Valentine’s Day Things to do in and around Phoenix, AZ

Valentine’s Day Special: Now through Feb. 14. Show your special someone the beauty of the outdoors on Valentine’s Day. See the Sonoran Desert on a one-hour or 90-minute session. After the ride, each woman is presented with a rose. Reservations required. Cave Creek Trail Rides, 37019 N. 32nd St., Cave Creek. $104 per couple for a 90-minute ride, $84 per couple for a one-hour ride. 623-742-6700. www.cavecreektrailrides.com.

FEB. 11-14

Craig Shoemaker: 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Award-winning comedian Craig Shoemaker entertains the audience over Valentine’s Day weekend with his sense of humor. Comedy Central voted him one of the top 20 comedians, and fans made his 2007 movie, “Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary” a cult classic. He can also be seen in “The Lovemaster” and “Scream 2.” Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive,. $20-$25. 480-921-9877 or 877-806-3783. www.tempeimprov.info.

FEB. 12

Sweetheart Dance: 8-11 p.m. This event features dancing, treats and games. Rumba group lessons for beginners and intermediate dancers start at 8 p.m. Open dancing starts at 9 p.m. with rhythms including waltz, tango, fox-trot, swing and salsa. No partner required. Ambiant Dance, 16597 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale. $12 at the door, $10 in advance. 480-422-6840. www.ambiantdance.com.

Sweethearts on Main Valentine’s Dance: 6:30 p.m. In conjunction with the Mesa businesses’ Sweethearts on Main event, the church presents a dinner and dance. After the 6:30 p.m. dinner, “Just Us,” performs dance music. The band takes the stage from 8 to 11 p.m. Childcare and free parking are available. First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave. $15 for the dinner and dance, $3 for the dance only. 480-969-5577. www.firstchurchofmesa.com.

Phantasmagorical Valentine Cabaret: 7 p.m. In conjunction with their annual “Exotic Art Show” and the Valentine’s Day holiday, the gallery and performance space continues the sexy theme with this adult event loaded with spicy performances. Acts for the evening include burlesque troupe Provocatease, vaudeville group Of the Earth, the Indigo Fire erotic circus, live jazz by the Tom Clohessy Trio, and international body painter Mark Greenwalt. 21 and older. Alwun House Foundation, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. $25 at the door, $20 in advance. 602-253-7887. www.alwunhouse.org.

“An Evening of Romance” Soiree and Haiti Benefit: 9 p.m. This elegant evening begins with an Agency Arizona fashion show, featuring looks from Anastasia’s Bath Body & Boudoir and Joya Bazaar along with jewels from Damiani and Isaac Jewelers. The party continues with live entertainment, a cigar lounge and romantic date-package giveaways. A VIP area features Julia Baker Chocolates and Taittinger Champagne. Guests can purchase a special “Haiti Relief” ticket for the evening or participate in the silent auction, with all proceeds from the tickets and the auction benefiting the Haiti earthquake relief effort. InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. $20, $45 VIP. $30 Haiti Relief Ticket, $60 Haiti Relief VIP. 480-627-3200. www.icmontelucia.com/fallinlove.

Valentine’s Dinner and Concert: 7-10 p.m. This event includes a four-course dinner prepared by students of the Scottsdale Community College culinary arts program, followed by a concert in the music building featuring classical, jazz, contemporary and rock music. Proceeds from the event benefits the college’s scholarship program. Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. $35 for dinner and concert. 480-423-6554. www.scottsdalecc.edu.

Couples Cooking for Valentine’s Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Couples get ready for Valentine’s Day by working together in a hands-on cooking class to make a meal. The menu includes crab soup, asparagus and lemon risotto and heart-shaped Napoleons. Registration required. Simply Impressive Cooking School, 3345 E. Downing St., Mesa. $63 per person. 480-654-1981. www.simplyimpressive.com.

FEB. 12-14

Marc Price: 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Spend Valentine’s Day weekend with actor-turned-comedian Marc Price. Most notably known as Skippy on “Family Ties,” the comic tours the country performing at various college and comedy clubs. The Comedy Spot Comedy Club, 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale. $15-$18. 480-945-4422. www.thecomedyspot.net.

