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Valentine's Day Weekend 2017: Here Are 10 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix

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click to enlarge Experience Chinese culture at Hance Park. - COURTESY OF PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK
Experience Chinese culture at Hance Park.
Courtesy of Phoenix Chinese Week
2017 Chinese Culture & Cuisine Festival
Everyone in and around Margaret T. Hance Park will know it’s the Year of the Rooster when the 27th annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival kicks off. The free festival promises a schedule of dragon and lion dances, traditional folk dances, musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, and a Chinese culture and history booth. Expect all that, along with shopping and, of course, Chinese fare. Friday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the festival continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the Chinese Culture & Cuisine Festival website for more.

click to enlarge Heard's looking fresh. - COURTESY OF THE HEARD MUSEUM
Heard's looking fresh.
Courtesy of the Heard Museum
“Beauty Speaks for Us”
The new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery at the Heard Museum opens to the public on February 10 with the exhibition, "Beauty Speaks for Us." The exhibition is a display of 200 rare pieces from private Phoenix collections alongside works from the museum’s own collection, including pottery, jewelry and beadwork, paintings, basketry, and much more. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and entrance is $18 for adults. Visit the Heard website for more details.

click to enlarge The 61st annual VNSA book sale is Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12. - COURTESY OF VNSA
The 61st annual VNSA book sale is Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12.
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2017 VNSA Used Book Sale
The people behind the 2017 Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association Used Book Sale are asking if you’re ready for "The Next Chapter." The VNSA has been collecting used books, sheet music, and other forms of media for their annual sale at the Arizona State Fairgrounds‘ exhibit building. Admission is free, and book sale proceeds go to local charities. The 61st annual VNSA book sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Visit the VNSA website for more details.

click to enlarge Margarita Cabrera's “Space in Between” closes at Desert Botanical Garden on February 12. - FREDRIK NILSEN
Margarita Cabrera's “Space in Between” closes at Desert Botanical Garden on February 12.
Fredrik Nilsen
Closing of Margarita Cabrera's “Space in Between”
Since October, Mexico-born artist Margarita Cabrera has presented her project “Space in Between” – along with the ASU Art Museum – at the Desert Botanical Garden. Project participants have been creating desert plant sculptures out of Border Patrol uniforms and embroidering details from their own personal immigration story. Held in the Ottosen Gallery at Dorrance Hall, the project runs till Sunday, February 12. Hours for Sunday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and entrance is included with membership or paid entry ($22 for adults). Call 480-941-1225 or visit the DBG website.

click to enlarge On the Map, a film about a David (Israel team) versus Goliath (Soviet Union team) European Basketball Championship game. - COURTESY OF GPJFF
On the Map, a film about a David (Israel team) versus Goliath (Soviet Union team) European Basketball Championship game.
Courtesy of GPJFF
2017 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
The 21st annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival offers a glimpse into historic and contemporary Jewish life through cinema. The festival starts on Sunday, February 12, and runs through the 26th. Held at various locations throughout the Valley, opening day films are On the Map at 3 p.m. and Fever at Dawn at 7 p.m. at Shea 14, and Rosenwald at 3 p.m. at Chandler Fashion 20. Tickets are $11 per film. For more information, visit the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival website.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.