Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there are plenty of things to do around Durham College (DC) to make it special.
If you need a little help, our DC experts have offered some ideas on how to make it a great day no matter what your plans are.
Fine dining at Bistro ‘67
If you’re in the mood for a dinner date, there’s no better place to take your special someone than Bistro ’67.
As one of Canada’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants, it’s an ideal spot for your Valentine’s Day outing, combining community, local agriculture and learning to offer guests a memorable field-to-fork dining experience.
“We recommend that guests come prepared to be wowed by each detail put forth by our team to make the evening special, whether it’s the creative in-house crafted student-inspired cocktail, to the Canadian-artist based playlist filled with romantic tunes,” said Tiala Arsenault, events coordinator at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food.
There will be lots of great menu options available, but Arsenault has a recommendation for you and your partner.
“We will be featuring a prix fixe menu for two available all week until Saturday, February 17. A great stand-out on this menu is our student-made fresh ravioli with smoked trout with roasted tomato and basil cream sauce, Grana Padano, and lemon crumb.”
Follow Bistro ’67 on social media to learn more about the feature items offered on Valentine’s Day.
Students in DC’s Recreation and Leisure Services program learn to provide healthy, well-rounded lifestyle opportunities for community members to connect, play, and grow. A lot of those opportunities make for unique, fun and inexpensive date ideas, according to program coordinator Kelly Webdale.
“Go for a hike or a walk and start a snowball fight, or go skating on one of the City of Oshawa’s new outdoor rinks, or at the Campus Ice Centre, which is free for students! They even rent out skates,” she said.
Other adventurous date ideas include rock climbing, tobogganing or snow tubing.
“Remember: the couple that plays together stays together!”
If you’ve got a big date lined up, you want to look your best. DC’s Cosmetic Techniques & Management program prepares students for a career in the beauty industry, and program coordinator Rachael Authors has advice that will ensure you look stunning.
“’Red lipstick is always classic! Pick a shade that suits your skin undertone, prep your lips well, and don’t forget a lip liner to help define, prevent feathering of the colour and to help with long-wear,” she said. “Using a lip brush also helps for a more precise application. As a final step, you can always apply a little concealer with a slanted brush to clean up and sharpen the lip edges.”
Whether you’re on your own and want to treat yourself, or just need to relax before your big date, the DC Spa is the perfect place for you.
“Take advantage of our massage appointments on Valentine’s Day, as it is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety,” said Spa manager Leslie Morris.
With three open-concept learning labs, there’s plenty of room for both singles and couples to receive manicure and pedicure services.
Go to a game
If your special someone enjoys the thrill of competition, why not take them out to a game and cheer on our Lords? Though the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) regular season is winding down in both basketball and volleyball, there will soon be playoff action heating up the Lords Gymnasium at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
For more information on all of DC’s teams, visit their website.
Get a date
Looking to meet someone new? Students in the Marketing – Business program learn to promote any product or business. When you’re looking for that special someone, the product you’re offering is yourself, and you’re the only one who can make it stand out in the crowded dating game.
Marketing program coordinator Jonathan Carrigan has some suggestions on how to unleash your inner marketer and find the right person for you.
“You need to know yourself. Who are you? What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve? What are your strengths and limitations? Be honest and real,” he said.
Once you know yourself, you need to know your target market.
“Who are you looking for? Do a deep dive into understanding them and what they enjoy, what their goals are. What are they trying to find?”
The common ground between what you’re looking for and what they’re looking for is where you’ll find success.
The key ingredient, as all introverts know, is mustering the courage to risk rejection.
“You have to take that risk and put yourself out there.”
However you spend your Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s a good one.