Sweetheart Deal: 6 p.m. Take off with your sweetheart on this romantic flight into the Arizona sunset. The route includes a view of the West Valley and the South Mountain. Complimentary souvenir photo included. Deer Valley Airport, 702 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. $99 per person. 480-991-5557. westwindairservice.com.

Feb 12-15

Language of Flowers Exhibit and Chocolate Tasting: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy flowers, chocolates and a walk in the gardens during Valentine’s weekend. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the annual exhibit decodes the ancient language of flowers and what sentiment is conveyed by giving different blossoms, plants and arrangements. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., gourmet chocolates from Cerreta Candy Co. are sold at a tasting table for $1 each. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior. $7.50, $3 for ages 5-12. 520-689-2811. ag.arizona.edu/bta.

FEB. 13

Valentine’s Party: 5 p.m. Spend time with the ones you love while also raising funds for Haiti earthquake survivors. A portion of the proceeds benefit Yéle Haiti, a foundation created by musician Wyclef Jean. After dinner, guests dance to music by Delcoa. Free appetizers and a glass of wine are served at the party. Dinner guests receive free admission to the party and are given a $25 gift card, which can be used on their next visit. The party begins at 9 p.m. Reservations requested. Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix. $20 cover charge for the party, menu prices vary. 602-955-4079. www.wrigleymansionclub.com.

Romance on the Rails: 7-8:15 p.m. The Valentine’s Day train ride departs from a candlelight depot in Globe, AZ, heads toward Miami, AZ and returns to Globe. While aboard, passengers are treated to chocolate-dipped treats, sweet samples and music. The evening includes a raffle for one of two gift baskets. Reservations required. Copper Spike Train Excursion, 230 S. Broad St., Globe. $30 for premium dome seating, $25 for club car or downstairs dome car seating, $22 coach. 866-979-7245. www.copperspike.com.

Single Mingle: Mystery Cupid Party: 5-8 p.m. Spend Valentine’s Day with a slew of singles and participate in a Clue-style game. Have fun pretending to solve clues and coming to conclusions while making new friends. The evening includes a cocktail hour with a non-host bar, mystery cupid party, four-course dinner with a glass of wine and a performance from the Les Paul Trio. Early reservations required by 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Acua, 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 250, Scottsdale. $75 at the door, $65 in advance. 602-708-0843. www.divadestinations.eventbrite.com.

“Dance and Romance”: 6-10 p.m. Southwest Youth Ballet hosts a night of performances, dining and dancing. Under the direction of Yen-Li Chen, the troupe gives a short performance. Dessert and a lesson from ballroom dancer Hunter Stephens follows. Drinks are available at the cash bar. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $75. 480-350-2822. www.tempe.gov/tca.

“Haters Bash”: 7 p.m. Celebrate the single life with this anti-Valentine’s Day party. This north Phoenix club offers guests a chance to win $250 for their best “How I Got Dumped” story, along with kissing contests and other prizes. Complimentary Champagne and strawberries are available until 9 p.m., and $5 Skyy cocktails are served until midnight. Hurricane Bay, 4139 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. $8 for men, no cover for ladies. 602-843-6100. hurricanebaynightclub.com.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: 11 p.m. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the interactive rock-and-roll movie is screened with a “girlie” theme. Girls perform all the main roles in the shadow cast that performs along with the film. Seating begins at 10:30 p.m. MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. $9. 480-634-5192. www.madcaptheaters.com.

Valentine’s Super Love Jam: 7:30 p.m. This Valentine’s Day event features blues/pop singer Percy Sledge performing “When a Man Loves a Woman.” The line-up includes the Moments, known for “Love on a Two Way Street” and “Special Lady,” and Atlantic Starr, who hit the charts with “Secret Lovers” and “Always.” US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $23.50-$33.50. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

Holiday Music with Jim Apperson and Mike Prokes: 1-4 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with live music by strolling violinists Jim Apperson and Mike Prokes as they perform holiday love songs throughout the festival marketplace. el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free. 480-488-1072. www.elpedregal.com.

FEB. 13-14

Carolyn Eynon Singers – “Falling in Love with Love: Broadway Favorites”: 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with classic love songs from Broadway musicals, including tunes from “Carousel,” “A Chorus Line” and “South Pacific,” performed by a 21-piece choir. ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $20. 480-596-2660. www.asukerr.com.

