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Martinis, sneakers, hockey … Valentine’s Day?

By Lynne Marsala Basche

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people, and sometimes, it means nothing at all.  No matter your feelings about the day or how you want to acknowledge it, if you are looking for something to do, there are plenty of fun, local choices.  Couples are optional …

Movie and a Martini at The Wildlife Experience in the Liniger Building at CU South Denver is showing “The Notebook” on February 13.  Popcorn, martinis, a Nicholas Sparks story, and tissues sound like a perfect girls night out.

Fathers and daughters come together for the Winter Wonderland Daddy-Daughter Dance held at the Douglas County Events Center on February 13.  Join in the fun and enjoy an evening of dancing and refreshments.  A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the memories.

If you crave something active like a sanctioned race or a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder, grab your sneakers and head over to Parker for the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K Race on February 14.  Whether you are running from cupid or towards the post-race pancake breakfast, this event will get your blood flowing.

Feel like a concert with love songs from around the world?  The Lone Tree Arts Center presents Mark Masri on Valentine’s Day.  A champagne intermission adds the bubbles to this romantic evening.

The Colorado Avalanche are hosting the Dallas Stars on February 14, and whether you hope to sit close to someone special for warmth or watch players slam each other into the boards, Pepsi Center will be rocking.

When it comes to dinner, stop by La Dolce Vita for a delicious meal and relax surrounded by the romantic ambiance while enjoying live music.  If you are dining at home, pair your dinner with a bottle of wine, dessert and flowers from one of our local businesses, and show love throughout the community.

Consider helping those in need by giving blood or by donating items to a food bank.  Support one of the many local charitable organizations like the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, the Crisis Center, or the Dumb Friends League.  Being generous and having no expectations of anything in return makes hearts swell with love for both the recipient and receiver.

Valentine’s Day is not just a day for couples.  Grab some friends or family members and have fun no matter the activity.  Traditional, romantic or not, you decide.  After all, showing love comes in all forms!



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