‘High Five' Your V-Day Weekend

We are winding down the week and people are thinking about their weekend plans.  Check out the "High Five" spots to be this weekend provided by our friends at Shindy.TV.

Number 1:

Who:  Anti-Valentine’s Day Casino Night “Don’t Gamble on Love”

What:  Forget gambling on love this Valentine’s day. Gamble to help kids instead. With this event, proceeds benefit "It’s All About The Kids," the local cause that works tirelessly to help less fortunate children. Enjoy the swanky Stingaree club, including their tasty appetizers, plus sushi from "Sushi on a Roll". You’ll also enjoy hosted EFFEN Vodka Cocktails from 8-9 pm if you RSVP in advance, plus the sounds of DJs Scott Roberts and Brent Bartell. All this plus $250 in Charity Gambling Chips, a chance to win prizes, and a silent auction with just a $20 door  donation. It’s the perfect way to show your love — to children who will really appreciate it!

When:  Thursday, 8 p.m.

Where:  Stingaree, 454 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.  (619) 544-9500

Web: antivalentinesday.eventbrite.com

Number 2:

Who: Valentino Gondola Wine Tasting

What: The Gondola Company has created San Diego's most unique wine tasting venue. Glide through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays on an authentic Venetian gondola with sommelier Kurt Kirschenman. Your experience will include a tasting flight of six wines and complimentary chocolate covered strawberries.

When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where:  The Gondola Company, 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, California 92118

Cost: $85 per person

Web:  gondolacompany.com 

Number 3:

Who: Don Quixote at the San Diego Opera, opening Valentine’s Day!

What: An Impossible Dream:  Can an eccentric, elderly knight capture the heart of the woman he adores?  This poignant opera brings to life one of the noblest gentlemen in all literature – Don Quixote.   Romantic and idealistic, he sees Dulcinea not as she truly is, but as the ideal of womanhood.  With loyal Sancho Panza at his side, this soulful “knight-errant” sets off on a quest – fighting windmills he believes are "giants", escaping bandits, and risking death – to win the love of his idolized Dulcinea.  It’s the consummate love story, and a perfect experience to share with the one you love, opening appropriately on Valentine’s Day.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: San Diego Opera, 18th Floor, Civic Center Plaza, 1200 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-4112, (619) 533-7000

Web: sdopera.com

Number 4:

Who: Celebrating 20 years of Great Beer

What: Love might fade in relationships, but never for beer!  Spend your Valentines Day celebrating 20 years of great beer from a San Diego brewing institution, Karl Strauss!  This year marks the 20th anniversary of Karl Strauss's arrival to San Diego. They were the first brewery here since prohibition, and it’s safe to day they’ve brewed a revolution here, all for the love of handcrafted beer. Hamilton's Tavern, the little South Park bar with a big beer selection, will be hosting this amorous event with a variety of specialty beers on tap and a special cheese pairing with a Chocolate Oat Stout on cask. All Karl Strauss Drafts's $3.50 from 5 pm-8 pm!

When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Where: Hamilton's Tavern, 1521 30th Street, San Diego CA 92102

Web: hamiltonstavern.com

Number 5:

Who: USA Sevens Rugby Tournament and International Festival

What: The USA Sevens tournament is the largest rugby event in North America, showcasing two days of non-stop electrifying rugby, teamed with an International Fan Festival extravaganza and a weekend of endless entertainment. Watch as 16 nations battle it out in 44 matches from Saturday morning to Sunday night.

Complimenting the action is live musical entertainment, a beer garden, food from around the world, unique merchandise and more.

It's a weekend of non-stop rugby action at PETCO Park – one of America’s most spectacular stadiums located in the heart of the vibrant downtown area. When the sun sets the celebration continues, as fans head to the famed Gaslamp Quarter to enjoy one of the hundreds of bar and restaurants.

This incredibly exciting sport, while lesser known in the states, electrifies the entire world. See what all the excitement is about this weekend!

When: Saturday and Sunday - 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101.  (619)795-5000

Web: usasevens.com 

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