Thursday, Feb. 11
Valentine’s Day dining: today to Sunday, The Melting Pot, 3626 E. Ray Road.
Open at noon on Feb. 13 and 14. Specials for Valentine’s Day. Double Date offer available for Club Fondue members. Reservations: (480) 704-9206.
Warm your heart: today to Sunday, Mimi’s Cafe, 4901 E. Ray Road. A three-course dinner menu is available for $25 per person. Reservations: (480) 705-4811.
Friday, Feb. 12
Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance - A Night in Paris: 6 to 8 p.m., Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. For fathers and their daughters ages 4 to 10. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome. Features music, dancing, contests, crafts, dinner and a keepsake photograph. $32 per couple, $13 for each additional daughter. Registration: (480) 782-2641.
Romance in the Garden: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, Dorrance Hall, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The special concert on Ullman Terrace features Nancy Gee and Phoenix legends Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience. For the concert only, tickets are $30 for Garden members and $35 for the general public. The optional dinner ticket is $35 and features an Italian-inspired menu. A cash bar will also be available along with wines by the bottle. Guests must be 21 or older. Children will not be admitted. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance by going online to www.dbg.org, calling (480) 481-8188 or visiting the Admissions Box Office.
Happy Valentine’s Veteran discount for Phoenix Opera’s Madama Butterfly: 7:30 tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Veterans and active military may purchase two $80 Madama Butterfly tickets for the price of one ($40 per ticket). Tickets must be purchased in person at the Phoenix Convention Center box office, 100 N. Third St., Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office 90 minutes before each performance. Must show military identification card or other ID that shows veteran status. (602) 262-7272.
Valentine’s Day weekend dining: The Buttes, A Marriott Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe. Top of the Rock Restaurant will offer its special four-course price fixed menu 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 for $79 per person. Reservations: (602) 225-9000, ext. 5165.
Valentine’s Day specials: today to Sunday, The Urban Tea Loft, 11 W. Boston St., Suite 2, Chandler. A three-course dinner is offered for $75 a couple or $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. An additional $50 includes reservations for two in the ultra private and plush VIP Room, a bottle of champagne or two drinks of your choice. Reservations recommended. (480) 786-9600. Live Jazz with vocals Feb. 13 - Mood Indigo.
Get your sexy back with aphrodisiac menu: today to Sunday, Yard House, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Have a romantic meal of aphrodisiacs. www.yardhouse.com.
Valentine’s Day celebration: today to Sunday, Sophie’s – A French Bistro, 2320 E. Osborn Road. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at one of the most romantic restaurants in the Valley. Regular menu today and tomorrow, prix fixe six-course menu ($69 per person) starting at 4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations: (602) 956-8897.
Saturday, Feb. 13
Valentine’s Day breakfast with the snakes: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for ages 18 and older only, 10 to 11 a.m. for all ages – children under 3 admitted free, Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Enjoy a light Valentine’s breakfast with your sweetheart while sharing an experience with nature. Learn about Arizona’s snakes and watch live snakes enjoying a breakfast of their own. $18. Pre-registration required to (480) 782-2890.
Valentine’s haircut proceeds support Haiti relief efforts: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dylan’s Barber Shop and Salon, 3939 E. Campbell Ave., Suite 300. Haircuts for men and women start at $25, as a minimum donation. Proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders for Haiti Relief (http://doctorswithoutborders.org) and resident Kyle Mahoney, who needs to raise $1,200 to fund his volunteer work in Haiti, organized through the nonprofit Limón Aid (www.limonaidhonduras.org). He will need to purchase critical medical supplies and cover travel costs. (602) 522-2900 or http://dylansbarbershop.com.
Valentine’s Day dining: That Italian Place, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107-B. Special fixed price offering for two on Saturday and Sunday in addition to regular dinner menu. $85 per couple. A take out dinner package is also available that includes a Valentine surprise to share. $75. To make a reservation or order, call (480) 759-4459.
Valentine’s Date Night event: 5 to 10 p.m., Golfland, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. Activities, arcade games, movie room, crafts and snacks. Meals will also be available at an additional cost. Golfland Royal Academy – a licensed child care center that provides before and after school care, pre-school and camp programs during school breaks – will provide free child care for children ages 3 to 12. Children must be registered at www.golfland.com/mesa, then click PRICES. There is a $2 handling fee. (480) 834-8319.
