By Ali Renckens

Roses and chocolate, candlelight dinners and walks along the beach have become a stereotypical Valentine’s Day. Couple who have been together a few years or young couples who may want to consider something new may be interested in these active Valentine’s Day and date night activities.

ReelSimpleCaptain Ric Liles, a native of Florida, has been fishing in the Tampa Bay area for over 40 years and has been a fishing guide for 10 years. Couples can book a ½, ¾ or full day trip on his boat for a chance to catch trout, redfish, flounder, shark and more. “I think it’s a good couples activity because most of the time, I see couples working as a team instead of the normal competition that can exist between spouses. I think this is because they want fresh fish for dinner and really don’t care who catches it,” Captain Ric observed. His expeditions launch from Ruskin. Call 645-6623 or visit to book your trip!

Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life. Instead of rolling pin copyrolling pintaking your date to a romantic dinner once a year, why don’t you learn how to make her a lovely dinner and enjoy some delicious meal with her at the same time? On February 14 and 15, at 6:15 p.m., Rolling Pin offers “Love at First Bite,” a demonstration-style cooking class, which means that attendees are not required to cook themselves, just sample the delicious food produced. Rolling Pin Executive Chef Dave West will teach participants how to make Paloma Cocktail, Lobster and Grapefruit Salad, Salmon en Croute, Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato and Pancetta, Creamed Spinach and Baby Kale and chocolate cake with Apricot Cognac sauce. This event will be held at the gourmet demonstration kitchen in Brandon, at 2080 Badlands Dr. Registration is available online, in-store or over the phone; check out or call 653-2418 to register or for more information.

AdventuresArcheryWhat better way to celebrate being shot by Cupid than with an archery lesson? At Adventures Archery, located at 2210 S US Highway 301 in Tampa, you can take a beginner class for $15 (including equipment rental) or intermediate classes for $10 (personal equipment required) or, plan to spend an hour shooting at 3D targets for just $9. Call 664-8700 or check out their Website ( for more information.

As Danny Kaye averred in White Christmas, “The best things
happen while you’re dancing.” Tatyana Frost has been a professional dance instructor in the US since 2000 and her studio, The Way 2 Dance, located at 610 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, offers lessons in feisty salsa, lively swing or spirited TheWay2Danceballroom dances. Spend the day with your loved one learning these dances…and try to keep off his/her toes! Call 966-4788 or peruse their Website for class schedules.



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