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Multiple days, ways to celebrate Valentine’s in Corridor
Sweet events for couples, singles, friends and families
When the sweetest day of the year falls on a weekday, you get two weekends to celebrate. We can count on restaurants and hotels to up the romance, but here are other ways for singles, couples, friends and families to spread some love and cheer. Find or post other events on hooplanow.com
WINE & DINE
Feb. 11: Kiwanis Valentine’s Pancake and Omelet Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha. Also, Kids craft table to make Valentines for friends and family. Cost: By donation, to benefit the community.
Feb. 12: Galentine’s Day Brunch, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher. Features brunch buffet; complementary mimosa; cocktails for purchase; coloring sheets with your favorite lady icons; group photo booth; music; pop-up shops with candles and jewelry 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buffet cost: $17.99 plus tax, reservations recommended. crwine.com/events-calendar/
Feb. 15: Palentine’s Day Party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. With speed friendshipping and a catered lunch, followed by board games in the lobby. Bring a wrapped gift valued $10 or less if you want to participate in a gift exchange. Also, blank greeting cards for writing notes of appreciation to pals. Cost: $10. hooplanow.com/things-to-do/150884-palentine-s-day-party-iowa-city-senior-center
Feb. 18: Cedar Rapids Heart Ball, 5 p.m., The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Includes social reception, silent auction, dinner, program, live auction. Tickets: $100 per person, $1,500 corporate table, heart.org/CedarRapidsHeartBall
MUSIC & MORE
Feb. 10: A Starlighters II Valentine Special, 7:30 p.m., Starlighters II Theatre, 200 E. Main St., Anamosa. Romantic night of music, featuring vocal performances by local Starlighters patrons, and four comedy sketches focusing on blind dates gone bad, from the comedy “Check, Please.” Tickets: $10, starlighters.org/a-valentine-musical
Feb. 10: Bawdy and Soul, a Valentine’s Day Burlesque Experience, 8 p.m., The James Theater, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha presents headliners Twirlisha Devine of Indianapolis and Rose Whip of St Louis. Tickets: $25 general admission, $50 VIP seating at a front-row table, performer interaction, champagne service and photo, thejamesic.com/
Feb. 11: A Valentine’s Evening with the Dandelion Stompers, 7 to 11 p.m., Ideal Theater and Bar, 213 16th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Program: 7 p.m. dance lessons with Five Seasons Swing; 8 p.m. Hot Dish Quartet; 9 p.m. Dandelion Stompers. Cost: $25 lesson and show, $15 show only. wl.seetickets.us/event/Dandelion-Stompers/531273?afflky=TheIdeal
Feb. 11: My Bloody Valentine, Nexus Entertainment Arts, 7:30 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Featuring giveaways, prizes and special themed merchandise, plus performances by Anti-Kingdom, Grave Corps, St. October, Guilty of Treason, KnuckleHead, and more. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 door, cspshall.org/my-bloody-valentine
Feb. 11: The Best of the Beatles, Orchestra Iowa Pops, 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Does she love you? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with the full power of Orchestra Iowa. What would that have sounded like? Find out when the four musicians of Classical Mystery Tour join the orchestra on stage. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section; experience "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; and groove to the rock/classical blend on the hard-edge "I Am The Walrus." ASL services with designated seating will be available. Tickets: $18 to $59, creventslive.com/events/2023/the-best-of-the-beatles
Feb. 15: Valentine-themed concert by Sam Weis of Springville, 7 p.m., Heritage Hall, Lisbon Public Library, 101 E. Main St., Lisbon. Featuring original music on 12-string guitar; free. visitmvl.com/event/sam-weis-concert/
Feb. 16: Miss Christine’s “Love With You” release party, 7 p.m., Wild Culture Kombucha, 210 N. Linn St., Iowa City. A queer celebration of self-love, platonic love and romantic love by Christine Moad, a bassist and singer/songwriter who lives near Iowa City, and records as Miss Christine. No cover charge; tips appreciated. facebook.com/wildculturekombucha/events
Feb. 18: Dan + Claudia Zanes, 2 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. “Let Love Be Your Guide” concert by Grammy-winner Dan Zanes and Haitian American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes performing “all-ages social music” for an all-ages party. Interactive, with dancing and seating onstage. Tickets: $25 adults, $12 youths and college students, hancher.uiowa.edu/2022-23/Dan_Claudia_Zanes
Feb. 14: Harmony Hawks quartet, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., within 25-mile radius of Cedar Rapids. Includes serenade, Valentine’s Day card and floral gift, $40 or $55 priority delivery, $15 phone call only. harmonyhawks.org/
Feb. 14: Metro Mix Chorus, Sweet Adelines International. Delivering in Cedar Rapids, two love songs, candy, flower, card, $45; telephone singing Valentines, $10. Order: email SingValMM@gmail.com. Details: facebook.com/metromixchorusIowa/ or metromixchorus.org/
Feb. 10 and 11: The Second City “Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to The Ultimate Date Night,” 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Sketch comedy troupe annihilates everything that turns us on — and off — about love, dating, relationships and more. Tickets: $20 to $48, englert.org/events/
Feb. 10 and 11: “The Love List,” TKM Theatrical Productions, Amana.
