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Valentine’s Day: Something for everyone

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Published: February 6, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (February 6, 2014) -- Celebrating Valentine’s Day isn’t just for newlyweds, shy high school students and new couples in the mushy stage of love – everyone can board the love train because Fort Rucker has numerous activities planned for everyone in love, whether that love is for mom and dad, husband and wife, or friends.

Like all holidays that only come once a year, all types of people cherish special time spent with loved ones and there are several events planned this year that will bring Families together, give parents time to themselves and give teenagers a chance to have a special night of their own, said Kristi Fink, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

The Sweetheart Dinner at The Landing Zone will be held Feb. 14 from 4-8 p.m. The meal features three courses for $23.95 a person. Patrons will choose their meal from a set menu and reservations are recommended.

“This is something different that people can experience. They can have a special meal and then get some entertainment in one night in one building,” said Jonathan Kelley, Landing Zone general manager. “It’s made to be a longer meal so people can spend more time together, it’s nice to have a special evening out with your partner without the kids.”

Kelley said that three-course meals are not often offered in the area, especially when paired with a romantic atmosphere.

“The Landing Zone does a great job each year with this event,” said Brian Jackson, DFMWR program manager. “This is very convenient for military Families on post as they are getting quality service and food right here at Fort Rucker.”

After eating, patrons can walk down the hall and attend Dueling Pianos at The Landing’s ballroom. The event will be held Feb. 14 and 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight so everyone can have a chance to attend, said Jackson, adding that the show is appropriate for ages 16 and older.

“The show is very interactive and well received, and is geared to both couples and groups of friends,” said Fink. “The entertainers perform a variety of songs from different genres, and a majority of the songs are decided by the audience members.”

Patrons can dress casually or formally and will be provided cards and pencils to request their favorite songs from the entertainers.

“At times, audience members may be asked to come up on stage for anniversaries, birthdays or just to dance,” Fink continued. “It’s a great chance to socialize with other military Families, and the entertainment is rare to see here at Fort Rucker.”

Patrons are allowed to come and go during the event, and are not required to stay the whole four hours, said Jackson, but he said most patrons like to stay.

“It wouldn’t hurt to bring a few bucks to make sure your song is chosen,” he said. “For those that have never attended Dueling Pianos, it’s very informal, it’s almost like a party. It’s rare to be a part of a fun, energetic show with friends and Family.”

Tickets are $12 a person until 4 p.m. Feb. 13, and $16 at the door. VIP seating is also available for $150, which seats 10 people. For more information, call 598-2426.

When the adults are off having their own date night they won’t have to worry how the children are handling the holiday. Child, youth and school services hosts a Valentine’s Day Dance at the youth center from 6-10 p.m.

“This is a chance for teens to get out of the house since parents will be doing their own thing,” said Heavenly Hunter, youth center workforce preparation specialist and administration assistant. “They can do something unique, not school related, and just meet new friends.”

There will be contests for the cutest couple and for life of the party. Teens will also have a chance to celebrate with dancing, arts and crafts, photo opportunities, snacks, games and prizes. The dance is open to all CYSS members ages 11-18. Guests are welcome to join in for a $10 fee.

“They should wear fun, dressy outfits, such as Sunday best or creative costumes,” said Hunter, adding that there will be chaperones all night long.

For more information, call 255-2271.

CYSS will also hold an event for Families – the Heart-to-Heart Skate Night at the school age center Jan. 7 from 6:15-10:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and parents get in free.

“I think it’s a good Family activity. It can be a fun way to relieve stress for parents and kids, and a fine way to celebrate of love of Families,” said Vender Tabb, program director, adding that skating is a fun and easy way to promote exercise for children who don’t know how to skate yet.

The school age center can provide roller stakes to patrons, who are asked to wear red, white or pink in celebration of the holiday.

“Children enjoy it because they are getting to play with their friends, and the music we play is popular music on the radio,” she said, adding that people will have chances to win giveaways and contests.

There will also be an activity table where children can make a Valentine craft. For more information, call 255-9108.

There is even plenty of love to go around for mom and dad this Valentine’s Day, too. The Center Library holds its Family Valentine’s Day craft making activity Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The event is open to children ages 3-11 and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 255-3885.

“Children will be making a foam craft of a bumble bee or a bear,” said Shannon Singell, library technician. “It’s a good Family activity because most of the time the children ask their mom or dad to be their valentine and give the craft to them.”

But there are times when mom and dad need time work on themselves, so Army Community Service is hosting a Five Love Languages Workshop Feb. 14 at The Commons, Bldg. 8950, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop, according to ACS officials, is aimed at helping couples identify their love language and learn how to communicate in meaningful ways. Registration is required by Feb. 11.

The workshop is free and open to active-duty and retired military, DOD employees and their Family members. A light lunch will be provided. To register, call 255-3898.

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