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The relationship that you have with your partner is the foundation of your family. Let these local offerings inspire you to give it some extra attention this Valentine's Day. Want even more ideas? Turn to our Calendar of Events on page 20.

Mendocino County

Fort Bragg If you want to celebrate V-Day with your little ones, then the free Valentine Origami Workshop at the Fort Bragg Library may be just the ticket. You and the kids can learn the ancient Japanese art of paper folding and just enjoy connecting to each other. All supplies will be provided for the class, which will be held on February 10, 2-3:30 p.m. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ukiah Let your hair down with your sweetie at the Funky Dozen V-Day Dance Party. The band, a Lake County favorite, features 12 musicians, including three vocalists, two guitarists, and a horns section. Expect high-energy dance music mostly from the 1970s but from other decades as well. The event will be held on February 9, 7-10 p.m., at the Ukiah Senior Center. Tickets, which are $25-$30 and include an array of gourmet appetizers, may be purchased at ukiahseniorcenter.org.

Willits Does your partnership need a tune-up? Certified Organization and Relationship System Coach Doris Wier aims to help you create more harmonious interactions at her Cultivating Positivity in Relationships workshop. The free class will be held on February 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Willits Center for the Arts. Call 456-9676 or see avenuestowellness.org for details.

Willits Cyrano de Bergerac has low self-esteem. He doesn't believe the object of his affection will ever love him because he has a big nose. When someone else falls for his dream girl, the man in question hires Cyrano to write poems that will win her over. Watch the classic scenario of unrequited love acted out on the stage of the Ukiah Players Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, February 14-March 10 (no show February 16). Shows will be held at 7 p.m. or, on Sundays only, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20 and may be purchased at ukiahplayerstheatre.org.

Lake County

Lakeport What kind of prom experience did you have? Whether it was less than optimal or off-the-charts fabulous, the Lake County Theatre Adult Prom gives you a chance to re-do the night--except this time there's no curfew and you can wear whatever you want, no parental approval necessary. Dance to Clean Sweep's mix of R&B, funk, and blues on February 16, 7-11 p.m., at the Lake County Fairgrounds' Little Theater. Purchase advance tickets for $35 at lakecountytheatrecompany.org or buy them for $45 at the door.

Lakeport Dancing Poly Farm Valentine's Day event: For those interested in trying the savory side of chocolate, Dancing Poly Farm's Chocolate Lovers Dream Happy Hour delivers, with bites of Mole Poblano. (There will be sweet stuff, too.) While the farm usually hosts cooking classes, at this event, on February 14, 4-6 p.m., the hosts will be the ones in the kitchen so you and your honey can relax. The evening costs $40 and advance reservations are required. For further information e-mail dancingpoly@gmail.com or call 413-0054, or register via dancingpoly.com.

Kelseyville What is chocolate's favorite companion? If you are oenophile, wine. You can have both foodie favorites at the Wine and Chocolate event at the Mount Konocti Winery and Event Center. What's more? Your culinary reverie will be supporting the Lake Family Resource Center, a nonprofit that helps children in need. The event will be held on February 2, noon-4 p.m.; tickets are $60 when purchased in advance at lakefrc.org or $70 at the door.

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