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February 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: Three quick ideas for this weekend (Feb. 9-10)

Is the scary brother-in-law from Ephrata in town? Has that roof leak over your bed opened up again? For whatever reason, do you suddenly really need to get out of town this weekend? Here are three things worth going for:

GO WEST

Eight Olympic Peninsula wineries, from Chimacum to Port Angeles, welcome visitors for

Olympic Cellars in Port Angeles is part of the Red Wine and Chocolate tour on the Olympic Peninsula. (file photo)

their Red Wine and Chocolate tour (Feb. 9-10 and 16-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). A $30 ticket gets you pairings such as Olympic Cellars’ 2009 syrah with vegetarian Chocolate Chili Molé; Harbinger Winery’s Dynamo red with Harbinger’s own chocolate potato chips; or Wind Rose Cellars’ 2011 Dolcetto with chocolates from Sequim chocolatier Cocoa d’Amici.

GO NORTH

It’s the finale weekend, through Sunday, of Winter Pride week at Whistler, B.C. Events include the all-night Snowball dance on Saturday. More information at www.gaywhistler.com.

GO SOUTH

Rainy February is the perfect time of year for the opening weekend of the Portland International Film Festival, which continues through Feb. 23. See such film gems as “Chicken and Zoe,” in which “eating chicken takes on new meaning for four-year-old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter” (Saturday at 1 p.m.). Or there’s “Coming of Age,” capsulized thusly: “Rosa meets Bruno. Two people who consider themselves to be over the hill and irrelevant in today’s world suddenly learn what it means to pursue once-in-a-lifetime happiness, to find one’s soulmate. The only problem: Rosa has only six months to live” (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.).

And there’s lots more. Some of it more upbeat. Really.

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