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Post offers variety of activities, specials for Valentine’s Day

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Published: February 4, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Feb. 4, 2016) -- Romance is in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend thanks to a variety of events and specials from Fort Rucker’s Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The events, with orientations ranging from single Soldier to family friendly, are designed to cater to Fort Rucker’s diverse demographic.

“We have a diverse community and we always want to offer something everyone can enjoy,” Janice Erdlitz, Fort Rucker DFMWR marketing director, said. “Whether you’re civilians or military, single Soldier or family, you will be able to find something to do with the many fun activities planned for this Valentine’s Day.”

The Landing offers something for every day of the Valentine’s weekend.

Sweetheart Dinner

The Landing Zone hosts a Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 12 and 13 from 4-9 p.m. Guests may customize their three-course meal by selecting from set menu options. Each guest may choose an appetizer or salad, an entrée and dessert. Sweetheart Dinner prices are $48.99 per couple and $25.99 per individual. Reservations are highly recommended as seating availability is limited.

Dueling Pianos

The Landing hosts Dueling Pianos in the main ballroom Feb. 12 and 13 from 8 p.m. until midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $12 at The Landing, The Landing Zone, MWR Central, and The Coffee Zone locations at both Lyster and the Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 5700. Tickets are also sold at the door on the night of the event at The Landing for $16. VIP tables with 10 reserved seats are also available for $150.

Combo tickets, which include the cost of the Sweetheart Dinner meal and admission to Dueling Pianos, can be purchased at The Landing for $68.99 per couple and $35.99 per individual.  Due to limited seating availability, combo ticket purchasers are strongly encouraged to contact The Landing Zone for dinner reservations.

Valentine’s Day Brunch Special

The Landing also hosts a Valentine’s Day brunch at The Landing Zone Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Couples enjoy half off a second brunch entrée with the purchase of any brunch entrée at regular price. Special entrée and dessert options will be available.

For more information regarding Dueling Pianos, contact The Landing at 598-2426. For more information or to make reservations for the Sweetheart Dinner or Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch, call The Landing Zone at 598-8025.

Valentine skate night

Youth can celebrate Valentine’s Day early during a Heart 2 Heart Skate Night Feb. 5 at the school age center, Bldg. 2806, located on Seventh Avenue. A safety skate session takes place from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at a cost of $2 per person. Regular skating takes place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person.

“There are no reservations needed and there is not a specific age range,” Christine Kessel, child, youth, and school services SAC supervisory program specialist, said. “The event is great for youth because it is a safe environment where they can meet up with friends or meet new ones.

“The skate night may be beneficial because it is cheaper than going to a skate rink off post. If they live on post, it will save on gas money, and children that haven’t skated much have a chance to come to the safety skate and not feel embarrassed because a lot of the other children are just like them,” she added. For more information, call 255-2271.

Youth Hollywood Night Masquerade Party

The Hollywood Night Masquerade Party will be held Feb. 13 from 6-10 p.m. at the youth center, Bldg. 2800, also located on Seventh Avenue.

The event is open to sixth through 12th graders (ages 11-18). No reservations are needed. The cost is free to CYSS members and members are allowed to bring one guest. Guest admission is $3 or members may bring three non-perishable items for the Food Drive.

Masks will be provided at the youth center.

“We encourage all our teens to come out to have a great time, as well as enjoy the food, music and activities,” Melissa Davis, Fort Rucker Youth Center supervisory program specialist, said. “This event allows local youth to come explore what opportunities the youth center has to offer. They can meet the staff, as well as make friends with youth here at Fort Rucker and surrounding areas. There will also be giveaways and awards for the best-dressed male and female. We invite everyone to come dressed in their best Hollywood red carpet outfit.”

For more information, call 255-2997.

Bowling specials

Rucker Lanes offers 25-cent games and 50-cent shoe rentals Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call 255-9503.

According to Erdlitz, the variety of events provides the opportunity for every age group to have fun for a while.

“We try to have special events and opportunities during every holiday season for Soldiers and their families to attend on post since we know everyone cannot go home to visit family,” she said. “Hosting events that are convenient to the needs of our patrons is very important to us. We want to make every effort to provide fun, affordable, family entertainment. We hope everyone will take advantage of the many opportunities DFMWR is offering for this Valentine’s Day.”

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