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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

As the annual day of love approaches, lovers of all ages, and the incurably romantic, can indulge their tender hearts. Here are a few pre-Cupid day events to get you primed for a perfect day.

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 3, 2008


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As the annual day of love approaches lovers of all ages, and the incurably romantic, can unashamedly indulge their tender hearts. Here are a few pre-Cupid day events to get you primed for a perfect day.

Love's magic spell: Love can be nostalgic and love can swing. The Sunsation Show Chorus examines all aspects of love in this special Valentine show, 3 p.m. today, Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. The program includes such favorites as With a Song in my Heart, Bye Bye Love, Come Rain or Come Shine, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and many more. Also at 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Faith United Methodist Church, 403 First Ave. SW, Largo. $15. For tickets, call 530-7190 or 541-4501.

Formal teen Valentine's dance: Kids in grades 6-9 can enjoy an evening of dancing, contests and fun, 7 -11 p.m. Saturday, St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. This semiformal dress dinner-dance (with no jeans or shorts allowed) includes contests for best dressed male and female, with $100 cash prizes; the wacky money booth with $200 grab money; and a live DJ and video game lounge. Also sing, dance and create your own single or group music DVD. Tickets available at the TASCO office, 1320 Fifth St. N, the Coliseum box office or at ticketmaster.com. A $20 admission includes catered dinner. Call 892-5060.

Heart felt, metal melt: Love and blacksmithing seems like a stretch to connect the two but Heritage Village will give it a try. Learn beginning blacksmithing techniques while making a special valentine of heart hooks and heart-shaped decorations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Fee charged; prepaid registration is required. For more information, please call 582-2426 or e-mail heritagevillage@pinellascounty.org .

Valentine fun with stories and crafts: Family events at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 13, Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Free. Call 893-1074.

A night for romance: Broadway and recording artist Patricia Nevins, accompanied by arranger Lanny Meyers, performs classic love songs by some of the leading composers of our era, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Also features musical guests Nate Najar, John Lamb and Ken Peplowski. Live and silent auction to benefit Ovarian Cancer Outreach. VIP reception starting at 6:15 p.m. Free. Reservations required for VIP reception. Call 742-3893.

Singing to love: Spanish legend Dyango, "The Voice of the Soul," and El Consorcio (also known as Mocedades) "A young group of veterans," start the year with the most romantic night ever, 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Two unique sounds and styles that meld to make you fall in love instantly. $53-$73. Call 892-5767.

Romantic serenade: Surprise your favorite person with a singing valentine from an old-fashioned barbershop quartet. The Barbershop Harmony Society will send a barbershop quartet anywhere in Pinellas or Pasco County to sing a classic love song and present your valentine with a charming memento. Quartets are available starting at $50. The valentines are available Feb. 13-16 and numbers are limited. The nonprofit foundation sponsors national programs to encourage youth singing in America and also supports local charities. For more information or to book your singing valentine, call Joe Roan for South County at 772-7043 or Wes Branch for North County at 784-8052.

[Last modified February 3, 2008, 00:11:11]


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