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Shake it Up!

Feb 01, 2015 01:23PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

By Julie Ross

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day comes around every February and the pressure is on.

Weary of hearts and chocolates? Here are four ways to shake it up this Valentine’s Day, whether you are single or half of a couple.

 1. Cupid’s Undie Run – I’m With Cupid. You are invited to join hundreds of half-naked runners for a one mile-ish run in your underwear. This fundraiser started with the goal of raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Last year, $2.8 million was raised in 30 cities worldwide. Who knew so many people liked to run in their underwear in the middle of February? As the website says, “Pants drop this February. Be there.” Cupid’s Undie Run begins at Pedro’s Cantina in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14. Doors open at noon, the run starts at 2pm, and an after-party goes late into the evening. Singles, couples, and teams welcome. Register online at

 2. Watson Adventure’s Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt. You are welcome to search for nudity in art this Valentine’s Day at the Legion of Honor art museum in San Francisco. Come scrutinize provocative paintings, sultry sculptures and more. Not an art expert? Don’t worry. The website states “No previous experience with art or nudity is required.” The hunt begins at 2pm on February 14. To buy tickets, go to or call (877) 9GO-HUNT.

3. ValenSTEIN’s Day Beer Pong Tournament. Singles are encouraged and couples are welcome to attend this Valentine’s Day event at the Pyramid Brewing Company in Berkeley. Tickets include a ValenSTEIN’s Day beer stein and one fill-up, with discounts on refills. Beer pong balls, cups, and water are provided for free, thank heavens. The fun begins at 6:30pm on February 14. Purchase tickets at $5 from every ticket will be donated to Project Open Hand. For ages 21 and over.

4. Kiss and Tail: An Evening of Wild Romance. Looking for something closer to home? Enjoy the “tails” of wild animal romance at Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Sip a glass of wine (our friends at Climbing Monkeys Winery in Martinez will be coming to pour!) and nibble delicious sweets as you learn amazing courtship rituals from the animal kingdom. The Kiss and Tail event will be held at Lindsay on Thursday, February 12 (a couple of days before Valentine’s Day) from 7-8:30pm. For tickets, go to Lindsay’s website at, or call (925) 935-1978. Hope to see you there! For ages 21 and over.

 Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and happy February!


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