Friendship Center is hosting its 24th Annual Festival of Hearts, noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort.

The pre-Valentine’s Day event features a sit-down lunch including wine, a no host bar, and live music by Strada Swing, a jazz swing band with a French twist. Participants are urged to dress in their favorite Derby attire — big hats, pastels and florals are all appropriate.

Since the first Festival of Hearts in 2000, the centerpiece of the event has been the Heart-art sold at silent auction, and created by local artists and celebrities, including Jeff Bridges, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Askew and Rod Lathim.

Provided with a blank papier-mâché heart, the creative “heart-ists” paint, sculpt and decorate in myriad ways to design unique works. The heart art preview sale starts Jan. 13. Visit www.friendshipcentersb.org/FOH2023

The live auction, conducted by local auctioneer Geoff Green, will feature an in-town getaway with a seafood dinner for six of fresh local lobster, white sea bass, abalone, and hand-foraged mushrooms at a private home; a desert oasis getaway in Palm Springs, including some meals from landmark restaurants; and, a stay at the upscale Rosewood Miramar Beach with dinner for two at the Revere Room.

Fundraising from the event supports Friendship Center’s HEART (Help Elders At-Risk Today) program, subsidizing the cost of adult day services for low-income aging and dependent adults and their families.

Tickets are $155 each. Buy tickets at www.friendshipcentersb.org or call 805-969-0859 to purchase by phone with a credit card. Or mail a check to Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane, Santa Barbara, CA  93108.

Major sponsors include: Karolyn Hanna, Al Anglin and Vangie Herrera, Channel Islands Post Acute, Epic Life Wealth Management, Sophia and Andriana Hohlbauch, Easy Lift Transportation

Friendship Center offers activities that promote socialization, well-being, and a sense of community for aging adults. Friendship Center provides respite, support and education for their caregivers.

Friendship Center is a 501(c) (3) agency–Federal Tax ID# 95-3398938. Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.