No price on love

Your heart is full, but your wallet is empty. Here are a dozen ways to make up for it.

Focus on Valentine's Day

February 13, 2005|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

1. Write her a love poem and read it to the world on Valentine's eve - or, at least, to those assembled for open mike night. Tonight from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Wydeye Cafe, 1704 Aliceanna St. in Fells Point, 410-342-7474.

2. Hit The Book Thing of Baltimore today and find a great love story - or just something he or she would love to read - for free. (Take turns reading romantic passages to each other.) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., rear entrance of 2645 N. Charles St., 410-662-5631.

3. Take in a free art exhibit. Lawson Oyekan and the Spirit of Nature features works by the ceramic artist. Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays through March 20 at the Decker Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1400 Cathedral St.. Information: 410-225-2300.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of a production error, Sunday's Home & Family section gave an incorrect address for a Web site at which people can generate a love poem. The address is
The Sun regrets the error.

4. Plan an indoor winter picnic with his favorite foods and music. Spread a blanket, dim the lights and ... roast marshmallows in the fireplace.

5. Make a date to volunteer together for his or her favorite cause.

6. Make a coupon for your spouse that offers priceless commodities: Time and space free of honey-do lists and rambunctious children.

7. Take the hourlong Mount Vernon "Love Stories" Tour this afternoon and hear the famous love stories of this historic neighborhood, starring luminaries who lived there such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe and Betsy Patterson Bonaparte. No reservations required. Depart at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from The Brass Elephant, 924 N. Charles St. Information: 603-863-7848.

8. Offer to do his or her least favorite household task for a week. Make the kids' lunches, walk the dog, take out the trash.

9. Use your video or tape recorder to make a permanent talking Valentine, with words of love from you and other dear ones - parents, children and even grandchildren.

10. Find a little free night music. The Baltimore Jazz Trio plays at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Light Street branch, 1251 Light St. in Federal Hill, 6 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 410-396-1096.

11. Cuddle at the computer together and create online, personalized and likely hilarious "odes of love" by entering your names, favorite foods, and other words. You'll also find out how to say "I love you" in eight different languages. At www.whimsies

12. Sample red wine and chocolate from noon to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Linganore Winecellars. Tours take place at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. Information: 410-795-6432.

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