pencil it in: a warm weather winter weekend

February 10: Taste the Spirit

Tonight, the Astor Center will play host to a unique spirits class to guide you through your winter cocktail woes. Michael Neff of Ward III and the Rum House will educate you on all things micro distillery and with a tasting of their specialty craft spirits to match. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased here. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (at East Fourth St.), 212 674 7501, 6:30- 8:30 PM

February 11: An Excuse to Indulge

If you needed an excuse to indulge in NYC’s famous pies, we’ve got one. This Saturday Co. and Six Point Ales will host a Pizza for a Cause, pizza and beer pairing event. With half of all the ticket sales going to Edible Schoolyard NYC, it would be a crime NOT to eat NYC’s famous treat. Co. 230 9th Avenue, 212 243 1105, 12- 4 PM, $50 click here to purchase.

February 11: Millrose Games

The world class track event is once again taking the stage at NYC’s New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. Join the cheering crowds as racing champs Bernard Lagat, Allyson Felix and Jennifer Simpson compete in their respective events. For tickets and full event info visit The Armory’s official site. New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue, 212 923 1803 , first events at 4 PM, official opening cermony at 7:05 PM

February 11- 12: because you only have a few day’s left to prepare for Valentine’s

Head to New Amsterdam Market’s 2012 gift shop for last minute gifts for your special somebody. Vendor’s include Pie Corps, Mast Brothers Chocolate and Tinsel Trading amongst many more. For a full list and gift shop details visit the market’s official site. New Amsterdam Market, 213- 215 Water Street, 11 AM- 6PM

February 12: LES Salon

LES Salonnieres is hosting a four-course meal and artists’ salon experience. Rioja Wines and a cocktail are included in the $45 meal cost. Click here for more information including supper menu and tickets. FYI- and extra $5 will provide you access to the salon’s photo booth. A MUST. Les Salonnieres Tenement, address will be mailed to attendees 1 day before event, 6- 8 PM

February 13-14: Best In Show

Dog lover’s unite. The Westminster Kennel Club is back at the Garden with it’s 136th Annual Dog Show. Over 2,500 canines representing 179 breeds will compete for “top dog” honors. A cult favorite, this year’s event is sure not to disappoint. Spectators are welcome to watch the show from the backstage benching area where they can mix and mingle with the breeders. Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania Plaza, 31st to 33rd Streets between 7th and 8th Avenues, 8 AM- 6PM

February 15: A Valentine for Everyone

If you find yourself without a date this Tuesday, head over to Amali on Wednesday. Matchmaker Richard Easton will be hosting a matchmaking party at the restaurant, a guaranteed to solution to any Valentine’s Day solitude. Amali, 115 East 60th Street, 212 339 8363, 6:30- 9:30 PM

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