Variety spice of Valentine's Day outings

From dancing to counting birds to horses galore, plenty of activities to share with that special someone

By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter

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That strange scent in the air isn't spring, not yet at least — but it might be love.

If you're looking for something romantic to do with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day weekend, Clark County has plenty of options.

Tonight there's a slew of events with music, dinner and dancing. Saturday and Sunday there's a chance to explore with wine, chocolate, birds and horses. And Sunday you can run all those sweets off with a special three-mile Valentine's-themed charity event.

To get you started, The Columbian compiled this quick list of suggestions. Want more? Read on and flip through the many offerings in the Weekend calendar.

Contra in The Couve! Valentine's Day Dance

photo"Contra in The Couve" dance event happens June 10, 2011 at the The Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver.

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What: Contra dancing and dinner, with a potluck and Rich Goss calling out moves. The Hat Band will provide music.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver.

When: 7:30 to 11 p.m., Feb. 14.

Cost: $7, $5 for ages 65 and older and 12 and younger. Free instruction will start at 7:30 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Information: 360-750-0113 or http://contra-van-wa.org

Country Shindig featuring Michele Drey Band

What: Dance and concert benefiting the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial project fund.

Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 East Main St., Battle Ground.

When: 7 to 11 p.m., Feb. 14.

Cost: $10 to $15, 21 and older.

Information: 360-342-5380 or http://parksfoundation.us/events

CANCELLED: Vancouver Community Concert Band

What: A Valentine's Day dinner and concert to benefit the Friends of the Carpenter.

Information: 360-750-4752 or http://friendsofthecarpenter.org

Poetry reading

What: A poetry reading to celebrate G.L. Morrison's recently released book of poetry, "Chiaroscuro Kisses." Champagne and chocolate will be provided.

Where: Vancouver Organization of Contemporary Art, 906 Harney St., Vancouver.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Cost: Free.

Information:facebook.com/artvoca

The Great Backyard Bird Count

What: How about a romantic day of bird watching? The Great Backyard Bird Count each year takes a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. As a participant, you commit to count birds at a location of your choice for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. All you have to do is tally the number of individuals of each species you see, and enter your totals at http://birdsource.org/gbbc.

Where: Everywhere.

When: Feb. 14-17.

Cost: Free.

Information:http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/gbbc

Washington State Horse Expo

photoThe Washington State Horse Expo will take place Feb. 18-20 at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

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photoJessica Bishop, from Scio, OR, riding Chief Seattle, competes in the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race at the Washington State Horse Expo, held at the Clark County Event Center, Sunday, February 19, 2012. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

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What: The event may not scream Valentine's Day, but there's certainly a lot to see and do with your sweetheart at the Washington State Horse Expo. The fourth annual showcase of all things equestrian returns with clinics, performances, vendors, demonstrations, national experts and trainers. Show highlights include the Extreme Cowboy Race, Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe, clinician Craig Cameron and Marvin Pierce's Cow Dogs.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

Cost: $10, $8 for seniors, $8 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and younger; $24 for three-day pass; $6 for parking.

Information: 360-397-6180 or http://wastatehorseexpo.com

Venersborg Sweetheart's Dance

What: A dance with several genres of romantic music including classic rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, blues and classical.

Where: Historic Venersborg School, 24309 N.E. 209th St., Battle Ground.

When: 7 to 10 p.m., Feb. 15.

Cost: Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per couple. For ages 18 and older.

Information: 360-666-4829 or http://www.venersborg.blogspot.com/

Clark County Wine and Chocolate Tour

photoSouthwest Washington Wineries Valentine's Chocolate & Wine Tasting tour happening Valentine's Day weekend. Photo from the Rusty Grape Vineyard in Battle Ground.

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photoThirteen Clark County wineries will participate in this weekend's Wine and Chocolate Festival.

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What: Local wineries will be pairing all kinds of sweets with their wines during this annual self-guided tour. Learn which chocolates pair best with wine in the wineries' tasting rooms. Check with individual wineries for more details on specific hours and tasting fees.

Where: Clark County, Vancouver, Battle Ground and Ridgefield.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 15-16.

Cost: $5 to $10, tasting fees vary.

Information:http://clarkcountywine.com

The Love Dash

What: Northwest Personal Training is hosting a fun Valentine's Day-inspired 3-mile run and walk for pairs to raise money for the Children's Center. The run will give awards for the fastest couples in five different categories.

Where: Torque Coffee, 501 Columbia St., Vancouver.When: 9 a.m. Feb. 16.

Cost: $10 suggestion donated.

Information: 360-574-7292 or http://nwpersonaltraining.com