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Travel calendar: Cowboy poetry in Arizona; Valentine's Day on Catalina; singles soiree in Las Vegas; Civil War reenactment in Yermo, Calif.; Winterruption in Vancouver, Canada.

February 06, 2011


Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

When, where: Feb. 11-13, Buena Performing Arts Center

Highlights: Cowboys who also happen to be poets and musicians perform their rough-and-tumble art. The theme for this year's annual event is "Cowboys in Blue."

Cost: $18 a day; $16 for seniors and military; $6 for students. Some shows are free on Feb. 12.

Info: (520) 678-9952,


Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance

When, where: Feb. 12, Casino Ballroom

Highlights: Avalon's historic Art Deco ballroom comes to life with music and dancing. A decadent chocolate-themed dessert bar promises to top things off.

Cost: $25 a person ($50 a couple); the Pavilion Hotel's Valentine's Day Package is $342 a couple and includes two nights' lodging and tickets to the dance

Info: (877) 778-9398,


The Simon Singles Soiree

When, where: Feb. 14, Simon at Palms Place Hotel & Spa

Highlights: Las Vegas' new 47-story hotel hosts an anti-Valentine's Day party for singles; chef Kerry Simon whips up an inspired menu as attendees eat, drink and tatter a heart-shaped piñata. Prizes include gift cards to use throughout the property.

Cost: $40, including food and one drink

Info: (702) 944-3292,


Calico Civil War Reenactment

When, where: Feb. 19-21, Calico Ghost Town Regional Park

Highlights: Hundreds of costumed "soldiers" reenact the Battle of Ft. Sumter (which took place near Charleston, S.C.) twice daily to commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

Cost: $10; $5 for ages 6-15; free for ages 5 and younger; those with a reserved park campsite get six free admissions




When, where: Feb. 25-27, Granville Island

Highlights: This annual festival is heavy on jazz but also presents theater, film, visual arts and food events.

Cost: Varies per event, though many are free

Info: (604) 666-5784,

— Avital Binshtock

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