Southwest Youth Ballet presents “Dance and Romance:” 6 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. This romantic adult night out includes dining, dancing and a short performance featuring the talents of the Southwest Youth Ballet, under the artistic direction of Yen-Li Chen, and professional guest artists Sabrina Delafield, Hunter Stephens and Tara Kaleta. After the performance enjoy desserts, drinks (cash bar) and a lesson from world champion ballroom dancer, Hunter Stephens. Tickets, $75 per person plus ticketing fees, are available at tca.ticketforce.com. Space is limited. Patrons were urged to purchase tickets by Feb. 5 for food planning purposes. (480) 350-2822.
A Cuban Valentine’s Day: Today and Sunday, Babaloos Cuban Cafe, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 127. Enjoy a three-course meal for two with a special chocolate dessert and bottle of wine. $80 per couple. (480) 460-1528
Sunday, Feb. 14
Revive romance with a “Lover’s Fair & Breakfast:” 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St. Re-imagine the perks of breakfast in bed with a cozy home-style meal at Morning Glory Cafe plus a Lover’s Fair and Breakfast on the lush lawn of Quiessence Restaurant complete with wildflowers from farmer Maya Dailey, on-site seated massages, aroma therapy, handmade keepsakes by Farm artists and more. Casual, reservations not necessary. Quiessence Restaurant is also offering a candlelit dinner and The Farm Kitchen is offering a ready-made picnic lunch. (602) 276-8804 or www.TheFarmAtSouthMountain.com/dining.php.
Heart to Heart Pet-A-Rama: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Steele Indian School Park, Central Avenue and Indian School Road at Third Street. Registration begins at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m., adoptions and demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. The 2-mile fundraising walk and fun run welcomes dogs and their humans. Help save pets’ lives by raising money for the research and treatment of animal heart disease, and by finding loving homes for homeless animals. www.hearttoheartpetarama.com.
Love Brunch and Sweetheart Dinner: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch), 5 to 9 p.m. (dinner), Fired Up Grill, 7131 W. Ray Road, Suite 45. Brunch includes shared appetizer, two entrees and shared dessert for $25 per couple. Dinner includes shared appetizer, two entrees, shared dessert and wine pairing for two for $40 per couple. Reservations: (480) 940-4040.
Sweetheart Special: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Inta Juice, 1445 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 4, Chandler. Buy any smoothie and get a regular 24 or 12 oz. free. (480) 821-1675.
Valentine’s Day dining: The Buttes, A Marriott Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe. Top of the Rock Restaurant will host a Valentine’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $45 per person. Flowers may be ordered for delivery during brunch. A three-course Valentine’s Day dinner is also offered at the contemporary Market Café for $44.95 per person. Reservations: (602) 225-9000, ext. 5165.
St. Valentine’s Day Benefit and Dance: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave. Features non-stop singing, dancing, piping, fundraising, laughing, drinking and eating all for a good cause. This mini-festival and fundraiser is headlined by internationally recognized Scottish singer Ed Miller and also features Irish diva Brid Dower, The Knockabouts, Brazen Heads, Biffos, Pat McCrossan, members of the McMorrows, Four Peaks Irish Arts and Mythic Crew (storyteller Liz Warren and John Good). De Mairt Ceol will play for the evening Ceili (social dance with instruction). Silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Food and full bar available. $10 for adults, $20 for families. Pat or Mary, (602) 258-0109.
Michael Learned stars in Love Letters: From Beethoven To Bernstein: 3 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The second of three shows in the Rhythms of Life Series stars Michael Learned, best known for her portrayal of Olivia, television’s beloved mother in The Waltons. $26 to $34. www.ChandlerCenter.org.
Western Romance: 4 to 9:30 p.m., Rawhide Steakhouse at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Have a romantic dinner for two featuring an elegant four-course dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne while listening to romantic western songs. $55 per couple. Reservations are recommended and taken for any group size. (480) 502-5600, ext. 1204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentine’s Concert With Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX: 7:30 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. Celebrity Club opens at 5:30 p.m. for VIP dinner, theater doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $45 to $150. www.celebritytheatre.com or (602) 267-1600, ext. 1.