Valentine's Day 2010: Sweetheart Events

Re-enact the pottery scene from 'Ghost.' Go on a carriage ride through downtown. Spend the evening leisurely floating on the Ohio River. Or rebel with an Anti-Valentine's Day round of mini golf. Whatever your persuasion, we've got the an event to make yo

BB Riverboats Valentine’s Day Cruise: Nothing says romance like cruising the Ohio River. Cruisers will enjoy a buffet dinner and live music. Special packages are offered and include things like roses, photos, candy, wine and Mylar balloons. $30.95 adults/seniors; $20 children. Special packages run an additional $25-$50. 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, www.bbriverboats.com

Daddy Daughter Dance: Girls ages 2-12 are invited to spend a fun-filled night with their fathers. The 10th annual dance features drinks, snacks, photos and dancing. $30 per daddy and daughter; $10 for each additional daughter. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13. NKU Student Union Ballroom, 20 Kenton Dr., Highland Heights, 513-388-4513

Flowers, Chocolate and Romance: The Krohn Conservatory gets more romantic than usual with some special exhibits featuring chocolate and how it’s produced. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give tasty samples. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Feb.14. Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park, 513-421-5707.

Flying Cat: The Lonely Hearts Club group art show looks at the upside of being alone, the search for happiness and what love really means. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 28. 713 Main St., Covington, theflyingcat.net

Havana Martini Club’s Valentine’s Day Party: V Day gets funky with a live performance by Leroy Ellington & E Funk Band. $5. 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13. 441 Vine St., Carew Tower, Downtown, 513-651-2800, www.havanamartini.com

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: Carriage Occasions is offering up a variety of Valentine’s Day ride packages which include a carriage ride, a single rose, a digital picture and small box of chocolates. Choose different times and locations like a 25-minute tour around Garfield Park and the surrounding areas, or and hour-long tour across the Roebling Suspension Bridge, through Covington and back. Rides start at $50. The carriage stand is at Vine and Fifth streets, Downtown, 812-744-5592, www.carriageoccasions.com/valentines

Little Red Dress Party: Get your friends together and dress in something red for this party to benefit the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women! There will be live music from Naked Karate Girls and Jeff and Jenn from Q102 will be out on the floor mingling. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. $15. 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, www.theredmoor.com

Love is a Drag: A variety of drag performers reinterpret the music and gender image of Pop icons like Pink and Beyonce, or standards like Billie Holiday. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. CS13, 1219 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, cs13gallery.com

Make Pottery With Your Sweetheart: Act like Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost during this Valentine’s pottery making session. Funke Fired Arts will provide a short lesson followed by relaxed, guided practice, champagne and strawberries with chocolate fondue. Feel free to bring food/drink to share. Pots will be glazed and fired for you. $40 per person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 or 2-4 p.m. Feb. 13. Reservations required. 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-2529, www.funkefiredarts.com

Mason Pub Sweetheart’s Dance: DJ Julie J. $14 table reservation with a bottle of wine per couple. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 13. 753 Reading Road, Mason, www.masonpub.com

Paint Your Own Pottery With Your Sweetheart: It doesn’t have to be your significant other, so invite your friends or family (or honey) to paint some pottery to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Buy a mug, plate, bowls or etc. for $8-$50 (including glaze and firing), and get creative. Light snacks will be provided but feel free to bring food/drink to share. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13, and noon-4 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations required. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-2529, www.funkefiredarts.com

Pure Romance Warehouse Sale
: Do all your Valentine’s Day shopping during Pure Romance’s annual Warehouse Sale. Mention the word “Romance” at checkout and receive a free gift.10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Feb. 14. 161 Commerce Blvd., Loveland, www.pureromance.com

Recipe for Romance: Jazz and Champagne at the Krohn
: Nothing says romance quite like some sensual Jazz music and delicious bubbly. Bring your honey for a candlelit dinner by chef Amy Tobin featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, delicious wines and champagne. Booze makes everyone and everything dreamier. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14. $50. Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park, RSVP to 513-421-5707

