A guy's guide to surviving Valentine's Day

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Valentine’s Day is one of the few days of the year that a guy needs to be on his best behavior (anniversaries and birthdays are the other two). The day may be made for lovers, but it sure could end in disaster if a guy doesn’t watch his step. Never fear, for this handy-dandy guide will help you find your way through the love-craze maze.

Do something nice

Bring your sweetie a cup of coffee or tea in bed. To really help win her over, maybe scramble some eggs and pop a few slices of bread in the toaster. It’s a quick, easy breakfast in bed.

If you aren’t the cookin’ type, then start the day off with breakfast at one of the many wonderful restaurants located in Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

Karen Holmes, of Karen’s Bakery in Folsom, was on a local news station Tuesday demonstrating how she makes a chocolate-marshmallow tart. That sounds like a good option.

Most restaurants have some sort of special going on for Valentine’s and they usually aren’t packing them in for breakfast. If you didn’t already make dinner reservations, you’re probably out of luck.

Take her someplace special

Lucky for you, this area has many events to choose from. There is The Sweetheart Ball on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and the money goes to a good cause. There will be dancing, food and fun. How can you go wrong? For tickets, go to

On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra is holding their “Night of Passion and Romance” concert at the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School. Ticket prices vary. Now, this is a good concert to bring your wife or girlfriend to because it’s all about movie themes and love songs. For tickets, go to

In El Dorado Hills, there's the annual Valentine's Ball Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 3111 Tierra de Rios in EDH. Make your reservations by calling Jerry Fischer at 530-626-1846. Tickets are $35 per person and it includes your meal and dancing. Have fun!

Give her a gift

If you haven’t already done so, try to find your lady something nice. If you’re on a tight budget, candy from Snook’s in Folsom or one of the other local candy stores is always there in a pinch. Of course, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. Check out one of the locally owned jewelers to find something that fits your budget and her tastes. Earrings and necklaces are always good choices.

Maybe you recently walked past a shop that had a nifty piece of glass art hanging in the window. Did it catch her eye? If so, go to the shop by yourself and get it for her. She’ll be surprised and know you paid attention.

Send flowers

Florists are in business for a reason and if you haven’t ordered her flowers yet, you’re probably too late. But, you may be able to swing by and purchase an arrangement and deliver them yourself. That way, you can see the look on her face. Be warned guys, not all flowers are alike. If you show up with a rose from the corner convenience store, you’ll be in the doghouse.

A movie night

If you would rather spend the evening curled up in front of a fire while watching a good movie, you need to tread carefully. This is dangerous territory, guys, and many have fallen victim to the “Traveling Steel Magnolias Eating Fried Color Purple Tomatoes” syndrome. Believe me, it’s real. So to finish off the guide, allow me to give you a road map to a successful movie night so you can both enjoy the evening.

“Hitch” stars Will Smith as a date doctor who helps guys realize their true potential. It’s funny and heartwarming.

“Music and Lyrics” stars Hugh Grant as a washed-up ‘80s pop star and Drew Barrymore as an aspiring lyricist who team up to help revive Grant’s career. This is a great movie that didn’t do as well at the box office as it should.

“While You Were Sleeping” stars Sandra Bullock as a wannabe world traveler who finds herself pretending to be a comatose patient’s fiancé through a weird turn of events. Without any real family of her own, she latches onto her newfound fiancé’s family and hilarity ensues.

Don Chaddock may be reached at