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Free weekend? 10 things to do — even if you don't have a date

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Happy Valentine's Day! Can you feel the love? Maybe? Maybe not? Either way, whether you're celebrating the Hallmark holiday on Sunday or just gathering with friends "Parks and Recreation" style, there are tons of things to do on this three-day, President's Day weekend:

1. Floating Library at Echo Park Lake
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Los Angeles' first floating library came to Echo Park Lake on Thursday. Here's how it works: Rent a pedal boat, pedal out to the floating library, grab a book, read it while floating, return it while floating, head back to shore. The Floating Library idea got its start in Minneapolis, and its creator teamed up with Machine Project to bring it to Echo Park Lake. You can expect books submitted by L.A. artists. For more on the project, listen to our Take Two interview here.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday 

Where: Echo Park Lake | MAP

Price: $5 for nonmembers; free for members 

2. LA Art Book Fair 2016

Art + books = happiness

Calling all art lovers: Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair starts on Friday. More than 250 publishers, booksellers and artists will be in attendance, showing off zines, monographs, periodicals and more. The classroom there will have a curated series of conversations, workshops and readings. Check out those here.

When: 1-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | MAP

Price: Free

3. #KPCCLove Trivia Night

Here at KPCC we are "hopelessly devoted to news," and we hope that you are too. That's why we're hosting our annual trivia night Friday. Nerd out over current events, eat dinner via Golden Road Brewing and grab a drink from our cash bar. Trivia will be hosted by KPCC reporters Jed Kim and Erika Aguilar, and the top three trivia geeks will take home prizes! 

When: Bar opens at 7 p.m. on Friday; trivia starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where: KPCC's Crawford Family Forum | MAP

Price: $5 | Tickets

4. Anaheim Art Crawl

Get Artsy

Spend Valentine's Day eve with more than 50 art, indie-craft and artisanal-food vendors at downtown Anaheim's Art Crawl Experience. The evening includes gourmet food trucks, live music from a '60s rock group and reggae DJs, plus a performance from a group of fire dancers. Browse vendor booths while munching on chocolate-dipped cookies from The Poisoned Apples, or stop at Healthy Junk restaurant for a nice dinner. Bonus for the ladies: The first 50 single women to visit the Center Street Anaheim booth get a long-stem red rose.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center Street in Anaheim | EVENT MAP

Price: Free admission

5. Love Potions Tour at the Arboretum

Pretty cool

What's better than a dozen roses? An entire garden's worth of flowers. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden will offer two tram tours where guests can learn about flora and other plants that have been used as love potions throughout history (e.g., anise seeds — like those in Italian sausages — were considered to be an aphrodisiac by the ancient Greeks and Romans). 

When: Tours start at 10 a.m. and noon, Sunday

Where: 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia | MAP

Price: $14 for general public, $8 for members | Space is limited; call 626-821-4623 for a spot.

6. Learn how to curl 

What's curling? It's an Olympic sport that's kind of like shuffleboard on ice.


Check it out

The nonprofit Hollywood Curling wants you to take your special someone to the LA Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City to learn how to curl this Valentine's Day. An interesting date idea to say the least. All the equipment will be provided. Pro tip: Wear loose, comfortable clothing; warm socks and rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes. Sneakers work well.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: LA Kings Valley Ice Center | MAP

Price: $60 for couples package, which includes chocolates and a rose; $25 for solo curler; $20 for under-21 "junior participants."

7. Cemetery Movie Night

Movie night?

Sure, you can see the latest romantic flick at a theater near you. But if you find yourself in an existentialist, Cat Stevens kind of mood come Valentine's Day, head to the graveyard. Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach is playing the cult classic "Harold and Maude." Bring a blanket and a picnic basket. 

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach | MAP

Price: $12 advance tickets online, $15 at the gate (cash only)

8. Make vintage VDay cards

Check it

Forget Hallmark. Make an OG Valentine's Day card using a hand-crank machine. The duo behind Sew Cranky will teach you everything you need to know about crafting vintage cards at the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. It'll be so great that you can sell it on Etsy. Kids ages 4 and up are welcome. 

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Autry Museum of the American West | MAP

Price: $10 for adults; $6 for students over the age of 12; $4 for children ages 4-12.

9. L.A. Marathon

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The Los Angeles Marathon moved up its date and start time this year to avoid hot temperatures. Yet, we're in a heatwave with Sunday's temps along the marathon route expected to reach into the 80's! That being said, stay hydrated people. The route runs from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. You can expect entertainment from dozens of bands along the course. Find a map of street closures here. And you can track runners here. Oh, and people are getting married along the route. More on that here.

When: Starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday 

Where: Details here

Price: Free to watch | Registration info here

10. Sex: A Horror Story 

A group of actors and comedians wants to entertain you post-Valentine's Day with personal stories about sex. It'll be a one-hour stand-up show in light of the launch of the Web series: "Sex: A Horror Story".

In this clip, actor Alice Wetterlund — who you probably recognize from the TV show "Silicon Valley" — shares how she lost her virginity. She'll also be at the show Monday. Warning: Contains sexually explicit language. 

A preview

When: 9 p.m. Monday 

Where: IO West Theater | MAP

Price: $5 | Purchase tix here

What'd we miss? Let me know on Twitter @kristenlepore.