Leon and Bill concoct a list of attributes of the ideal woman — the Top 10 best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly “ideal woman” actually arrives on the scene, the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. Where: Amana Performing Arts Center, 39 38th Ave., Amana. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11. Tickets: $20, email email@example.com, call (319) 899-3799 or cash at the door.
Feb. 10 to 12: “The Secret Garden in Concert,” City Circle Theatre Company, Coralville.
A mysterious Yorkshire estate turns into a place of wonder for a young orphan when she is sent to live with her reclusive uncle. This Tony Award-winning musical unfolds as Mary discovers the magic that awaits her and her new friends in the enchanting Secret Garden.is based on the classic tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets: $30 premium, $25 adults, $22 ages 65 and up, $20 students, $17 ages 10 and under, coralvillearts.org/254/The-Secret-Garden
Feb. 10 to 18: “Eurydice,” Coe College, Cedar Rapids
According to ancient myth, Orpheus was the greatest musician ever born. When his wife died unexpectedly, he refused to give up on her. He used his musical gift to gain entry to the Underworld to retrieve Eurydice. Sarah Ruhl’s play is a contemporary retelling of that well-known myth, but this time from his wife’s perspective. With imagination, poetry and humor, Eurydice is about love and what to do with it. Where: Dows Fine Arts Center, Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. When: Feb. 10 to 18; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 11, 16 to 18; 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets: $10 5o $15, Coe Box Office, (319) 399-8600.
Feb. 10 to 19: “The Fantastics,” Willow Creek Theatre Company, Iowa City
A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. Where: Willow Creek Theatre Company, 327 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. When: Feb. 10 to 19; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets: $25, facebook.com/willowcreektheatrecompany/
To Feb. 19: “Open,” Mirrorbox Theatre, Cedar Rapids
TV and film actor Ellie Desautels of New York City stars in this magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. The Magician presents myriad tricks for our entertainment, yet the performance seems to be attempting the impossible — to save the life of their partner, Jenny. But is our faith in these illusions enough to rewrite the past? Where: Mirrorbox Theatre, 1200 Ellis Blvd. NW, Cedar Rapids. When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20, mirrorboxtheatre.com/open/
To Feb. 19: “Six,” Des Moines Civic Center
From Tudor queens to pop icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power. This new Tony-winning musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. Where: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. When: To Feb. 19; various times, evenings and matinees. Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission. Tickets: $40 to $150; student rush and lottery, $30; desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/six/
Feb. 18 and 19: Puppets and Pastries: Dessert Theatre For Adults
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre presents cutting-edge puppetry directed toward adults and teens, along with music and desserts. Where: Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun St., West Liberty. When: 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door, includes desserts and beverages; masks encouraged. Proceeds support Summer Neighborhood Tour and Young Puppeteers Festival. Reservations encouraged, (319) 627-2487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 10: Valentine’s Cookies and Crafts, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha; free. Kids grades K to 4 invited to stop in after their early release to make a Valentine's magnet craft and decorate a sugar cookie. hiawathapubliclibrary.org/
Feb. 11: Valentines for Adults: Make personalized Valentine’s Day cards, 10 to 11 a.m., Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids; free. Precut cards and embellishments provided. Register at crlibrary.libnet.info/events
Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day Card Family Workshop, 2 to 3:30 p.m., The Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville. Families are invited to make hand-printed and stamped Valentine’s cards and create goodies for loved ones. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Pay what you can; suggested cost is $25; registration required at theicm.org/programs/familyworkshops/
Feb. 11: Love Kalona, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shops will be offering specials for adults and youths; horse-drawn carriage rides; photo booth; dining; drawing for a basket full of Kalona goods. kalonachamber.com/events/love-kalona
Feb. 14: Lunch & Learn: Valentines, Love Letters and Keepsakes, 12:30 p.m., The History Center, 800 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Bring a sack lunch; dessert provided. Presentation on vintage Valentines, love letters and keepsakes; guests invited to share their favorite Valentine. Tickets: $7 general admission; $5 History Center members. historycenter.org/valentine
Feb. 14: Luminaria Walk, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bellevue State Park, 24668 Highway 52, Bellevue; free and open to all ages. Enjoy the moon and sparkling snow on a candle lit trail, starting near the Nature Center. Information: (563) 652-3783.
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