It’s not that bad.
Despite all the advance hype, the excitement surrounding Valentine’s Day usually fizzles pretty quickly. Before you can assemble a comprehensive list of reasons to hate Feb. 14, the stores have replaced heart-shaped chocolates with Easter eggs in holiday aisles.
Of course, that probably offers little consolation to Valentine’s Day haters, who this year will have to endure festivities on the weekend leading up to the holiday and Feb. 14 itself. Sorry.
Regardless of your opinion of the holiday, take a moment and read this roundup of Valentine’s events, which includes options for both singles and couples.
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Party at the VFW
VFW Post 5228, 9810 Lee Road 240 in Smiths Station, Ala., hosts a Valentine’s dance Saturday. It’s 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and features a performance by Boneheadz. No cover. The kitchen will be open 5:30-8 p.m. That portion of the night is open to all ages, the 9 p.m.-1 a.m. portion is for guests 21 and older.
Sweat with your sweetheart
You have two opportunities to get sporty with the love of your life -- or simply your best friend.
Saturday, Big Dog Running Company offers a Valentine’s Relay 5K. The event starts at 4:50 p.m. at Locos, 1358 13th Street in Columbus. Cost is $75 per two-person team, which includes two T-shirts (while supplies last) and a $30 Locos gift certificate. Get a $5 discount by registering with cash or check at Big Dog (1104 Broadway, Columbus). Divisions include husband/wife, father/daughter, mother/son and more.
Sunday, Art of Yoga (627 Second Ave., Columbus) hosts a Couples Partner Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage Workshop. It’s 1-3 p.m. Cost is $75 per couple and includes a gift basket. Limited spots remained at press time, call 706-324-0558 to confirm availability.
Hit the bars
Saturday, Del Ranch (4920 Lee Road 430, Smiths Station, Ala.) hosts a Valentine’s party with music by Henry Conley. Expect a steak dinner deal and door prizes. Cover is $5 and action starts at 9:30 p.m.
Plenty of local hot spots will likely offer specials for the 21-and-older crowd Tuesday night. Among the highlights? Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave., will have champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries Tuesday. No cover.
Spicoli’s, 5762 Milgen Road, will have Valentine’s Day entertainment from Dixie Duncan beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Also on Valentine’s Day, Spicoli’s will offer a $25.95 dinner special, which includes two steaks and a small bottle of champagne.
Single? Don’t worry
If you hate Valentine’s Day, don’t spend Tuesday night crying alone in a dark room. Illusions, 6499 Veterans Parkway, hosts a Singles Valentine’s Party with prizes and games on Tuesday. Cover is $10 and action starts at 9 p.m.
Or, channel the energy of “Sex and the City” and enjoy some female bonding during a Ladies’ Valentine’s Day Martini Party at the Shanty Shack (4475 Warm Springs Road). Enjoy a “Sweetheart” martini special from 4 p.m. to close on Tuesday. No cover.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at email@example.com or 706-571-8516.