Here's a list of Valentine's Day ideas to inspire you

Chocolate-covered strawberries, a specialty of Dipped Fresh, will be among the gift tempations at the Be Mine pop-up market Friday afternoon, Feb. 12, at Miller Plaza.
photo The Barn Nursery will put marriage proposals and other proclamations of love on its digital billboard to be seen by travelers along Interstate 24 through the weekend.

If you're still looking for Valentine's inspiration, check this list for places to celebrate, buy a gift or make a gift. Most are ways for couples to keep the spark alive, but you'll also find three activities just for dads and their daughters.

* Couple's massage workshop: 6-7 p.m. today, Feb. 11, at Studio 59 Aveda Salon & Spa, 2309 Hickory Valley Road.

Licensed massage therapist Meagan Verstrat will guide couples through massage and aromatherapy techniques that can be used to relax, comfort and heal each other. The $50 reservation fee can be applied toward an hour massage or products. Reservations required: 423-894-1175.

* La Paz Father/Daughter Dance: 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 11, at The Camp House, 149 E. M.L. King Blvd.

La Paz is collaborating with the J.A. Henry YMCA, The Camp House and The Mission: Chattanooga to offer this special event for fathers and daughters ages 3-12. The evening includes dinner and entertainment. $20 per couple, $5 for each additional daughter (scholarships available). Register at For more information, email [email protected]

* Interstate love notes: Submissions accepted through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Love is in the air - way up in the air - at The Barn Nursery, which is again offering the chance to display Valentine's love notes on its digital billboard, which towers above the Fourth Avenue exit on I-24. Last year's messages even included a marriage proposal. Messages will change daily. Email to [email protected]

* Be Mine pop-up market: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St.

This River City Co.-sponsored gift mart features a create-your-own valentines station, plus treats from downtown businesses, including chocolate-covered strawberries from Dipped Fresh, cooking demonstration and information on couples classes from Dish T'Pass Cooking and Catering School, a Be Mine makeup collection from Elea Blake Cosmetic Studio, cards and bouquets from Shadowbox and Field + Flora, custom boxes of locally made items from Locals Only Gift Boxes, small gifts and gift cards from Natural Body Spa & Shoppe and handmade heart art from Tangerinas.

* Royal Valentine Father/Daughter Dance: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St.

Now in its second year, this Chattanooga Presents event is designed for fathers (or father figures) and their little princesses (ages 3-17) to be royally entertained. The evening includes a red-carpet entrance, formal introductions, crowning ceremonies, stately dinner and dance party. $35 per person. 423-596-1388,

* Hamilton County Parks and Rec Father/Daughter Dance: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Chester Frost Park, 2318 N. Gold Point Circle.

Props to you if you bought your tickets early. This annual Hamilton County Parks and Recreation event is sold out.

* Lady Gwendolyn's Bleeding Hearts Ball: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road.

Celebrate Valentine's Day "6 Feet Under the Big Top" at this macabre, circus-themed ball presented by the doyenne of a horror-style performance troupe. The evening includes food, music, dancing, door prizes and entertainment by the cast of Dark Princess Theatre. $35 for one, $60 for two. Buy tickets at

* Make & Take Floral Arranging Workshop: 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Barn Nursery, 1801 E. 24th Street Place.

Learn the basics (and a few trade secrets) of floral design in an hour and have a basket of flowering plants to take home for Valentine's Day. $30. Register: 423-698-2276.

* Vow renewal ceremony: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, 7720 Lee Highway.

Say "I do" again to your honey and your Harley in a group ceremony. RSVP:

* Mighty Ugly Valentines Workshop: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St.

In her book "Make It Mighty Ugly," author Kim Werker gives "exercises and advice for getting creative even when it ain't pretty." Participants in this workshop, led by the library's 4th Floor staff, will rethink their relationship with ugly and experiment within the creative process to make truly unique items for someone they love. Shush Cafe will provide free cocoa and fixings. Register at

* Valentine's Sunset Cruise aboard River Gorge Explorer: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, from Ross's Landing.

The Tennessee Aquarium's own "love boat" will take a romantic three-hour cruise into Tennessee River's grand canyon, where a naturalist will point out wildlife and talk about their courtship rituals as passengers munch on complimentary appetizers (a cash bar has wine, beer and soft drinks). The captains are ordained ministers for any couples who want to renew their vows or tie the knot. Aquarium members pay $34 for adults, $24 for children. Nonmembers pay $42 and $32. Make reservations at