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Has it been a while since you’ve gone out on a date? Perhaps you are you looking for something different to do? However you would like to spend this Valentine’s weekend, let The Sacramento Press be your guide.

The Sacramento Public Library in Antelope will be hosting Valentine’s craft day

Valentine’s craft day
Thursday
Sacramento Public Library
4235 Antelope Rd., Antelope
3 – 4 p.m.
Free

Children and teens are invited to make their own paper valentines with candy roses. The library will supply all the necessary materials.

According to Teen/Adult Librarian Justin Azevedo, this event was organized by the teen volunteers.

“They wanted to organize an event for other kids and teens,” Azevedo said. “It’s a fun and easy way to make unique valentines just in time for Valentine’s Day.

For more information, visit the website or call 264-2700.

The Grown & Sexy Couples Night Out III
Thursday
Sekou’s BBQ
455 Bercut Dr.
7 -10 p.m.
$40

T-Mo Entertainment is hosting this Valentine’s weekend event with a live DJ, dancing and newlywed games.

According to organizer Terry Moore, there may be an event where people are blindfolded and hold hands with another person. They will have to guess if the other person is their mate, which Moore explained, will determine if they know what their mate’s touch feels like.

“Couples can get together and have a clean, nice time,” Moore said. “It’s affordable, and it’s relationship building. It might be the only mixer that Sacramento has for couples like this.”

For more information, visit the website or call 208-7638.

Jill Allyn Stafford’s collages will be available at the It’s All About Love event
It’s All About Love
Saturday
Vox Sacramento
1818 11th St.
4 – 9 p.m.
Free

Artists who volunteer with Vox, a nonprofit art gallery, will showcase their work for this gallery opening.

Artists include Artistic Director Jill Allyn Stafford, who will be showing her collages, and Christian Cinder, whose paintings will be on display. All of the art is available for purchase and will be displayed for the duration of the event.

In addition, poet and CSUS English teacher Cynthia Linville will host “A Marathon of Love Poems.”

“Twenty local poets read poems of love, lust and heartache,” Secretary/Treasurer Eric Sweiven said.

Sweiven recommends arriving at 6:30 to claim a seat for the poetry reading, which starts at 7, as seating is limited.

For more information, visit the website.

Guests at the Port, Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend last year

Port, Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend
Saturday – Sunday
Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$20

The Old Sugar Mill, which houses eight wineries, is hosting a two-day event that will feature two live bands each day and chocolate tastings with wine pairings.

Event coordinator Mary E. Tye said that what people may not know is that the wineries will not only be serving desert and port wines but they will also have their full listing of wines available.

According to Tye, there will also be food available for purchase from Elk Grove’s Baguettes Deli and The Pasta Queen, a local Italian food delivery service.

“It’s a great day to share with your friends or sweetie,” Tye said. “And to enjoy some good wine.”

Tye said that they had about 2200 – 2500 people over the last two days when they held the event last year.

For more information, visit the website or call 744-1615.

An orangutan with a treat at last year’s event

I Heart Sacramento Zoo
Sunday
The Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Children up to age one are free, ages 2-11 are $7.25, seniors are $10.50, general admission is $11.25

Sacramento Zoo teen volunteers organized this second annual event where they make valentine-themed paper mâché treats with nontoxic paint. These are put in the animals’ cages, where the crowd can see. Depending on the animal, different spices are put in the treats to attract the animals.

According to Public Relations Coordinator Tonja Swank, there will be a Zookeeper or Zoo teen volunteer present at each exhibit to take questions from the audience.

“You can come with your family,” Swank said, “to see animals do something you might not see on a regular day at the zoo.”

For more information, visit the website or call 808-5888.

The Firehouse Restaurant is hosting a dinner on Valentine’s day
Valentine’s Dinner at The Firehouse Restaurant
Tuesday
1112 Second St.
5 – 10:30 p.m.
$125 per person

The Firehouse Restaurant is offering a five-course dinner and a vegetarian/vegan dinner, prepared by Chef Deneb Williams. Menu items include pancetta-wrapped asparagus, lobster bread pudding and cherry lamb chop.

The vegan/vegetarian menu will offer a vegan asparagus bundle, vegan flatbread trio and a vegan beet carpaccio salad.

The Firehouse Restaurant’s Marketing Specialist Christi Ballard said the ambiance and lighting is why it continues to be voted Sacramento’s most romantic restaurant by Zagat.

“The quiet elegance of The Firehouse is unmatched,” Ballard said. “The cuisine is exceptional and our customer service unparalleled.”

Reservations are required and valet parking is available.

For more information, visit the website or call 442-4772

Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries will be hosting a Valentine’s dinner with food from the Festa Regionale menu
Valentines Dinner at Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries
Tuesday
400 Capitol Mall
1179 Galleria Blvd, Roseville
5 – 10 p.m.

To celebrate its Italian heritage, Il Fornaio will be serving food from different regions of Italy as part of its Festa Regionale menu at the Roseville and Sacramento locations.

This month’s region is Lazio, where Rome is located. Menu items include roasted salmon with fresh vegetables, slow-braised oxtail and vegetarian items such as Roman style gnocchi and whole wheat raviolis with Swiss chard.

A three-course tasting menu is available, where guests choose one item from each course, for $31.99 per person.

For more information, visit the website or call 446-4100 for the Sacramento location and 788-1200 for the Roseville location.

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