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Capitol Square logoLet Friday the 13th be lucky for you in East Arlington

Capitol Square's annual "Romancing the Square" celebrates the spirit of Valentine’s Day with free activities on Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., throughout East Arlington's vibrant business district. Enjoy chocolate samples, sales, jewelry making, art exhibits, live music, and refreshments to help you get in the mood for romance. This event is free and open to adults and teenagers.

"We started Romancing the Square a few years ago to celebrate the good feelings in our community," said Jan Whitted of Artbeat. "It's a great way for people to gather with friends and neighbors in the middle of winter." Past events have included poetry readings and community art exhibits.

Enjoy some much deserved adult time with neighbors at the After Hours Neighborhood Mixer at Luv and Other Gifts (189 Mass Ave) from 6 to 8 p.m. Friends are invited to unwind with a glass of wine and enjoy some live music from folk artist Mike Hastings beginning at 6:30pm in the Luv Lounge.

Down the street, expect a rather passionate program at 13Forest Gallery (167A Mass. Ave.) from 7 to 9 p.m., where guests will hear live opera music during Opera on Tap After Dark, featuring sopranos Abigail Krawson, Stephanie Mann, Kathryn McKellar, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis and pianist Daniel Padgett. Short and not-so-sweet sets will begin at 7:30 and 8:15. Wine and cheese will be served and the gallery's current exhibition, Likely Stories, featuring paintings by Boriana Kantcheva, will be on view.

Artwear (185 Mass Ave) will hold a much anticipated Jewelry Sale with refreshments from 6 to 8 p.m. Across the street at Artbeat Creativity Store (212A Mass. Ave.), guests are invited to try their skills at Collage Jewelry making while enjoying refreshments from 6 to 8pm. Next door, at Maxima Gift Center (212 Mass. Ave. folks can get their chocolate fix at a Fixx Chocolate Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.

During the week leading up to Romancing the Square, customers will have an opportunity to enter the Capitol Square Romance Raffle, which includes romantic gifts from 12 participating business -- with a total value of more than $750. A dozen lucky winners will receive one of the following prizes.

• Dinner for Two from Flora Restaurant, Ristorante Olivio, or Menotomy Bar & Grill

• Breakfast for Two from Quebrada Baking Co.

• Valentine Floral Bouquet from Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens

• Personalized Picture Frame from LUV and Other Gifts which includes a Photo Shoot from Willow Baby Studios
• Japanese Love Letter Set from Artbeat Creativity Store

• Raspberry Sven Leather Handbag from Artwear

• Cake Pop Bouquet from Something Sweet Without Wheat

• Gallery Gift Certificate from 13Forest Gallery

• Movie for Two from the Capitol Theatre

• Fixx Chocolate Sampler from Maxima Gift Center

Also this week, activities for families will include a Valentine card-making extravaganza at Artbeat Creativity Store. The Little Fox Thrift Shop (175 Mass. Ave.) will offer 20% off all winter clothes; beautiful Valentine’s Day floral bouquets available to order ahead and pick-up at Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens’ new location at 218 Mass Ave; and participating Capitol Square businesses will be giving out complementary chocolate squares.

On Valentine’s Day, Artbeat will be hosting a workshop in making glittering beeswax candles; Something Sweet Without Wheat (169 Mass. Ave.) will offer a variety of gluten-free treats, including mini heart shaped cakes available in chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and flourless chocolate torte, red and pink heart shaped sugar cookies, linser torte cookies with raspberry jam filling, and fun cake pops with white chocolate drizzle; The Fashion Cake Boutique (2 Lake St.) will offer specially decorated cupcakes. And for a romantic dinner, Flora Restaurant (190 Mass. Ave.) will feature a special three-course menu and a beautiful rose to carry home, and Ristorante Olivio (201 Mass. Ave.) will feature a special fixed dinner menu. Reservations are recommended

Capitol Square is in the heart of East Arlington, near Routes 2 and 16, and less than three miles from Harvard Square. Visit unique, artsy shops and galleries and a variety of great eateries along Mass. Ave.

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This detailed announcement was published Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.


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