To watch: The Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave., is showing "The Princess and the Frog" (Rated G) at 6 p.m. The auditorium doors open at 5:45 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The film is about a waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams to become a restaurant owner. She is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, which leads her on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
To create: Get crafty at Speakeasy Bar & Grill at 1933, 7900 Downing Ave, for its "Planks and Dranks" night, beginning at 6 p.m. Participants are provided with stained wood pallet ready for personal touches. You can hand stencil and paint with step by step guidance from 1933's “Signature” collection. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at planksanddranks.com.
To socialize: Celebrate the season of love with the Downtown Business Association at its mixer and networking event, which offers food, music, giveaways, raffles, no host bar, shopping and networking. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. inside the Haberfelde Building, 1706 Chester Ave. The event is $5 for DBA members and $7 for non-members.
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT FOR LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS
Nothing says "I love you" on Valentine's Day quite like flowers and jewelry do, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're guessing many of you haven't bothered buying a gift. Love birds, don't panic. Two local businesses are here to help.
The Rustic Petal, a mobile flower shop, and Wire+Pearl, a local jewelry shop, are hosting an event for all you last minute shoppers.
The idea behind the event is to make Valentine's Day shopping stress free.
"We thought it would be easy for men to come and shop," said Morgan Tasos, owner of The Rustic Petal. "If you're hard to buy for, pick and style, and tell your man."
Just ask your significant other what style of flowers and jewelry they like and notify the two local businesses.
"Leave the rest to us," said the event's Facebook page.
Tasos said she is offering four different style of bouquets, made up of roses, carnations or thistle, to make things easy. She has classic, vintage, eclectic and minimal styles, priced at about $30 per bouquet.
"I think every woman loves flowers and loves feeling special," she said.
And if none of those styles match your significant other, Tasos will also have pre-made bouquets, ranging from $15 to $30.
Not only will shopping for flowers be easy, because you will already know what style you're going for, but Wire+Pearl will also be there to match the style of jewelry with the flowers.
The event is from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Wire+Pearl, 1911 17th St.
But if you would like to see what the two local businesses have to offer before the Valentine's Day event, they will be out this weekend at Second Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ready to take notes of what styles you like.
EXPRESS YOUR LOVE TO YOUR VALENTINE THROUGH SONG
Speaking of Valentine's Day gift ideas, the Bakersfield Blend Chorus, a diverse group of women who sing acappella, can help your Valentine feel extra special this year with music. Their gift is literally music to your ears.
If you would like to give a unique gift to your Valentine, you can book an appointment for $30, and the group will sing to your loved one. They will also give them a small gift and card.
To make an appointment, call 497-SING before they get booked up. Appointments run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Valentine's Day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“One of the biggest concepts of religion is to love your neighbor and treat others as you want to be treated. There’s nothing in Jesus’ words that say you should discriminate against people who are different than you are. She should respect their rights like she wants her rights to be respected.”
— Dolores Huerta, part of the organization Equality California, on the ruling in favor of Tastries Bakery Owner Cathy Miller