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Posted on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 : 5:58 a.m.

Valentine's Day Guide: Family events, fun with friends, date ideas

By Chrysta Cherrie

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Whether you're looking for family-friendly fare, fun with friends, or a romantic night out, we've got lots of ideas for things to do in and near Washtenaw County. More events are being added throughout the week.


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Fun with friends • Date night ideas • Helpful hints

FAMILY FARE Arts and crafts events, story times, and other kid-friendly things to do.

Wednesday, February 9

After School Cooking: Valentine Treats at Ann Arbor CooksKid’s Club: Make a Valentine Card at Whole Foods Market Cranbrook

Thursday, February 10

Let’s Make Truffles! at Whole Foods Market Cranbrook

Saturday, February 12

Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits for Valentine's at Nicola's BooksChocolate Extravaganza in Downtown ChelseaCraft: Let's Get Ready for Lantern Festival! at Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood Branch Craft: Make a Valentine! at Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield BranchPet Valentine Photos at Pet EmporiumRuby Valentine Saves the Day! Storytime Event for Kids at Barnes & NobleValentine’s Day with Heart & Health Event at Ann Arbor Hands On Museum (continues 2/13)

Sunday, February 13

Valentine’s Event at Leslie Science and Nature Center

Monday, February 14

"A Charlie Brown Valentine" at Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker RoadTeen Valentine's Party - Love & Peeps at Chelsea District Library

More kid-friendly events in the calendar.


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Fun with friends • Date night ideas • Helpful hints

FUN WITH FRIENDS Theater productions, art exhibits, concerts and more.

Saturday, February 12

The Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers - Valentine Concert at Dexter District LibraryThe Bang! at Blind Pig'Lines A la Mode', featuring Acting With the Stars at Portage Yacht Club Valentine's Day Party at The Dance Pavillion

Sunday, February 13

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Jeff Daniels, the Dave Bennett Band, Dinner, and Dancing at Purple Rose TheatreMy Folky Valentine: w/Annie & Rod Capps & More at The Ark

Tuesday, February 15

The Love Hangover at Woodruff's

More art exhibits, concerts and theater events in the calendar. For dining ideas, browse the restaurants guide.


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Family fare • Fun with friends • Helpful hints

DATE NIGHT IDEAS Valentine's weekend events to enjoy with that special someone.

Saturday, February 12

Ann Arbor Evening Lions Club presents Valentine's Dinner & Dance at Eagle Crest Golf ResortBe My Valentine! at Whole Foods Market CranbrookCupcake Decorating for Valentine’s Day at Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker RoadGolden Valentine Wine Tour at Gratzi RistoranteSweets for Your Sweet at Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Ave.A Valentine's Day Extravaganza Fundraising Event to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor at American Spirit Center (VFW Post #4357)Victorian Valentine Teas at Kempf House Museum (continues 2/13)

More holiday events in the calendar. For dining ideas, browse the restaurants guide.

Family fare • Fun with friends • Date night ideas



Valentine's Day craft projects for kids and teensRecipe: Triple chocolate cookies"The Chocolate Pirate Plot" a sweet treat without the guilt of calories

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Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for Reach her at or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.


Jeff Tenza

Mon, Feb 14, 2011 : 9:53 a.m.

How to have a happy Valentine's Day advice from Merri Walters of Great Lakes Sacred Essences: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Valentine's Day organic Italian cuisine - lunch and Dinner at Silvio's: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> In the mood for Chinese food? Just heard they have specials and free delivery today at Mei's Organic Chinese Kitchen: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Happy Valentine's everybody! Jeff


Tue, Feb 9, 2010 : 7:32 p.m.

There are some more fun ideas for celebrating Valentines with your family, friends or special other.. great games for the classroom parties.. the Be Mine Bingo is free.. just print and play and is great. Fun party idea for a drinks and dessert party for adults with a hysterical Pink Elephant game.. plus a very thoughtful gift idea that is inexpensive but priceless.