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A card workshop, escape room, and jazzy dinner

Cards crafted for patients at last year's "Little Hands, Big Hearts" event at Emerson Hospital. This year’s version is set for Tuesday, Feb. 12.Emerson Hospital

We all know someone who loves Valentine’s Day and someone who hates it. Invite both to Gore Place in Waltham for “Valentine’s/Anti-Valentine’s Sips and Stories.” The event, open to those 21 and older, features famous readings on love, romance, and singlehood, as well as complimentary drinks, appetizers, and dessert. It will take place in Gore Place’s 1806 mansion at 52 Gore St., Waltham, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15. Advance tickets are required at $28 per person and $25 for members. Tickets can be purchased at www.goreplace.org.

Do you like jazz? Dinner? Dancing? Then the annual “Jazzy Valentine” dinner dance at Lake Pearl in Wrentham is for you. The event, running from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, features The Roy Scott Big Band and vocalist Ruth Debrot. The buffet dinner includes chicken, salmon, and pasta entrée selections. Tickets should be purchased before the event and are $45, or $40 for groups of 8 or more. They can be purchased at www.sharonbands.org.

Send some love to a hospital patient this Valentine’s Day. Families with children ages 3 to 10 are invited to swing by Emerson Hospital in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to craft cards for patients. The free, drop-in event, “Little Hands, Big Hearts,” will be hosted in the Cheney Conference Room near the main lobby from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and parking will be validated. For more information, please contact Christine Kielar at emersonauxiliary@gmail.com or 978-287-8765. The address is 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord. Although not required, registration is appreciated and can be done at www.emersonhospital.org/LHBH.


Can you escape the Wizard’s Tower in a single hour? Find out in the escape room at the Fiske Public Library in Wrentham. Sign up for one of three sessions on Feb. 20: 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. The free program is limited to ages 10 and older, and canned goods for the Wrentham Food Pantry are welcome. The address is 110 Randall Road, Wrentham. For required registration, stop by the circulation desk at the library or call 508-384-5440. The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Fiske Public Library. Visit www.fiskelib.org.


Centria Healthcare opened a treatment center for children with autism in Marlborough last month after acquiring Applied Behavioral Associates LLC. The 1,300-square-foot space will serve up to 20 children in the MetroWest area, as well as provide 15 new jobs for the region. The location at 277 Main St., Suite 305, Marlborough, hosted a grand opening on Jan. 17. Visit www.centriahealthcare.com.

The Arts Committee of the Acton Memorial Library invites Massachusetts artists to submit their work to be considered for exhibition in the library’s meeting room. Submissions are accepted now through March 1. The exhibition schedule begins in September and will feature two-month installments of each artist’s work. Completed submissions should include 10 digital images of art created within the past 5 years; an image list with title, media, and dimensions; an artist’s statement; and the artist’s resume. The library is located at 486 Main St., Acton, and more information should be directed to the reference department at 978-929-6543. Submit your work through the Google form on the events page at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org.


Ysabelle Kempe can be reached at ysabelle.kempe@globe.com.