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Weekend Go-Tos for February 12, 2016

Raise a toast to The Gangway before its doors might close.

Check out our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Tonight, you’re invited to toast the oldest gay bar in San Francisco, The Gangway. The Tenderloin Museum is holding a party for the iconic, ship-shaped institution, which is now one of the two last gay bars left in the neighborhood. Celebrations begin at the museum on Eddy Street at Leavenworth at 6:30 p.m., and those who are 21 & up will head to the Gangway at 7:15 p.m. to raise a glass to the bar, which may not be around much longer.

On Valentine's Day this Sunday, get up close and very personal with the flora and fauna of the East Bay’s Redwood Regional Park. Naturalist Morgan Dill will lead a three mile, afternoon hike on search for seasonal species like ladybugs, newts, and perhaps a few dramatic mating dances too. Plan to meet at 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland at 2:00 p.m. For more details, call: (510) 544-3187.

On Sunday evening, the 36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance will bring together different communities in order to commemorate the signing of the Executive Order 9066, which led to the Japanese Internment, and recognize the anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The event includes a performance from internationally acclaimed San Jose Taiko, a candle-lighting ceremony and remembrance, and the traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown. There will also be speeches from U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, Aggie Idemoto, President of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, local poet Ann Muto, and more. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm at Morris Dailey Auditorium on the San Jose State campus. Full details for the event can be found at sjnoc.org.

Is there an event happening this weekend that you'd like folks to know about? Feel free to add it below in the comments section.