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Local venues offer variety of romantic Valentine's Day options

There are plenty of charming events to choose from this Valentine's Day.
"Valentine's Day exploded at Kopper Top"

"Valentine's Day exploded at Kopper Top" /Steven Depolo

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What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Have we missed out a uniquely romantic or unusual event you think is worth mentioning? Please leave your comments below!. Not feeling romantic? Check out some alternative Valentine's Day happenings.

/Steven Depolo

The origins of Valentine's Day are unclear, but perhaps the most valiant tale is the one from third century Rome attesting that after Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, he decided to outlaw marriage. A priest named Valentine took issue with the injustice of Claudius’s ruling, deciding instead he would perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were revealed, his immediate execution was ordered.

The idea of a secret admirer still remains a flattering one, but it is unclear at which point chocolates, dinner and disappointment became involved. To avoid that last one, here is a collection of just some of what the city has to offer this Valentine’s Day.

The Kopper Top is a Polish restaurant located on the west side of Grand Rapids at 638 Stocking Ave NW. Renowned for its rambunctious holiday interior stylings, drop by here for a burger or your favorite Polish dish and marvel at their extravagant Valentine's decorations.

The Grand Rapids Ballet is showcasing a romantic Valentine's Day production at the Wege Theatre. "Amore & more" is a four part show, that boasts, "from the charming scenes of an Italian village to the pulsating drama of a live electric violin, there truly is something for everyone." Tickets range from $25 to $35 and are available at the Ballet Box Office or Ticketmaster.

Reserve, a restaurant located at 201 Monroe Ave. NW, hosts a Jazz Night every Tuesday- and guess what day Valentines is this year! In addition to their normal repertoire, Reserve have devised a special Valentine's menu for $30 per person.

The Circle Theater located at 1607 Robinson Rd. SE will be hosting an evening of champagne and chocolate tasting. Sweet and Bubbly will feature cocktails, dinner (gluten, lactose free and vegetarian options available), champagne and chocolate tasting, prize draws, live entertainment and dancing. Prices vary from $100-175 per couple or $60 per person, and tickets can be purchased by phone 616-456-6656 or online at seatadvisor.

San Chez is hosting its popular Dinner in the Dark this Valentine's Day. The blindfolded tastings promise to be "an experience that enhances your taste buds." The menu will not be revealed until after dinner is finished but "it consists of six tapas and alcoholic beverages that will excite your senses." San Chez warns that "no allergies, other food restrictions or special menus will be considered." Tickets are $65 per person and are available by calling 774-8272.

The Innovative Martial Arts, located at 2400 Grand River drive NE, is hosting a 90 minute aeriel arts workshop, "Valentine's Day Cirque Style!" by Aeriel4me. "Designed to be suitable for everyone regardless of experience, this 90 minute workshop will guide you through fun and playful exercises in a supportive atmosphere. While going through partner exercises on the hoop, silks and stretching, couples will practice communication, trust and how to give attention to each other." Cost is $20 per person. To register for this event, e-mail [email protected].

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