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Love in the air
Find your Valentine’s fun

02/08/18
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 From couples yoga sessions to photo ops with your furry friend, here are some local events and activities to sweeten your Valentine’s Day. 

 
Art with heart 
• The New Hampshire Art Association presents an exhibition, “For the Love of Art,” on view now through Feb. 24 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth). It features art in various media that expresses the artists’ interpretations of love. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit nhartassociation.org. 
• Enjoy art and complimentary coffee at the second Saturday of McGowan Fine Art’s (2 Phenix Ave., Concord) exhibition “Love, Lust and Desire X” on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual group exhibition features nearly 400 works by 60 artists, including paintings, prints, photography and mixed media. Visit mcgowanfineart.com.
• Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) will have a variety of Valentine’s Day make-and-take crafts on Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including ceramic tiles made with alcohol ink and markers, calligraphy, pop-up cards, a felted heart hanger and cookie decorating. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com. 
• Time to Clay (228 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua) hosts “Gal”entines Ladies Night on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Get the girls together for a night of pottery painting, snacks and wine (BYOB). Visit facebook.com/timetoclay. 
• Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester) will host a date night pottery workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with sessions at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Couples will learn the basics of throwing on a wheel to create at least one food- and microwave-safe piece of handmade pottery. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Apotheca Flower Shoppe of Goffstown will be on site selling artistic flower bouquets, chocolates and teas. The cost is $60 per couple. Visit 550arts.com. 
• Graffiti Paintbar (143 Main St., Nashua) hosts a Valentine’s Day couples paint night on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The “Tweet Hearts” project is two canvases hung together, allowing each person to paint a side. The cost is $36. Visit graffitipaintbar.com
• Muse Paintbar (42 Hanover St., Manchester) hosts a Valentine’s Day couples paint night on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. The project theme is “Moonlit Love.” The cost is $50 per person. Visit musepaintbar.com. 
 
Floral fancy 
• Alice’s Table will teach a “Blooming in Love” floral workshop at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Enjoy wine and food and learn the art of flower arranging to create a Valentine’s Day arrangement to take home. The same workshop will be held at LaBelle’s Portsmouth location (104 Congress St.) on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit alicestable.com. 
• Paisley Floral Design Studio hosts a Valentine’s floral workshop on Monday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Salona (128 Maple St., Manchester). Create a beautiful bottle floral embellishment to take home on a bottle of Champagne. The cost is $45. Visit paisleyfloraldesign.com. 
 
Lovely performances 
• Manchester Community Music School presents Love Notes Jazz Brunch featuring the New Hampshire Youth Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St., Manchester). Reservations cost $10 and must be made in advance. Visit mcmusicschool.org. 
• British storyteller Simon Brooks presents a St. Valentine’s storytelling, “Love’s Labors, Loves Lost,” at Schoodacs (1 E. Main St., Warner) on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The stories include an indecisive princess, an old farmer who gets more than he bargained for, a burly Scot who falls in love with a fay, and a misunderstanding and reconciliation between a happy couple. Visit facebook.com/simonbrooksstoryteller. 
 
Make your move 
• The Yoga Center (28 S. Main St., Concord) will have a Valentine’s Yoga for Couples workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. It includes simple individual and partner exercises and guided massage techniques to help couples experience more joy and laughter, feelings of appreciation, a sense of contentment and peace and a soul connection. The cost is $198 per couple. Visit nhyogacenter.com. 
• The Body Cooperative presents a “Show Me the Love” partner yoga and massage workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The River Guild (254 N. State St., Unit E, Concord). Move through a sequence of yoga postures and learn simple techniques to bring about a state of relaxation. The workshop will help couples move deeper into the physical and emotional experience of yoga while awakening a heightened sense of compassion, trust, balance and creativity. The cost is $45 per couple. Visit theriverguild.com. 
• CrossFit Earned (26 Columbia Circle, Merrimack) hosts its 2018 Clash of the Couples event on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The couples fitness competition will be divided into three divisions and will include challenges like wall ball, deadlifts, bar muscle-ups and more. The cost is $150 per couple. Visit crossfitearned.com. 
• YogaBalance (135 Hooksett Road, Manchester) will have an Establishing Self-Love yoga workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn yoga practices and meditations that promote feelings of kindness, peace and joy; giving and receiving love; and the art of self-love and self-care. The cost is $35. Visit yogabalance.info. 
• The 603 Brewery Yoga Series (12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry) continues with a Detox and Retox Valentine’s Day Yoga session on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your significant other and explore partner yoga moves. Bring your own mats. Visit 603brewery.com. 
• Fleet Feet Sports (4 Coliseum Ave., Nashua) hosts its Winter Warrior Valentine Duo Run on Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. Dress up in Valentine’s Day attire or costume. There will be cookies and cocoa after the run. Visit fleetfeetnashua.com
 
Pet passion 
• The Wholistic Pet and Equine Center (341 Route 101, Bedford) will have a Smooch your Pooch event on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by with your pet and get a free photo taken in the “kissing booth.” Visit thewholisticpet.com. 
• The Salem Animal Rescue League hosts its fourth annual My Furry Valentine fundraiser at Brookstone Park (14 Route 111, Derry) on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of comedy and magic with magician George Saterial, baked goods, candy, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets cost $40 per person or $70 per pair and are available for purchase until Thursday, Feb. 8. Visit sarlnh.org. 





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