Valentine’s Day is the day to spend with the people you love, but you can also extend your love to those in need of some TLC at Valentine-themed events happening around Southern California.
Big Sunday will host its fifth-annual Valentine-making, bingo-playing community dinner from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at 6111 Melrose Ave., L.A. The public is invited to spend a couple of hours creating cards and gift bags for shut-ins and other people dealing with hard times. There will be games and a dinner, which will include some guests who could use some friendly company for this holiday. Volunteers can also help deliver Valentines after the event. Contact Big Sunday (www.bigsunday.org, 323-549-9944, firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Justin Rudd and his non-profit Community Action Team have partnered with Long Beach Animal Care Services and Westerly School for a card contest and “yappy hour” from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 11 at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St. Local school kids have made cards that will adorn the kennels of the dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. During the “yappy hour,” awards will be given to the children whose cards have been judged the best. There will be love songs and refreshments to go with the Valentine’s Day vibe. Plus, you might adopt a new pet to love! For more details, visit hautedogs.org/#valentines.
Also on Feb. 11, the L.A.-based Pablove Foundation will host its signature family event, True Pablove, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Casa Vertigo, 1828 Oak St., L.A. At this Valentine’s celebration, families can enjoy musical performances, eat tasty food, bid on a super-silent auction and make arts and crafts. One notable craft activity is making Valentine’s Day artwork that will be delivered to kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets, available at www.pablove.org/truepablove, are $75 in advance and $90 at the door, with free admission for kids 2 and younger.