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Anti-Valentine's Day events in NYC for the single who still want to mingle

Valentine's Day can either thrill or annoy you, and if it bothers you, there's not much you can do to escape the sickly sweet love songs and heart-shaped box of chocolates that fill every Duane Reade and Walgreens.

But there is hope: some bars, shops and venues are keeping the single and the disenchanted in mind and throwing anti-Valentine's Day events, Galentine's days (thanks "Parks and Rec"), solo dinners and other things to do on Feb. 14 that don't require an S.O.

We’ve rounded up of some of the best events around the city that will be sure to make your Valentine's Day the opposite of corny or lonely.

Cupid Goes Commando at Refinery Hotel: A Study in Portraiture (Feb. 14)

Don't sit at home this Valentine's Day. Learn
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Don't sit at home this Valentine's Day. Learn how to draw a chiseled six pack. This twist on the paint and sip class swaps out the bowl of fruit for a live, semi-nude male Cupid. Live jazz will play as you draw and crafted cocktails will keep you company as well as unlimited wine and a chocolate fondue fountain. ($60, 7 p.m., Refinery Hotel,  63 W. 38th St.,  refineryhotelnewyork.com)

Shred your ex's photo for a free drink at The Seneca (Feb. 14)

The Seneca is hosting a Valentine's Day party,
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The Seneca is hosting a Valentine's Day party, where you can shred a photo of your ex for some catharsis and a free beer, cocktail or wine. Finally, someone who understands. For those who want to stay for dinner, there is also a prix-fixe menu for two, plus wine, for $80, which includes handmade pasta, shrimp cocktail and a deluxe sundae. (6 to 10 p.m., 582 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood,  thesenecanyc.com)

Solo dining at Dirt Candy (Feb. 12-16)

The ladies at Dirt Candy, chef de cuisine
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The ladies at Dirt Candy, chef de cuisine Amanda-Lee Chesley and executive chef Amanda Cohen, want everyone to feel comfortable while dining for Valentine's Day so they're throwing their annual Solo Diner's Week. For those who want to forget about the "smug marrieds" and treat themselves, Dirt Candy is offering a whopping one-person, seven-course meal for $80, which starts with a glass of bubbly and ends with dessert. They are promising "a meal to remember." ($80, 212-228-7732, dirtcandynyc.com)

Jackrabbit's anti-Valentine's Day run (Feb. 14)

Run off the hurt and do something positive
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Run off the hurt and do something positive for yourself by participating in this 5.5-mile race that starts and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Runners get hot cocoa, refreshments and a chance to win some Stance socks, a pair of Brook Ravenna 10 and other prizes for $5 per raffle ticket. (Free, 6:30 p.m., 151 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)

Remember the good old days at Arlene's Grocery (Feb. 14)

Things seemed simpler in the 1990s. Arlene's Grocery
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Things seemed simpler in the 1990s. Arlene's Grocery is channeling the decade with a throwback party on Valentine's Day, where guests are encouraged to wear their '90s attire as they enjoy the sights and sounds (pop, hip-hop and R&B) that shaped the '90s. (Free, 10 p.m., 95 Stanton St., eventbrite.com)

Galentine's Day Crafting at The Strand (Feb. 13)

Head to The Strand's rare book room for
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Head to The Strand's rare book room for a night of hanging with the girls, making bookmarks and cards for your galentine. You can bring your own supplies but there will be some there to use while they last. Half the proceeds from your ticket will go toward Drink and Draw Like a Lady. ($10, 7 p.m., 828 Broadway, strandbooks.com)

F--- Love at the House of Yes (Feb. 14)

It's time to throw your feelings on love
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It's time to throw your feelings on love out the window and just have fun. House of Yes is putting on a party that'll incorporate live performances, music, matchmakers, kissing booths, relationship therapists, divorce attorneys, tarot readings, Champagne, roses and more. ($15 for priority entry all night, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com)

Run a Valentine's Day 5K (Feb. 16)

Express real love this Valentine's Day by running
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Express real love this Valentine's Day by running for Project Hospitality, an organization that helps the homeless and hungry by providing food, clothing, shelter, health care and training. The race will take you on a scenic tour of Tottenville on Staten Island. ($30-$35, 10 a.m., Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St., Staten Island, completerace.com)

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