VH Spa Romance Package: Couples enjoy a 60-minute aromatherapy massage, chocolate-dipped strawberries and two glasses of Champagne. Call to coordinate appointment time. Reservations are required. VH Spa for Vitality + Health, Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. $300. 480-248-2000. www.hotelvalleyho.com/.

Loving the Single Life Package: Pamper yourself with a 60-minute aromatherapy massage, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a glass of Champagne. Call for appointment times. Reservations required. VH Spa for Vitality + Health, Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. $150. 480-248-2000. www.hotelvalleyho.com/.

FEB. 14

Woo at the Zoo: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Let your wild side out during the Valentine’s Day dinner event. Enjoy a candlelight dinner buffet at the Zoofari Market Restaurant, then take part in interactive activities and a discussion about wildlife mating rituals from an animal expert. Reservations required. Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson. $50. 520-791-4022 or 520-791-3204. www.tucsonzoo.org.

Book Signing and Valentine’s Day Party: 2 p.m. Kelli Stanley signs “City of Dragons.” San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1940 is the setting for Stanley’s murder mystery involving a private investigator and the city’s chamber of commerce. The book store celebrates the holiday with chocolates. The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Free. 480-947-2974. www.poisonedpen.com.

Singles Night: 6-9 p.m. Celebrate not having a valentine by hanging out at the singles mixer. Guests can expect games, door prizes, giveaways, a DJ and an appetizer buffet. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Westgate City Center 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. $15. 623-772-0011. www.margaritaville.com/.

St. Valentine’s Day Benefit and Dance: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The event includes non-stop singing, dancing, piping, drinking and eating. Performers include internationally recognized Scottish singer Ed Miller, Irish diva Brid Dower, the Knockabouts and Brazen Heads. There also are performances by step dancers and pipe bands, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $20 families, $10 per person. 602-258-0109. www.azirish.org.

Valentine’s Day Party: 5 p.m. The Surprise Democratic Party hosts this party featuring guest speaker Rodney Glassman, vice mayor of Tucson, who may be a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Some of the other highlights include snacks, refreshments and dancing. This is a BYOB event. Doors open at 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 16540 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. $5. 623-476-7051. www.hiexpress.com.

When We Laugh: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Rabbi Shelly Moss, author of the “When We Laugh Workbook,” teaches couples to use and cherish humor to deepen their intimacy and friendship. Drinks and snacks are provided. Bring a sack lunch. Reservations recommended. Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. $65 per couple for non-members, $50 for temple couples. 623-977-3240. home.earthlink.net/~tbsaz.

Love Yourself Valentine’s Day Yoga: 10 a.m.-noon This basic restorative yoga class introduces participants to fundamental poses. Proceeds benefit Yoga Bear, a non-profit organization which helps cancer survivors through wellness and yoga. Yoga Lila8, 37608 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. donations accepted. 602-332-6040. www.yogalila8.com.

Valentine’s Day Picnic: 4 p.m. The RelationChef, Dan Moody, and the Herb Box chef, Becky Windels, judge Valentine-themed picnic baskets created by couples in categories of creativity, thoughtfulness and appearance. Alcoholic beverages can be included in baskets, but cannot be consumed during the event. Prizes are awarded to the top three couples. The top couple is deemed “AZ’s Best Picnicking Couple!” A wine and cheese sampling from Petite Fromage, Beehive Cheese Co. and 8-bit Vinters follows. A three-course dinner is also served, including fish, lamb or vegetarian entree choices. Optional wine pairings are additional. A 10 percent dinner discount is offered to contest participants. Wine and cheese samplings $2 for walk-in guests. Required registration available online. The Herb Box, Market Street at DC Ranch 20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $75 per couple for the dinner, $10 registration fee for the picnic. www.therelationchef.com/picnic.

“Valentine’s Day Meet Market”: 6-8 p.m. For those that haven’t found a Valentine yet, this Mill Avenue sushi spot is offering Valley singles a chance to participate in a few rounds of speed dating. The event is open to the first 32 men and 32 women who register, and the format consists of three-minute rounds per couple. The restaurant provides lighthearted questions to help break the ice. Call RA to register. Food and drink specials are also available all night, and D.J. Playboy provides the grooves. RA Sushi, 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Free. 480-303-9800. rasushi.com/.

