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Luaus planned for single adults to celebrate Valentine's Day

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SALT LAKE CITY — The idea of singles having fun on Valentine's Day or attending a February luau in Utah may sound like implausible notions, but both will be a reality on Feb. 13, when the Holladay Region Single Adults Council throws its second-annual midwinter event.

The large-scale activity for singles 31 and older will take place at two locations, one for singles 31-45, and another for 45-year-olds and older.

Duane Millard, who co-chairs the council with his wife, Glenda, said he hopes to get 800 people to show up for the event, which features a catered dinner, Polynesian show, dancing and speed dating. Millard said the activity should further the council's goal of exposing those who attend to an "endless stream" of new faces and people.

The Holladay council is a pilot program of the church designed to encourage and facilitate socializing and friendship through large-scale events. The organizers never let events go on too long without a break for conversation.

"There's never more than 60 minutes where there isn't some mingle or interaction," Millard said.

So far, the activities have attracted singles from Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada in addition to people from Utah.

"We invite the world," Millard said.

The cost is $10 at the door, but if that proves to be a financial burden, singles can contact Millard for other options.

e-mail: mfarmer@desnews.com

What: Midwinter luau

Who: Singles 31 and older

When: Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Ages 31-35 — at the Holladay South Stake Center (4917 S. Viewmont); ages 45+ at the Winder West Stake Center (4551 S. 1200 East)

Cost: $10 at the door

More info: www.slc-sa.org, or call Duane Millard at 801-706-5082