Friday, February 6, 2004

Valentine calendar filled for singles


Going out

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Who says you're doomed to sit at home alone on Valentine's Day if you're unattached? This year, there are lots of V-day events planned all over Greater Cincinnati, many aimed specifically at the singles set.

Check one out if you're hoping for a match:

• Stupid Cupid's Happy Hour, 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Mr. Pitiful's, 1323 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Pay homage to the guy with the arrow and sash. Live music from Hyde Park Outrage. 369-0202.

• Valentine's Day Dance, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, American Legion Hall-Post 72, 4521 Weiner Lane, Mount Carmel. $10, includes snacks, pop and beer. (513) 528-1297.

• Candlelight Singles, 7-11 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 14, La Petite France Restaurant, 3177 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. Ages 23-65. Reservations required. $45 registration fee, plus the cost of dinner. www.candlelightsingles.com or 761-6201.

• The Riverbank Poetry Project, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. Observe Valentine's Day a bit early with love poems, special decorations, refreshments and the poetry/keyboard act of "Slammin' John" Kraimer. 863-8873.

• Fourth Annual Heart's Desire Party, 7:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Thursday, Red Cheetah, 12th Street between Main and Sycamore, Over-the-Rhine. A charity benefit for the American Heart Association, hosted by the Young Professionals of Cincinnati. DJs, door prizes, speed dating sessions, date auctions, midnight buffet. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (513) 884-1400 or www.heartsdesireparty .com.

• Valentine's Party-Social and Dancing, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Jim & Jack's on the River, 3456 River Road, Riverside. For single professionals 35-65. Dress business casual, red is encouraged. Music is provided by T & F Music. Door prizes. $8-$10. (513) 251-7977.

• Singletomingle.com Dinner Party, 7 p.m. Thursday, Iron Horse Inn, 40 Village Square, Glendale. $45 arrangement fee if confirmed. Must register at www.singletomingle.com by Monday. 771-4787.

• Valentine Marriage Banquet and Entertainment, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, 1834 Section Road, Roselawn. $10 per person. 531-7682.

• Friday Night Social, 7-11 p.m. today and next Friday, Queen City Racquet Club, 11275 Chester Road, Sharonville. Mixed doubles tennis social. Singles and couples welcome. $12 per person. 771-2835.

• Mixed Doubles for Singles, 8 p.m.-midnight today and next Friday, Camargo Racquet Club, 8215 Camargo Road, Madeira. Members and non-members welcome at open tennis event. $12, includes food. (513) 793-9200.

Coming up

If Cupid's arrow doesn't strike at one of these Valentine's Day events, there are plenty of other opportunities coming up, including two that are new on the singles scene:

Dinner in the Dark, billed as more of a social networking event, involves 50 or 60 people gathering in a restaurant bar for cocktails before being led by wait staff in night-vision goggles into a completely dark dining area. The idea, which Cincinnati entrepreneur Vince Broerman modeled after similar events in New York City, is for people to get to know each other without getting hung up on what they - or anyone else - looks like.

It'll take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 19. For more information or to register, visit www.doyouflirt.com.

The first Saturday Night Sleepover is scheduled for April 24, at a downtown hotel to be determined. Friends and business owners Julie Phillippi and Terry Oakes came up with the concept, in which 30- to 50-something singles will mix and mingle on strategically-placed beds and couches in a hotel ballroom. For more information, e-mail juliephillippi@aol.com.




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