Wild Jungle Love, Penguins, Doomed Romance – NBC Bay Area

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Penguins wearing bright red hearts, ostriches in the midst of passion (or at least procreation), doomed romance, and the dangers of metallic balloons — if you’re looking for a quirky Valentine’s Day, the Bay Area is the place to find it. .

Whether they are in a relationship, single or not, platonic, tectonic or Masonic, animal, vegetable or mineral (well, maybe not mineral), there is a Valentine’s Day event for everyone near the Bay. Like love, selection can be dizzying; here are some samples.

Who could resist a penguin playing Frisbee? Well, it’s not quite Frisbee, but visitors can watch waddles grab red felt hearts to line their nests at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park starting Saturday and run (or walk with penguins) until Monday, Valentine’s Day. The birds will grab the hearts (and presumably the heartstrings of visitors) at 10:30 a.m. every three days, and people can watch for a fee.

The urge to run a mile in your underwear in cold San Francisco in February with thousands of people is undoubtedly a mystery to some, but irresistible to others. With a deep understanding of this phenomenon, the Children’s Tumor Foundation empowers people to do it for a good cause.

The cause: finding a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that affects one in 3,000 children. The race, dubbed Cupid’s Undie Run, starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Red’s Java House at Pier 30, so strip down and get on there -down – after signing up and paying the $45 fee, ie.

Although the LGBTQ community is ubiquitous in the Bay Area, and thus hardly out of place, love is what LGBTQ is, and Valentine’s Day is all about love. One way to celebrate all three is to head to Rockridge BART for Queer Valentine’s Day Sunday in Oakland around 2 p.m. (departure times are staggered at Rockridge BART from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.).

The event is presented as a neighborhood excursion. From the College Avenue station, visitors will get a map at the bottom of the escalators and can walk up College and Claremont Avenue, where Valentine’s Day, Poetry and Serenades will be in progress. The walk ends at John Muir Middle School with an outdoor dance party. Everything is free.

We all know the dangers of love, including a broken heart. However, the hearts themselves, at least the metal exploding ones, can cause damage if they come into contact with power lines. Lovers can lose their hearts of flesh and blood on Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to those metallic hearts, Pacific Gas & Electric asks people not to let them go. “Make sure they are securely attached,” the utility urged in an announcement Friday.

Speaking of losing your heart, people who regret the day they did have many options for bitterness and remorse this Valentine’s Day. We’re not sure exactly what that says about the Bay Area, but there’s an anti-Valentine party and doomed Valentine’s Day show in Oakland, and at least one similar event in San Francisco.

The Love Sucks Valentine’s Day show takes place Saturday night in serene Petaluma, known for its rural vibe and friendly people. Well-named bands from the heavy metal and indie-rock lineup include Mind’s Eye, Ignoring Olivia, Losers Lees, Echolyptus and New Beau. The event is at the Phoenix Theater on Saturday night and admission is $10.

For those not recovering from a broken heart or existential boredom, the Wild Jungle Love tour at Safari West is a sure bet for a good time. The annual Valentine’s Day event showcases the animals’ mating habits, though visitors are not guaranteed to catch them in the act.

Instead, a guide provides entertaining narration as participants navigate the African-themed Santa Rosa Wildlife Reserve. The cost to visit is $175, the event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and there have been instances of ostriches greeting visitors in courtship mode – albeit from a safe distance.

Speaking of safe distances, it’s a good idea to check the different event websites for details on COVID-19 protections and protocols so you arrive prepared. And have a great Valentine’s Day!

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