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Mercy for Animals hosts its annual Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Party, a fund-raiser with vegan food from restaurants like Veggie Bite and drinks from 360 Vodka, plus music, dancing, and a “best dressed in red” contest. 8-11 PM, Enclave, 220 W. Chicago, 312-654-0234, $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Cellar Rat Wine Shop hosts a free tasting of assorted chocolates and wines including Malvira Birbet, '98 Gilbert LBV Port, Ridgecrest Cabernet, and Midnight Cellars Full Moon Red. 5:30-7:30 PM, 1811 W. North, 773-489-2728.

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If you still need a reservation for dinner tonight, check out our extensive listings of Valentine's Day restaurant specials; over at MenuPages Helen Rosner has a list of restaurants that still have tables available.

The Garfield Park Conservatory presents Sweet Saturdays, a program highlighting the plants that provide ingredients for many desserts, like vanilla orchids, cinnamon trees, cacao plants, and banana trees. There'll be samples of fair-trade chocolate from Divine Chocolate as well as activity stations with facts, flavor samples, and art projects. 11 AM-4 PM, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, $2 suggested donation.

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Today's the deadline for buying tickets to the Chicago Bar Project's Winter Blues Pub Crawl, a trolley tour guided by Sean Parnell and other contributors to the CBP. Beer will be served on the trolley between stops; the locations won't be revealed in advance but the tour starts and ends at John Barleycorn Memorial Pub. Sat 2/21, 1-7 PM, 658 W. Belden, $25.

Purple Asparagus hosts a family dinner at Tampopo with sushi, noodles, and cultural activities from Japan and Korea. 2-4:30 PM, 5664 N. Lincoln, 773-561-2277, $30 adults, $12 kids 5-12, kids under 5 free.
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Beverage director Erin Phillips and brewers from Two Brothers explain what makes a “winter brew” and how to choose one at this Beer Education class; there’ll be hors d’oeuvres and samples of half a dozen beers. Reservations required. 5:30-6:30 PM, Brasserie Jo, 59 W. Hubbard, $1.

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