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Celebrate love and your Valentine this weekend

Last Updated Feb 9, 2018 at 7:27 am EDT

Painting while sipping on wine at the Paint Lounge. FACEBOOK/PaintLounge

Valentine’s Day is not until next Wednesday, but several events are taking place this weekend to kick-start the ‘love is in the air’ feeling. If you are looking to do something different this year — that may or may not involve being lovey-dovey — we have you covered.


Paint with your date
Grab a glass of wine and paint away on a canvas with your Valentine — no art skills are required. Artistic staff will be on hand to help you create your piece. Various sessions are being offered this weekend and until next Wednesday. All supplies will be provided.

Open your heart with yoga
For those who would prefer to do some sun salutations, the Valentine’s Day Heart Opener class may just be what you need. The 75-minute class will open up your heart and mind, and also offer that relaxation you crave. Of course, if your partner or date likes yoga too, then make it a date. The class is being held at The Attic, located at the Lululemon on Queen Street West near Spadina Avenue, and costs $10.

My funny and caring Valentine
A major fundraiser this weekend in Toronto has snagged a major host. It’s the annual Laugh Out Loud Gala for the Trillium Health Network, with very special guest Jay Leno. All tickets and tables at the Toronto Congress Centre include a cocktail reception with gourmet food and wine, in what is sure to be an entertaining night for a great cause. Organizers say it’s one LOL you don’t want to miss.

Dance at a ball
Dragon Ball is considered one of the premier galas in Toronto and one of the largest fundraisers in North America celebrating Chinese New Year. The annual Dragon Ball takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. The black tie event raises money for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, which helps support the culturally and language appropriate care for seniors of different ethnic backgrounds in the GTA. We’re gearing up for the Year of the Dog, which starts on Feb. 16.

Canadian love
You can feel like an uber-Canadian this weekend, enjoying some fine local brews in the great outdoors. Steamwhistle Brewery is hosting the annual Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Everyone is invited for what organizers call “crazy Canuck fun.” Beer lovers are encouraged to wear retro ski gear and come out to not only enjoy beer, but campfires, great music and old school games.

TTC closure

Partial Line 1 closure
Another weekend; another closure. This time, subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations because of construction at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Shuttle buses will be running. Wheel-Trans bus service will be available upon request. Parking will also be restricted on Yonge. Click here for details.