1. The wonder years
Magenta Theater presents “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” playing Feb. 14 through 20 at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This “jukebox musical” has about 35 tunes from the 1950s and 1960s sung by four high school best friends — pretty and popular Cindy Lou, teasing Betty Jean, smiling Suzy and lovestruck Missy — at the prom. The play opens on Valentine’s Day and there are 10 performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28, plus two 2 p.m. matinee shows on Feb. 22 and 29. Audiences are encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing prom attire and bringing their main squeezes. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.magentatheater.com or call the box office at 360-635-4358.
2. Sweet sounds
If smooth R&B is what gets you in the mood, the velvet-voiced Ruben Studdard is offering a free performance from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at ilani’s Muze Lounge inside the casino at 1 Cowlitz Way in Ridgefield. Studdard — the Grammy-nominated former “American Idol” champion — will be serving up a sweet and soulful mix of his biggest hits, including “Flying Without Wings,” “Sorry 2004” and “Change Me,” as well as romantic tunes from his sixth album, “Ruben Sings Luther,” a tribute to R&B pioneer Luther Vandross, who inspired Studdard as a child. The performance is free and tickets aren’t necessary, although the Muze Lounge is a 21-and-over space. For more information about this and other events at ilani Casino Resort, visit ilaniresort.com.
3. In the pink
Looking for a romantic evening with creative flair? Consider the Valentine’s Paint and Sip at Vancouver Art Space, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, upstairs near the mall library. From 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, you and your special someone or beloved friend can show your true colors with one of three Valentine’s-themed projects — or create something entirely your own. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. At the end of the evening, everyone will leave with a completed piece of artwork. The $95 to $110 price per couple includes all supplies, materials and instructions, plus refreshments, beer, wine or cider. Register by calling 360-787-8772 or at www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-special-paint-sip-registration-87756791927.
4. Coming up Rosie
Girls, grab your pneumatic hammers, combination wrenches and magnetic screwdrivers, because Feb. 15 is Rosie Revere Engineer Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pearson Field Education Center. From riveters to inventors, this event is a celebration of women as leaders in engineering — inspired by the bestselling picture book “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Participants will be introduced to heroines of engineering and the engineering design process as they move through activity stations and solve small engineering challenges, encouraged by engineering students and professional engineers. The event will also include a storytime for younger kids and a career exploration panel for older kids. www.pearsonfieldeducation.org
5. Boom times
There will be many ways to mark the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ eruption, a geologic event with continuing cultural and scientific significance. The Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., is hosting Mount St. Helens Institute Day from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 15, when volunteers bring their outdoor skills inside for hands-on activities and conversations about the new “Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art” exhibit. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, attend the next Volcano Views and Brews lecture, “What Surprised Geologists About the 1980 Eruption,” at the Water Resources Education Center, 600 S.E. Columbia Way. Entry is free, with beer and food available to buy. portlandartmuseum.org and www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center