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Speed Dating event coming to Kennewick on July 15

A Heart to Heart Speed Dating event comes to the Tri-Cities starting at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the Roxy Wine Bar at 101 W. Kennewick Ave.

Here's how it works, according to organizer Mike Hoffman:

There are 12 tables with one man and one woman at each table who can talk about anything that pops into their heads. When the bell sounds, the men rotate to the next table and the chatting starts all over again.

Each participant has a date card with each person's name on it that is used to circle yes or no as to whether the person is interested in dating that person or not.

The tables are separated by age groups of 21-34, 35-48 and 49-58. Cost to participate is $25.

It takes about 1 1/2 hours to make the rounds to the 12 tables, and at the end of that time, the cards are turned in and Hoffman checks the cards to see who liked each other. Those matches are notified by e-mail or phone within 24 hours.

"Speed dating was chosen because of the effectiveness, efficiency and fun of the event," Hoffman said.

Heart to Heart Speed Dating was formed by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo in the 1990s in a Torah class in Los Angeles that helped Jewish singles meet. Within a year, the event spread to 25 cities worldwide and is now in more than 160 cities globally, including Seattle, Spokane and Portland.

For more information about the inaugural Tri-City speed dating event, go to

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