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February 8, 2013

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From page 5 may have never have been to a candlelight dinner at the Ristorante Villa Portofino or taken a roman- tic stroll on the Green Pier, but plenty of their progeny have. As long as there have been people on the planet, February has been the month wherein the Sun shines for significantly longer than the shortest days in December. Young and old alike, we feel the change and we instinctively become more hopeful about the future. We are reminded of the power of love and romance in our life. It becomes time again to take a chance and reach out to one we love, no matter whom we are and -they might be. And so in February, we have Valentine's Day and a way for us to express to someone that we not only care about them, but how wonderful life is with them in the world. We express our Valentine's Day thoughts and feelings in dif- ferent ways at various stages of our life. We are taught about it though, from an early age. Kindergarten school children are often encouraged to exchange Valentine's Day cards with class- mates, not as a romantic expres. sion, but to acknowledge that we are all potential friends. In a per- fect world, everyone in kindergar- ten would get a Valentine's Day card from someone and share in the goodwill that signifies "The Love Month?' Fast-forward to adulthood and Valentine's Day, and how it is expressed takes on many forms. Most of all, it is an opportunity -b for grownups to show they.are not too busy, too rich or too poor to take the time to tell someone they are special in some romantic way. In our Corner of the world, there seems to be an infinite number of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day and the spirit of what it stands for. That being said, Valentine's Day offers a challenge for every- one to express the holiday in his or her own way. For some folks, a gift of dia- monds is the only thing that Will cut it for Valentine's Day. One man might give his wife an affordable diamond each year they are mar- ried. Such a gesture is usually seen as very romantic. It also ensures the couple has a dependable nest egg. Who says you can't be practical and roman- tic at the same time? Besides, the universe is full of paradoxes that work side by side. Why else would opposites attract? For some, Valentine's Day means going out and enjoying some kind of romantic activ- ity. This could be as simple as a moonlight walk along the sand at Descanso Beach. If the tide is right, you might catch a glimpse of Marilyn Monroe's spirit still walking along the water's edge there, as ~ome Say they have. As it would still be February, the night air is still a little chilly. So what else will you do but hold each other tight? You might like to take an eve- ning cruise with friends to Two Harbors and toast the night with champagne at the Harbor Reef restaurant. A romantic evening for some peop!e might mean locking up thehoUse or condo and making in Avalon Commiunity Tfeatre is ready to perform "Arsenic and Old Lace" in the Casino Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 10. The cast is made up of all adults in the Awlon community. The evening will include a pre-curtain VIP party with hors d'ouvres prepared by Avalon's Chef Greg of Island Caterers ant an open bar for beer and wine. Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for for students. The cost for the show only is $15. There will alsobe a silent auction. The money raised from the event will go toward Avalon students to be able to visit Broadway this summer in the pngram titled "Avalon Goes Back to Broadway." Seen above is a recent dress rehearsal. For more information, call (310) 510-1745. Photo by Renee Pantoja reservations for a hotel, or other hideaway for the night. Perhaps your idea of rommce is to take a trip overtown f~r the evening. You'll go to a phce where you don't have to worr' about making up the bedding il the morning and there is eithe room service at your fingertip~, or you could bring your own botle of wine and preferred snacks. 3r perhaps you take a trip to the nainland stay at the bed and breakfast suite offered by O'Malley's on Main in Seal Beach. Such a rendezvous could be preceded by a night on the town. You could hire a lime and ride to a classy entertainment venue such as the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts--what some refer to as the Carnegie Hall of west OrangeCounty. Afterwards, perhaps you go for a nightcap at a place that has music, and if your feet are still happy you can twinkle your toes together on the light fantastic. Romance may also have its whimsical side. For some, a Valentine's Day date could be as simple as a romantic evening at home in Avalon and in the morn- ing, leaving one red rose on a pillow with a card that says just three words. For this Valentine's Day edition of OC Prime, we'll help you figure out what those words should be. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, February 8, 2013 ! 11