Weekend Planner: February 12


Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

Friday, February 12


Terri Glass & Friends Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Copperfield’s Books, San Rafael

7 PM, All Ages


Terri Glass, Claire Blotter, Prartho Sereno, Michele Rivers, Kathy Evans,

Brian Kirven, Linden Berry

What’s more romantic than a love poem? How about a celebration of the international day of love with a poetry reading? Come celebrate Valentine’s Day by hearing Marin poet teachers Terri Glass, Claire Blotter, Prartho Sereno, Michele Rivers, Kathy Evans, Brian Kirven and Linden Berry read their poetry as well as love poetry from other poets.


Garden East Gallery, Lodi

6 PM, Ages: 18+


Come on down to Garden East Gallery with your “love bird” and enjoy creating a couples painting (2 canvas’) masterpiece.  This is a great date night idea, as you’ll be led step by step while you paint (so no experience or artistic ability is required)!  We also have the option of a single painting (maybe you’ll meet you’re lovebird)!  Snacks and drinks included.

Saturday, February 13


Port, Wine, and Chocolate Lover’s Weekend

Old Sugar Mill Wineries, Clarksburg

All Weekend, Ages: 21+


Wine, Port, Sweet, Savory Heaven @ Old Sugar Mill Wineries for Port, Wine & Chocolate Weekend! Eleven Wineries showcasing the best wine & port pairings in the Region!

Bring your Valentine & Galentines to taste delicious wine, port and chocolates from Eleven Award Winning Wineries, just 15 minutes south of Downtown Sacramento.

$50 Weekend Pass ( Both Saturday & Sunday Access – $80 Value!)

$40 General Admission Price as of 2/12

$10 Designated Driver

$120 Group rates for 6 (Includes 6 regular tickets + 1 SafeDriver Ticket) ($250 Value)

$25 Early OnLine Purchase – Early Purchase Sold Out!

Admission includes wine tastings at all ELEVEN wineries (two to three complimentary wines per winery), barrel tasting, chocolate tastings, live demos, port/ barrel tastings, sweet & savory pairings, live music & entertainment-All Day Rain or Shine! Valet parking will be available for your ultimate Port, Wine & Chocolate Lover’s Weekend experience!

Special Access to:

$25 Breedlove’s Bayou Bistro Buffet  – 12pm & 2pm – Purchase on Site/WalkUps OK

* Sweet Treat Demo! Learn how to make a chocolate filled cookie box – Chef Brandy West – FREE

* Cigar Lounge (separate fee)

* Bottle Your Own Port (separate fee)

Additional Food Vendors will have items to purchase for your enjoyment.

The Historic Old Sugar Mill is home to a unique community of ELEVEN Award Winning California wineries and their signature wines: Todd Taylor Wines, Three Wine Company, Merlo Family Vineyards, Perry Creek Winery, Rendez-Vous Winery,  Elevation Ten Winery,  Due Vigne di Famiglia, Draconis Wines, Heringer Estates, Clarksburg Wine Company, and Carvalho Family Wines.

The Old Sugar Mill is located in the Clarksburg AVA (American Viticulture Area), an area where vineyards share the same cool breezes from the San Francisco Bay that shape the growing seasons in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma.  The 11 wineries at Old Sugar Mill are a bridge to the rich agricultural heritage of the region dating to the 1800’s. More information available by visiting our web site at www.oldsugarmill.com.

*Designated Driver Tickets $10/per person per day

*This is a 21&over event

*Absolutely no outside icechests, food, alcohol or beverages will be permitted

* No Refunds/No Exchanges


The 7th Annual Masquerade Ball

The Payne Mansion Hotel, San Francisco

9 PM, Ages: 21+


View Pictures from The 1st Annual ” MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 13, 2010

View Pictures from The 2nd Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 26, 2011

View Pictures from the 3rd Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Ana Mandara on February 25, 2012

View Pictures from the 4th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” at The Clift Hotel on February 2, 2013

View Pictures from the 5th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ The Clift Hotel on February 22, 2014 View Pictures from the 6th Annual “MASQUERADE BALL” @ Payne Mansion on February 28, 2015


One of San Francisco’s most famous annual traditions is Donovan’s debaucherous Venetian masked event, in the spirit of Stanley Kubrick’s “EYES WIDE SHUT” film w/ Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman (PG-13 for this event, of course).  Many playfully call it an elegant Halloween party in February.  Due to the tremendous success of the past 6 years of amazing events, the famous “MASQUERADE BALL: A Sexy Venetian Carnival Affair” returns this year better than ever at its new elegant home: a 135-year-old historic San Francisco landmark that survived the 1906 earthquake:

The Payne Mansion

The Payne Mansion is considered one of the most beautiful locations of domestic and Victorian-era architecture in the United States.  It just recently underwent a magnificent $3,000,000 renovation, transforming it into a high-end boutique hotel with modern, high-end amenities, while retaining its original charm, beauty and exquisite craftsmanship that makes this 135 year old building one of San Francisco’s most prized gems.


LIMITED TICKETS Due to the limited capacity of The Payne Mansion, this is a much more intimate experience and highly exclusive event.  Tickets are extremely limited.  We sold out last year far in advance.  It is strongly recommended you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to secure your spot.


See Party Pictures from Past Masquerade Balls

What Happens Behind the Mask Stays Behind the Mask…

This is a Venetian “mask” party, in the spirit of Carnival of Venice which commences in Italy every February.  Back in 1292, the original purpose of the Carnival of Venice was to serve as an excuse for people of different social classes to mingle and indulge in behaviors that might be otherwise deemed questionable, if not downright salacious.  The custom of wearing masks developed to protect the identity of the Carnival participants and empowering them anonymous freedom to partake in their most intimate of fantasies and desires.