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Unusual places to find a date

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Find your next date

Feel like you've looked high and low for Mr. Right? Maybe you've just been looking at the usual suspects in the usual places.

Find your next date

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then you should consider changing up your dating routine and avoid the looney bin. Here are five unusual places to find a date this week.

A kickball game

You've tried finding a guy at football, basketball and baseball games, but those guys were more interested in watching the action on the field than off. Instead, check out your local municipal leagues of the more participatory and light-hearted variety -- like kickball.

"It's a great sport for people who don't take themselves too seriously," says Nicole Medvec, 27, sponsorship coordinator for Mall of America, who started a kickball team for mall staff employees last year. "It's a game that anyone can play but still allows you to be competitive."

Playing a silly game together fosters laughter and a feeling of togetherness, as opposed to heightened competitiveness -- or at least it should. You'll be able to tell quickly if the guy you have your eye on is fun or aggro.

Charity events

Yet another reason giving back is a great idea: Charity events are full of datable men. Not just for smug marrieds, philanthropy has become a professional networking opportunity for both men and women. Pick a cause that you care deeply about, then throw yourself into it with abandon. You'll be surrounded by same-minded men with good hearts who want to help out as much as you do.

The library

You wouldn't think the library would be a hot social hotspot -- what with the whole "silence is golden" thing -- but this municipal mainstay is a great place to meet brainy local guys. It's a much better option than the bookstore. Think about it: The guys you see at the bookstore usually are gathered around the magazine racks, while the guys at the library are looking for real books that they actually want to read! Bonus if you find them planted in front of your favorite author's row.

The driving range

Single women generally don't flock to the driving range -- making it the perfect place for you to find a date. You don't need any special equipment or experience. Rent some clubs at the range and scope out the scene for a cute guy. Next, ask him for advice on improving your swing. Since men love to show off their athletic prowess, he'll rush to your aid. Scout your location well first, though. The driving range next to a retirement community probably won't have the demographic you're seeking.

The dog park

Looking for a guy who's caring, nurturing and down to earth? Look no farther than your local dog park. You'll find tons of guys bonding with their BFFs (best furry friends). Hey, at least you can be sure they're responsible enough to keep a dog alive. Start the conversation with an interesting prospect by asking about his pooch and go from there. Just make sure you have a dog yourself for this one -- otherwise, you're just a weird dog stalker.

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