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Staff file photo / Chattanooga's Southern Belle sails the Tennessee River at twilight. Weddings and vow renewals are common during the cruises around Valentine's Day.

This story was updated at 2:33 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, with more information.

Need some inspiration to impress your date on Valentine's Day? Or something fun to do on your own for Galentine's Day?

Here's an A-to-Z list to help you make your plans this week, whether you're part of a pair or a single looking to mingle.

There's even a little Mardi Gras love thrown in for good measure.

(READ MORE: Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events)

 

A is for AC/DC

The Aussie rock band may not come immediately to mind for a playlist of love songs, but you'll find plenty of raw passion — and cheeky innuendo — in songs like "Shook Me All Night Long" and "Thunderstruck." Atlanta-based tribute band Back N Black will play the best of AC/DC's anthems Feb. 11 at The Arts Avenue.

 

B is for Bites

Did you know many restaurants celebrate Valentine's Day with food in the shape of hearts? You can typically find doughnuts at Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme; strategically crimped pizzas at Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's and Marco's; and heart-shaped Bo-Berry Biscuits at Bojangles', among other places. Promotions vary, but all are offered for a limited time.

 

C is for Confections

Learn to create a selection of sweet treats during a Feb. 8 Chocolate Boxes & Candies class at Sweet & Savory Classroom. Space is limited, and other classes, including Valentine Date Nights for couples, are sold out.

 

D is for Dueling pianos

Westbound Bar at the Chattanooga Choo Choo hosts the Cruizin Keys Dueling Pianos Show on Feb. 11. You'll be impressed by the vast repertoire of rock, classic rock, Top 40, R&B and country songs the pianists behind those baby grands can play on request.

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26 ways from A to Z to show your valentine some love around Chattanooga

 

E is for Escapes

Several Tennessee State Parks restaurants are offering romantic getaways for Valentine's weekend. Two of the closest are focusing on food. Fall Creek Falls' restaurant will serve a four-course meal Feb. 11-14. Cumberland Mountain's Homestead Harvest Restaurant will offer specials in two seatings Valentine's Day.

 

F is for Fudge

The fudge at Rock City is so highly prized, a specialty version is included in the Valentine's Day at Lover's Leap packages. Couples can nibble a slice of the fudge and sip on sparkling wine or cider at Cafe 7 during tours for two through the Lookout Mountain attraction, available Feb. 12-14. The ticket also includes a souvenir photo.

 

G is for "Golden Girls"

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Galentine's Day celebration? Try the "Golden Girls" costume party at Vinterest in Hixson. You can go alone as one of the characters played by Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, or grab three gal pals for judging as a group at this after-hours party on Feb. 13.

 

H is for Horses

Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club in Ooltewah is among several stables in the area that offer trail rides. Owners describe the rides as an hour-long "meander through beautiful open fields and pasturs and along the wooded trails of historic Grindstone Mountain." Cost is $45 per person, horse included.

 

I is for Imax

The Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater is showing respect to the Fab Four with three screenings of director Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back" Feb. 11-13. An abridged, one-hour version of an eight-hour, three-part documentary series, the movie focuses on the band's Jan. 30, 1969, concert on the rooftop of Apple Corps' Savile Row headquarters.

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J is for Jovial singers

Did you know you can book a quartet from the Choo Choo Chorus to serenade your valentine? These Singing Valentines can be delivered in person or via email. The in-person visit also comes with a red rose, small box of chocolates and a card with your personalized message.

 

K is for Krewe

The Chattanooga-based Mystikal Krewe of Indulgences plans a black-tie-optional Mardi Gras ball with a "Strange Love" theme Feb. 12 at the Read House. The night will include a Dixieland band, second line, Cajun buffet, open wine and beer bar, DJ and dancing.

 

L is for Landscapes

This month, artists at In-Town Gallery are turning the spotlight on what they like about living in the Tennessee Valley in "I Heart Chattanooga." Visit the gallery to see the city through the eyes and lens of photographer Sybil McLain Topel and painters Miki Boni, Jennie Kilpatrick and Gay Arthur.

