Couples, families and even just good friends can get their Valentine’s Day fix before the holiday arrives with various fun-and-loving events all throughout Bellingham during the preceding weekend.

Cupid’s Folly: A Family Valentine Party
Couples looking to have fun with their children or couples with a child-like spirit can enjoy a day of games, crafts and treats at “Cupid’s Folly: A Family Valentine Party” from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Bloedel Donovan Park Community Building.

The event, which is hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation, is $2 per person and free for children 3 years old or younger, Parks and Rec Event Coordinator Amanda Grove said.

Both couples and children will be able to enjoy being with the ones they love by creating cards, enjoying treats and playing several games, Grove said.

“We are providing a fun forum for families particularly with elementary-age children,” Grove said. “I would prefer not to spoil the element of surprise, but can share that there will be numerous interactive stations for parents and kids to create and play.”
This is the second year “Cupid’s Folly” has been held and people of all ages are welcome to come and have more fun than folly, Grove said.

Speak Easy 6: Love Uncensored
For mature adult couples looking to experience the art of poetry, “Speak Easy 6: Love Uncensored” can provide just that at 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Amadeus Project at 1209 Cornwall Ave.

The poetry reading, which will consist of more than 15 couples reciting poetry about their love for one another and their relationships, is free, with donations to the Amadeus Project being highly appreciated.

Luther Allen, poet and coordinator of “Speak Easy 6,” said the event is only for mature adult audiences because he allowed absolute freedom to all the couples reading poetry or performing spoken word.

“I’ve put no qualifications on what people read,” Allen said. “We’re not putting any restrictions on language or sex. It’s probably not appropriate here for kids.”

Serenade Your Sweetheart
Those looking to hit those high notes and sing sweet melodies to their loved ones can learn to do so at Serenade Your Sweetheart at noon on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Amadeus Project.

The group class is $15, and registration information can be found at the Bellingham Sings’ website.