Valentine's Day may be a time to celebrate love, but the entire month will be dedicated to the heart at Walla Walla's Jazzercise Center.
In an effort to get local men involved in the celebration of American Heart Month, all Jazzercise classes will be free to men throughout the month.
Janet Byerley, owner of the local Jazzercise Center, 231/2 S. Spokane St., said about 10 percent of those taking classes at the Walla Walla center are men. Many of those, she said, are the most loyal students of the workout program that combines jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing movements.
More than 20 classes are offered each week at the Jazzercise Center to help accommodate the varying schedules for local residents. For more information, call Byerley at 525-9772.
And speaking of Valentine's Day: If you're in the market for some plans, a number of businesses have suggestions.
CrossRoads Steakhouse, 207 W. Main St. in the historic Dacres building, will offer some "sweetheart dinner specials" Saturday. Performances by Kate Morrison and Phil Lynch will be in the lounge starting at 7:30 that night. For the actual holiday Monday, the restaurant will be open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Reservations are available at 522-1200.
South Fork Grill, 1129 S. Second Ave., typically closed Mondays, will be open during Valentines Day for lunch starting at 11 a.m. and through dinner closing at 9 a.m. For more information, call 522-4777.
The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop is also not usually open Mondays. But owner Catie McIntyre Walker said she'll be making an exception for those who want to sample wines or get a complimentary taste of "Bubbles" and chocolates. The shop is located at 19 N. Second Ave.
Amavi Cellars, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road, has a romantic weekend planned. A special tasting is scheduled at the winery Saturday through Monday. Tasting fees will be waived, flowers will be given to the ladies and fine chocolates will be available for pairing with the tastings in the beautiful setting among the vineyards. Soul/blues artist Gary Winston will also provide some mood-setting tunes with a live performance Saturday afternoon. For more details, call 525-3541.
Red Monkey downtown lounge, 25 W. Alder St., will host a "Stop Light Party" starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Guests should wear red if they're taken, yellow if "it's complicated" and green if they're single. Cover charge is $5, and DJ One will spin. The lounge will also have a one-day only Valentine's Day special menu.
Dutch Bros. Coffee will be sharing the love Monday with those in need. The drive-through coffee company will host food drives at its 157 locations, including in Walla Walla at 630 S. Ninth Ave. Customers are encouraged to donate canned food items, which in turn will be given to local food banks.
Three Rivers Winery, 5641 Old Highway 12, will have Valentine's treats, tastings and specials starting Saturday. A complimentary chocolate truffle or salted caramel with each wine tasting. The tasting fee is $5. Guests can also get two free logo wine glasses with each two-bottle purchase, and two-for-one pricing on the winery's 2006 Champoux Vineyard cabernet sauvignon.
Walla Walla Dental Care is observing National Children's Dental Health Month with free checkups for the wee ones.
Through the month of February, all children under 3 years old can get a free dental checkup, cleaning and fluoride treatment at the office, 2014 S. Howard St. Just call and mention the "Three For Free" special to get the deal.
In addition, kids of all ages are welcome to a meet-and-greet with the Tooth Fairy later this month. The dental office will host a special gathering at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. The Tooth Fairy -- with help from staff -- will tell the story "The Legend of the Tooth Fairy" and sign autographs.
The event will also include face-painting and matted keepsake pictures wit the Tooth Fairy. Those who want to take advantage of the Three For Free service can schedule during the event or by calling before that at 525-4833.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.