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Valentine's Day roundup

Wondering how San Francisco celebrates Valentine's Day? Here's a roundup of a few San Francisco-centric events of the day: 

Women 2.0 is celebrating this lovely day with a pitching conference. Instead of speed dating, it's a "speed-mentoring" lunch, where entrepreneurs can meet up with more seasoned techies and VCs to get feedback. The guest list includes Alexa Andrezejewski of Foodspotting and Leah Busque of TaskRabbit. 

At YogaWorks and UFC Gym, free kickboxing classes for singles and heart-opening yoga with your mate are a guilt-free ways to get your heart racing today. Both are open to the public.

Former mayor Willie Brown and Wilkes Bashford will walk it out at the Go Red Strut event at Union Square, put on by the American Heart Association. The event, sponsored by Macy's, raises awareness about heart disease among women. Some heart disease survivors will also be on the catwalk. Bonus: The panel of judges includes San Francisco's publisher, Steven Dinkelspiel. 

Royal Exchange, the financial district pub, is hosting its first ever Singles Appreciation Day--aka SAD--Party. Happy Hour will feature drink specials that start at $3 (have yourself a "Quickie" or "Love Stinks") and "love" bites for $4.95.

 

We've been covering dating and romance in the Bay Area quite a bit in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. Here's the scoop from a couple of experts and one savvy reporter:

Q&A: Howaboutwe.com's Scott Alden dishes on dating online and off.

Locals, including a matchmaker, talk about their romantic histories in The Players: Romance in a New Economy.

What really happens when you leave your heart in San Francisco? Sheerly Avni reports: It's the Economy, Cupid.