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Fun things to do with your valentine in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

OLD CREAMERY THEATRE

Come in out of the snow and join the Killer family for a killer reunion that will send someone straight to the family plot. Madeline McKeown and Sean McCall play daughter and father in the Old Creamery Theatre’s wacky, interactive sendup of family reunions. This dinner theater production is being staged at the Price Creek Event Center in Amana through March 16.
OLD CREAMERY THEATRE Come in out of the snow and join the Killer family for a killer reunion that will send someone straight to the family plot. Madeline McKeown and Sean McCall play daughter and father in the Old Creamery Theatre’s wacky, interactive sendup of family reunions. This dinner theater production is being staged at the Price Creek Event Center in Amana through March 16.

It’s not too late to plan a romantic outing, meet up with friends or schedule some kid time. Here’s a bouquet of events from HooplaNow.com

WINE & DINE

Feb. 14: Valentine Package, 4 to 11:5 p.m., The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids; $75 per couple for dinner-only in The Class Act Restaurant; $189 or $199 king rooms with dinner for two and Champagne toast. Thehotelatkirkwood.com

Feb. 14 and 16: Valentine’s Pairing Dinner, seatings at 6:30 today (2/14), 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday (2/16), Cedar Ridge Distillery & Winery, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher. Cost: $65 per person, seating is limited; Crwine.com/about-us/events-calendar/

Feb. 15 to 17: Romance Weekend in the Amana Colonies. Special events, food sampling, shopping, entertainment, dinners, dinner theater on Friday and Saturday, four-course Wine & Dine Dinner on Saturday, overnight stays and hotel and B&B packages. Details: Amana Colonies Visitors Center, (319) 622-7622 or Amanacolonies.com

Feb. 15: Valentine’s Wine and Dine Weekend Escape, Die Heimat Country Inn and Next Door Event Center, 4434 V St., Homestead; $475. All-inclusive romance package for couples includes a two-night stay/breakfast, demonstration-style cooking class, two evening meals (one heavy appetizers and the other a four-course Italian dinner) paired with Fireside wine, cooperative dessert-making activity and music by Young Ramblers and Friends of Iowa City. Dieheimat.com/Blog/ValentineWineandDineWeekendEscape.html

Feb. 16: Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, 5 to 8 p.m., Shellsburg American Legion Hall, 114 Main St. SW, Shellsburg; freewill offering. Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m.; also drawings and door prizes. Host: Church of Grace Youth.

Feb. 16: Koru’s Valentine Wine Tasting, noon to 8 p.m., Koru Berry Farm and Special Events Center, 1685 U Ave., Homestead. Sample wine and sweet desserts; free. Koruberryfarm.com

DANCE

Feb. 16: Dancing in Love, 8 p.m. to midnight, NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Featuring drinks, atmosphere and music by Isaac Burris, his dancers and a special guest. Cost: $15; Eventbrite.com/e/dancing-in-love-isaac-burris-at-newbo-city-market-tickets-55174298813

FUN & GAMES

Feb. 14: Witwer Senior Games, 1 to 4 p.m., Ladd Library Community Room, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Play canasta, Yahtzee, dominoes and more. Crlibrary.libnet.info/website/events

MUSIC

Feb. 14: Jazz in the Stacks, 6 to 8 p.m., Whipple Auditorium, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE; free. Dennis McPartland Jazz Quartet playing movie themes with a jazz twist.

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Feb. 16: Sweetheart Serenade, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. A celebration of love featuring Nancy Romalov and Susan Birrell, the “Ukeladies,” Greg and Susan Dirks, Larry Mossman and Kathy Maxey, Pennies on the Rail, and Joe and Coleen Peterson with Al and Aleta Murphy. Donations accepted.

Feb. 16: Journey of the Heart: Native Flute and Live Painting, 7 to 9 p.m., The Famous Mockingbird, 1064 Seventh Ave., Marion. Featuring painter John Paul Schafer and musician Jonny Lipford. Schafer will expressively paint to the soothing sounds of the Native American flute. Cost: $30 or $140 for a specialty table for four, with wine and dessert tray; Thefamousmockingbird.com

THEATER

Feb. 14 to March 16: “A Killer Family Reunion,” Old Creamery dinner theater at Price Creek Event Center, 4709 220th Trl., Amana. Times: seating 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; matinee seating noon, show 12:30 p.m. March 9 and 16. Tickets: $52, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com. Comic murder mystery features squabbling siblings, gold digging girlfriends and those relatives you hate to admit you’re related to.

Feb. 15 & 16: “The Vagina Monologues,” 6 to 8:30 p.m., Raygun, 1028 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Performed as a part of V-Day, an effort to end violence against women. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Benefit for Tanager Place LGBTQ Youth Center, L.U.N.A. and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Tickets: $20 students, $25 adults; for ages 15 and up; Erinnowen.wixsite.com/vmcedarrapids19

YOUTHS

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Story Time, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St.; free for kids and their caregivers. Hear stories and decorate heart-shaped cookies. Hiawatha-iowa.com/events/library/valentines-day-story-time/1405

Feb. 15: Friday Flicks: “Lady and the Tramp,” 3 to 4:15 p.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St.; free. Disney’s romantic animated tale of a sheltered uptown cocker spaniel and a street-wise downtown mutt. Snacks provided. Hiawatha-iowa.com/events/library/friday-flicks-lady-and-the-tramp/1404

All month: Teens and Tweens Anti-Romance Reads, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St. Tired of all the fuss over Valentine’s Day? Seek refuge from the mushiness during the entire month of February by checking out ultra-platonic, anti-Valentine reads.

VARIOUS

Feb. 14: Author signing with Tricia Andersen, 5 to 7 p.m., M & M Books, 212 Edgewood Rd. NW, Cedar Rapids; free, ages 18 and up. Schedule: 5 to 6 p.m. mix & mingle; 6 to 6:30 p.m. reading and Q&A; 6:30 to 7 p.m. book signing for “Breaking the Silence.”

Feb. 15: Valentine’s Partner Yoga Workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Toula Yoga, 2720 Frist Ave. NE, Suite 108, Cedar Rapids. Respectful connections for partners, best friends, parent/child. Cost: $30, partner not required, wine served afterward. Toulayoga.com/workshops-and-events/

Feb. 16: Paint N Pint, 3 to 5 p.m., Millstream Brau Haus, 741 47th Ave., Amana. Cost: $25, includes 12-inch by 12-inch canvas, all painting supplies, instruction and pretzel bites. Reservations: (319) 622-7332.

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