Dance, dinner events to celebrate Valentine’s Day

If you go ...

What: St. Valentine’s Dance

When: 7:30 p.m. to midnight today

Where: Maybell Elementary School, 30 Haynes Ave.

— Admission costs $10 per person or $12 per couple. The John Wayne Band and The Blue Rooster Band will provide live music. Proceeds will help provide technology for the school.

If you go ...

What: Valentine’s Day dinner

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40

— Dinner includes all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab legs, a potato bar, dessert, and one free drink. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $50 each. For more information, call the museum at 824-6346.

Quotable

“This is really a gift to the community so they can have fun because they’re so supportive of our little school out here.”

— Bill Ronis, Maybell Elementary School teacher, on the St. Valentine’s Dance hosted at the school tonight.

Listen up, lovebirds: two events on the horizon offer a gateway to the romance of the upcoming holiday.

The festivities begin today with a St. Valentine’s Dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Maybell Elementary School, 30 Haynes Ave. Admission costs $10 per person or $12 per couple.

The night kicks off with the traditional Western style of The John Wayne Band, which features local musicians John Allen and Wayne Davis.

At 9 p.m., The Blue Rooster Band, featuring local musician Brian Ghirardelli among others, takes the stage with its “rocking Van Halen-type” of music, said Bill Ronis, event organizer and Maybell Elementary teacher.

A silent auction featuring everything from tool kits to homemade afghans and refreshments sold by donation round out the evening.

Part of the dance proceeds will help buy iPods for the one-room school, Ronis said. The event also has another purpose.

“This is really a gift to the community so they can have fun because they’re so supportive of our little school out here,” he said.

For residents who prefer a more leisurely romantic affair, Wyman Museum offers its annual Valentine’s Day dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A $50 ticket buys all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab legs, with a free drink, salad bar, potato bar and bread on the side.

The dinner ends on a sweet note with an assortment of “homemade chocolaty, gooey, yummy desserts,” office manager Nicky Boulger said.

Other attractions include carriage rides, live music courtesy of the Moffat County High School jazz band, and “a couple of little surprises we do for Valentine’s Day,” Boulger said.

The cuisine may be endless, but tickets are not.

The museum sells 66 tickets total, which must be purchased in advance. As of Friday afternoon, about half of them were gone, Boulger said.

She believes people who come to the annual event will get their money’s worth.

“It’s just a lot of fun, and it’s really romantic,” she said.

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