The Top: Seven UCR-inspired Valentine’s Day ideas

Love is in the air at UCR with all of its Valentine's Day activities

A part of Love Week at UCR, the Student Recreation Center is partnering up with the Well to offer a Valentine’s Day themed cooking demonstration on Feb. 14! Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

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Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events. Don’t know what you’re going to do for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we got you covered! This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring the best date ideas inspired by Highlander Pride. Celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year the UCR way!

If you have a favorite spot you’d like featured or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu

1. Botanic Gardens

With more than 3,500 plant species from around the  world, there is plenty to see at the UCR Botanic Gardens.  Photo By: Bethanie Le

With more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, there is plenty to see at the UCR Botanic Gardens. Photo By: Bethanie Le

Take a romantic stroll at UCR’s Botanic Gardens together. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, couples can enjoy each other’s company while gazing at the beauty of the gardens.

2. Partner Yoga

Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

On Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m., Love Week is bringing back partner yoga. Come with a friend or loved one to experience a heart-opening, spirit-connecting session where you will build strength, balance, and deep oneness.

3. UCR ARTSblock

The California Museum of Photography, one of the three components of UCR ARTSblock.

The California Museum of Photography, one of the three components of UCR ARTSblock.

Whether its the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery or the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, UCR ARTSblock has more than enough exhibits, photographs and art for you and your loved one to admire.

4. “Measure For Measure”

The show will take place on Feb. 14 at 8:00 P.M. in the Studio Theatre, ARTS 113.

The show will take place on Feb. 14 at 8:00 P.M. in the Studio Theatre, ARTS 113.

On Valentine’s Day, UCR’s Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production is putting on “Measure for Measure,” a play by William Shakespeare that defies the traditional rules of comedy with complex themes of justice versus mercy and sex versus love. The show will take place on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, ARTS 113.

5. Hike the ‘C’

The view at the top of the "C." Photo By: Robert Gonzales @thepuzzled1

The view at the top of the “C.” Photo By: Robert Gonzales @thepuzzled1

Feeling adventurous? Then, why not go hike the hallmark of all UC campuses — the “C!” Located at the very top of the Box Springs Mountain, the “C” at UC Riverside is the largest and topographically highest “C” in the UC system! If you and your partner are up for the challenge, hiking the “C” together will be a rewarding experience for the both of you!

6. Cook for your Love: Cooking Demonstration

Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

Photo Courtesy of UCR Student Recreation Center

A part of Love Week at UCR, the Student Recreation Center is partnering up with the Well to offer a Valentine’s Day themed cooking demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. Come and learn how to make a heart-shaped pizza, mozzarella cheese-filled hearts with roasted red pepper pesto, chocolate ravioli hearts, chocolate-covered strawberries and heart-shaped white chocolate bites.

7. UCR Men and Women’s Basketball Game

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Men's Basketball Game on Valentine's Day!

UC Riverside vs. UC Irvine Men’s Basketball Game on Valentine’s Day!

Cheer on the UCR Men’s Basketball team as they face the UC Irvine Anteaters on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Show your Highlander love by celebrating Valentine’s Day with your team, Scotty and the Spirit Squad. Plus, students get a free T-shirt.

And don’t forget to show support to the UCR Women’s Basketball team; they are playing at UCR Irvine on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The team is on a five-game winning streak. UC Riverside junior guard Brittany Crain (No. 23) is this season’s star player, ranking fourth in the nation in scoring this season, with 24.0 points per game. Crain is one of 30 candidates for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, an honor presented annually to the top women’s collegiate point guard in the nation.

Big West named Crain the Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played Feb. 2 to 8.

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