While the month of hearts, roses and candy is often focused on our romantic relationships, embracing family is something to truly adore. We’ve gathered a bunch of ideas for creating a family date this month—without sacrificing a “real” date night on February 14.

Even before we could binge on a season of Orange is the New Black in one weekend (thank you, Netflix), there was the time-honored tradition of binge reading. Two different mystery book series from local authors are perfect candidates to keep you busy for the rest of the winter.

The silo at the entrance to Jonathan in Chaska is getting a new look, and local artists are invited to submit their designs by Jan. 15. The Jonathan Association will pay $1,500 for the winning design. The silo is 36 feet high and 46 feet around.

One can imagine no other career path for Jenn Bostic than the one she chose. Born into a musical family, Bostic moved to Waconia with her father, James; mother, Barbara; and older brother, Jeff, when she was a year old. Early on, music became a part of everyday life.

There was Amelia, Iago’s wife in Shakespeare’s Othello at the Guthrie Theater and Lady Capulet in the Ten Thousand Things production of Romeo and Juliet.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

Alan Bennett’s mischievous and witty novella about the queen discovering the joys of reading when she stumbles upon a bookmobile will be sure to delight.

About 15 years ago, Katie Trent found her artistic stride. She always had a crafty side, but once she tried working with glass in a community class, she was hooked.

When Matthew Peyton of Victoria snapped this picture, he captured his daughter’s essence in a still photo. Kathleen, who was just about to turn 2 when the photo was taken, is “totally happy-go-lucky,” Peyton says. “She’s a girly girl at heart.

Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro
-Recommended by Jackie White

A ghost story that’s laugh-out-loud funny, thoughtful and endearing.

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
-Recommended by Laura Carlson

Michael Rusinko likes to capture the simple moments, like a peaceful October walk around Rice Marsh Lake with the family’s 12-year-old boxer, Brandy.