Cruz (1520 Pacific Ave)
What: If you’re looking for a more literary celebration of VDay, look no further than Bookshop Santa Cruz! Couples will answer questions about their beloved, before writers create a customized a love letter or poem on a typewriter for them.
Time/Place: Sat., Feb. 11, 8 to 10 p.m., Center Stage, 1001 Center Street
What: Hast thou a desire to learn about the many faucets of love through eight centuries? Join a stellar cast for this musical and theatrical performance.
Cost: The event is free, but donations are encouraged through the theater’s website.
Time/Place: Sat., Feb. 11, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m., , 2346 Bean Creek Road
What: Simultaneously savor decadent wines and sweets, not limited to chocolates, caramels, and truffles.
Time/Place: Feb. 14, 2:30 to 5 p.m., , 275 Main Street
What: When the big VDay does roll around, get crafty making cards for your friends and family.