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Airtight Band will perform Friday at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. Members are, from left, Tim Foster, Wallace Reed, Mike Mauldin, Bob Stewart and Bobby West. - photo by For The Times

 Looking for a romantic evening?

Or, if you and your special someone are just looking for something to do, here are some ideas:

Evening of Valentines, Gainesville. First Baptist Church. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Airtight Band, shag dance lessons, dinner, $10 raffle, $10 singing valentines. Pre-order a dozen red or pink roses for $30. Child care available. Dinner and concert is $15. A keepsake photo can be purchased for $10. Call church office for reservations, which can be made until noon Friday for dinner and flowers. 751 Green St., Gainesville. 770-534-7354.

Valentine’s Day four-course dinner, Flowery Branch. Grapes and Hops Bar and Bistro will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Valentines seating for $65 per person with a complementary glass of sparkling wine. There will be a choice of four appetizers, a salad or soup course, entree and dessert. 4856 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch. 770-965-9145 or

Valentines dinner, Gainesville. Scott’s on the Square. Three seatings Saturday. $65 per person. Reservations required. 110 Main St., Gainesville. 770-536-1111 or

Valentines dinner, Gainesville. Luna’s Restaurant. Three-course chef dinner Saturday. $50 per person. 770-531-0848 or

"Love Letters," Athens. Athens Creative Theatre. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Quinn Hall, Memorial Park, 298 Gran Ellen Dr., Athens. $15, includes dessert buffet. 706-613-3628.

Valentine’s in the Garden, Atlanta. See "Orchid Daze: Gorgeous Meets Glass" and sample beverages and chocolate desserts. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $25 per person, $40 for couples. 404-8776-5859.

"Love. Art. A Valentine’s at the High," Atlanta. Love-and-romance gallery tours, live music, dance lessons, champagne and dessert bar. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. $25 per person., $40 per couple, free for members.

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, Lawrenceville. Hors d’oeuvres and couples’ photos, dancing and Italian buffet. Door prizes. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. $75 per couple. Reservations due today. 770-822-5450.

Love Bugs to Kissing Fish, Athens. Children ages 4-12 can learn about animals, play games, go on a hike and create a craft. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sandy Creek Nature Center, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. Some activities cost up to $6. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services or 706-613-3615.

Valentine’s Party, Athens. Children ages 6-12 can make crafts, cookies and other sweets. 4 p.m. Saturday, Rocksprings Park Community Center, 105 Columbus Ave., Athens. $2 per child. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services or 706-613-3603.

Kidgits Valentine’s Party, Duluth. The Big Apple Circus will teach kids how to apply clown makeup. Kids can eat Valentine treats. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Gwinnett Place Mall Belk wing, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-476-5160.

South City Kitchen, Righteous Brother Bill Medley and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta. Three-course meal at South City Kitchen followed by a concert by the Righteous Brother Bill Medley and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Reservation times 5:30, 6 or 6:30 p.m. at South City Kitchen restaurant. Performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $50; reservation deadline is 3 p.m. Friday. Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4807 or

Singing valentines, shag dancing, dinner and contemporary music performed by Airtight Band is how First Baptist Church plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Friday’s Evening of Valentines will feature a fundraiser for the 3rd Century Building Fund, and guests also will have the chance to see some of the pastors from the church sing love songs by their tables.

"Mike (Mauldin, of Airtight Band) offered his band to do a fundraiser ... and I said, ‘Well, hey, I’ve been thinking it would be fun to do a fellowship where we learned to dance and had some dance lessons from Jean Hawkins,’" said Ruth Demby, associate pastor for missions and family ministries.

The Revs. Mark Green, Bruce Fields, Steve Coldiron and Bill Coates will perform the singing valentines.

Coldiron, because he was born on Elvis Presley’s birthday, will be singing "Love me Tender;" Coates will sing "You are My Sunshine" and choir member Brooke Morters will perform "I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You."

"They will come to your table and sing," Demby said. "But people need to be generous with Dr. Coates; his singing valentine is for an undetermined amount."

Airtight Band is set to begin playing a variety of popular music at 8 p.m.

"We are a variety band ... we do adult contemporary, kind of crossover stuff," said Mauldin, a member of First Baptist and the band’s drummer. "We’ll do some oldies, some beach, some soul."

Airtight Band has been playing together since 1995 and have performed all over the metro Atlanta area.

Other members of the band are guitarist and singer Wallace Reed, bassist and singer Bob Stewart, keyboardist and singer Tim Foster and Bobby West, who plays the guitar and slide guitar.

"I’m a member of the deacons up there, and we were having a meeting one night and we are always looking for ways to have a fundraiser," said Mauldin, who also plays in the church orchestra. "The church is in the middle of a three-phase building project and they all just finished the banquet hall, so it was something that I had suggested."