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Make Sasquatch your Valentine and 13 other things to do around Seattle this week

MONDAY
Wine it up. Sample more than 50 wines from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. (Seattle Center)

Or: Get all your questions answered about education funding in our state. The staff of The Seattle Times’ Education Lab will do a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Online)

TUESDAY (AKA VALENTINE’S DAY)
Go out to dinner. And be quick about those restaurant reservations. OpenTable knows who’s got Valentine’s Day specials you should check out. (Seattle area restaurants)

Or: Join a Sasquatch march for love. Seattle muralist Ryan Henry Ward is leading a parade of people — and Sasquatch cutouts — for a cause. (Downtown Seattle)

WEDNESDAY
Learn from the past. In 1942, executive order 9066 imprisoned 120,000 people for being Japanese. Hear from a descendant of Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated during World War II as he connects the dots from past and present at this timely edition of History Cafe. (MOHAI)

Or: Listen to a conversation with the parents of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death launched a national dialogue about race in America. Line up early: A limited number of standby tickets will be sold at the door. (Town Hall Seattle)

THURSDAY
Catch some improv. The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater features 29 improv groups from 12 cities around the world and runs through Sunday. (University District)

Or: Go to an open mic on love and hate, featuring live stories, poetry, music, or whatever moves the speakers. Thanks to reader Soumita Bhattacharya for the rec. (Belltown)

FRIDAY
Sharpen your political advocacy skills. This free workshop from civic advocacy group What’s Next is a 101 on getting involved in issues you believe in. But hurry — spots are limited. (Phinney Ridge)

Or: Attend a “Fresh Fit” fashion show. Student designers and artists show off their goods at this public show hosted by the University of Washington’s Hip Hop Student Association. (University of Washington)

SATURDAY
Go to the orchestra. The North Corner Chamber Orchestra, “a top-notch group with incredible passion and energy,” says reader Shaya Lyon, will put on a special concert celebrating black American composers in honor of Black History Month. (Central District and Rainier Valley)

Or: Catch an all-ages dance show featuring the Northwest Tap Connection, and stay for a chat about the healing power of dance in urban communities. (MoPOP)

SUNDAY
More dance! Catch a performance at the 10th annual Chop Shop Dance Festival. (Bellevue)

Or: Learn what’s behind urban poverty — and how to fight it — at this annual forum. (Town Hall Seattle)

Going to one of these events? We’d love to hear how it goes. Send us your thoughts and maybe a pic to [email protected] and we’ll share it all back.