Valentine’s Day is just nine days away, so it’s time to start thinking about the annual celebration of love.
At Noblesville High School students won’t be doing the annual Riley Dance Marathon but will still be fundraising for Riley Children’s Health, with NHS students invited to send boxes of candy hearts for $2 per box, to their special someone, during school next week.
What else is going on? Here are 20 lovely in-person and virtual things to celebrate Saint Valentine.
1. Paint with friends at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the new Makerspace at Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville, during a Friends of the Library fundraiser. For $5, participants can paint their own pre-printed canvas.
2. Kids, get your coloring skills ready. Valentine Kids’ Night is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Noblesville Jim Dandy. Kids age 10 eat and younger free at the buffet with each adult purchase. Kids can also participate in a coloring contest for a chance to win a basket full of candy and toys. Jim Dandy also offers a dinner for two, with meal, beverage and dessert, for $25 Feb. 11-14.
3. Stop by IKEA in Fishers on Wednesday to pick up a special Take and Make Craft.
4. Purchase a Take-Out Date Night Kit from Nickel Plate Arts in downtown Noblesville. Each kit supports five or more Noblesville artists or arts businesses. Kits start at $10 for a drawing project with heart frame, with a 10th Street Photography session open with champagne toast, rose and a professional photo shoot, with sittings 4:30-8 p.m. Feb. 12-14 in the historic alley between Ninth and 10 streets downtown Noblesville. There’s even a kit for kids. Pick up kits Feb. 12-14.
5. Stream the virtual production of “Pride and Prejudice” at Carmel’s Civic Theatre, available on demand on Feb. 14, or at 7 p.m. Feb. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, for $25 per household.
6. Moms and kids, put on your yoga pants, or Elza or Anna attire, and enjoy a “Let it Go” Kids “Frozen” Yoga Party is at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Shine Yoga in downtown Noblesville.
7. Get warmed up for Fishers Parks’ community Heart Hike, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13, at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve on Hague Road in Fishers to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with participants invited with free hot cocoa and a warm campfire.
8. Shop at Carmel City Center during Valentine’s Day Sip & Shop and Food Drive 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 and enjoy sales and promotions and sip white wine and peach lemonade champagne cocktails at some of the shops.
9. Enjoy a romantic dinner at home from Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, with pickup of online orders on Feb. 13 and 14
10. Sip & Sign with Your Valentine at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Books & Brews in Noblesville’s Hamilton Town Center.
11. Enjoy Valentine’s Adult Date Night 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Kiln Creations in downtown Noblesville, for $20 per couple with reservations, with Valentine’s Day treats, but bring your own beverage.
12. Pick out a Valentine’s Day “Couple’s Play” package, featuring two-player game, appetizer, two entrees and mix-and-match six pack of beer, from Moonshot Games in downtown Noblesville and Books & Brews Noblesville, for $40, for pickup only on Feb. 14 at Books & Brews at Hamilton Town Center.
13. Create a dessert at home using 9th Street Bistro’s Build-at-Home Pavlova kit. For $10, you can order the gluten-free kit on the Bistro’s online Valentine menu to receive baked meringue, a piping bag of whipped vanilla mascarpone cream, mixed berry coulis and instructions for recipe.
14. Visit Nickel Plate Arts’ “Love, Lust and Poetry” free exhibit noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 27 at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus in Noblesville.
15. Grab a Take-Home Art Kit at Painting with a Twist in Carmel, starting at $30.
16. Enjoy heated outdoor dining with a fire pit, on a heated patio or inside an igloo garden at an array of Hamilton County eateries.
17. Get away but stay close to home during a staycation overnight package at one of the hotels in Hamilton County.
18. Bundle up and get ready to slide down Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, with online reservations and two-hour tubing sessions starting at $25.
19. Visit Conner Prairie Nature in Winter daytime outdoor programming, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, closed Feb. 6-7 due to expected cold temperatures, at the Fishers living history museum, with pre-purchased $9 tickets required.
20. Take a walk on Noblesville’s Riverwalk, or any of the local trails, or just enjoy your nearby parks.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.