“Embraceable You”: 3 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this concert performed by the Salt River Brass. Harry Watters from the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble shows his trumpet-playing skills on songs like “Magic Flea” and “Corner Pocket.” Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $13-$20. 480-644-6500. www.mesaartscenter.com. www.saltriverbrass.com.

Sweetheart Sunday Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance: 5:30-10 p.m. Couples enjoy a four-course dinner as well as an evening of jazz performed by Dennis Rowland and the Extreme Decibel Big Band Orchestra. Dine on salad, Alfredo bow-tie pasta, filet mignon with lobster served with steamed vegetables and a chocolate tower. After dinner, the band performs danceable melodies. A Valentine package offers two tickets for dinner and the show, hotel accommodations, a breakfast buffet in the Garden Court Restaurant and Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries during check-in. Reservations required. Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $399-$419 for the Dennis Rowland Valentine’s Day Package, $100 per person for the dinner and show only. 480-951-5170. www.scottsdaleplaza.com.

Adrienne Bridgewater: 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a live Valentine’s Day concert in the outdoor amphitheatre by harpist Adrienne Bridgewater as she performs a variety of classical and contemporary music for this holiday. el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free. 480-488-1072. www.elpedregal.com.

Valentine Celebration with Dennis DeYoung: “The Music of Styx”: 7:30 p.m. The original voice of platinum rock band Styx, DeYoung also wrote many of the group’s biggest hits, including “Babe,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away.” In this Valentine’s Day concert, the singer will perform the hit songs of his long career, including tracks off his new album, “One Hundred Years From Now.” Dinner available with reservation at 5:30 p.m. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $45-$65, $150 includes dinner. 602-267-1600. www.celebritytheatre.com.

West Valley Chorale Valentine’s Day Concert: 2 p.m. This 70-voice chorale performs a concert dedicated to songs of love and love lost, ranging from medieval works to modern love tunes. The chorale performs songs such as “When I Fall in Love,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “Danny Boy,” along with selections from the Italian operas “Turandot” and “The Barber of Seville.” St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. $15. 623-214-0761. www.westvalleychoraleaz.org.

Arizona Winds Premiere Concert Band: 3 p.m. This adult community band presents “Music from the Heart,” a Valentine’s Day concert featuring the music of John Philip Sousa, John Williams, Rogers and Hammerstein and Alfred Reed. Deer Valley High School, 18424 N. 51st Ave., Glendale. Free. 602-405-6651. www.azwinds.com.

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner: 6-9 p.m. Couples work together in this hands-on cooking class to prepare a dinner of mini potato cakes with smoked salmon, pork tenderloin stuffed with portobello mushroom pate and a trio of chocolate fondues with strawberry biscotti. Registration required. AndyFood A Culinary Studio, 7000 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 1740, Scottsdale. $75. 480-951-2400. www.andyfood.com.

Sweetheart Sunday Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance: 5:30-10 p.m. . Couples enjoy a four-course dinner as well as an evening of jazz performed by Dennis Rowland and the Extreme Decibel Big Band Orchestra. Dine on salad, Alfredo bow-tie pasta, filet mignon with lobster served with steamed vegetables and a chocolate tower. After dinner, the band performs danceable melodies. A Valentine package offers two tickets for dinner and the show, hotel accommodations, a breakfast buffet in the Garden Court Restaurant and Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries during check-in. Reservations required. Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $399-$419 for the Dennis Rowland Valentine’s Day Package, $100 per person for the dinner and show only. 480-951-5170. www.scottsdaleplaza.com.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with the your little ones?  Here’s a list of fun Valentine’s Day things to do with the kids!

FEB. 11

Lovely Creations: Heart Tessellations: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 2 to 5 and a caregiver create heart-patterned tessellations for Valentine’s Day. A variety of materials are used and mosaic-like tessellation art from the Pattern Wizardry exhibit serve as inspiration. Smocks provided for children. Registration required. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson, Mesa. $18, $13 for members. 480-644-2468. www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

FEB.12-13

Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance: 7-9 p.m. Fathers can dance and enjoy activities with their daughters, such as face painting, craft projects and interactive games at this 16th annual event. One photo and frame are included. Call or register online. Girls from 4 to 8 on Feb. 12 (19609) and girls ages 8 to 14 on Feb. 13 (19610). Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe. $28 per father/daughter pair, $9 for each additional child, $5 for additional photos. 480-350-5701. www.tempe.gov/brochure.

