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Today’s Forecast

57º | Cloudy and cool with showers | 40% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:37 a.m. | Sunset 5:29 p.m. | High tides 8:26 a.m. and 9:46 p.m. | Low tide 2:14 a.m.

💓 How do I love thee
A group arranging colorful flowers inside pots and planters at Ana Galena Floral Studio in San Diego.
A floral arrangement workshop at Ana Galena Floral Studio could be a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. | Photo via Ana Galena Floral Studio
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve been busy tracking down out-of-the-box ways that San Diegans can celebrate friendship and romance. We hope you love these ideas.

Mother-Daughter Valentine’s Day Floral Workshop
Bond with your mom or maternal figure as you learn the art of crafting a beautiful floral arrangement at Ana Galena Floral Studio at Arts District Liberty Station. This class is Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and 5:30-7:30 p.m.; get tickets.

Queen Ball
Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center is hosting a Valentine’s Day Country Line Dance on Wednesday, Feb. 14, starting at 7 p.m. The workshop is for dancers of all levels and will include instructor-led lessons on rhythm, line dancing patterns and terms, and popular line dances. Grab your boots and swing that partner ‘round and ‘round, y’all.

Three glasses of hard cider from Bivouac paired with three mini desserts — a cheesecake, a strawberry cake, and chocolate tart.

The cider and sweets pairing at Bivouac includes Cherries Jubilee Cider, Pink Velvet Strawberry Cider, and Oddish Wine x Bivouac Syrah Pear Cider.


Photo via Bivouac Ciderworks

Bivouac Cider + Dessert Pairing
Here’s a super sweet idea: Bivouac Ciderworks in North Park is hosting a tasting event featuring cider samples paired with treats from N72 Bakery Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4-10 p.m. We hear the Pink Velvet Strawberry Cider paired with Princess Cake is a match made in heaven. Get tickets.

An art display featuring mirrors reflecting bright colors, including red, green, purple, and blue.

The Quantum Mirror display inside WNDR Museum San Diego.


Photo via James Tran + WNDR Museum

Indoor Skydiving
Falling for someone? Take your romance to new heights with the Love is in the Air flight package at iFly Indoor Skydiving in Mission Valley or Oceanside. The experience for two includes instruction, four flights, two video clips, and a personalized flight certificate. Reserve your spot.

WNDR After Dark: Reject Tradition
Downtown San Diego’s immersive museum invites you to “break free from the clichés and Hallmark traps” for some after-hours gallivanting around the galleries at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Guests can browse 20+ exhibitions while enjoying a curated music mix, a caricature artist, and live sculptural art and prints. Grab your tickets.
My favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day is...

