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SPAGnVOLA's master chocolatier will guide you through the process of creating handmade truffles. (Image: Courtesy Watergate Hotel)

Weekend Report: 9 can't-miss events to spice up your weekend routine

Thursday, February 7

Lunar New Year Dumplings & Sherry Showdown: Happy year of the pig! Petworth Citizen's Chantal Tseng has partnered with NOMAD dumplings to bring you six dumplings, each paired with an Orange Wine, a Sherry, and a Madeira. You'll pick your favorite pairing from each category. Tickets are $45.

Night Market: Another Chinese New Year celebration kicks off at Tiger Fork with the return of Night Market. Tiger Fork's chef de cuisine Jong Son will team up with guest chefs Leopold Liao of Reren and Shanghai Lounge’s Chef Mao to create a special late night menu, including drinks from DC Brau and TF beverage director Ian Fletcher. You can also pick up items traditionally found in Chinese markets, such as candies, fruits, jewelry, herbs and other trinkets. No ticket needed.

Friday, February 8

ChiKo After Dark: Join the co-owners of Himitsu, Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner, as they create a special late-night menu from 9:30-midnight, with the help of the ChiKo team. All dishes are $8 and tickets are not needed for this event.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to push the art form into fascinating new territory while still honoring signature classics. Tickets start at $59.

Saturday, February 9

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Kate MacDonnell is teaching. Free to attend.

Hungry Human Hippos on Ice: Back by popular demand, your favorite childhood board game comes to life. Join DCFray at the Wharf, where teams of 4-6 people will compete for Hungry Human Hippos (HHH) glory. You and your team will strategize to collect the most “food” (balls) on ice. Tickets are $30.

Truffle Making Class: SPAGnVOLA's master chocolatier will guide you through the process of making truffles crafted from cacao hand-picked from a farm in the Dominican Republic and roasted/refined in Maryland. In the two-hour class you'll lean about tempering chocolate and making chocolate ganache. Of course, you'll take home a box of completed Valentine's Day truffles as well. Tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for kids.

Sunday, February 10

Valentine's Day Card Workshop: Homemade love is in the air at the annual Valentine's Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum. Kids and adults alike can create handmade heartfelt cards to send to your loved ones. Free to attend.

Rodarte: Today is your last opportunity to check out Rodarte, the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Wander through more than 90 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, that showcase the first 13 years of the work of design sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The exhibition explores their distinct design principles and recurring themes that launched the sisters onto the national fashion stage in 2005. Tickets are $10.