1 “Healthily Ever After” – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Monday (Presidents Day) at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence. This presentation involves storybook characters sharing rhymes, tunes and games that encourage eating good foods, healthy exercise, and making good choices. Tickets are $6 for persons 2 and up and free for ages 2 and under. Reserve your ticket by calling 816-833-9777.
2 Love is in the Air: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit. Step back into the 19th century and learn the origins of many Valentine’s Day traditions, help prepare a tasty treat, and learn how the Victorians used everything from flowers to fans to express their love. Tickets $7 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors.
3 Careers with the Missouri Department of Conservation: 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Burr Oak Woods nature center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766. Consider a career in conservation. Learn what this agency does and why it is important and fun. No registration required. This event is for all ages.
4 Pick a Valentine’s Day party:
• Valentine’s Day Dance: 12:30 to 2:30 pm., The Palmer Center, 218 N. Pleasant St., Independence, 816-325-6200. Live music by the Michael Lawrence Group. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. No registration required. No charge.
• Valentine’s Day Party at Fairmount Community Center: Noon to 2:30 p.m., 217 S. Cedar Ave., Independence. Enjoy a lunch and party with a D.J. and Karaoke with KC Stangel. Bring a snack to share. You will need to reserve your lunch by calling 816-254-8334
5 Swan Lake ballet: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, 22, and 23, at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City. Perhaps the most recognized ballet of all time, Swan Lake is returning to Kansas City. This love story involves a wicked sorcerer who captures the beautiful Princess Odette and turns her into a swan. His evil spell can only be broken when a young prince pledges his love and marries her. Should he betray her, she will remain a swan forever. Tickets are available at kcballet.org/events/swan-lake/ and begin at $34