Valentine's Day...right around the corner...NEXT SUNDAY, Feb. 14th. Some love this holiday and some dread it.
Card + Chocolates + Flowers + Dinner = Valentine's Day, right?
Sure, but the valley offers some pretty unique twists on the traditional as well as opportunities for the whole family.
#1 For the Love of Kids
At Michael's in Medford, kids age three and up can make Valentine's Dreamcatchers on Saturday, Feb. 13th from 10 a.m. to noon. Supplies are included but don't think you can drop your kids and run. Parents or guardians must be present. They make it super easy for you to register. You can sign up in store or online, or just drop in (3475 Crater Lake Hwy), (541) 779-5495.
#2 Teens Need Love Too
On Sunday, Feb. 14th, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Medford Library has an activity just for teens, Sticks N Strings. They can knit, crochet, or explore other fiber crafts. Materials and instruction are provided. The activity is located in the Medford Teen Library of the Medford Branch Library at 205 South Central Avenue. You can contact the Medford Teen Library at (541) 774-6413 for more information or visit jcls.org.
#3 Couples and Singles are Guaranteed to Love and Laugh
The Divided Comedy Tour comes to the Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts. Ty Barnett (Last Comic Standing, Tonight Show) and Ian Harris (Hulu Special, Jimmy Kimmel Live) are two of the smartest nationally touring headlining comedians who are approaching mid-life from very different perspectives. They come together on this uniquely, irreverent, double-headliner show that promises to unite us through laughter while pontificating on relationships, race, religion, parenting, beliefs, politics and other things that often keep us… “Divided." The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25.
There is also a "Dinner and Show" package available with Larks Restaurant in Medford. Special for Valentine's Day, Larks will be featuring scrumptious appetizer selections of beef tenderloin and oysters, uniquely prepared main dishes of pan roasted sturgeon and grilled choice beef tenderloin, and a white chocolate raspberry mousse cake for dessert. And if you haven't tried their brunches...YUM! Always a treat.
#4 Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden is Dedicating the Whole Weekend to Love
On Saturday, Feb. 13th and Sunday, Feb. 14th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. they are having a pairing event showcasing some of the highest quality wines, cheeses and chocolates available IN THE NATION. You will experience a rare opportunity to taste from the "Library" with Bill Steele. Showcased wines you won't want to miss are their 2014 Spiral 36 that was acknowledged as "White Wine Value of the YEAR" and "The Ten Best Wines of 2015" by Forbes Magazine and their 2012 Syrah 20 that garnered 94 points and Editor's Choice in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The tasting and pairing requires no RSVP. Participation fee is $15 per person, but will be waived with a minimum purchase of two bottles. The only biodynamic vineyard in the valley, Cowhorn is located at 1665 Eastside Road in Jacksonville. You can call (541) 899-6876 for more information.
#5 While We're On the Topic of Tasting
The Jacksonville Wine & Gift Shop is now doing tastings. Did you know that? On Sunday, Feb. 14th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will be offering a flight of their new line of saké...sparkling, hot and sweet, all kinds of varieties. That's different!
#5 Speaking of Different — Luscious. Night of Love
This may be a bit too daring for my taste, but you can celebrate the night dedicated to love, romance and sensuality by immersing yourself in a multi-sensory exotic atmosphere, with mesmerizing vocals, gypsy violin, ecstatic dancing until late, cuddle zones, casbah-themed environments, massage areas, gourmet desserts, live dance performances, light projections of alluring landscapes, a chocolate fountain, aromatherapy tent, and more! Govinda and Kaminanda will set the tone and take you on a unique musical journey at the Ashland Armory (208 Oak Street). The evening starts at 8 p.m. The cost is $25 advance/$30 at the door.
#6 Love Exposed (not THAT kind of exposed)
Another 21 & over event, ScienceWorks in Ashland and Love Revolution bring you Love Exposed. Love. Lust. Attraction. Intimacy. Mysterious as they seem, they all come down to chemistry. Love: Exposed is an adult-focused, interactive exploration of the astonishing science behind human relationships. From flirtation to mixed drinks to more intimate matters, romantic experts will tease out the secrets behind the complex chemical cocktail that is your brain on love. The event is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and it costs $10 for ScienceWorks members, $15 for non-members. The address is 1500 East Main Street.
#7 St. Valentine’s Day Partner Yin Yoga
On Sunday, Feb. 14th, Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness gives you the opportunity to connect with your partner, friend or loved one in this special two-hour yin class. You'll merge your breath while practicing the stillness of yin yoga, opening your heart and finding a dear understanding of your relationship. This workshop isn't just for lovebirds. It's for any two people interested in spending time together to breathe, connect, share space and love. It's $40 for a pair before February 10th or $50 for a pair drop in. Singles are welcome at $25 each (217 4th St, Ashland).
#8 Who Doesn't LOVE Chocolate
We are SO lucky to have one of the top chocolatiers in the nation, right here in our backyard — Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates! They have a special Sweetheart Box that is the Chef’s Valentine’s collection featuring 15 exquisite hand-picked bon bons, exotic caramels and ganache. It's lovingly decorated and packaged in a heart-shaped box but if you REALLY love your sweetie, why just spoil them one day out of the year? Did you know Lillie Belle has a Chocolate Club?! Oh. My. Goodness. This could get me in serious trouble. You can sign someone up to receive a hand selection of their freshest chocolates and decadent organic treats delivered every month. What a gift!!!! If you, for some crazy reason have never been, they are located at 211 N. Front Street in Central Point.
#9 What is Valentine's Day without Flowers?
So anyone can pick up a standard, non-descript bunch of flowers lacking fragrance from any number of grocery stores or floral shops, right? Right. If you want something that speaks volumes and is a more accurate reflection of how you really feel, Penny and Lulu is the only place to place your order. Seriously. You don't believe me? Go see for yourself. They are located at 18 Stewart Avenue in Medford.
#10 Dinner at Porters
Porters (147 N Front Street in Medford) is going all out with a four course dinner, seatings at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Seating IS limited so call NOW to make your reservation, (541) 857-1910. You can thank me later.