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Valentine's Day events to love

  • On Valentine's Day, Ales for Autism will host the Black and White Beer Ball, a beer tasting benefit at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall that should appeal to both couples and singles.

Every couple seems to take a different approach to Valentine's Day.

Some go all out and send flowers to the workplace and make restaurant reservations months ahead. Others do nothing. Maybe a card. Or a box of chocolates.

Some mark it but make fun of it, with joke gifts. Others wait until the day after and score the best table and half-price flowers without sweating the mobs.

Singles tend to loathe it, unless it's an anti-Valentine's Day massacre. In San Francisco, there's a giant pillow fight.

In Santa Rosa, if you're a red-haired girl (remember the Peanuts character?) or boy, you get free admission to the Schulz Museum.

Welcome to another V-Day bearing down upon us. What to do? Every winery this side of the Mayacmas is offering some kind of special on Eros in the bottle. Zeppelin cover bands are apparently in high demand. And did we mention there will be a full moon?

If You're More into Zeppelin Than Daft Punk: HopMonk Tavern goes burlesque again with Cabaret de Caliente, while Ser La Muse pays live tribute to Led Zeppelin and DJ Zack Darling slips even more Zeppelin into his mix. Don't miss the “High Seas Strip Tease Photo Booth.”

8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $20-$25 or $10 dance party only. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. www.hopmonk.com.

If You Like Beer More Than Wine: Ales for Autism is such a good cause, you might as well just give them your money. But one of the fringe benefits is the annual Black and White Beer Ball, boasting 27 pouring breweries (Hen House, Lagunitas, St. Florian's, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Beerocrats Homebrew Club and more) — and of course, a sword swallower and dagger thrower named Molotov Bouvier.

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. $45. www.ales4autism.org.

If You Like Dancing in Barns: Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma is throwing another Valentine's Day Dinner and Barn Dance with an organic, three-course, farm-to-table dinner (“with both omnivore and herbivore options”) and live music by the Orchid Killers.

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