While some might only consider Valentine’s Day a Hallmark holiday, others probably feel love in the air. For those wanting to commemorate the holiday, there are multiple local events between Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th and Sunday, February 17th.


A workshop on animal acupressure with certified canine massage therapist Melody Moore will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14th.

Moore will teach canine guardians techniques to improve circulation and vitality for $20 per dog at The Farmacy, 1509 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice.

The humans are the ones that really benefit from this event, Moore says.

“When you get a massage or give a massage, either way it is really great for the heart,” she adds.

She also points out that when people aren’t calm and relaxed their dogs feel it, and acupressure is a way for both to be peaceful.

Moore doesn’t recommend the workshop for canines that have a recent injury, inflammation, sprain, open wounds, broken bones, infectious diseases or extreme agitation.

Information, (310) 918-9053.


The Santa Monica High School Theatre and Arts program is presenting the Tony Award-winning musical Bye Bye Birdie, with a Valentine’s Day opening at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 14th, where couples can purchase two-for-one tickets.

The show will play at the school’s Barnum Hall Theatre, 601 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, through Saturday, February 23rd, with students and seniors at $10 and adults at $15.

Program director Dr. Frank Ford picked the musical surrounding a Rock-‘n’-Roll singer about to enter the army because of the work’s celebratory attributes and how well it fit with his students.

“This is a perfect match,” Ford says. “[It’s] a delightful show, every kid in it will have a wonderful time [and] the audience will have a wonderful time.”

Information, (310) 458-5939.



The married yoga duet Billy and Patti Asad will lead a class that mixes yoga for all levels, Thai massage and meditation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14th, at YogaWorks, 2215 Main St., Santa Monica.

Patti Asad says the $65 course isn’t only for romantic couples but also friends and relatives.

“It’s a place to honor each other, have fun with each other and bond with one another,” she adds.

She has been giving the classes with her husband for more than eight years and she says the partners are forced to connect in a way they normally don’t.

With the various poses and flexibility levels, attendees have to have trust and compassion for each other.

She adds that this is a time where outside factors such as work and children shouldn’t distract a duo.

Information, www.yoga




An ’80s flashback or introduction, whichever the case may be, is in store for attendees of The Little Girls Valentine’s benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St. in Santa Monica.

The group, which broke up in 1985 but had a reunion at the playhouse in February 2004, is back with members Michele Maso Tinsley on lead vocals; Caron Maso Murray on guitar and lead vocals; Kip Brown on guitar and backing vocals; and John Baker on bass and backing vocals.

Murray describes their music as a mix of pop rock with folk influences that appeals to any audience.

“It’s an engaging show,” Murray says. “There’s a lot of melody, themes that are fun and light — layers of harmony and things like that.”

The band and attendees will offer a Valentine of sorts, with the $25 tickets benefiting the Playhouse American Youth Ambassadors’ UK ’08 Tour.

Murray got involved with the two-week program about three years ago when she and her now-12-year-old daughter first participated in it.

The tour gives youths the opportunity to sightsee and hone their theater craft with a sister playhouse in the United Kingdom.

Information, (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.



A biking scavenger hunt in Venice for teams of two lovers, friends, siblings or co-workers will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 16th and 17th.

The visual hunt includes a quick tour of Venice Beach, where participants won’t be collecting items but answering challenging questions and clues.

Organizer Kristin Kendall of Out of the Box Events says their hunts are normally done by locals who are surprised by what they find out.

“What’s exciting is [that] people really learn about their area and see their own backyard from a different perspective,” she says.

Adults have the chance to be creative, challenge themselves and win, based on whoever has the most correct answers rather than who finishes first.

The meeting location will be provided upon registration. Participation is $25 per person and bikes are available for rent at $10 each.

Information, (323) 799-1374