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Valentine’s Day Round Up

Our picks for the best ways to celebrate this romantic holiday.


Explore your adventurous side at The Chabot Space and Science Center. Couples will work together as they embark on a simulated space mission. The package includes complete access pass to Chabot, delicious treats, fizzy Martian beverages, and a surprise souvenir. Missions are still available for Sunday, February 12. $80 for members, $85 non-members 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7373, chabotspace.org

Book the Romance Package at Pleasanton’s Rose Hotel and prepare for an intimate escape. The deal includes one night’s accommodations in a Deluxe King room, champagne and chocolates, fresh roses, and a continental breakfast. $295 plus tax/night; 807 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 843-9540, rosehotel.net

Known for its seasonal dishes and creative wine pairings, Gather is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu includes 4 course offerings for $75 per person. This restaurant also accommodates special diets, with vegan selections available for each course. 2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, (510) 809-0400, gatherrestaurant.com

If you’re in the mood for a movie, buy tickets for The Vow. Hitting theatres on February 10, this tearjerker mixes elements of romantic drama with heartwarming moments. thevow-movie.com

Try something new with Attitude Aviation at the Livermore Municipal Airport. The company offers customizable flights in your choice of aircraft. Bring your partner along for an exciting adventure. Basic introductory flights with an instructor begin at $125. Livermore Municipal Airport, (925) 456-2276, attitudeaviation.com

Channel your inner athlete at the Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day Dash. The 5k event takes place on the morning of February 12, with a post-race celebration in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Participants can compete individually or as two person teams. promotionevents.com/valentines/SF_Home.htm

Visit the Oakland flower markets to pick out fresh bouquets for your Valentine. Be sure to get there early for the best selection of stems; they tend to sell out quick. 821 Jefferson St., Oakland, (510) 836-2200, eflowerwholesale.com.

The Lesher Center for the Arts is pleased to have two perennial stories of love this upcoming Valentine’s Day week.
     First up is Center REP’s take on George Bernard Shaw’s classic romantic triangle, The Arms and the Man. This witty and compelling story (and Shaw’s most popular play), tells of how Raina must choose between the practical Captain Bluntschli and the dashing Sergius.
    One-upping this amorous triangle is Philip Barry’s riotous story of unrequited love, The Philadelphia Story, featuring three love stories between five different people (at least). He loves her but she divorced him and is now engaged to this other man but develops feelings for a third man who is loved by another woman… Got it? The Oscar-winning film version with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, and Ruth Hussey is not a bad runner-up version, either, for those who want a romantic-night-in! Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek 94596, times and prices vary, 925-943-7469, lesherartscenter.org/arms-and-the-man-4/ and lesherartscenter.org/the-philadelphia-story

Calling all (wine) lovers! The Napa Valley Wine Train will transform into the Napa Valley Love Train on February 10, 11, and 14. Travel through the stunning wine country, listen to the lilting melodies of strolling musicians, and enjoy the company of the one you love in this elegant, classic three-hour excursion. The Napa Valley Wine Train Station, 1275 McKinstry Street Napa CA 94559, dinners all three days with suggested arrival time at 5:30 and boarding at 6pm; lunch also available on the 14th with suggested arrival time at 10:30am and boarding at 6pm, $119-149 per person, 707-253-2160, winetrain.com/holiday/valentines-day

No fuzzy pink hearts at Dublin's Bunjo’s Comedy Lounge this V-Day, which will host their Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Bash. If you want to share your dating horror stories (or just your general frustration with the holiday) then the audience-led “Airing of Grievances” should be the perfect venue. Headliner Brendan Lynch and host/Chief Executive Comic John DeKoven will take over afterwards. Bunjo’s Comedy Lounge @ The Willow Tree, 6513 Regional St Dublin 94568, 7:30pm, $10, 925-264-4413, bunjoscomedy.com

Looking for the perfect gift for your animal-loving partner? How about a pair of tickets to see Jack Hanna on February 15: The renowned host, naturalist, and director of the Columbus Zoo will bring some of his animals to Walnut Creek as part of the Lesher Speaker Series. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek 94596, 7:30pm, $40 (main theater is sold out; ticket is for the live-feed version from adjacent theater), 925-943-7469.

Many local restaurants are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a prix fixe or special menu. Here are five places that caught our eye:

• Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek
(925) 935-7780, primawine.com
• Amber Bistro, Danville
(925) 552-5238, amberbistro.com
• Oliveto, Oakland
(510) 547-5356, oliveto.com
• Simply Fondue, Livermore
(925) 443-6638, simplyfondue.com
• Yankee Pier, Lafayette
(925) 283-4100, yankeepier.com/lafayette

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