Today is Valentine's Day. Really hope that isn't a surprise to you. But who says you have to celebrate love on just one day? Some of these events are today, but many go through the weekend.
WILD AT HEART
This is a progressive dinner with stories about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of the zoo's residents. There may even be some live hanky panky going on. Be warned: This event usually sells out. 21 and older only. $65, $60 pass members. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 6:30-10 p.m. today-Saturday.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART
This MOSI date night sold out so keep this in mind next year: a romantic dinner underneath a changing night sky. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 5:30-7:30 p.m. today.
VALENTINE'S EVENING AT THE PRESERVE
Join WMNF for gourmet chocolate delicacies and hear tales of love presented by local poets and couples who exchanged vows at the preserve. Ages 16 and older only. $10. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 7-8:30 p.m. today.
BIG HEARTS PARTY
A Valentine's party with dancing to music by Ace Factor, tapas, desserts, valet parking, drink specials and a cash bar. Benefits Alpha House of Pinellas County. $65. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682. 7 p.m. today.
Madame Jiji and her Caburlesque troupe present an interactive comedy cabaret to lead couples, potential couples and single people through "relationship therapy." $12 advance, $15 day of show. The L Train, 900 Central Ave. Suite 25B, St. Petersburg. (813) 658-8301. 8 p.m. today and Saturday.
Swing your sweetheart to the sounds of the Lloyd Johns' 18-piece big band with snacks, prizes and a cash bar. $15. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1070. 8-11 p.m. today.
VALENTINE'S DAY AT DINO WORLD
Love is in the air at Dinosaur World with buy one, get one free adult admissions. Valid for adults only. Tickets are $14.95. Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. (813) 717-9865. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday.
VALENTINE'S DAY AT SEA
Take your sweetheart out for a three-hour cruise with a full dinner, dancing, champagne toast and a keepsake glass. Cruises offered on the StarLite Sapphire from St. Pete Beach and StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. $59.40. (727) 462-2628. 7 p.m. today.
VALENTINE'S MOVIE NIGHT
Munch on popcorn while watching a screening of the PG-13 rated film Courageous, the story of four men struggling with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers. Nursery service available for infants up to age 4 and activities available for ages 5-10. Free. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. (727) 525-0012. 7 p.m. Saturday.
CUPIDS AND CURVES: RED DRESS PARTY
Plus-sized women and big handsome men may meet their Valentine at this upscale party with music by DJs Ninjai and Brian J. Johnson, a contest for best red dress and readings by psychic/medium Jennifer Rae. 18 and older only. $5, $10 after 10 p.m. Glo UltraLounge, 8831 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 884-3034. 9 p.m. Saturday.
ITALIAN VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE
An Italian dinner with dancing to romantic entertainment by Dino. BYOB welcome. $9, $7 members. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000. 5-8 p.m. Friday.
VALENTINE'S DINNER AND DANCE
You and your sweetheart can feast on a buffet-style dinner before dancing the night away to live music by Darkhorse. Also includes door prizes, drawings and games Saturday at 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 1520 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Price: $10. Phone: (727) 894-7320.
SINGLES AWARENESS DAY
All Smokey Bones locations invite single people to celebrate this anti-Valentine's Day with two hours of appetizer sampling at the bar. Free. Smokey Bones BBQ and Grill, 2693 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 712-1930. 4-6 p.m. Friday.