When your nosy friends, family or co-workers ask if you have a date for Valentine’s Day, remember that it’s Satisfied Staying Single Day and smile as you say no—then send yourself some flowers or a saucy card to keep them guessing. Or really up the ante and send yourself a Hottie Gram featuring 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood, Miss December 2005 Christine Smith or Miss November 1998 Tiffany Taylor. HottieGram.com (adult content) or Flowers Direct, ftd.com.
Take a stroll among the cacti that line the recently constructed Lover’s Lane at Ethel’s Chocolate in Henderson, then pop in the chocolate shop for a hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberry. Or two. Or three. While you’re there, pick up a few locally made chocolates for your valentine. 2 Cactus Garden Dr., Henderson. Lover’s Lane open daily until 10 p.m.; store 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Feb. 12-14); factory tours 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Free.
Head out to the second annual Silver State Regional Chili Cook-off at Lake Las Vegas. Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the event is expected to attract dozens of competitors and hundreds of red chili and chile verde fans. Hopefuls will start firing up their stoves at 10 a.m., with tastings from noon to 4 p.m. The Village at Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago, Henderson. $5 to taste; thevillagellv.com to enter.
Realizing chili isn’t for everyone, Bellagio provides a place for the more artsy-fartsy set to spend the day. The resort on Saturday hosts the “Ansel Adams of Color,” award-winning landscape photographer Jeff Mitchum, from 1 to 4 p.m. The artist will unveil his latest and greatest work, “Beyond,” and sign copies of his new book, Seasons of Light. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1-4 p.m., free.
Embrace your inner crazy cat lady (or man) and check out the second annual Cats and Sin City International Cat Show at the Alexis Park Resort. The two-day event will feature more than 120 picture-perfect pussies, a 14-ring show and a market of merchandise. 375 E. Harmon Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13-14. $3-$5; children 5 and under free.
Monday marks the beginning of Random Acts of Kindness Week so why not randomly seize a moment to maybe save a life or two? United Blood Services provides the opportunity to do just that at the Gold Coast, where they will be collecting blood from walk-in donors and those with appointments. In the ballrooms at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 233-9620.
Put your right foot forward at the 210 Footwear Foundation’s “Shoepeople Helping Shoepeople” opening night extravaganza, fundraiser and mixer at the Orleans. The event serves as a kickoff party for FN PLATFORM, MAGIC’s new shoe-show-within-a-fashion-show and features “some friendly, albeit competitive bowling.” While “Shoepeople” aren’t exactly up there with Haiti or AIDS in Africa, proceeds support a good enough cause: 210’s industry-specific counseling, community resources and financial assistance initiatives. Tickets include bowling, food and two drinks, and attendees will be put into teams. Yes, shoes will be available for rent, but considering the crowd, bring your own if you have them. Orleans Bowling Center, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 7:30-10 p.m. $50 in advance (twoten.org) or $60 at the door.
Check out the rock ’n’ roll-inspired accessories at the new King Baby store at the Wynn. The flagship store’s grand-opening cocktail reception starts at 8 p.m. and will feature a performance by Smitty on Steel. More than just skull rings and cross necklaces, the King Baby line includes goth-glam cuff links and a range of pendants, from branded brass knuckles to sterling silver peace signs. RSVP in advance via email@example.com.