Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day Events

By Beacon Staff

Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day, and there are plenty of holiday-related activities happening throughout the Flathead for those in a festive mood.

Friday, Feb. 10

Celebrate one of the most-beloved, sweet Valentine’s Day traditions with The Chocolat Affaire in downtown Kalispell, hosted by the Kalispell Downtown Association and the Kalispell Business Improvement District.

Walk through downtown businesses tasting a variety of chocolate treats and shopping for your special valentine. Businesses will be offering sale items and some discounts. Shop, taste and judge the chocolate from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of jazz from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Split Rock Café, 30 Second St. East.

For more information, visit www.downtownkalispell.com.

At the Kalispell Eagles Club Ballroom, express yourself at the Valentine’s Salsa and Latin Dance. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. and costs $7 for individuals, $10 for couples.

Saturday, Feb. 11

The Laser School (the Linderman School) is hosting a Valentine’s Dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entry costs $5, or $15 for a family of four. For more information, call 406-758-7975. The school is located at 124 Third Ave. E.

At the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell, support a fundraiser for the Lighthouse Christian Home at a 7 p.m. swing dance that also includes a silent auction, live music, door prizes and desserts.

Tickets can be purchased at the Red Lion, Snappy Sport Senter, Southside Consignment, Bigfork Drugs and McGough and Company, or contact Lighthouse Christian Home directly at 406-857-3276.

Head to the ballroom above Sassafras in Kalispell on Main Street for A Valentine for Two, a night of swing dancing provided by North End Swing. The evening begins at 8 p.m. with a dance lesson, then continues with a dance to put those new skills to work until midnight.

Single admission is $7, and couples get in for $12. For more information visit North End Swing’s Facebook page or contact the group at [email protected].

Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day)

If your heart isn’t in to the Valentine’s Day celebrations, check out the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Flathead County Library in Kalispell. There will be chocolate, Wii games and “artistic” anti-valentines. It starts at 4 p.m.

Support the Aidan Long family and epilepsy research at the annual Standing on the Side of Love Benefit Dinner, hosted by the Glacier Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The spaghetti dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., with an open mic and entertainment at 8 p.m. Entry costs $5 at the door, with donations graciously accepted.

The Glacier Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 1515 Trumble Creek Rd. and can be reached at 406-755-9255.

Take your valentine to Crush Wine Bar in Whitefish for the Valentine’s Day Photo Booth, an evening of champagne, desserts and photos to benefit the Youth Image Project. YIP is a nonprofit program to empower at-risk teenagers by providing photographic training.

All of the evening’s proceeds go to YIP. The event, during which professional photographers Alicia and Jeremy Brown will capture one-of-a-kind portraits, costs $30 and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For the price, participants receive two glasses of champagne, two desserts and a portrait.

For more information, contact YIP at [email protected] or visit youthimageproject.org.

For some smooth jazz, go to the Tupelo Grille in Whitefish for the ReBop Valentine Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call 406-862-6136.

In Kalispell, check out Andre Floyd with Mood Iguana at Valentine’s Day at Rising Sun Bistro. The band will play nothing but love songs during dinner. For more information, call 406-890-2600.

For a list of the latest Valentine’s Day activities and live music over the weekend, visit www.flatheadevents.net.