Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and romantic events abound in southwest Montana. Consider the following:
- Anaconda Elks host a "Sweetheart Ball" on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Elks Lodge, 223 Main St., Anaconda. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On the menu is filet mignon medallion wrapped in bacon. The meal is limited to 150 people and the cost is $10 per person. From 7 to 11 p.m., dance to the music of Butte’s Big Band, with featured guest Ann Milburn. The cost is also $10 per person. For reservations or to purchase tickets, call Carolyn Howery at 406-560-2236. Tickets are also being sold at Second Edition Books, 112 S. Montana St., Butte.
- The Copper Village Museum and Art Center will hold its annual elegant dinner at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at 401 E. Commercial St., Anaconda. The cost is $35 per person, and proceeds benefit the center. The menu features artichoke tortellini soup, Caesar salad, Italian breadsticks, chicken Parmigiana, gnocchi in butter and garlic, roasted vegetables, and for dessert, panna cotta or gelato. For reservations, call 406-563-2422.
- Friends of the Hearst Free Library will host “Chocolate, Wine & Cheese 2018” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at 401 Main St., Anaconda. Hand-made chocolate delicacies, wines and cheeses from around the world are featured. There are also 50/50 tickets, a raffle and door prizes. Tickets, available at the library, are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and includes up to four glasses of wine. Proceeds go toward the Summer Reading Program.
- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1621 Thornton St., hosts its 10th annual Valentine’s Dinner Saturday, Feb. 10. The menu features family-style Meaderville spaghetti and ravs, salad, and dessert. In addition, there will also be live music. Two seatings are available — 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. The cost is $10 a person; $5 for children under 10; and the meal is free to children under 2. Reservations are requested, and pickup or carry out are available. Details or to make reservations, call 406-782-2425 or 406-560-7421.
- Big Sky Senior Living’s annual Chocolate Extravaganza begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 3701 Elizabeth Warren Ave. There will be live music with Dan Felix. Details: 406-494-4900.
- A suicide prevention awareness event and fundraiser for the Jacob Wheeler Foundation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Clark Chateau, 321 Broadway St. The party is presented by Butte Halloween and the Clark Chateau as an alternative party for those who do not wish to participate in Valentine's Day. The cost is $5, and there will be music and games. Details: 406-565-5600.
- Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cutler Bros. will bring back to the stage a Kelly Cutler original, “Blind Date,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at the Cutler Bros. Theatre, 301 Main St., Deer Lodge. It will also be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 406-846-4096.
- A Valentine’s dinner fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Jackson’s Garden is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Ruby Hotel, Main Street in Sheridan. The cost is $26 per person, and is dine in or take out. The menu features Italian food, which includes an antipasto plate, green salad with Italian vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese, freshly baked bread, and your choice of two types of lasagna (an eight-layer beef and sausage with béchamel sauce or eight-layer chicken and mushroom alfredo lasagna), and the famous dessert of Italy, tiramisu. Wine and beer will be available. Gluten free is available only with a reservation. While reservations are not required they are recommended by calling 406-842-7956.