A. Try a fun, unique activity
B. Eat at a restaurant
C. Cook a nice meal at home
D. Make plans with my friends
E. Do something nice for my family
F. Nothing — I don’t celebrate
Friday, Feb. 9
  • San Diego Lunar New Year Festival | Friday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park, 4455 Wightman St., San Diego | Free | The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation hosts this community fest featuring lion dances, folk dancing, art exhibitions, kid-friendly activities, and food vendors.
  • Lukas Graham | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $30-$75 | The Danish pop band behind hits like “7 Years” and “Love Someone” drops into downtown.
  • “Fiddler on the Roof” | Through Sunday, March 10 | 7-10 p.m. | San Diego Musical Theatre, 4650 Mercury St., San Diego | $25-$70 | This classic musical tells the story of a poor milkman and his five daughters who learn traditional values from a tight-knit Jewish community.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Coast and Ranch Book Crawl | Through Saturday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Locations vary, North County | Free | Explore some of North County’s used bookstores — Friends of the Library at Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe — and collect “stamps” in your Book Crawl passport to enter drawings for prizes.
  • The Kick Back: Black Excellence | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12-3 p.m. | Movement BE Center, 6787 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | Free | Connect with others and celebrate culture through stories, food, music, and other art.
  • Puppy Bowl I | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1-5 p.m. | The Movement Warehouse, 1425 Garnet Ave., San Diego | $10-$50 | Meet adoptable puppies at The Animal Pad’s first-ever furball game.
  • Paint & Booch Dark Valentine | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Nova Easy Kombucha, 4845 Newport Ave., San Diego | $44 | Sip some booch in the dark at this all-ages, Van Gogh-themed paint class.
  • AXIS: Lunar New Year | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 3-6 p.m. | The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego | Free | Enjoy live performances by local guest artists, music, arts and crafts, and food vendors; register ahead of time.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • “Puppy Bowl XX” Watch Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | McGregor’s Bar & Grill, 10475 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego | Free | Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrates its three representatives as they compete in the big game for the “Lombarky” trophy.
  • Big Game Watch Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2:30-7 p.m. | Slater’s 50/50, 2750 Dewey Rd. #193, Liberty Station | $90 | Watch Super Bowl LVIII with a meal, an open bar, and three 65-inch TVs.
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News Notes
  • The National Weather Service said the final wet weather system in this series of storms will linger in parts of San Diego through this morning, and then it should be dry (and sunny) through next week. The next chance of rain is predicted for “mid to late February.” (National Weather Service)
  • A newly released report by San Diego County’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice shows the big equity gaps in local jobs, finances, food systems, health, and housing. According to the county, the data will be updated every year to measure progress towards improving life in SD — for everyone.
  • Buona Forchetta’s new sister restaurant and events space Meraki is now open in South Park, at 1648 30th St. The menu features shareable plates like burrata, charcuterie, flatbread, and desserts. It’s open Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • We’ve got a sudsy lil’ secret: A Russian River Tap Takeover is happening tomorrow at Bottlecraft in Little Italy, 2-8 p.m. Local craft beer enthusiasts can guess what will be on tap — perhaps the coveted “PTY.” Another round goes down Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4-8 p.m., at Bottlecraft’s North Park location.
Today Is
  • Forbes Travel Guide released its 2024 Star Award Winners, and we spy many San Diego area standouts. The Michelin-starred Addison restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar received a prestigious “5-Star” rating, while AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn earned its first-ever “4-Star” rating. The Lodge at Torrey Pines also nabbed four stars. (Forbes)
  • Tickets are now on sale for the Japanese Friendship Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival Thursday, March 7-Sunday, March 10. The event will include live performances, food vendors, family-friendly activities and, of course, those gorgeous pink blooms all around the trails and gardens.
Plan Ahead
  • Save the date: The San Diego Symphony will host its annual Picnic at the Park at The Rady Shell Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. The free community event will feature live music and the announcement of the venue’s 2024 Summer Season; RSVP ahead of time.
  • We asked our SDtoday readers which team you’re rooting for in Super Bowl LVIII. You said: 36.7 % are Cali strong, cheering for the San Francisco 49ers; 32.7% want the Kansas City Chiefs to win; 30.6% are clapping for Travis and Taylor.
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  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
🌊 Surf’s up
King Tides crash against the Windansea Beach Surf Shack in La Jolla as a rainbow shines over the beach.
This lucky shot was captured at the Windansea Beach Surf Shack in La Jolla during the January 2024 King Tides. | Photo via @erikjepsen
Another round of King Tides are expected to return to parts of San Diego’s coastline today.

The phenomenon refers to exceptionally high tides linked to the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. According to the California Coastal Commission’s King Tides Project, this should be the final round of extreme tides this winter — following the January 2024 King Tides. Locally, waves could reach up to 7.3 ft.

Here are the predicted high tides, via this map:
  • La Jolla — 8:08 a.m., 6.68 ft
  • Imperial Beach — 8:14 a.m., 6.62 ft
  • San Diego Bay (Broadway) — 8:14 a.m., 7.12 ft
  • San Diego Bay (National City) — 8:18 a.m., 7.31 ft
  • Mission Bay (Quivira Basin) — 8:19 a.m., 6.76 ft
The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement at San Diego County beaches through 8 p.m. yesterday; there are no further alerts for today — but that could change.
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Happy Friday, SD — and here’s to a dry weekend filled with fun events.

Lunar New Year officially begins tomorrow and I’m getting excited for local celebrations starting this weekend and running through the end of the month. Meanwhile, if you’re excited for Super Bowl LVIII, here are some local bars for Chiefs and 49ers fans. Will Taylor make it to Vegas? We think so.
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