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Four New Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Skip those dinner reservations.

Looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? (Men, it's coming up on Feb. 14.) Here are four, well, unusual options that may tickle your fancy:

  1. Animal Instincts: Make your reservation at the Pittsburgh Zoo for dinner, cocktails, and an adults-only presentation by Henry Kacprzyk, who will reveal the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating. Event held Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and costs $75 for non-members. Click here for more information.
  2. Cupid's Chase: Run with your heart this Valentine's Day by running the Cupid's Chase 5K Run on the North Shore on Feb. 9. The race supports Community Options, Inc.—a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment support for people with developmental disabilities. Click here for registration information.
  3. Bloody Valentine: Enjoy a non-romantic horror-themed event on Feb. 9 at the Crowne Plaza that will feature food, drink, music and games. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is open to singles and couples 21 and over. The evening begins with a comfort food buffet. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of “blood” (Sangria). Other planned activities include a Shredathon—bring a picture of your ex to put through a shredder—and a horror trivia contest featuring questions on films with a love-gone-bad theme. Suggested dress is casual, horror-themed apparel. Click here to get tickets.
  4. Red is Dead Anti-Valentine's Day Party: Celebrate being hot and single, and enjoy some time to mingle. Stop by Olive or Twist on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. There's a $5 cover, but if you bring a picture of your ex and shred it at the door you get in free. There will be a live DJ, hors d'ouerves and drink specials.

What did we miss? What other local Valentine's Day celebrations are going on? Tell us in the comments below.

Carrie Weaver January 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Your teens and young children will want to celebrate too! The Peters Township Public Library is hosting a Teen Valentine's Day Party on Wednesday, February 13 from 7-8 p.m.. The Children's Department has planned "Love You: A Valentine's Storytime" for kids and parents on Thursday, February 14 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Call the library at 724-941-9430 for more information.
Roger January 24, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I thought Valentine's Day was to celebrate the romantic love between two people. When I see things like "intimate secrets of exotic animal mating, "... picture of your ex to put through the shredder ...," "... picture of your ex and shred it ...," and " ... running ... to develop housing and employment ...," I wonder how we could stray so far off course. The shredding task is much more about revenge that celebrating love between two people. Running for a cause is great, but to celebrate love between two people, ...? Really? Perhaps even Valentine's Day has been mushed into a generic reason for something, having lost its meaning. This has become par for the course. We just use some "Day" to do what you want to do, for your selfish reasons, without regard for the initial intent. Shredding a picture of an ex, ... oh my. What are they thinking?
Becky Brindle January 24, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Thanks for the addition! Sounds great!

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