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Start planning for a sweet Valentine’s Day

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The number one thing you can do to ensure a sweet Valentine’s Day is to start planning. Like, now. Here are some ideas local couples and singles alike might want to consider when making Valentine’s Day plans. A Taste of Chocolate The Old Town Business Association and the Auburn Branch of the American Association of University Women join forces once again to present the fifth-annual A Taste of Chocolate, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 14. Old Town Auburn basically becomes one big box of chocolates, with nearly two dozen businesses opening their doors and serving chocolate treats to visitors. Stop by Courthouse Coffee and you might find locally made chocolate truffles. Down at Sierra Moon Goldsmiths, keep an eye out for chocolate-dipped butter cookies with butter toffee or peppermint bark, courtesy of Latitudes. Tickets are $20 for 10 tastes. Check-in locations are Mary Belle’s, 1590 Lincoln Way, the Old Town Dessert Café, 167 Sacramento St., and the Historic Placer County Courthouse, 101 Maple St. Buy your tickets and you’ll get a map listing all participating locations, a tasting “passport,” napkins and fork. Best of all, you’ll get a take-out container, said Linda Robinson, one of the event’s coordinators. “All this beautiful chocolate shows when you’re walking around,” Robinson said of the clear, plastic takeout containers available at check-in. Andrea Quinn, of Auburn, is excited to once again check out A Taste of Chocolate with her mother, Clara Miles. “It’s something neat to do together,” Quinn said. Quinn said her mom is more of a chocolate fan — Quinn prefers to take her chocolate goodies home to her teen twins. Pre-sale tickets are available Feb. 1 at Sun River Clothing Company, 1585 Lincoln Way. Call (530) 888-1585 or see oldtownauburnca.com for more information. Yoga for two Do something healthy with your loved one, as Suzanne Grace and Rex Rolle offer Sweetheart Yoga, from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 14 at AHmbiance, 884 Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. No yoga experience is necessary for this gentle yoga session, which also includes meditation and simple Thai massage. Cost is $25 per couple. Call (530) 637-5088 or e-mail Suzanne@graceyoga.com to register. Singing valentines Sierra Gold Chorus will serenade your loved one by way of Singing Valentines, available Feb. 13-14. For $35, a Sierra Gold Chorus quartet will perform two love songs and deliver a rose and a poem to the lucky recipient. Call (530) 888-6657 for Auburn-area valentines, or (916) 773-1788 for south Placer deliveries. Have a Heart The third annual “Have a Heart for PEACE Gala,” presented by PEACE for Families, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln. Tickets are $150 per person. Call (530) 823-6224 or visit peaceforfamilies.org for more information. Book a babysitter Dinner’s booked, the roses have been ordered, but there’s still a house full of kids to deal with ... what to do? Calvary Chapel Christian School can help. They’re offering a Valentine’s Date Night Babysitting Fundraiser from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the school’s multipurpose room, 1101 Auburn Ravine Road. Cost is $25 for one child, $15 for the first sibling and $10 for each additional sibling with an RSVP. Prices go up for day-of drop offs. “We want families to believe they are leaving their children in a safe environment so they can go out and have a nice night,” said Kristy Schultz, one of the Calvary parents overseeing the fundraiser. Call (530) 613-2509 to reserve your spot. Love Letters Placer Community Theater presents “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Blue Goose Event center, 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis. Cost is $95 per couple for an event that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and desserts. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. and the play starts at 6 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for Scott Owens, who is running for the position of Placer County district attorney. Call (530) 852-2708 for information.