Love is sure to be in the air this weekend, when many of us will observe Valentine’s Day. A romantic dinner, weekend getaway or a visit to the local cinema may be part of your celebration. But if you don’t already have plans, here are a few events to consider.

Father-daughter dance: Moriches Youth Organization will host its Annual Father-Daughter Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Center Moriches High School gym. Fathers, uncles, grandparents, or anyone, with a special little girl in his life is invited to attend this evening of music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are $15 per couple, and $5 for each additional female guest. Call 631-878-1696 for more information.

Pancake breakfast: If it’s a hearty meal that your valentine would enjoy, you won’t want to miss the East Moriches Fire Department’s 40th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the fire station, 9 Pine St., East Moriches. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for kids under 10. Plus, all the ladies who attend will receive a fresh-cut, long-stemmed rose. The event is being sponsored by Engine Company No. 1. Call 631-878-0772 for details.

Deadly love stories: If you are a true romantic who believes that love never dies, stop by the Center Moriches Library for “Long Island Love Stories From the Beyond!” The program is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the library’s community room. Authors Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill will be on hand to answer the age-old questions: “Is death the end” and “Is love an unbreakable bond.” Books will also be available for purchase. Registration is required in person at the library reference desk. Call 631-878-0940 for more information.

And in other non-Valentine’s Day news:

Successful Chinese auction: Members of the Center Moriches PTA would like to give a big shout-out to all who attended this year’s Chinese Auction, held Feb. 5 in the Center Moriches High School Auditorium. About $13,000 was raised for arts in education programs.

Student scholars: Congratulations to the following Clayton Huey Elementary School students who were champions in the recent Geography and Spelling Bees: Ryan Magill, first place, Geography Bee; Julia Meehan, runner-up, Geography Bee; Alexa McNamara, winner, Spelling Bee; Julia Wayne, runner-up, Spelling Bee. Way to go guys!

Winter suggestion No. 4: Host a game night! This one is a no-brainer: If you’ve got a deck of cards, board games, a bag of chips and something to drink, invite family and friends over for an old-fashioned game night. You’ll have a ton of fun, and it won’t break the bank!

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