Shred Your Ex Night: Metropolis, the sexxxy dance club in what was once known as the Forest Fair Mall, is hosting this dance party to “shred your ex.” What exactly does that mean? Not sure, but Jordan and DJ Sab from KISS-FM will be there. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Feb. 13. 125 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Forest Park, 513-671-2881, www.cincymetropolis.com

A Sinatra Valentine
: Matt Snow, Frank Sinatra impersonator, serenades you and your sweetie through a four-course dinner and wine. $14.95. Snow performs 6-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations required. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234, www.arnoldsbarandgrill.com

Singles Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash: Glow-in-the-dark, monster-themed Monster Mini Golf hosts a V-Day celebration for those 21 and up. There will be snacks, entertainment, unlimited mini-golfing, door prizes and mixer activities. BYOB. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14. $12. Reservations required. 7058 Ridgetop Drive, West Chester, 513-759-5400, www.monsterminigolf.com

Sitwell’s Valentine’s Day Bash
: The coffeeshop hosts an evening full of live music and food and drink specials, including Endless Love Chocolate Cake and coffee liqueur drinks. In addition to the traditional V-Day fare, Sitwell’s is hosting a “Best Love Story” contest where patrons can get up and share their own personal love story. There will be a prize for the winner. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, sitwellscoffeehouse.com

Spin the Bottle Party: Come down to FB's for some adolescent fun. Singles and couples are invited to mix, mingle and maybe make-out. 8 p.m.p-2 a.m. Feb. 13. 126 W. Sixth St., Downtown, www.fb-cincy.com

SweetArt: The CAC invites you to check out the sensual exhibit, Marilyn MInter: Chewing Color, to celebrate Valentine's Day. And shop their gift shop for V-Day trinkets. $7.50. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400

Valentine’s Day Skate: Spend Valentine’s Day skating around the ice rink on Fountain Square. There will be two-for-one admission and skate rental all day plus exciting giveaways. Starting at 4 p.m., the first 50 couples to arrive will receive a flower. At 7 p.m. one couple will win dinner to Via Vite, more flowers, champagne and a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. $2.50. Noon-9 p.m. Feb. 14. www.myfountainsquare.com

Valentine’s Extravaganza: Matt Snow, the Cincinnati Sinatra, hosts an evening of dueling pianos, dinner, dancing and drinking (at a cash bar). $49 per couple. 7-11:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Bridgetown, 3302 Westbourne Drive, 513-943-3601.

Valentine's Day with Elvis (Steve Chuke): Price includes buffet and entertainment. The buffet includes our famous pot roast, bourbon glazed chicken, twice baked mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and vegetable. $23.50 per person or $45 per couple. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14. 4210 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, 859-441-4888, www.guysndollsllc.com

Valentine’s Night at the Cincinnati Observatory Center
: There’s nothing more romantic than the night sky, besides staring up at it with your love. During this romantic evening, couples will enjoy Lookout Joe’s gourmet hot chocolate, “astro-centric” strolling violin music, an aphrodisiac chocolate dessert created by Chef Julie Francis of Nectar Restaurant and a Star-Gazer lily. Activities include a discussion on Mars lead by Dean Regas, tours of the buildings and viewings through the historic 1843 and 1904 telescopes. $40 per couple. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations required. 3489 Observatory Place, Hyde Park, 513-321-5186, www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Voices from the Heart: Celebrate Valentine's Day with Cincinnati Union Bethel for this dinner auction to raise money for Off the Streets, a program to assist women involved with prostitution move toward safety, recovery, empowerment and reintegration. $100 per person. 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 13. Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-768-6907

Wildwood Inn: Spice things up with the Wildwood Inn’s themed suites like the Artic Cave room with walls that look like ice, or the Venetian room where you and your lovebunny can sleep in twin gondolas, or the classic Cupid Room with a red, heart-shaped two-person jacuzzi. Valentine’s Day packages start at $179.95, which is a lot cheaper than usual. 7809 U.S. 42, Florence, www.wildwood-inn.com

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