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14 ways to feel the love on Valentine’s Day

Sip your favorite reds at regional wineries.
Sip your favorite reds at regional wineries.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be candy hearts, bouquets and stuffed bears. Take your favorite person along on a winery tour, to a lively concert or on a picnic with a scenic view. Here are 14 things you can do to celebrate and share the love this year, on Feb. 14 or close to it.

1. Dianne Reeves: Soulful jazz with gospel, R&B and world music influences from the Grammy-winning vocalist. 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. University of California, Davis, Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $12.50-$58. 530-754-2787. mondaviarts.org

2. Amador County Wine Tour: Sip your favorite reds at regional wineries, traveling in a luxury motorcoach with complimentary beverages and snacks. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Boarding at Butterfield Station, 9636 Butterfield Road, Rancho Cordova. $55-$110. eventbrite.com. 916-509-0870 or 916-505-0990

3. Enjoy the view: Take your muse to a scenic spot, gaze at the city skyline or go for a walk. Where? How about the Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden in Sacramento, Sierra College Boulevard, in Rocklin, UC Davis Arboretum, Beatty Drive in El Dorado Hills, or Costco Hill/Iron Point Road in Folsom – also known as the “top of the world

4. What’s Going On? A Tribute to Marvin Gaye: A night of live music, dancing, cocktails and dinner. Local featured artists include LC (Listen Close) Loeb, singer Robin Joy and spoken-word artist Destiny Robbins. 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Feb 11. Mack Powell Event Center, 2003 Howe Ave., Sacramento. $30-$45. 916 544-4946; eventbrite.com

5. Savvy Chef Chocolate Secrets class: Learn about chocolate and how it’s used to create and bake delectable treats. Lots of tasting included. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. The CIA at Copia, 500 First St., Napa. eventbrite.com

6. Rebelution: Reggae grooves from the Isla Vista natives. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 14-15, Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento. $30-$35. aceofspadessac.com

7. Paints and Pizza: A twist on Paints and Pints, for the little ones. Adults can enjoy lunch while watching the kiddos create Valentine’s masterpieces. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12. Old Town Pizza and Taphouse, 9677 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove. $15 for supplies, instruction and two slices pizza. Eventbrite.com

8. Rock climbing: An introductory rock climbing class covers basic technique, spotting and top rope belaying – a good way to break a sweat and test the trustworthiness of your date. 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. Rocknasium Climbing Gym, 720 Olive Drive, Suite S, Davis. $35/person. 530-757-2902. rocknasium.com

9. Race for Justice Valentine Run: Legal Services of Northern California hosts its 14th annual family, stroller and canine-friendly run/walk. Wear your heart on your sleeve or choose another Valentine’s Day costume and compete for a best-dressed award. Proceeds help fund legal advice for low income families. Various start times 6:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Country Club Plaza Mall, 2310 Watt Ave., Sacramento. 916-551-2164. lsncrun.info

10. Vicious Valentine’s Variety Show: A “decadently indecent” variety show, with burlesque, stand-up comedy, live music, circus acts, spoken-word artists, food and drinks. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15. Starlite Lounge, 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $10-$15. eventbrite.com

11. From JayJay with love art reception: Bubbles, chocolate and art provided 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the opening reception of a show of Rick Siggins’ abstracts. The exhibit is up through March 25. 5524B Elvas Ave., Sacramento. events.sacbee.com.

12. Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag: Celebrate the 20th birthday of the two bands that have had a heavy influence on ska and punk music. 6-11:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., Reno. $22-$25. eventbrite.com

13. “Casablanca”: Here’s looking at the big screen, kid, for the classic film’s 75th anniversary. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. $7. 916-442-0985, readingcinemasus.com

14. Carriage Ride: Take in the sights at a slow clip-clop in a horse-drawn carriage ride. 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. $15/couple, $20-$25/group. 916-933-3013, ext. 203. eldoradohillstowncenter.com

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