Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
It's Valentine's Day on Sunday and this weekend is prime time to come and get your love.
Here's a just a few ways during these next few days to go out and love on some arts, entertainment and dining fun around the region.
The Art of Folding in Love
From noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, head over to the Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th St., where you can learn about Valentine's Day in Japan. Enjoy a Q&A about Valentine's Day in Japan, then make an origami Valentine's Day card, and enter into a chance to win some Japanese chocolates by participating in a brief quiz following the presentation.
Go online at www.cabell.lib.wv.us for more info.
Loving Your Creative Huntington
The non-profit creative organization Create Huntington is having a music and fun-filled fundraiser — “Create Love-ington at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.
The fundraiser will feature live music from Downtown King, The Settlement and Boulevard Avenue. Live music will start at 10 p.m. A donation at the door will help fuel Create Huntington's micro grant program and help propel grassroots ideas to action.
The group also has a free weekly Chat 'n' Chew session (at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in the lobby of the Frederick Hotel) and is also working to attain a new Claude Worthington Benedum Grant application to help guide future creative projects. Go online at http://www.createhuntington.com for more info.
Dads and Daughters Have a Dance
Dads and daughters can enjoy a special night of laughter and bonding together as the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District hosts its annual Father Daughter Valentine Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center Grand Ballroom. Enjoy dancing, sweet treats, crafts, photos and a rose for each girl. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter and can be purchased at the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office, and Ticketmaster. For more information call 304-696-5954.
Here's Your Sign - Paramount
Get a Shot of Some Blue Collar Comedy as Bill Engvall will perform at the Paramount Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 for two shows at 5 and 8 p.m.
Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by WTCR, 103.3-FM, are $58 and $48 plus fees and can be purchased at the Paramount Arts Center box office, by phone at 606-324-0007, or online at www.paramountartscenter.com.
Engvall has had his own show was just on Dancing With the Stars, but is best known for his years with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable during their Blue Collar Comedy Tours and their Blue Collar TV shows.
More information is available at www.billengvall.com.
Get a Taste of the WV Outdoors at the Civic Center
Head over to the Charleston Civic Center Friday through Sunday as they are hosting the 47th Annual West Virginia Outdoor Sports Show. Come see the newest inventory in RV’s, boats and ATVs, as well as explore the new outdoor adventure zones for travel destinations, golfing, fly fishing, Kayaking, Biking, and much more.
The show will also feature the Little General Catch N’ Release Trout pond offering families the “hands on” opportunity to catch and release a fish, turns are in 5 minute rounds, and offered during the entire duration of the show. Fishing is free to all participants.
Attendees can also win a weekend stay at a WV State park, throw some disc golf and meet three-time world champion Johnny Sias and participate in archery tag, a fun dodgeball like game played with a recurve bow and patented foam-tipped arrows.
Cost is $7 and free for kids 12 and under for the show that runs 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
My Dave Trippin' Pick: My Dave Trippin pick this weekend is to Logan, Ohio and Hocking Hills State Park where they are hosting their annual Sweethearts Hike at 5 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterwards, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.
Go online at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills for more info. Another Sweetheart Hike is set for Canaan Valley where Blackwater Falls State Park (which also has an awesome sled run and crosscountry ski trails), is hosting a Sweetheart Hike at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet the Park Naturalist in Blackwater Lodge Lobby with your sweetheart to embrace winters magic with a brisk wintry walk (about three miles and about two hours) along park trails looping back toward Blackwater Lodge. Along the way, we will search for birds to add to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Call 304-259-5216.
Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.