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Mark your calendars, everyone! There's going to be a great Valentine's Day dinner and dance at the Sierra Senior Center on February 10th. See you there!

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance at the Sierra Senior Center

OAKHURST — Get out your dancing shoes everyone, because the Sierra Senior Center is inviting you to a spaghetti dinner and a Valentine’s Dance! Parties at the Sierra Senior Center are always a blast so don’t miss out! We’ll see you there!

Date & Time: Friday, February 10, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Image of a tray full of pink Valentine's Day cookies.

Image by Jill Wellington.

The spaghetti dinner will be $5 for SSC members and $10 for non-members.

The dinner will be followed by entertainment by The Human Jukeboxes!

All ages welcome!

RSVP Required!

Please call 559-658-2200 or e-mail oakhurstsierraseniorcenter@gmail.com today!

Sierra Senior Center
49111 Cinder Lane
Oakhurst, CA 93644

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Image of the flyer for the Valentine's Dance at the Sierra Senior Center.

The History of Valentine’s Day

Image of an ancient Roman bridge.

Image by Rainhard Wiesinger.

Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, has a rich and storied history that has evolved over centuries. The holiday has its roots in ancient Rome, where a festival called Lupercalia was held in mid-February to celebrate fertility and the coming of spring.

In the early days of Christianity, the Roman Empire attempted to stamp out the celebration of the holiday. However, as the religion spread, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day in 496 AD, in honor of two Christian martyrs named Valentine. The holiday was meant to celebrate the life and deeds of these saints, who were known for their acts of kindness and love towards others.

Image of Valentine's Day cookies and cake on a table.

Image by Jill Wellington.

Over time, the holiday evolved to include the exchange of love messages and gifts between loved ones. In the Middle Ages, it became common for people to write love letters to one another, and by the 15th century, the tradition of exchanging handmade cards on Valentine’s Day had emerged. The first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards were produced in the early 19th century, and the holiday became increasingly popular in the 20th century as it was embraced by countries around the world.

Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many different ways, depending on the culture and traditions of different countries. In the United States and other Western countries, it is traditional to give gifts such as flowers, chocolates, and cards to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. In many Eastern countries, couples celebrate the holiday by going on romantic walks or dinners together.

Image of a white, embroidered heart with flowers on it.

Image by Jill Wellington.

In addition to romantic love, Valentine’s Day is also a time to celebrate the love between friends and family members. Many people use the holiday as an opportunity to send messages of affection and appreciation to their closest loved ones, regardless of their romantic status.

Despite its evolution over the centuries, the basic meaning of Valentine’s Day has remained the same. The holiday is an opportunity to express love and affection towards others, and to celebrate the bonds of friendship, family, and romance that bring people together.

In recent years, the holiday has become increasingly commercialized, with many businesses and organizations using it as an opportunity to sell products and services related to love and romance. While this has led to some criticism, it has also allowed the holiday to reach a wider audience and become more widely recognized around the world.

Valentine’s Day has a rich and fascinating history that has evolved over the centuries. Despite changes in the way it is celebrated and the commercialization of the holiday, the core message of love and affection remains the same. Whether it is celebrated with a simple card, a bouquet of flowers, or a romantic dinner, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bonds of love and friendship that bring people together.

Check out this short video on the history of Valentine’s Day! 

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