Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, and once again, the days leading up to this extraordinary celebration of true love and relationship bliss is defined by inviting glances from your significant other, intrigue about how they’ll wow and amaze you this year, frantic strategizing for the perfect romantic evening, and of course, the annual mad, insane, last-minute dash for flowers and candies and gifts to show just how much you truly care about your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse.
Yes, love and the shelling out of some serious cash is in the air.
Jaded? No, not in the least.
For those of us without a significant other, February 14th can often evoke feelings of frustration, anguish, and heartbreak, as memories of fizzled relationships are resurrected, and the onslaught of PDAs among passersby and couples replace any sense of self-worth or optimism about finding your soulmate with all-consuming dread, anxiety, and loneliness—a true “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” indeed.
Don’t be discouraged! This post is here to help those not yet basking in the glow of mutual affection who are still out there searching for their perfect mate. True love and happiness is very real, and extremely attainable. You are special. Love abounds for all. Never give up hope.
You must believe this. Here is a brief list of some singles-oriented Valentine’s Day events taking place this weekend on Long Island for those ever-searching for their elusive soulmate. May you find the love of your life!
Find Your Valentine Dinner Dance Party
Dinner, desserts, dancing—this special pre-Valentine’s Day even includes an Asian wok demonstration! The Plainview Marriot’s Terrace Room transforms into the ultimate incubator for love as singles jive the night away on the dancefloor to the tunes of a bumpin’ DJ, participate in ice-breaker games with prizes, and utilize Date Match Cards to connect with potential soulmates! There’ll be fresh tomato-and-mozzarella apps, chicken and/or beef wok feasts with Asian vegetables and scintillating desserts including chocolate-covered strawberries! Hot hot hot! Bring a friend and get $5 off the price of admission. Hosted by 7 in Heaven Singles Events. Residence Inn – Marriot, 9 Gerhard Rd., Plainview. 631-592-9804. 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. $39 ADV/$44 DOOR. Feb. 11.
Love sushi? Singapore-style Mei Fun? Salmon? Feast on delicious Chinese and Japanese delights as you make lasting connections at this extraordinary singles meet-and-greet dinner! Hosted by the Singles Association of Long Island. Shanghai Gourmet Chinese & Japanese Restaurant, 2993 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. 516-465-3953. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $28. Feb. 11.
Singles 35 to 49 (women) and 38 to 52 (men) can have up to 15 dates each at this extraordinary relationship-building event designed to foster connections in a brief amount of time! Is she for you? Is he for you? Do you believe in love at first sight? First impressions are everything, and there’s no better time than the present! Hosted by Weekend Dating. Wow. Acacia, 371 New York Ave., Huntington. 516-908-9638.7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $40.75. Feb. 11.
Pride Valentine Dance
This LGBTQ Valentine’s Day Party will surely include couples and a whole lotta singles, too! Enjoy a full-course buffet with dessert, raffles, giveaways and more! DJ Nikki Lions will be spinning the hits, along with a special live singing performance by Dorothea Demar! Fun fun fun! The Living Room, 432 N. Wantagh Ave., Bethpage. 516-466-0212. thelivingroomli.com 3 p.m. $20 ADV/$25 DOOR. alipuma.com Feb. 12.
Love The New You Expo
Do you want to improve your life? Sure, we all do. Will self-improvements help you meet that person of your dreams? It couldn’t hurt! This phenomenal event features life and relationship experts with the advice and guidance you need to improve your life, with helpful tips on everything from health and dating to hobbies and spiritual navigation. There’ll also be free samples, coffee and tea, prizes, and more than three dozen assorted vendors! Come to mingle. Come to elevate yourself. Come to perhaps even meet your soulmate! You just never know. Hosted by 7 in Heaven Singles Events. Simplay, 180 Commerce Dr., Hauppauge. 631-592-9804. Noon – 5 p.m. Free! Feb. 12.
Winter Meet & Mingle
Enjoy fine Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine and drinks while meeting other singles at this pre-Valentine’s Day mixer, where good vibes and the potential for lasting love are always on the menu! Perhaps you’ll meet your soulmate and return between Feb. 13 and 16 to share Fhoo’s extraordinary Valentine’s Day Special: a romantic three-course prix fixe feast for $27.95! Only one way to find out! Hosted by Long Island Jewish Singles. Fhoo Sushi Asian Bistro, 294 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre. 631-421-5835 ext. 543. $10. Feb. 12.
Pre-Valentine’s Day Match-Up Mingle
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Eve among fellow singles enjoying Mexican food appetizers, meet-and-greets, personality mixers, DJ music, and free raffle giveaways for dinners! Muy bueno! Hosted by 7 in Heaven Singles Events. Cabo Restaurant, 3A N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre. 631-592-9804. 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $5. Feb. 13.
Remember, singles: True love is out there, somewhere!