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No Valentine? No problem! Orange County has a variety of events perfect for singles or those who just want to spend time with friends. Each event has its own unique flair and offers the chance to try something new and exciting. You might discover a new favorite band, learn some dance moves or begin to pursue a passion for wine. Whatever your fancy, each event offers the chance to have fun with friends or make some new ones.
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(The Observatory OC via Facebook)


Hepcat/Enjambre
The Observatory
3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 957-0600
www.observatoryoc.com
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.

What better way to spend an evening than by enjoying some great live music? Hepcat is a ska and reggae band from LA with sounds that hearken back to the early days of Jamaican ska. Their smooth rhythms ensure a mellow vibe that will leave you feeling positively great. Also playing, in the Constellation Room within the Observatory, is Enjambre, a band from Mexico bringing contemporary rock beats and promoting their 2014 album “Proano.” For guests who want to add something a little extra special, VIP rooms with bottle service can be arranged in a variety of options.

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(credit: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)


Frisby Cellars Winery Tasting Room
Frisby Cellars Winery
20331 Lake Forest Drive, Suite C-3
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 243-6691
www.frisbycellars.com
Date: Feb. 14-15, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Since 2008, Frisby Cellars has offered Orange County a taste of its exquisite wines, and this Valentine’s Day the tasting room in Lake Forest is open. Wine tasting is the perfect place to go with a friend or a group to sample and learn more about wine and to just have fun doing something different. This is also a great opportunity to meet new friends with common interests, or simply develop your own knowledge and enthusiasm for a new hobby.

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(Credit: Atomic Ballroom)


Ballroom/Waltz/Country Dancing
Atomic Ballroom
17961 Sky Park Circle, Suite C
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 250-3332
www.atomicballroom.com
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.

This Valentine’s Day, get the heart pumping and feet moving with beginner ballroom lessons, waltz technique or country dance practice. Dancing is a fun way to get some exercise, meet new people and it may just become your new favorite thing to do. The owners and instructors at Atomic Ballroom are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful, so there’s no need to feel bashful if you’ve never danced before. Dance lessons are the perfect opportunity to try something new with friends or make new ones while you’re there, and this Valentine’s Day is a great time to start.

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(credit: Gabe P./Yelp)


Tom Papa
Irvine Improv
31 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-5455
www.irvine.improv.com
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day can be a real downer for many people, but not when it’s a night at the Improv. Tom Papa is a celebrated stand-up comedian, actor and radio show host who has worked alongside some of comedy’s greatest, including Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano. Laughter is the best medicine, and for anyone feeling sick of sweet talk or tired of feeling blue, Tom Papa will have you laughing out loud and feeling great. The show is sure to make anyone smile, and after the show at the Improv, there’s still much more fun to explore at the Irvine Spectrum.

Related: Best Restaurants In OC With Live Music

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(Credit: Amanda T./Yelp)


Sunday Brunch Orange County
American Junkie Newport Beach
2406 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92630
(949) 675-4444
www.americanjunkienb.com
Date: Feb. 15, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Whether you went to a concert, took some dance lessons or just sat around the house on Valentine’s Day, Sunday brunch the day after at American Junkie will brighten your morning with mimosas, champagne and bloody marys. In addition to bottomless drinks, the brunch menu is mouth-watering, and the restaurant overlooks the gorgeous Newport Harbor. Sunday morning in SoCal is the perfect time to enjoy food and drinks outdoors, so grab a group of friends and lounge out on the deck and bask in friendship and fun in the sun.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.