Birthdays, Valentine's Day, good times and bad: Any excuse for chocolate is a good enough excuse for me. Fortunately, Julie Pech, Colorado's chocolate therapist, says that enjoying chocolate every single day is beneficial to your health. At today's eighth annual Chocolate Affair in Olde Town Arvada, you can listen to Pech discuss the many benefits of chocolate at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:15 p.m. at the D Note, 7519 Grandview Avenue. The lecture is free, as is the family-friendly Chocolate Treasure Hunt, which takes place in Olde Town stores from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If all this talk of chocolate makes you crave some, well, you're only human and badly in need of tickets to the Taste of Chocolate, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the D Note. Five bucks will get you ten tickets for samples of chocolate-based food and drink (proceeds benefit the Arvada Ralston House).