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You and your loved one can see a play, hear some music or dance the night away


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Husband-wife duo Beth Donnelly and Douglas Feller are known for delivering powerful and heartfelt renditions of classical romantic opera. Fast on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ original appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show — where they sang their brand-new recording “All My Loving” — comes Valentine’s Day 2014.

The Fab Four didn’t belt out “Can’t Buy Me Love” in their American debut, but if they had, it might have given area romantics a few ideas about how to make plans for this Friday, Feb. 14.

Here are a few ideas to get the heart-strings twanging this week:

Stay in the Grove for some romance

Enjoy some tasty treats or full meals without leaving town or dirtying your own pans this Valentine’s Day. Several local establishments are hosting special options this “love day”:

n Urban Decanter is hosting a port, sparkling and chocolate wine tasting with Reed from Casa Bruno from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

n Plum Hill Winery is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The winery will be serving three courses catered by 1910 Main: An American Bistro: blush bisque, salmon filet and beef medallions with potato au gratin, seasonal vegetables and a chocolate trio for dessert for $30 per person, which includes a glass of wine and tastings of new releases and barrel tasting. RSVP by Feb. 12 at 503-359-4706.

n The Friendly Vine will host a wine tasting and live tunes from 5 to 8 p.m. for $5.

n Montinore Estates has scheduled a special wine-blending event for Valentine’s Day. Make a personalized “love potion” by creating a pinot noir blend from the three best vineyard blocks of the estate, and finish it off with a custom bottle and personalized label.

Space is limited. Call Eddie to reserve your spot at 503-359-5012, Ext. 106.

n Forest Grove High School will host a 2014 grad night party auction fundraiser at Montinore Vineyard from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Tickets can be purchased at Van Dyke Appliances on Main Street or online at gradnightauction.eventbrite.com. A fun-filled evening with wine, food, auction items and music by the FGHS Barbershop Quartet is planned.

by: COURTESY PHOTOS - Katarina Svetlova will perform as part of Bag&Baggages Cupid Cabaret on Valentines Day.Cupid hits his target at Bag&Baggage

On Valentine’s Day, Bag&Baggage is presenting “Cabaret Cupid,” an evening of song, dance, comedy and performances by some of the region’s most celebrated artists and performers.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

Headliners for the show, which will be done in true cabaret style, include Portland’s musical theater phenomenon Susannah Mars, choreography by Christopher Stowell and Anne Mueller, music by The Skidmore Bluffs, and piano and comedy by David Saffert.

Other performers include Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe of Oregon Ballet Theatre; Carl Halvorson of Portland Opera; internationally acclaimed opera singer Pamela South; Brian Oberlin, artistic director of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra; Katarina Svetlova, former Oregon Ballet dancer and contemporary dance artist; Eowyn Emerald, producer of Pacific Dance Makers; Polaris Dance Theatre; Bergerette, a French-pop trio; Stephanie Leppert, Portland-area musical theatre performer; and Luke Armstrong, acoustic guitar and songwriter. by: COURTESY PHOTOS - Polaris Dance Theatre will perform as part of Bag&Baggages Cupid Cabaret on Valentines Day.

Tickets are $30 or $55 per couple and can be purchased online at bagnbaggage.org or by calling 503-345-9590.

Hear stories from the HART

HART Theatre’s Batya Podos — who also happens to be a professional storyteller — will take audience members on a journey with her as she tells three of her favorite love stories this week.

As Podos prepped for the event, she decided to tell three kinds of stories — love at first sight, ill-fated love and loving someone who’s not suited for you — that have a common thread.

The show was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, but due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, at HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro.

There will be snacks and drinks, as well as a silent auction. The silent auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to HART Theatre.

Celebrate amore at the Walters Center

The Walters Cultural Arts Center will host a romantic concert on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show, and are available at brownpapertickets.com or 503-615-3485. Beer, wine, pizza and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission.

Performers Beth Donnelly, soprano, and Douglas Feller, baritone, are a husband-and-wife duo known for delivering powerful and heartfelt renditions of classical romantic opera. “Romance” is a fully-choreographed show featuring love songs and duets.

Continue the celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 with a lecture about artistic and creative partnerships at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Alex and A’misa Chiu are accomplished local artists, educators and self-publishers whose work focuses on community, partnership and creative freedom.

For the love of good causes

Join Bienestar and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic for a Valentine’s Day dinner and movie fundraiser with food and a poignant tale of unrequited love.

On Friday, Feb. 14, guests are invited to enjoy delicious Mexican meal inspired by the film “Like Water for Chocolate.” prepared by Bienestar residents who have trained in the nonprofit’s culinary skills course.

Tickets are $75 per person and include a four-course meal and champagne. Communal seating and tables for two will be available. Reserve tickets at 503-693-2937, Ext. 106.

The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornelius Wellness Center, 1151 N. Adair St.

Other ideas for magnanimous celebrating include the following:

n Bring a loved one to the Hearts for Humanity Valentine Gala. West Tuality Habitat for Humanity is hosting its tenth annual gala and auction Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. This annual event raises funds to build houses in the West Tuality area, including Cornelius, Gaston, Forest Grove, Banks and North Plains. Organization volunteers are currently building five condo units at 19th Avenue and Oak Street in Forest Grove and are trying to raise $57,000 to fund the next building project.

Purchase tickets for the gala by calling Wendy Bruno at Premier (Columbia) Community Bank at 503-992-8600. Tickets are $50 and include wine tasting from Apolloni and Elk Cove vineyards, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the music of the Brett Lucich Band, as well as silent and oral auctions. Donations for the auction can be made by calling Pat Truax at 503-357-6506.

Dance the night away

n There will be a Sweetheart’s dance at the Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 Hillcrest Ave. in North Plains, featuring D.T. and Country, a raffle and snacks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple.

n The Forest Grove Elks Lodge is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance. Live music by Joe Justin and Janet Jay Band, as well as a salad bar and dinner, are on the menu, which features prime rib or game hen. 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Presold tickets are $15, otherwise the per-person cost is $17.50. For dancing only, tickets are $5. Call 503-357-2440 after 2 p.m. for tickets.

Take in a concert at Cornell

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Brooks Robertson and John Standefer, finger-style guitarists, are performing a special Valentines concert in Hillsboro. Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living in Hillsboro presents an afternoon concert Friday, Feb. 14, with featured guests Brooks & John.

Brooks Robertson and John Standefer, a dynamic guitar duo, will show off their unique finger-style technique.

The protégé of Buster B. Jones, Robertson wowed guitar fans even as a child after appearing on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and won first-place in a talent competition.

Robertson received the Horizon Award for young up-and-coming guitarists by the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2012, and was recently voted Portland’s “Best Emerging Artist” by Deli magazine.

Winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition, Standefer is a veteran guitarist and a true master of fingerstyle.

The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.




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