Finding Valentine’s Day Love in Sunnyvale

Finding Valentine's Day Love in Sunnyvale

Finding Valentine’s Day Love in Sunnyvale


Tony Bennett sings that he left his heart in San Francisco, but you can find 100 hearts in Sunnyvale between now and Valentine’s Day.

These hearts look like the cherished candy kids (and adults) with messages like “Hug Me,” “Miss You,” and “Text Me,” but are much bigger — 14 inches tall — — And, you know, not edible. They are scattered around towns, in front of houses, and in public places such as libraries and parks. The city’s arts council held a contest on social media until February 14, asking people who found love to post photos on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveSunnyvale.

Bears at the Arts Corner on Sunnyvale Avenue are surrounded by hearts as part of the Sunnyvale Arts Council’s “Finding Love in Sunnyvale” scavenger hunt. (Salpizarro/Bay Area News Group)

While we all celebrate the power of love out of the goodness of our hearts, there’s nothing wrong with a little motivation, right? Three randomly selected winners—because love has no favorites—will receive a $50 gift card from one of three Sunnyvale businesses: Pints ​​of Joy, Dishdash, and Leigh’s Favorite Books.

So feel free to post your thoughts – if you need some clues, you can find a map at It’s low-res, though, so you still have to take the challenge wholeheartedly.

Hearty meals: For the past few weeks, Rodney Baca has brought back the concept of Chef’s Market – delicious comfort food for a family of four, and he’s partnered with SJSU Cares to help keep San Jose State University students and staff fed.

Baca and his staff prepared 150 meals for San Jose State University faculty on Feb. 1. Each week of the Chef’s Market series, an additional 25% of meals are prepared and donated to SJSU Cares, which operates the Spartan Food Pantry.

The last entry in the current lineup will be next week, with dinner including grilled chicken and braised pork ribs for $150. Orders must be placed by February 9 for pickup at the Chef Baca store located at 150 E. San Fernando St. Please visit

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger: If you haven’t finished your Lunar New Year festivities, there will be more festivities in the South Bay this weekend to help usher in the Year of the Tiger.

Santana Row will be celebrating Feb. 4 from 4-6 p.m. with lion and dragon dances, as well as music and dance performances Kids will be able to make paper fortune cookies and Chinese New Year themed masks, with plans from San Jose Mayor Sam Riccardo and Huang Gerry of the Chinese History and Culture Project.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Museum of Art will host a free Lunar New Year Community Day on February 5, with events live and online from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a Korean dance troupe at Cesar Chavez Plaza Performed KCC Urisawe and Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association. You can register for the event and get more details at

The Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose will also host an annual Lunar New Year celebration for younger children on February 5, featuring Grace Lin’s “Welcome to the New Year” storytime and ancillary Lion dance class. You can get more information and make reservations at

Back on stage: The San Jose Chamber Music Society will bring the Poulenc Trio – a piano, oboe and bassoon combination from Baltimore – to St. Francis Anglican Church in Willow Glen on February 5th. Lest you think chamber music is entirely the domain of European composers, the 7pm concert will feature two Asian-American composers: “Melodie de Poulenc” by Juri Seo and “Trains of Thought” by Viet Cuong. Tickets are available at

Next week, the Steinway Society will also perform live at Saratoga’s McAfee Center for the Performing Arts with Russian pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov, 40. The February 12 concert begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are available at

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