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Concerts, theater and the great outdoors: Valentine's Day events for every couple

Here are the best ways to celebrate this year.

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Ice sculptures are illuminated for a public walk-through during Improv-ICE on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Peace Plaza in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those sensible folks who’d rather celebrate at home than risk infection with a traditional dinner out, we have several choice options here. Pair with your favorite local takeout.

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For the dinner-and-a-show pair: Two of Rochester’s theater companies will stream shows beginning Friday. The Rochester Repertory Theatre presents “ We’ve Got That Lovin’ Feeling ,” a series of sketches by company couples. The stream is free to season ticket holders with unused tickets, with a suggested donation of $15 for everyone else. Get access at www.rochesterrep.org/wp/weve-got-that-lovin-feeling . And the Civic Theatre had a similar idea with “ Romantic Fools ,” their on-demand sketch comedy exploring the ins and outs of relationships. Though the show is available via Broadway on Demand ($15), it was filmed at local restaurants and businesses.

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For the music-lovers: Oh boy, do we have options here. Fans of classic love songs can stream “ A Virtual Singing Valentine ” by the Choral Arts Ensemble for free, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Grab a ticket at www.choralartsensemble.org . Rochester favorites The D’Sievers will play romantic jazz beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday — donations to the players are strongly encouraged, but the Facebook stream is free. Looking for something a little more old-school? First Presbyterian Church’s “A Festival of Music” continues with “Many-Splendored Love,” a musical “tour” of compositions and readings about the heart’s complexity. Access the free, prerecorded concert on YouTube (FPC RochesterMN ), and on Facebook (@FPCRochMN) at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Snow continues to fall on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Quarry Hill in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

For the shared-experiences couple: Feel like bonding over the absolutely freezing weather this weekend? You’re braver than the rest of us. Mask up and head to Quarry Hill’s candlelit Valentine’s Hike on Saturday at 6 p.m. (with tickets on Eventbrite ). If saying "hey" to cuddly animals is more your speed, Pauley Alpaca Company will also host another open house Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And of course, Improv-ICE doesn’t end until Sunday — so there’s plenty of time to go see the community ice sculpture in person.

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Singles, we found you a date: Let’s be real, there aren’t many ways to put yourself out there safely during a pandemic. But the Rochester Public Library can help out in one way — by arranging a Blind Date with a Book . Throughout the month of February, readers can pick from four different genres (mystery, history, romance or adventure) and will receive a “mystery book” for curbside pickup . For more information, call the library at 507-328-2300.

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Email: ahalliwell@rochestermagazine.com
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