When/Where: Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Why Go: So you can get your creative juices flowing using writing prompts and get feedback on your work.
Cost: Free (and refreshments are provided!)
When/Where: Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at Blackthorn Irish Restaurant & Pub, 1735 Route 46, Parsippany
Why Go: When's the last time you went out to rock out?
Cost: Free admission
Masala Bhangra Fitness Classes
When/Where: Saturday at 10 a.m. at 243 Route 46, Parsippany
Why Go: To try a unique method of exercise
Mardi Gras Party
When/Where: Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Ave,Parsippany
Why Go: To support the Youth Group's trip to a church youth conference in New Orleans, eat southern cuisine and laissez les bons temps roulez in a wholesome way
Cost: $15; call 973-887-6713 for ticket info.
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You want to celebrate Valentines Day with your sweetie, and "The People's Tenor."
Cost: $42 to $57
When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. from The Morristown Running Company
Why Go: You want to make friends and work out around lovely Morristown. Free bagels after the run, too!
When/Where: Sunday, 1 p.m. at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township
Why Go: You want to learn about ivy from an expert, its many varieties, and maybe even buy some for your home.
When/Where: Sunday 1 p.m. at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown
Why Go: You want a little history about this historical figure
Cost: $8 general admission
When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy.
Why Go: To watch Sous Chef Donald Colley prepare his favorite Valentine's Day dishes, while getting to be part of the demonstrations and tasting all the food that includes Chicken Francese and Bitter Sweet Chocolate Mousse.
Cost: $100 per couple.
When/Where: Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library.
Why Go: To see "Drive," the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night—and who doesn't want to watch Ryan Gosling flexing his criminal muscles?
When/Where: Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library.
Why Go: To learn how to use the mouse with your computer.
When/Where: Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Ann's Church & School on Anderson Street in Raritan.
Why Go: To celebrate Valentine's Day with the Raritan Knights of Columbus with a roast beef dinner, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to support scholarship and charitable programs.
Cost: $25 per person.
When/Where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Bradley Gardens Fire Department on Old York Road in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To support the fire company with an all-you-can-eat dinner that includes pastas, sausage, meatballs, salad and dessert.
Cost: $10 per adult, $9 for seniors, $5 for children and free for children under 5 years of age.
When/Where: Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Kangaroo Kidz, 80 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville.
Why Go: So you can REALLY celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early, or just let your hair down at the end of the week. Back by popular demand, kids will make heart-shaped cookies to donate to the Adult Day Center of Somerset County.
Cost: $20 per child, ages 4 to 12.
When/Where: With a live musical performance by "Leonardo" to kick off the party at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Senior Wellness Center in Basking Ridge, 202 Mount Airy Road.
Why Go: Because you can never have too much music and romance, no matter what your age.
Cost: Free, call 908-204-3435 for lunch reservations.
Community Art Show
When/Where: The first Bernards Township Community Art Show will remain at the Lord Stirling Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge through Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on Feb. 13 and 20.
Why Go: A variety of art pieces from 40 local artists — who knew we had so much talent in our own backyard?
"The Philadelphia Experiment" - Ridge High School Art Show
When/Where: Weekends, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 4 to 29, at the Farmstead Arts, 650 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: “The Philadelphia Experiment” is the title of an art show that includes drawings, paintings, and photos by the talented art and photography students at Ridge High School. The artwork is inspired by a field trip to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, Reading terminal, and the surrounding area.
When/Where: Check in for introductory Western-style ride on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you love horses, and this is a great chance to brush up on your riding and enjoy the trails at Lord Stirling Park, owned by Somerset County.
Cost: $35 for Somerset County residents and $45 for non-residents. Registration through Thursday at the stable, as space permits.
When/Where: Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Smoke Rise Village Inn in Kinnelon
Why Go: To experience a variety of fine wines and light fare while supporting theSmoke Rise Nursery School, as it is their fundraiser.
Cost: $65 per person
When/Where: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Butler Public Library
Why Go: To try out the latin-infused fitness class without the pressure of being surrounded by experts
When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Simon Forum Athletic Center, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave.
Why Go: Kids 12 and under admitted free to Drew's women's and men's basketball games, plus giveaways, contests, and a chance to meet the players.
Cost: Free for kids, $2 for adults.
Where/When: Saturday at 7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave.
Why Go: Food, music, and stand-up comedy headlined by former TJS alum and TV personality Kate Hendricks.
Cost: $55 in advance; $65 at the door
When/Where: Milton Avenue Elementary School, Chatham, 4 p.m. Friday
Why Go: See the MAS After School Enrichment Program kids perform their short skits from "Annie," "Peter Pan" and "Wicked."
When/Where: Saturday, 3 p.m., The Library of the Chathams
Why Go: Chill out, relax and get back to a stress-free existence through meditations, conducted by professionals. Please sign up through the Circulation Desk in advance and bring your own mat. Refrain from eating for 3 hours prior.
When/Where: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Postpartum Place, 55 Main St, Chatham
Why Go: A place for working moms and moms with kids over 6 months old to discuss conflicts and concerns with a professional moderator.
Cost: $10, or $5 for members
Swingadelic at Winter Fling
When/Where: Saturday, 7 p.m., Fairmount Country Club
Why Go: Shake off the winter blues with swing dancing and help raise money for Community Soup Kitchen and
Outreach Center, Inc of Morristown NJ (www.cskmorristown.org ), Family Promise headquartered in Summit NJ (www.familypromise.org ) and the United Methodist Women ofChatham United Methodist Church
Cost: $100, or $1,000 for a table of 10.
Where/When: The Hopatcong State Park at 1 p.m. Saturday
Why Go: Because you want to donate to help area special-needs children while leaping into a freezing cold Lake Hopatcong. Or because you want to watch others jump in the water.
Cost: Free to watch. Must donate $50 to leap.
Where/When: The Hopatcong recycling center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Why Go: Because you want to get rid of that TV—or printer or fax machine—that's broken and sitting in the corner.
Where/When: St. Jude Church after all Masses Feb. 11-12.
Why Go: Because you've got a sweet tooth, want to help the Rosary and Altar Society and want to be part of the raffle to be drawn after the 11 a.m. Mass.
Cost: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: Hopatcong Middle School at 9 a.m. Saturday
Why Go: Because you want your child to play soccer in the borough.
Cost: $75 per player. There will be a $5 multi-player discount for each player in a family.