FEB. 13

Valentine Craft Day: 2-4 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to make crafts and creative artwork for others as well as the library’s teen bulletin board. Materials are provided. Meet in the City of Surprise Room. Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. Free. 602-652-3000. www.mcldaz.org.

Valentine Story Time: 10-11 a.m. . This program for ages 3-9 features story time with crafts. Registration required by Feb. 12. Meet in the Program Room. Sun City Library, 16828 N. 99th Ave. Free. 602-652-3000. www.mcldaz.org.

Cooking Storytime: 11 a.m.-noon This family event features Cynthia Giroux from Storybook Kitchen who reads “Love Bugs” by David Carter and shows kids how to make a Valentine’s Day treat. Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Free. 480-730-0205. www.changinghands.com.

Valentine Tea Party: 2-4 p.m. Mothers and daughters spend quality time together the day before Valentine’s Day with activities like cooking, decorating, receiving manicures with heart-shaped designs and enjoying tea with scones. Valentine’s Day cards are also crafted and a souvenir picture is taken. Reservations encouraged. Lantana Grille, Pointe Hilton Resort at Squaw Peak 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. $20 for one child and one adult, $12 for each additional adult, $8 for each additional child. 602-997-5850. www.squawpeakhilton.com/dining.

FEB. 14

Valentine’s Day Craft and Performance Party: 1 p.m. Kids make holiday crafts and help put together a short musical performance. Family members are welcome to join in the fun. Guests work side by side with such characters as King Arthur and Merlina the Wizard. Registration required. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. Free. 520-327-4242. www.livetheatreworkshop.org.

Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids: 1 p.m. Learn how to make baked treats for children. The menu features heart sandwich cookies with cherry filling, brownie s’mores bars and chocolate-caramel pops. For age 8 and older. Registration required. Sur La Table, 7122 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 100, Scottsdale. $69. 480-998-0118. www.surlatable.com.

Valentine’s Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can make a craft project inspired by the holiday. The artwork within the Pattern Wizardry exhibit serves as inspiration. Included with paid museum admission. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson, Mesa. $6.50 for adults and children above 1 year old, free for members and children under 1 year old. 480-644-2468. www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

Valentine’s Day Family Affair: 7:30-9 p.m. Families can indulge in a dessert station and chocolate fountain, plus such drinks as complimentary Champagne for adults and non-alcoholic sparkling juices for children. Public ice skating to DJ music is offered from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and such movies as Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” are shown in the restaurant. A $50 gift certificate purchase includes ice skating and skate rental for four. Come early and feast on heart-shaped pizza or grilled salmon, burgers or chili at menu prices. 18 Degrees Neighborhood Grill, Alltel Ice Den 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. $50 for gift certificate, $8 per skater including skate rental, $5 for skaters 5 and younger. 480-344-2653. 18-degrees.com/.
Want to spend the entire weekend with your sweetie?  Check out these Hotel Specials at the Sedona Enchantment Resort and Chandler’s Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort.

FEB. 12-14

Suite Romance Package: The Valentine’s Day weekend hotel package begins with a special gift estimated at $140. Guests are then treated to a one-hour spa service individually or with a partner, and dinner for two with a choice of wine. Daily access to the Mii Amo spa, tennis courts and mountain bikes is also included. Visit Web site for schedule. Check-in time is at 4 p.m. and check-out time is noon. Reservations required. Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona. $1,384-$3,379. 928-282-2900. www.enchantmentresort.com.

FEB. 13-14

Champagne and Roses Stay and Dine Package: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a five-course gourmet dinner for two, plus a hotel stay. Entrees include Black Angus filet mignon and stuffed Mediterranean chicken. A welcome gift, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a champagne-and-roses turndown in a deluxe room are included along with late checkout at noon. Check in at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 or 14. Add golf for two on either day for $50. Brunch is also available Feb. 14 for an additional $22.95. Reservations required. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler. $214. 480-857-4401. www.sanmarcosresort.com.

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