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Need an idea for Valentine's Day? Here's your guide to events for all ages in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas

Phoebe D'Ysquith (Erin Lauer, right) sings to the man she hopes marry, Montague #x201c;Monty#x201d; Navarro (Mic Evans)
Phoebe D’Ysquith (Erin Lauer, right) sings to the man she hopes marry, Montague “Monty” Navarro (Mic Evans) in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” The Tony-winning musical comedy is onstage at Theatre Cedar Rapids through Feb. 23.
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Love in all its many moods is in the air this week and beyond. Here’s a guide to events during this sweetest holiday of the year. For more, go to HooplaNow.com

Wine & Dine

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Romantic Candlelight Dinner: 5 to 9:30 p.m., Longbranch, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Features: menu choices or $19.99 buffet, flower, music by Star DJ & Karaoke afterward in the lounge; thelongbranch.com/restaurants/events/

Feb. 15: Valentine’s Dinner & Dance: 5 to 8 p.m., American Legion, 114 Main St. SW, Shellsburg. Free.

Feb. 15: Valentine’s Pairing Dinner: Cedar Ridge Distillery & Winery, 1441 Marak Rd., Swisher. Time: 8:30 p.m. (6 p.m. sold out). Tickets: $65 per person; crwine.com/event/valentines-day-pairing-dinner/

Music & More

Feb. 13: Queen’s Night: 6 to 8 p.m., NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost: $10, ticket includes a drink at NewBo Beer and Wine, a truffle from Lori Ann’s Candies and performance by Lexi Belle; eventbrite.com/e/queens-night-at-newbo-city-market-tickets-89171218515

Feb. 14: Dan Hubbard Valentine’s Day Concert: 7 p.m., Artisan’s Sanctuary, 070 Seventh Ave., Marion. With guests Bob and Jovita Long. Tickets: $10 advance or door; BYOB; for reservations email artisansanctuary@gmail.com

Feb. 14: Cheek to Cheek Valentine’s Day Burlesque: 8:30 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha’s burlesque and variety show features headliners Chicago’s TilaVonTwirl and Kansas City’s Lola Loquacious, plus drag kings and a comedian. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door, $35 VIP; icmill.com

Feb. 14 and 15: Dreamchaser: 7:30 p.m., Opus Concert Cafe, 119 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Cabaret concerts by Amy Friedl Stoner with guest Rick Jensen. Tickets: $35, (319) 366-8203 or artsiowa.com/opus

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Feb. 15: Sweetheart Dance: 3:30 to 6 p.m., Grand Living at Bridgewater’s Forum Theater, 3 Russell Slade Blvd., Coralville. Live music from the Dick Watson Band, dancing, desserts, champagne and mimosas; free; RSVP to (319) 930-3000 or RSVPBrdigewater@GrandLiving.com

Singing Valentines

Feb. 14: Cedar Sounds Chorus of Sweet Adelines: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cedar Rapids area. Cost: $40, includes two songs by a female quartet, a rose, chocolates and card. Schedule a delivery at (319) 536-6331 or email donnymaur@msn.com

Feb. 14 & 15: Harmony Hawks men’s barbershop quartets: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., $15 by phone or $40 to $55 in person serenade with floral gift and card; within 25 miles of Cedar Rapids. Order at (319) 550-4930 or harmonyhawks.org

Feb. 14: Metro Mix Chorus women’s quartets: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; $10 by phone, $45 in person for two songs, flower, candy and card delivered in Corridor area; for orders in Iowa City call (319) 541-0128, in Cedar Rapids call (319) 533-4180

Comedy

Feb. 13: “Love is a Funny Thing”: 7:30 p.m., Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Improv Incubator presents a Galentine’s Day improv show for couples or singles. Veteran performers use real stories of love to create spontaneous scenes rife with passion, lust, heartbreak and everything in between. Time: Tickets: $5 at the door, 2 for 1 Date Night admission.

Feb. 14 and 15: The Second City presents “Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons”: 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. New revue breaks all the comedy rules the Chicago-based comedy troupe made famous, leaving audience rethinking everything they thought they knew about what’s funny. Tickets: $32.50 to $37.50, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or englert.org/events/

Theater

To Feb. 23: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. In this Clue/Agatha Christie/Monty Python musical mashup, penniless clerk Monty Navarro learns he is ninth in line to inherit the entire fortune of the D’Ysquith family. An outrageous plan of assassination — and an odd love triangle — transpire. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, Tickets: $22 to $45; TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or theatrecr.org

To Feb. 23: “Boeing Boeing”: Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard has Italian, German and American fiancees — each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22; (319) 536-0257 or givingtreetheater.com/collections/shows/products/boeing-boeing

Feb. 14 to 22: “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”: RHCR Theatre, 1200 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. A comedy set at the home of the bride in Knoxville, Tenn., during the newly married couple’s ostentatious wedding reception. The five bridesmaids have found refuge in the room of Meredith, the sister of the bride. The women come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $16 to $19, rhcrtheatre.wixsite.com/rhcrtheatre

Feb. 14: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”: Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $60; Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or paramounttheatrecr.com

Kids/Teens

Feb. 14: Crafts for Kids: “I Love You” Fish: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. Make some fishy valentines. Cost: free and open to children and their caregivers; hiawathapubliclibrary.org

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Tea Party: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. Sip tea (or juice), enjoy teatime snacks, a story, and learn a little bit about tea party etiquette; feel free to dress up. Cost: free and open to children and their caregivers; hiawathapubliclibrary.org

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Feb. 14: Tonight’s For Teens: “Shrek 2” + Valentines: 6 to 8 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids. Movie, free snacks and mocktails. Cost: free; ncsml.org/event/shrek-valentines/

Feb. 15: Cupcake V-Day Edition: 1 to 2 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. Free. Battle it out against other teens, cupcake style. Will your creation be beautiful and romantic or dark and monstrous?

Feb. 21: Teen Craft Night: Antivalentine Dolls: 5:20 to 7:20 p.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. Not feeling Valentine’s Day? Or, just feeling it in a uniquely creepy-cute way? Ages 12 to 17 are invited to make funky little antivalentine dolls. Free; hiawathapubliclibrary.org

Various

Feb. 13: Sweetheart Skate: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Cost: $13 per couple, includes admission and skate rental; creventslive.com/p/venues/imonice

Feb. 14: I “Chews” You Open House: 5 to 8 p.m., Deafinitely Dogs! 2802 Lippisch Place SW, Cedar Rapids. Free. Learn how this organization helps individuals with disabilities through the love of a dog. Event (for humans only) includes live music, silent auction, refreshments, service dogs in training.

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