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Valentine’s Day: Do it Downtown
Doug Ganson, owner of Sundrez at the Landing, is dipping fresh strawberries in chocolate. They’re available every day through Valentine’s Day and he’s taking advance orders for pickup next week.
Chamblin’s Uptown has a selection of Valentine’s Day and romance-themed books.
Hemming Plaza Jewelers has a line of necklaces fashioned after the traditional Valentine’s Day heart candies with messages.
The roots of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to ancient Rome and the Feast of Lupercalia, which was celebrated Feb. 14.

In modern times, the day has become a celebration of love. Lovers exchange cards and gifts and often celebrate with a romantic dinner or evening out.

Downtown offers plenty of options for Valentine’s Day, from cards and chocolate to gourmet dinners and romantic overnight hotel stays.

Café Nola at the Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a three-course dinner with selections that include a fried oyster salad, smoked duck with Brussels sprouts and sticky fig pudding.

At the Hyatt’s restaurant, Trellises, the Valentine’s Day menu includes crab and corn bisque with sherry, prime rib or roasted duck breast and Champagne crème brulee.

Guests can check in at the Hyatt for the “Amour Package.” It includes complimentary parking, Champagne and chocolate upon arrival, a continental breakfast for two and late checkout.

Juliette’s Bistro at the Omni is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. The hotel has the “Ooh La La Romance Package” with sparkling wine, petit fours, French macarons and turn-down service. Breakfast for two is included.

For gift seekers, Hemming Plaza Jewelers has in stock a line of necklaces fashioned after the little heart candies with messages. The store also has wristwatches, gold and diamonds for Valentine’s Day.

Doug Ganson, owner of Sundrez at the Landing, is bringing back his Valentine’s Day tradition of dipping fresh strawberries in gourmet chocolate.

Ganson said the sweet treats will be available every day through Feb. 14 and he’s taking advance orders for pickup on Valentine’s Day.

Love poems are another Valentine’s Day tradition and Chamblin’s Uptown bookstore has quite an inventory of titles, plus books about diamonds, chocolate and roses.

Whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day, you can probably do it Downtown. Contact each provider for details on offers and availability.

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Tuesday, Feb. 7
Downtown Walking Tour
10 a.m.
The Landing
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Mayor Brown’s Business Builder
11 a.m.
Osborn Center
Info: 630-CITY

John Edward
7 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
Info: 355-2787

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Willie Nelson and Friends
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
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Thursday, Feb. 9
Amateur Night Auditions
5-6:15 p.m.
The Ritz Theatre
Info: 632-5555

Rascal Flats
7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Arena
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Lecture: “What and When Were the 1960s?”
7 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
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Alex Seier
8 p.m.
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
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Friday, Feb. 10
$5 Friday
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Museum of Science & History
Info: themosh.org

Jacksonville Landing Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Landing
Info: 353-1188

The Ahn Trio
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
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Bad Assets
9:30 p.m.
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
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Saturday, Feb. 11
Valentine’s “Bella Luna”
7-10 p.m.
Museum of Science & History
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An Evening with the Avett Brothers
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
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4th Annual Broken Heartsville
8 p.m.
Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk
Info: mavericksatthelanding.com

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra “La Boheme”
8 p.m.
Times-Union Center
Info: jaxsymphony.org

Sidewalk
9 p.m.
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
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Sunday, Feb. 12
Bank of America Family Free Day And ArtFusion
Noon-4 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Info: mocajacksonville.org

Intermezzo Sunday Concert
2:30 p.m.
Main Library Hicks Auditorium
Info: 630-2665
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