RENO, Nev. -- Romantic dinners, roses and chocolate are great for Valentine's Day if you have a special someone, but probably not if you're single. You don't have to be in a relationship to enjoy it and still spread the message of Valentine's Day: love.
"I don't really have romantic plans for valentine's day this year because I don't have a real love interest," said one Reno resident.
"My niece actually wrote me a card and she's like will you be my valentine check yes or no, I was like yes," another Reno resident said.
If you're feeling excluded on Valentine's day, you're not alone. Even couples feel the pressure to show their love, but there's some relief.
Great Basin Taps and Tanks is throwing and anti-Valentine's Day party for people who want to be band the romance.
"People can just have fun and mingle with other people who are having fun with stupid cupid night," Don Darue, Great Basin Brewery Commissioner said. "We'll have dartboards out and people can put up pictures of their ex or people they may be stalking. Might be fun for those who want to thumb their nose at all the squeaky romance and have a good time."
If you really don't want to be alone on valentine's day, share it with a furry companion.
For those who can't find the love of their loves, adopt one. The Northern Nevada Humane Society (NNHS) is offering furry speed dating. Eligible cats and dogs are asked to put their best paw forward to find their soul mate.
"Pets bring unconditional love and support when you need it most. They're there when you need them and they also know when to back off," Kimberly Chandler, NNHS Director said. "There's a personality in each animal that is a right fit for somebody out there."
There are also other things to do:
-Take your parents out to dinner, after all, a family's love trumps all.
-Pass out roses in a public place, you might even make a new friend.
-Bring the love to the workplace. Bake some homemade treats to show them how much you care.
"A lot of times relationships really don't last as long and your friends are always there for you, so spend that time with them and just do something you all enjoy," one Reno resident said.
Furry Speed Dating starts at noon and will go until 3 p.m. Once you're done finding your match-made-in-heaven, head over to Stupid Cupid from 3-10 p.m.