26 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY february 8-14, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com nicer way to celebrate than with a heart-healthy bike ride? Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Kids Eat Right are presenting a Valentine Ride at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, open to people of all ages and skill levels. This is a chance for families or anyone else to come ride bikes for free on the world-famous race track. The event includes a “blender bike” to make your own smoothies, plus snacks and prizes. Everyone must wear a helmet, no exceptions. Bikes only. Make it a date with someone special and bring a bicycle built for two. Just make sure to hang on during that 59-foot drop on the famous Corkscrew turn. [PM] 1-3pm Saturday, Feb. 10, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. Free; registration required at montagehealth.org/familyworkshops. 649-7218, kidseatright@montagehealth.org. sound of poetry Poetry is best experienced when heard read aloud, and the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium hosts another reading event in its monthly series. This time the evening of poetry features poets Nikia Chaney and Ekua Omosupe. Chaney is the author of two full-length books of poetry, us mouth (2018) and to stir & (2022)—plus a memoir, Ladybug, and a book of science fiction, Three, Walking, and more. Omosupe is a professor of English at Cabrillo College and her first book of poetry, Legacy, was published by Talking Circle Press in Santa Cruz. [AP] 5:30pm Saturday, Feb. 10. Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 648-5760, pacificgrovelibrary. org. Tuesday, Feb. 13 Fantasy Maps Just when you thought the whole world was already mapped, you are invited to join in the “World Mapmaking” workshop at P.G. Public Library. The library is going big, encouraging participants to create fantasy maps (and, if they wish, come up with their own tales). The event is for students in grades 6-12. All supplies, as well as snacks and drinks, are provided. Remember, that’s exactly how The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings started—with a good fantasy map. Give it a try, and you might be surprised by the fruits of your own imagination. [AP] 4-5pm Tuesday, Feb. 13. Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 648-5760. pacificgrovelibrary.org. Wednesday, Feb. 14 For the love of it It takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 14. You know what day that is. Organizers are calling it “Lover’s Lunch.” The musical course features love songs and Bon Ton L’Roy’s Lighthouse Smokehouse is whipping up a special menu. But these same organizers say that “all are welcome.” In other words, no need for a special someone to attend. After all, it’s hard to keep singles or groups of non-romantic friends away when the Dave Holodiloff Duo is performing. That’s right, Juneau Rowe on piano and Dave himself—he’s well known; no need to mention his last name, really—on mandolin, playing favorites in a warm, cozy dining room. When music plays at Bon Ton L’Roy’s, all the world’s a lover. [DF] Noon Wednesday, Feb. 14. Bon Ton L’Roy’s Lighthouse Smokehouse, 794 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. Free; donations accepted. 375-6958. Hot Picks by Erik Chalhoub, Dave Faries, Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Agata Pope˛da, Sara Rubin and David Schmalz. Send ideas to calendar@mcweekly.com 7:30pm Thursday, Feb. 8. Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel. $35- $85. 620-2048, sunsetcenter.org/event/ mardi-gras-mambo. Bookish Valentine’s The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey talks about her new “hot sports romance duology with a rom-com.” It’s about a bad-boy professional athlete who falls for his biggest fan, a story captured in her new book, Fangirl Down. Wells Whitaker was once golf’s hottest rising star, but lately, all he has to show for his “promising” career is a killer hangover, a collection of broken clubs and one remaining supporter. Josephine Doyle believed in the gorgeous, grumpy golfer, even when he didn’t believe in himself. Bailey describes herself as a Long Island resident, who avoids the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Well, we all are calling this Thursday. [AP] 5-6pm Thursday, Feb. 8. Virtual event; register at libraryc.org/salinaspubliclibrary/38522. Free. salinaspubliclibrary.org Kosher Feast A longstanding kosher deli tradition is back in Monterey County, with a slight twist. Instead of stopping to pick up a grab-and-go sandwich, Temple Beth El is now selling deli packs, inviting customers to build their own sandwiches—a choice of corned beef or pastrami on rye with mustard, and pickles, salad and half a chocolate cake on the side. Each pack feeds four, offering a taste of the East Coast—and serving as a fundraiser for the Salinas synagogue. [CJ] Pick-up 9am-5pm Thursday, Feb. 8 or 9am-2pm Friday, Feb. 9 at two locations: First Presbyterian Church, ​501 El Dorado St., Monterey or Temple Beth El, 1212 Riker St. Salinas. $39/serves four; advance orders encouraged. 424-9151, templebethelsalinas. org. Friday, Feb. 9 Sing Out Bring your best skills as a singer, musician, stand-up comedian, storyteller, poet, magician…anything you’ve got is welcome at this new open mic night. Performers of all stripes (and audience members too) are invited to kick off a new, recurring event at The Creperie Cafe—open mics will take place the second Friday of each month. This month is just the first installation, so it’s too soon to know what vibe it will take on. Here’s a chance to tune into the start of a new tradition, or bring your own performance skills to the stage. [SR] 7-9pm Friday, Feb. 9 (and second Friday of each month). The Creperie Cafe at The Press Club, 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Free. 901-3900. Saturday, Feb. 10 Sweet Ride Valentine’s Day is all about heartfelt connections with the ones we love, and what courtesy of Musikiwest HOT PICKS Musikiwest invites listeners to hear one of the greatest string trios of all time played by three outstanding musicians. Dave Holodiloff Mandolinist Dave Holodiloff brings his meticulous picking skills to Bon Ton L’Roy’s for a “Lover’s Lunch” performance on Valentine’s Day, but that can mean anything—including a love for good music or hearty barbecue platters, no date required.