Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

From the Portuguese dinner to the 'Vagina Monologues,' here's a preview

An unusual array of events will mark the season of love in Del Norte County, including music, theater, dancing, the long-standing Portuguese community dinner and even a chocolate festival.

Portuguese Valentine Dinner

Enjoy authentic Portuguese food cooked by local familes Feb. 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 319 E St., with an "early dinner" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a "late dinner" from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The two dinnertimes give you an idea of the popularity of this event, which hasn't been held in a couple of years. A limited number of tickets are still available, costing $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. They can be purchased at Frank's Refrigeration and ORCA Heating. All proceeds go toward construction of ADA-approved rest rooms in the church's Parish Hall.

Menu items include alcatra (marinated beef) or galinha (marinated chicken), rice, soup, vegetables and Portuguese sweet bread and dessert.

"We try to keep everything as Portuguese as possible," said Frank Ormonde, one of the organizers. "It's relaxing and fun, and the menu is incredible."

Diners will enjoy "lots of music" and decorations as they are served by waiters in white shirts and bow ties and waitresses in traditional skirts, Ormonde said.

For more information, call 464-9529.

'Monologues,' dance event

The "Vagina Monlogues" are being performed in Del Norte for the second straight year, and a local dance event on Valentine's Day will further support the cause of battling violence against women and girls.

"Monologues" features the humorous and moving insights of Eve Ensler, delivered by a cast of local women. It will be performed Feb. 8 and 9 at the Tolowa Events Center in Smith River at 7 p.m., and Feb. 16 at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door. The events benfit several local organizations dedicated to preventing abuse and helping victims.

"One Billion Rising" is a worldwide celebration, and the Del Norte version welcomes everyone to dance at the Veterans Hall, 810 H St., anytime from noon to 11 p.m. on Feb. 14.

There will be food for sale, a silent auction and music of all sorts, including ballroom dancing, line-dancing and rock 'n' roll.

For more information, call 218-8239 or go to

Valentine's Chocolate Festival

Satisfy your sweet tooth while listening to acoustic guitar by Jon Parmentier and open mic performances at the Crescent City Valentines Chocolate Festival set for Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building.

All types of chocolatey desserts will be available for purchase at the event, the first of its kind here, and admission is free.

Those interested in sharing poetry, singing or playing music with a romantic theme should call 720-425-4955 or go to to get signed up for an open mic session.

Senior Center dance

The Del Norte Senior Center is jumping on the bandwagon this year with its first of what organizers hope will become an annual Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance.

"If it goes good it'll be a tradition," said Tracy Lawson, Home Delivered Meals Coordinator at the Senior Center.

The dance will be held Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1765 Northcrest Drive. The Boon Dock Band will perform a variety of tunes to get your toes a-tappin'.

And if it's been awhile since you've put on your dancing shoes, Robert Nabor will offer free dance lessons on Friday, Feb. 8, starting at 1 p.m. at the center.

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the day of the dance, as it is every weekday, for a $3 donation.

Not only is the price right, but according to Lawson, the center serves "the best salad bar in town."

And don't forget to check out the candy and bake sale with an array of delectables.

For more information call the center at 464-3069.

DNHS fundraiser

Get into the swing of things at the Del Norte High School Stage Band's Sweets and Treats dance concert on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Elk Valley Rancheria on Howland Hill Road.

This is a fundraiser for the jazz band to perform in Reno.

DNHS music director Dan Sedgwick promises lots of dancing and desserts, as well as a swing dance lesson given by his wife.

Tickets cost $10, $18 per couple and $5 for students and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply, at the door or by calling Sedgwick at 464-0272.

Reach Laura Wiens at