 

M is for Mood lighting

The extra street lights that illuminated downtown Cleveland during the holidays are staying up through Valentine's Day, making a perfect backdrop for romantic walks. According to the group MainStreet Cleveland, leaving them in place has not only brightened the winter nights, but they "are just too pretty to take down."

 

N is for Nuptials

The Southern Belle's sunset sightseeing cruises through the Tennessee River Gorge are always romantic, but they're especially popular for weddings and vow renewals this time of year. Valentine's dinner cruises are scheduled Feb. 11-12 and 14.

 

O is for Orchestras

Three area orchestras will entertain next weekend. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera gets "Big Band Fever" Feb. 12 at Memorial Auditorium. East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will play a "Sweet & Salty" big-band concert Feb. 14 at Collegedale Commons. The Premier Jazz Orchestra will present a Music Under the Stars program, "La Vie en Rose," Feb. 14 at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tennessee.

 

P is for Punchlines

The Comedy Catch has two options leading up to Valentine's Day. On Feb. 10, Nimesh Patel, who was discovered by Chris Rock and scored an Emmy nomination for his writing work on "Saturday Night Live," has sold out his one-night special engagement. Congrats if you already have tickets. The weekend act, Feb. 11-12, is Landry, who says his comedy awards don't matter unless his mom thinks he's funny.

 

Q is for Quick introductions

Need a date for Valentine's Day? Perhaps Chattanooga Speed Dating can help. You can download an app for these virtual sessions — the next is Feb. 11 — to be set up on three, 90-second dates. The company considers age, location, height and education preferences to find the best matches.

 

R is for Romanticism

Classical pianist Drew Petersen will offer a quick course in romanticism — and its sonic opposite — when he appears in concert Feb. 10 in the John Hamm Performing Arts Series at Covenant College. He'll play the music of two composers associated with the Romantic period — Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff — as well as a work that composer Maurice Ravel described as an attempt to make "a caricature of romanticism."

 

S is for Scavenger hunt

The website ScavengerHunt.com has four Chattanooga options for exploring the city's hidden gems, street art, bar scene and haunted places. You'll get your clues by phone. You can play as a couple with an annual pass ($70) or in small groups with a one-time ticket ($13 per player) or annual pass ($80 for up to six players).

 

T is for Terror

Get a room? How about an escape room? Dread Hollow will offer its Twisted Escape rooms Feb. 12-13. You can choose from three scenarios, none of them good, and you'll have 30 minutes to figure out a strategy to flee. The upside for Valentine's Day is having someone to cling to.

 

U is for Under the stars

Barnard Astronomical Society will give you a reason to scan the heavens. A Night Sky program at Chickamauga Battlefield on Feb. 12 will discuss the night sky over the battlefield during the Civil War. Organizers say the stars above us were visible to soldiers, but we can't see all they saw. Intriguing. Note that this is a rare chance to visit the park after hours.

 

V is for Virtual painting

Among the webinars available from The Chattery is a Sweetheart Trees Painting class. You pay to view the guided instructions, and you can even add on a supply kit for delivery to get you started. Each side of the diptych, or double canvas, has a tree whose branches reach out to form a heart shape in the middle. Sweet.

 

W is for Waterfall

Romance at Ruby gives visitors a chance to see the underground wonders of the cavern and namesake waterfall in the light of lanterns on select nights through Feb. 14. Timed entry tickets are available online only. They include a keepsake photo and gift.

 

X is for eXhilaration

No experience is necessary for a tandem hang-gliding flight at Lookout Mountain Flight Park. This chance to soar with an experienced instructor is offered every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. These introductory flights often determine whether you'll want to pursue this hobby in earnest.

 

Y is for Yardage

The NFL's expanded 17-game, 18-week schedule means Super Bowl LVI falls on the second Sunday in February, putting it into conflict with the weekend preceding Valentine's Day, which falls on a Monday this year. It's up to you to know whether your relationship can handle combining the two celebrations into a single event on Feb. 13. If so, you can count on every bar having the game on TV if that's where your night out takes you.

 

Z is for Zoo love

Chattanooga Zoo will offer a look at wild love during select hours Feb. 12. The promotion, called "I < 3 My Zoo" will include themed enrichment for the animals and, with a donation, a chance to receive a valentine painted by one of the zoo's denizens.

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

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