1. Warm up to romance at Wachusett
Since Valentine's Day is on a Thursday, we're starting the weekend a little early. Enjoy a romantic night at Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road in Princeton, tonight, from 7 to 10. Lift tickets are 50 percent off with promo code "CUPID." There will be single specials in the T-Bar, live music, and an outdoor fire pit and indoor wood stove. Enjoy a three-course dinner special in the Black Diamond for $25 each. Visit wachusett.com for more information.
2. Get High-Falutin'
You have two chances to see Gracie Curran & The High-Falutin' Band, and you'd be crazy not to take one of them. Gracie is a Massachusetts native who made her name in Bay State blues circles before taking her act to Memphis. She and her sidekicks won the Boston Blues Challenge in 2012 and were nominated for a WC Handy Blues Music Award in 2014. She brings her bluesy soul to Riverwalk in Nashua, N.H., tonight at 8 (tickets are $10 ahead, $13 at the door), and then heads south to The Bull Run in Shirley on Saturday night at 8 (tickets are $18).
3. Dig more award-winning blues
On Friday, Feb. 15, the Chelmsford Center for the Arts welcomes Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers at 8 p.m. Harpe has been called "one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene" by Living Blues Magazine. Brought up on the Delta and Piedmont blues, which she learned from her father, she won the 2018 Boston Blues Challenge and was nominated for the 2018 Blues Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. She'll be heading off to Memphis to represent Boston at the 2019 International Blues Challenge, so don't miss her CCA debut. Tickets $15 or $10 for members.
4. Swing over to Tewksbury (if blues ain't your thang)
The SilverTones, Tewksbury's own big swing band, will host its "third Friday dance" on Feb. 15, with a Valentine's Day theme, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St. The 20-piece band features vocalists BB Braxten, Jim Sutton and Mike Petrishen, and is directed by MaryBeth Foley-Cummings. Tickets are $10, and folks can bring their own snacks and beverages. There are door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and anyone wearing red will have a chance to win more prizes.
5. Enjoy opera (if blues and swing are not your thing)
Direct from China, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is Music Worcester's first symphonic presentation of the season. They will be performing Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m., at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. The star-studded program will feature Rossini's "Barber of Seville Overture," Sibelius' "Violin Concerto," and Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9 "New World.'" Visit musicworcester.org or call 508-754-3231, ext. 205.
6. Ski with legends
Freestyle legend Wayne Wong and Olympian Pam Fletcher will ski with the public Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17, at Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, Westford. They'll offer free ski tips and instruction to Type 2 skiers or better with the purchase of a lift ticket. This offer is for Type 2 skiers or better. To find out your skiing level, go to www.skis.com/Determining-Your-Skier-Type/article-10-17-2012,default,pg.html.
7. See Queen for a day
If you haven't checked out Oscar-nominated "Bohemian Rhapsody" yet (or even if you have), head over to Lunenburg Public Library for Food & Flicks Movie Night on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Bring your own snacks and enjoy Rami Malek's dead-on portrayal of Freddie Mercury. The library is at 1023 Massachusetts Ave.; call 978-582-4140.
8. Eat pasta, help pets
The Lowell Humane Society hosts its SPAY-ghetti Dinner on Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St. In addition to delicious food, the evening includes raffles, a performance by The Gentleman Songsters, T-shirts for sale and a bake sale. Oh, and a competition for the best sauce (entry fee is $5; check out www.lowellhumanesociety.org for more details). Tickets for the dinner are $10, $5 for kids, and are available at the door.
9. Learn about World War I
Fort Devens Museum hosts William Britton, who will speak Saturday, Feb. 16, about the "waging of war and pursuing peace" that has "defined human civilization, both ancient and modern," in a talk called "War and Peace in a Dangerous World: a Primer." Britton was a Marine Corps tank-company commander in Vietnam and now teaches at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. The talk starts at 1 p.m., and is free.
10. Dribble with the Globetrotters
Those fun-loving, trick-shooting Harlem Globetrotters come back to the Tsongas Arena at UMass Lowell, 300 MLK Jr. Way, on Sunday, Feb., 17, at 2 p.m. It's a day of family fun, with tickets from $27 to $117.