There are plenty of ways to spend Valentine's Day. You can attempt to wow your sweetie with your culinary prowess (mm, heart-shape cheese sandwiches). You can make haiku with those Tums-tasting candy hearts. You can spell out "MEH" in waxy bonbons and settle in for a night of Lifetime movies. Or you can do something truly fun and worthwhile like attending the Courageous Canines of 2006 awards at Lola & Penelope's Pet Boutique and Wellness Center (7742 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton). This celebration pays tribute to the brave, gentle dogs who provide invaluable support to their human companions. The party, which benefits the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri, begins at 5 p.m. this evening; the awards are presented at 6:30 p.m. Your $35 ticket (available in advance at the pet boutique or on the night of the event; space is limited) gains you entrance to the soiree, plus drinks, hors d'oeuvres and two raffle tickets for prizes your own pets will adore. When was the last time you spent Valentine's Day celebrating truly unconditional love? Call 314-863-5652 or visit www.lolaandpenelopes.com for more information.
Wed., Feb. 14