Have you noticed that in recent years the grocery stores put up Valentines Day displays almost immediately after Christmas?  Well, instead of giving your partner stale Russell Stover crap, here are a couple of productive alternatives.

The first is a fundraiser for the Arcata and McKinleyville (ArMack) High School orchestra.  Thanks to Bodie.

Hello All,

Hitting you up (for the very last time) to see if you are interested in a Valentune this year.

Times:   Thurs 2/12  3:30 to 9 PM
Fri  2/13  3:30 to 10 PM
Sat 2/14  9 AM to 10 PM

Prices:  $15 for a Song & Card,  $ 5 Each additional song, $5 floral bouquets, $1 chocolate

Songs:  1) L.O.V.E.  (L is for the way you look at me, Nat King Cole) 2) 8 Days a Week (Beatles) 3) When I’m 64 (Beatles)  4) The Way You do the Things You Do ( the Temps)  5) The Way you Look Tonight ( first sung by Fred Astair in the movie Swing Time, not to Ginger, but dreamily thinking of her. )  6)  You’ve got a friend in me ( Randy Newman -good for the office crowd) 7 ) If Not for You (Babe I couldn’t find the door, Bob Dylan, (for the stoners))

As Carol remembers, this is the 14th year for Valentunes, especially lucky for romantic swains, Feb 14th, 14th year….

The trip this year is to New York NY.  ArMack was adjudicated and accepted to compete at *Carnegie Hall*.  Pretty exciting. Among the competition, Santa Monica High, which has I think 3 orchestras. Santa Monica was voted the “Best High School level orchestra in the Nation” in 2005.  Carol is nervous, and is using her inestimable powers of persuasion to encourage students to increase their practice (chuckle). The trip is expensive, more so than London 2 years ago, and the orchestra could really use the community’s support & donations.

Joyce Jonte donated the art work for the poster which can be viewed at

Let me know if you are interested. You can order through me or phone
822-5453 or 825-9514. Thanks, Larella


And back down here, from Lisa Luv:

Please help spread the word.  Earth Club is having their 7th annual Chocolate Auction the day before Valentine’s Day. We can’t afford a big ad in the paper.

It will be held at the Healy Senior Center in Redway.  Feb. 13th. Door opens at 5:30pm; auction starts at 5:45pm sharp.  It is a lot of fun.  This year the kids are really excited.  We have a real auctioneer and great chocolate goodies (not stale Russell Stover crap – EVK) to be auctioned off.