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Find someone special at these quirky singles events and mixers.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Saved by the Bell House, July 2010

Word and the Brooklyn Kitchen's Approximation of Pi(e) Singles Mixer
The scene: Scope some cute book lovers and discuss your fondness of baked goods at this "nerd and foodie" evening: Neighborhood bookstore Word and The Brooklyn Kitchen are teaming up to host a pie-themed mixer. When you enter, you'll be asked to write your favorite pie flavor on a name tag to get conversations started. Local bar the Diamond will also offer $3 Sly Fox pilsners for the first hour of the event.
Bring your game: "Think very seriously about the kinds of pie you consider compatible with your own taste in pie," jokes Jenn Northington, event manager at Word. The actual key, she says, is a willingness to talk to new people. The Diamond, 43 Franklin St between Calyer and Quay Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-383-0096, wordbrooklyn.com. Fri 22 at 7pm. Free.

Ted and Amy Supper Club
The scene:
Let a stranger throw a dinner party for you: This gathering brings together 10 to 15 individuals for a friendly four-course gourmet meal, at the home of event coordinator and chef Kara Masi. You can register two to three weeks in advance; each night highlights a different theme, such as Turkish specialties or seasonal fare.
Bring your game:
When people sign up, Masi has everyone fill out a questionnaire. The survey is then e-mailed to each of the guests on a particular night, so attendees can learn about their dining companions. "Generally, a lot more women sign up than men. A few men have realized this, so they come back," says Masi. "People at the dinners are curious and adventurous, but they're not aggressively on the prowl," she adds. She also notes that it helps to be a daring eater. Exact location is revealed upon registration, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (info@tedandamysupperclub.com, tedandamysupperclub.com). Next events: The Great Hot Dog Cookoff, Sat 23 at 2pm; Tiki Night Feast, Wed 27 at 8pm. Suggested donation $45.

Eye-Gazing Party at Reflections Yoga
The scene:
More intimate and less New Agey than it sounds, this two-hour session pairs men and women for a half-hour lesson in the art and psychology of eye contact. Partners gaze into each other's eyes for two minutes before rotating to someone new. As event coordinator Christina Berkley puts it, "There is no talking; nothing but space, heat and electricity." The agenda also includes a few icebreaker games, plus music and mingling.
Bring your game: According to Berkley, when people go out looking to meet others, they put forth a persona they assume others want to see. Instead of deciding there are certain characteristics your partner must have, Berkley advises "[letting] your body figure it out for you before your conscious mind." Reflections Yoga Studio, 250 W 49th St at Eighth Ave, second floor (212-974-2288, reflectionsyoga.com). Register at christinareflections@gmail.com. Aug 12 8--10pm; $15.

Saved by the Bell House Dance and Benefit
The scene:
Don your favorite acid-washed jeans or blow your hair out Kelly Kapowski--style for this themed shindig. Throughout the night, DJs and a live band, the Bayside Tigers, will have you busting your best Hot Sundae dance moves to '90s tracks (ask nicely and they might even play "Friends Forever"). Admission buys you a free drink, and a portion of the proceeds ($3 per ticket) goes to the ASPCA.
Bring your game:
According to Bell House talent booker Heather D., the event is "usually about 80 percent adorable single girls, so it's a winning spot for single guys to pick up ladies." A tip for the dudes: Compliment a cutie on her scrunchie, then ask her to do the Sprain with you. If you need liquid courage, order one of the drink specials: The Bayside High Breeze and the Upper will only set you back $6 apiece. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Aug 13 at 9pm; $12 adv, $15 door.

Lucid NYC
The scene:
Aided by engaging lectures (and a free-flowing happy hour), this intellectually minded event takes place every six weeks and draws a crowd of up to 150, which cofounder Julian Boxenbaum calls "an amazing cross-section of smart, dynamic and sexy people." A cocktail hour kicks things off before presenters give three 15-minute talks on topics ranging from social media and art to sex and technology.
Bring your game: "[Attendees] are curious and interested in learning things," says Boxenbaum, who recommends using the lectures' subject matter as an icebreaker. "It's a very warm and accepting environment." Drom, 85 Ave A between 5th and 6th Sts (hello@lucidnyc.com, lucidnyc.com). Next event Sept 7 at 7pm. $15 adv, $20 at the door.

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