Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the ones you love. Yes, it also comes with hearts and candy and cute stuffed animals, but best of all it, serves as a good excuse to spend a little extra-special time with the ones you love. Gather up your little Valentines and celebrate with an afternoon of art, a muddy run or one of the awesome events and activities below. Read on for more.

V-Day, B-Day Celebration!

Oregon celebrates two holidays every February 14th, Valentine’s Day and the date that Oregon became a state! Stop by the Craft Factory the Friday and Saturday before Valentine’s Day to craft a heart or the Oregon state cut out, make a card for someone special, and enjoy a sweet treat.

Drop in on Friday, February 8,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, February 9,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
7832 SW Capitol Highway, Suite B
Portland, OR 97219
(upstairs, not wheelchair accessible)
Online:craftfactorypdx.com/

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Valentine's Day Tea

Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium is holding their  famous Afternoon Tea Service featuring a beautiful setting, delectable food and amazing tea that will warm the hearts of everyone in your family. The tea experience promises to focus on the romantic yet whimsical side of Valentine's Day. So invite friends and family and enjoy being pampered by the staff and setting.

Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. 
Cost: $40/ person 
 Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium
12408 & 12412 SW Broadway St.,
Beaverton, OR
Online: Clockworkrosetea.com

The Merry Kitchen Valentine’s Day Treats

Enjoy seeing your children light up as they learn kitchen skills all while creating delicious Valentine’s Day treats. The Merry Kitchen has four classes set aside especially for the holiday based on age group with classes spanning from ages 3 through 14. The class will cover treats such as chocolate covered cherries, heart-shaped pizzas, pretzel wands, and more.

Saturday February 9 & Sunday, February 10th, ranging times
Cost: Ranging from $30-$40
5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Online: themerrykitchen.com/

My Muddy Valentine Run

Gather your friends and family and escape the cliche and get down and dirty at the My Muddy Valentine 5k mud and obstacle run. Runner’s come dressed head to toe in hearts, tutu’s, and even a few group costumes ready to take on the muddy terrain. With the sun shining and the mud fresh, racers challenge their friends and loved ones to an all-out mudfest.  My Muddy Valentine is a great course to run for your first obstacle race or mud run. There is food, music and even a kid's 1.1 mile obstacle run.

Feb. 9, 9 a.m. registrations
Cost: prices start at $35
Lee Farms 
Tualitan, OR
Online: Terrapinevents.com

—Annette Benedetti

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