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Wine, chocolate and a murder mystery: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with our event guide

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  • Valentine’s Day Heart Ball fundraiser, with the Stony River Band: 5 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. music Feb. 10, Wenatchee Eagles #204, Wenatchee Eagles members only, free, 679-1862.
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Sweetheart Musical Soiree: 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, $45, 663-2787.
  • Valentine's Day Party, featuring Love Stitch: 7 p.m. Feb. 14, The Evolution Nightclub at 12 Tribes Resort Casino, Omak, free, 422-4646.
  • Wedge Mountain Winery Red Wine and Chocolate: Feb. 17-19, Wedge Mountain Winery, Peshastin, 548-7068.
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival presents “Romantic Strings”: 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Merc Playhouse, Twisp, $30-$120,
  • St. Joseph School's 37th Annual Have-A-Heart Auction: 5 p.m. Feb. 18, St. Joseph Church Kuykendall Hall, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. live auction, $40 individual, $350 table of 10, 663-2644.
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Lake Chelan Red Wine and Chocolate: Saturday through Feb. 19, various Chelan locations,

The beauty of the Red Wine and Chocolate fest in Lake Chelan is that it’s great with or without a date. Over a dozen wineries will be doing wine tastings and pairings. Chocolates from a number of local spots will be paired with red wines. A few wineries, like CR Sandidge Wines, will pair with wines and cheeses and others, like Vin Du Lac and Tsillan, will be pairing them with meals made in-house. Whether you’re warming up with someone special or with artisan truffles and a bottle of wine, you’ll get no judgment from us. Participating wineries include: Ancestry Cellars, Benson Vineyards Estate Winery, C.R. Sandidge Wines, Cairdeas Winery, Chelan Estate Winery, Fielding Hills Winery, Karma Vineyards, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Lake Chelan Winery, One Wines Inc., Rio Vista Wines, Rocky Pond Winery, Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery, Tsillan Cellars, Tunnel Hill Winery, Vin Du Lac Winery & Bistro, Wapato Point Cellars & The Winemaker’s Grill, WineGirl Wines. There are descriptions and what they’ll be pairing available online at


Valentine’s Dinner at O’Grady’s: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, O’Grady’s Pantry and Mercantile, Leavenworth, $55, 548-6344.

Not all of us can be great cooks — and sometimes the best gift you can get someone for Valentine’s Day is not burning down their kitchen or leaving a bunch of dirty dishes in their sink. Enter O’Grady’s Pantry and their talented Chef Erik Cannella. Cannella has prepared a menu with cozy, rich, cold-weather remedies for you and your date to enjoy. Dishes like roasted carrot soup, smoked salmon mousse and baked pear and blue cheese lead up to the main event of beef bourguignon, smoked portabella or seafood mac and cheese. Hungry yet? Us too. Plus, hot cocktails including mulled wine, hot buttered rum and some cocoa-y tequila mixers will help you ward off these snow day blues. A full menu is online at, along with seating times and more info.

A Musical Valentine: 7 p.m. Sunday, Snowy Owl Theater, Leavenworth, $22/$24 adults, $12/$14 students, free for youth 12 and under,, 548-6347.

Trying to woo a music-lover? Maybe this concert at Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth is the right choice for your weekend Valentine’s date night. Not only is the theater magical this time of year, with the surrounding trees and mountains adorned with snow, but the performers are top-notch. They include James Brown, tenor; Janeanne Houston, soprano; and Oksana Ezhokina, piano, in concert with “Songs of Love and Longing.” Composers include Monteverdi, Mozart, Strauss, Faure, Duparc, Britten and Laitman.

Eagle Creek Winery Wine & Chocolate: Noon-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, d’Vinery, $10,, 548-7059.

Three award-winning wines, local chocolates, $10 per person? Just tell us where and we’ll be there. Eagle Creek Winery will be sampling their newest Sweetheart Rosé, a 2014 Chenin Blanc and a 2014 Syrah alongside the delicate and lovely chocolates of the Leavenwoth-based Schocolat. The tasting room is on Front St. in Leavenworth, and makes for a perfect before or after dinner stop.

Valentine’s Day Weekend at Silvara Vineyard: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Silvara Vineyards, $10,, 548-1000.

A warm fireplace, a complementary red rose and a glass of your favorite wine. A romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend? Sure. How we’d like to spend every evening? Absolutely. Silvara gets that. They’re pouring all of their wines and pairing them with cheese and chocolates. Grab your significant other or a group of friends who will appreciate that glass of wine by the fire as much as you will and pay them a visit at the winery, just two miles east of Leavenworth. 


A Different Kind of Story Time presents “Love, Splat” with Stephanie Wilson: 11 a.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, free,

Local actress and story-enthusiast Stephanie Wilson will be reading a special Valentine’s Day story at the museum as a part of their “A Different Kind of Story Time” series. Wilson will read — and maybe perform — “Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton. Splat the cat learns what makes Valentine’s Day important when he and his rival, Spike, vie for the attention of a very special cat named Kitten in their class. The dramatic reading is free and will be followed by craft time. Speaking of crafts, the Inspiration Station in Coyote’s Corner will feature lovey-dovey crafts for the holiday, inspired by artist Robert Indiana’s famous “LOVE” print.

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Sweetheart Musical Soirée: 7 p.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, $45, 663-2787.

Step out of the snow and into the museum, decorated especially for the Sweetheart Musical Soirée. This special evening will feature performances from local artists, including 2016 Young Musician Competition 2nd place winner Olive Ryan and Symphony soloists and ensembles. Also part of the evening is food (yes, including dessert!) and a selection of wines. Sometimes we all need to get away for a little bit — especially from all of that ice and snow outside — and this soirée might be just the place to do it.


Till Death Do Us Part” OVOC Fundraiser Mystery Dinner and Auction: 5 p.m. Saturday, Old Flour Mill, $40,

Dinner and a show — and an interactive one at that. Come be a part of the intrigue with Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus’ production of “Till Death Do Us Part.” The show is catered by The Breadline Cafe in Omak. This is the third annual Valentine’s celebration at the ​Old Flour Mill in Okanogan. The evening will also feature live music and a silent auction. The grand prize for the silent auction is a family pack of 8 tickets for Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus’ production of “The Little Mermaid Musical” this May and a kids party. For more information, or to reserve your tickets before the big day, visit



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