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Plan Valentine's Day activities or celebrate early

If you have a wife or girlfriend and you haven’t made plans for Tuesday, do it right now.

You don’t want to be that guy who forgot to order roses, make dinner reservations or buy a card.

And yes, guys, all three of those things are necessary if you want your lady to feel loved.

Of course if you enjoy sleeping on the sofa, you can just go ahead and forget that Tuesday is Valentine’s Day.

Now before you start whining and wondering why planning Valentine’s Day is a man’s responsibility, let me make this easy for you. Click here for a dining guide. That comprehensive list of dining options offers something that will please every budget and palate. Phone numbers are listed, and reservations are required at many hot spots, so call today. For entertainment options, click here.

Make the evening extra special by doing something good for the community. Buy a ticket for the Ray of Hope Reverse Raffle. A $100 donation for two people gives you a chance to win $10,000 as you indulge on chocolate and sip champagne at the RiverView Room in the RiverMill Event Centre. Money raised is donated to The Family Center, which operates the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and Families and Schools Together, an after school program at local elementary schools. The event is 8-10:30 p.m. Call 706-327-3238 for tickets.

If you and your sweetheart can’t celebrate on Tuesday, do something fun tonight. Several area restaurants are serving Valentine specials tonight, too.

On Sunday, take the whole family to the Raptor Release at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center will present a program on birds of prey at 2 p.m., followed by the release of a rehabilitated raptor into the wetlands. Cost is $3.The CSU Violin Studio Gala Concert is also Sunday. At 3 p.m., faculty artist Sergiu Schwartz will be joined by Schwob School of Music violin students for a concert at the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. This even is free, so just because you’re short on cash doesn’t mean you can’t do something romantic for your Valentine. Information, 706-649-7225.

If you and your significant other love trying new things, go ice skating. Hold hands as you glide around the ice from 4 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday and 5-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The Columbus Ice Rink is next to the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Cost is $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 skate rentals. Information, 706-225-4500.

Want to laugh tonight? Go to the Junior League of Columbus’ Follies “Ballroom Blitz” variety show at 8 p.m. at Columbus State University’s University Hall. The show features singing, dancing and comedy skits performed by local celebrities and personalities. Tickets cost $30, and are available at the door. For information, call 706-327-4207 or visit www.jlcolumbus.com

On Tuesday, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra features “My Jazzy Valentine,” with guest artist trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden. Expect romantic music at the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Tickets cost $22-$36. Information: 706-256-3612

Looking for a gift perfect for you music-loving wife? How about tickets to “Rock of Ages,” which tells a love story using 1980s music. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 15-16) at Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Information: 706-256-3612. Tickets for a show where she'll get to spend more time with you? Winner!

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