Local events planned for Valentine’s Day

| February 12, 2015
Yum: Start your Valentine’s Day celebration off with a variety of yummy desserts at the Chocolate Extravaganza from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Coshocton County Career Center.

Yum: Start your Valentine’s Day celebration off with a variety of yummy desserts at the Chocolate Extravaganza from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Coshocton County Career Center.

COSHOCTON – If you are looking for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day there are two great events coming up. The Chocolate Extravaganza and the Sweetheart Big Band Dance will both be held on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Start your Valentine’s Day celebration off with a variety of yummy desserts at the Chocolate Extravaganza from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Coshocton County Career Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Pomerene Center for the Arts and allows guests to choose treats from tables of cakes and tortes, cheesecakes and pies, and candies and other sweets. They also will enjoy musical entertainment and an art exhibit. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance. For information, call the Pomerene Center at 622-0326, e-mail them at [email protected] or visit www.pomerenearts.org.

After the Chocolate Extravaganza you can put your dancing shoes on and attend the Sweetheart Big Band Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at Lake Park Pavilion. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available at the door or by calling 622-7528.

Dance: The Sweetheart Big Band Dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 at Lake Park Pavilion.

Dance: The Sweetheart Big Band Dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 at Lake Park Pavilion.

The Lake Park Pavilion is a restored 1930s big band dance hall and attendees will be able to drift back to that era while dancing to music by the Lake Park Big Band.

“It’s one of the only original big band dance halls left,” said Lori Everhart, park director. “Other than a renovation in 1996 it’s pretty much the same as it was when it was first built. It still has the original hardwood floor, but we just refinished it so it will have a brand spanking new finish for the dance.”

Dress for the dance is business casual and refreshments will be served for a donation, but you also are welcome to bring your own.

“That building (the pavilion) has a lot of history,” Everhart said. “It’s wonderful to walk in there and hear the big band music and know that’s what was played there almost every weekend in its heyday. If you’ve never heard the Lake Park Big Band before they are just wonderful.”

This year attendees will also be treated to a special presentation by dancers from Jody’s Dance Studio when the band takes a break in the middle of the evening.

“We thought we would try something different and provide people with a little entertainment during intermission this year,” Everhart said.

All proceeds from the dance benefit the Friends of the Parks who help with projects such as the annual clean up day, buying flowers and mulch for the flag garden and stocking the basin with fish.

Everhart is thankful for their support and that of the dance’s corporate sponsor Coshocton Trucking.

“They’ve sponsored quite a few dances and have always been supportive of everything we do here at the park,” she said. “We are very appreciative of them.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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