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Need a creative way to spend Valentine's day? Look no further!


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As winter gives way to spring, we will soon find ourselves embraced by the charm of Valentine's Day, a delightful holiday nestled in between the changing of the seasons. Valentine’s Day used to be only celebrated by mainstream coupledom, but these days it serves as a reminder that love has many forms and there can be a myriad of ways to celebrate it as such. You can see celebrations of romance, friendships, pets, self, and for some, the shared love of hating Valentine's day. Even still, you can't help but feel the love as you pass elaborate chocolate displays and pink-themed storefronts, friends and couples alike getting ready for a night out on the town or to simply watch the latest romantic comedy.


Regardless of your preference on how to spend February 14th, it is always interesting to note and acknowledge how various creative industries utilize the day. Take the music sector for instance which innovatively unites people through platforms like Spotify. Now, you and your partner can curate a Spotify Blend Playlist, intertwining your musical tastes and even getting compatibility scores based on your preferences! In the realm of fashion, February sees independent and large retail shops adorn storefronts with splashes of pink, red hearts and specialty displays. Some major fashion and jewelry designers create specialty collections, such as Kate Spade's 2024 Love Collection and Swarovski's Wonder of Love. The film industry is no stranger to Valentine's Day celebrations. In addition to the slew of romantic comedies released this time of year, some cinemas, theaters and streaming services are organizing showcases where they offer a curated selection of movies around a theme such as love & romance.


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As you can see Valentine's Day has a significant impact on creative economies, and as ardent students of CCI, we thought it would be fun to point out some creative ways to celebrate the day.


The Drive-in Experience! 

The drive-in! An age-old yet seemingly new approach to enjoying movies, all from the cozy appeal of your car. The concept dates all the way back to 1933 when Richard Hollingshead, driven by a creative mission, devised a solution for his mother. According to the New York Film Academy, the drive-in was born to cater to individuals who found it challenging to fit into traditional movie theater seats and sought a more comfortable alternative. It was an innovative way for people to comfortably experience movies. 


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If you’ve never been or are seeking a fresh experience, head on over to The Drive-in this Valentine's Day. Bring along your coziest pillow, thickest blankets, favorite takeout, and candy, all in the hopes of experiencing a unique movie-watching adventure. 


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Dancing Lessons? Anyone? 

Have you ever wanted to master the art of dance and become an absolute beast on the dance floor? Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and get on movin! Whether you're accompanied by a friend or your significant other, you're bound to have a ball! As the realm of dance beckons with possibilities, be it salsa, jazz, or (my personal favorite) the country two-step,  there is no excuse. Instead of dwelling on self-pity, seize the moment, create lasting memories, and let the rhythm guide you!


For additional information on lessons near or after Valentine's Day, visit Arthur Murray Dance Studio


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Unleash Your Artistry! 

Southern California is so rich in creative forms of expression, it is no wonder that there are so many ways that you could celebrate romance while also taking part in art and artistry.


Pottery

Handcrafting a beautiful piece of pottery can be a fun and bonding experience. Whether you opt for a solo venture or choose to go with a partner, this activity is sure to broaden your horizons. Seize the opportunity to create your own artistic masterpiece and share it with your cherished ones. Embrace the unknown with courage and curiosity, and be sure to explore this compilation of pottery classes offered in SoCal!


Painting/ Jewelry

Whether you enjoy painting or crafting jewelry, the Orange Circle provides excellent opportunities for you to showcase your creative abilities. Make sure to explore the Potting Shed to improve your watercolor talents! But, if you're interested in enhancing your jewelry collection, visit The Dragonfly and craft your own unique succulent jewelry. This is the perfect day to practice patience, enjoy some quiet, relieve tension, and express your creativity. 


(Be sure to visit their websites for information on schedules and dates!)


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The day of the Galentines!

Valentine's Day offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the bonds of friendship, with a special emphasis on cherishing female friendships and the strength of womanhood. This year, consider organizing a Galentine's event with your CCI friends! Whether you choose to glam up or keep it casual, it's a perfect occasion to reflect on the beauty of friendships, baking delicious desserts, or enjoy watching a classic romantic comedy together.


If you're looking for movie recommendations, look no further: Real Simple has compiled a list of the best Valentine's Day films for every mood! 


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Of course, Practice Self- Care

On a day filled with love, it's crucial to extend that love to ourselves. If you prefer spending the day alone, that is perfectly great; indulge in activities like reading a book, preparing your favorite meal, applying a face mask, or watching a movie. Prioritize your mental health and self-care, and recognize that your path is unique and valid. Every individual has a distinct journey, so embrace yours. However you decide to spend the day, ensure it brings you joy.


On February 10th, Chapman Wellness and Recreation is hosting Valentine’s Pilates at 10:30am. You’re encouraged to register on Recportal, wear valentine’s colors, and indulge in the sweet surprise after the class!


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There you have it folks! If Valentine's Day is something you plan on celebrating this year, we hope that we have offered you some creative ideas, and inspired you to think about how even cupid influences CCI. Remember if you decide to partake in any of these activities share them on our Instagram or through email! Lastly, Happy Valentine’s Day Panthers! 

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