Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host a Valentine ballet featuring Connect the Dots Youth Dance Ensemble at 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: 540-635-3153.
A chocolate festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 14 W. First St., Front Royal. It will feature chocolate baked goods, gift baskets and lunch. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry and Backpack Program to enter to win a free night’s stay at The Public House in Flint Hill.
Civil War lecture
Dr. Irvin Hess will lecture on Civil War surgeon Dr. Hunter Macquire at 2 p.m. Saturday at Handley Library. Information: 540-662-9041, ext. 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strasburg Community Library will host a Valentine party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. It will feature beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent art auction. Tickets: $20 available at library.
Shenandoah National Park
The Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive on U.S. Highway 211 East in Luray will offer fee-free entry days Saturday through Monday. Information: 540-999-3500, www.nps.gov/shen.
Russell Moore and lllrd Tyme Out with Lonesome Highway will perform at a benefit concert for the athletic department at 7 p.m. Saturday at Clarke County High School in Berryville. Doors open 6 p.m. Tickets: $24 in advance or $27 at door. Information: 540-955-6130, ext. 7450, 703-989-5627, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Oriental lanterns
Visiting artist Tammy Ruggiero will lead a program on making Oriental lanterns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Free with admission. Registration/information: 540-722-2020.
Schultz Theatre will present “A Scorned Lovers Valentine Cabaret” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, at and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets will be sold at the door: $13 or $11 for students and senior citizens. Information: 740-9119 or www.schultztheatre.com.
Eye in the sky
The National Air and Space Museum at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, will host Tech Quest, a new alternative reality game at the Hdvar-Hazy Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and Feb. 21. Test your powers of observation, problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst. Free admission. Parking $15. Information: 202-633-1000.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at James Madison University will offer Valentine’s Day carriage rides through the arboretum forest grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children under 8 or $65 for private carriage rides. Reservations: 540-568-3194, email@example.com, www.jmu.edu/arboretum.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at James Madison University will present a program about fairies from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. Children can build their own fairy house or gnome home. Bring a bag lunch. Information: 540-568-3194, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jmu.edu/arboretum.