Looking for a great date? How about 10? Right from the Start, a local nonprofit organization, is hosting the series 10 Great Dates to revitalize and re-energize relationships in the Chattahoochee Valley.
Just to be clear, the goal is 10 successive dates with the same person, not 10 different date partners. And it’s for newlyweds, dating couples, empty nesters and everyone in between.
How can I get involved? Interested? The kick-off night is Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. For $20 per couple, you can enjoy a buffet dinner at Valentine’s Day-themed tables and hear from marriage experts David and Claudia Arp.
Authors of the 10 Great Dates books, the Arps travel the country teaching marriage seminars in a humorous, down-to-earth style. The program has been used extensively in the military during reintegration according to their website at www.marriagealive.com.
The event includes two door prizes: a Charbroil grill and two free nights at Callaway Gardens. Fran Magoni, director of Right from the Start, said the evening gives a hint of what couples can experience if they join in the 10 Great Dates program, hosted at more than a dozen locations across the community.
What does a date night look like? You and your significant other meet at one of the host sites to watch a 15 minute video where the Arps introduce the night’s theme. Inspired, you set off for the evening armed with a guide book and discounts for restaurants in the surrounding area.
The book includes questions that offer “a structured way to have a good conversation with one another,” Magoni said.
The groups across Columbus are diverse, so couples can choose one that suits them. Some are geared toward couples at specific stages in their relationships; many provide free child care. The small groups start at different times on different days of the week to accommodate a variety of schedules.
The suggested time length for the date is one and a half hours — “long enough to have a real date, but not long enough to go to a movie,” according to the website, www.rightfromthestart.org.
So what are you waiting for? Surprise your sweetheart with 10 Great Dates or check out Columbus’ Great Date Night Tuesday.
The registration deadline for the dinner and date night is Friday. The menu includes beef tips, rice, green beans, rolls, salad and cheesecake. Register in advance for free child care.
For more information, visit www.rightfromthestart.org or call 706-649-6507, ext. 1204.
If you’re still looking for something to celebrate the season, here are a few other Valentine’s activities coming up:
Father-daughter dance 7-9 p.m. Friday at Christ Community Church $20/couple, $5 each extra child, includes refreshments Features silent auction, card-making station and photography Funds raised go to the T.J. Martell Foundation 706-324-2381
Chair Dancing Workshop Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Smith Fitness Center $10 for military ID cardholders email@example.com
Daddy Daughter Date Night 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at either Columbus Chick-fil-A Features table service, limo ride, free dessert, violinist, decor and free tiara and notebook for every daughter Reserve in advance
CSU Voice Studio concert 4 p.m. Sunday at the RiverCenter Includes opera and theater songs Free
The Lou Vallee Four jazz concert 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Theatre $10 or free for musicians who sit in www.columbusjazzsociety.com
Monthly dance 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church $10/person or $5 for military includes refreshments and live band ValenTango 7:30 p.m. Monday at the RiverCenter Features the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Extasis Tango Quartet $5-$36 888-332-5200 for tickets
Valentine’s ventriloquism 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church $4/person or $20/family Features Dennis Lee 706-322-1491
Romeo and Juliet 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the RiverCenter $10-$39 Features the Moscow Festival Ballet www.rivercenter.org