Before you were parents, you were lovers. Make sure to take time out to nurture your relationship. Whether you and your partner like to sip a glass of wine, laugh yourselves silly, or just rock out, there's something to entertain you both in this list of local events.
Kelseyville Does your main squeeze like to wind down at the end of a long day of parental multitasking with a glass of vino? Kick back and enjoy an evening of sipping wine and listening to music at the Smiling Dogs Ranch tasting room. The Rural Jazz Collective will play on February 9 and the Blues Farm on February 16. Shows run 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover; wine is available for purchase by the bottle or the glass. Call 279-2762 for more information.
Lakeport If your darlin' loves to dance, take him or her to see Clean Sweep. The local band, featuring longtime professional musicians, will play "get up and boogie" music--a mix of R&B, rock, blues, funk, and jazz. See them at Soper Reese Theater on February 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at soperreesetheatre.com.
Kelseyville If there is any place we Americans associate with passionate romance, it's Italy. So noshing on cannoli and sipping wine, especially if your amore is a foodie, seems like a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Join Rosa d'Oro Vineyards for its Cannoli Wine Tasting Friday on February 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cannoli are $4 each and wine tasting is $5; the tasting fee is waived with purchase. Find out more at rosadorovineyards.com.
Upper Lake Wine and dine your honey while being serenaded by the jazz duo Majide at a special supper, 6-8 p.m., at the Blue Wing on February 14. Make reservations at 275-2233.
Mendocino Sweethearts with ears that bend toward the classical will enjoy the New Quintet. The woodwind group, consisting of French horn, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and flute, will perform with special guest pianist Carol Barnes on February 11 at 3 p.m. in Preston Hall. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased via symphonyoftheredwoods.org.
Ukiah It's said that laughter is the best medicine. Give your partner a spoonful of the good stuff at Comedy Alley, a showcase of Bay Area comedians featuring national headliner Mark Pitta. The laughs happen on February 17 at 8 p.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.
Willits Take your dearest out for an evening of drama that doesn't involve sibling hair-pulling or a bedtime power struggle. Willits Community Theater's production Rapture Blister Burn follows two old high school friends--one a career academic and another a mom--as they compare notes about their different life paths. The play will be staged February 16-17 and 22-25, and March 1-4. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Buy tickets, which are $15-$20, by calling 800-838-3006 or visiting willitstheatre.org.