FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Romance is in the air this Valentine's Day weekend thanks to a variety of events and specials from Fort Rucker's Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The events, ranging from single Soldier to family friendly, are designed to cater to Fort Rucker's diverse demographic.

"We have a diverse community and we always want to offer something everyone can enjoy," Janice Erdlitz, Fort Rucker DFMWR marketing director, said. "Whether you're civilian or military, single Soldier or family, you will be able to find something to do with the many fun activities planned for this Valentine's Day."

DUELING PIANOS

The Landing hosts Dueling Pianos in the main ballroom Feb. 10 from 8 p.m. until midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $12 at The Landing, The Landing Zone, MWR Central and The Coffee Zone locations at both Lyster and the Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 5700. Tickets are also sold at the door on the night of the event at The Landing for $16. VIP tables with 10 reserved seats are also available for $150.

"I'm hoping families will take advantage of the DFMWR specials and events planned this month," Erdlitz said. "We're super excited about bringing back some top quality entertainers for our Dueling Pianos event. If you've never been to a show, it's so much fun. The energy and excitement of the performers is amazing.

"You'll definitely find yourself singing along to songs before you know it," she added. "Dueling Pianos is one of those fun events, where you can go with a group of friends, or just yourself, or you and your spouse, you're going to have fun. This is a great time to enjoy some quality time to make memories.

According to Erdlitz, another great aspect of the evening is the special dining experience offered by The Landing Zone.

"So, you enjoy a fabulous dinner before the show and then head down the hallway to the ballroom for Dueling Pianos," she said.

BEFORE THE SHOW

The Landing Zone invites the public to celebrate early with a pre-show dinner, prior to the Dueling Pianos. The dinner features a special prime rib Evening with several steak size options, including a king cut 16 oz. for $25.99 and a queen cut 12 oz. for $21.99, or a salmon dish for $19.99. Additional menu items will be available, including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork sandwiches, brisket, chicken tenders, fries, salads and more. Reservations are highly recommended. Seating availability is limited.

Since Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday, couples will have an additional opportunity to dine out for the big day.

"We try to create opportunities for couples to take advantage of on this special day," Erdlitz said. "Offering special dining options here on post makes it more convenient for families to enjoy a night out. We know it's a special evening and The Landing does an amazing job at pulling together a truly speculator three course meal dining experience."

SWEETHEART DINNER

The Landing Zone hosts a Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 14 from 4-9 p.m. Guests may customize their three-course meal by selecting from set menu options. Each guest may choose an appetizer or salad, an entrée, and dessert. Sweetheart Diner prices are $48.99 per couple and $25.99 per individual. Reservations are highly recommended. Seating availability is limited.

For more information regarding Dueling Pianos, contact The Landing at 598-2426. For more information, or to make reservations, for Sweetheart Dinner, call The Landing Zone at 598-8025.

OTHER EVENTS

Valentine's Day Craft

Center Library will host a Valentine's craft session Feb. 7 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for children ages 3-11. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited to the first 40 children to register. The event will be Exceptional Family Member Program friendly and open to authorized patrons.

For more information or to register, stop by the Center Library or call 255-3885.

Unromantic Poetry Night

In honor of Valentine's Day, Center Library will host its Unromantic Poetry Night reading contest Feb. 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Winners will be decided by the audience. All ages are welcome to bring their most unromantic poetry and participate. The event will be open to authorized patrons and be Exceptional Family Member Program friendly.

For more information, stop by the Center Library or call 255-3885.

Valentine Day riverboat cruise

MWR Central will host a trip to Montgomery for a romantic dinner cruise aboard the Harriott II Feb. 11. The cruise will include transportation, roses, surf and turf dinner, commemorative glass, live entertainment, and dancing. The cost is $200 per couple. The trip will depart from the parking lot of Bldg. 5700 at 4:30 p.m. Boat boards at 6:30 p.m. and cruises from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call 255-2997.