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Dads and daughters can dance the night away [Clarksville]

Just in time for the month of love, a Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb.10, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane. Oak Ridge Community Church will host “To the Moon and Back,” which includes dinner, dancing, games, door prizes, an ice cream bar and a free daddy and daughter portrait. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at oakridgecc.org. Questions can be sent to fatherdaughter@oakridgecc.org.

Have you heard about painted peg dolls, the latest crafting trend? Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, handmade from wood with a simple body and an enlarged painted head. Local artist Josie Whitmore-So will lead a workshop on how to paint faces on peg dolls. Participants can create a doll of a favorite person, character or pet. The class will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Clarksville Commons community room. The workshop includes one wooden peg doll, painting supplies, a take-home tutorial and light refreshments. Cost is $20 for ages 8 and up. Additional dolls may be purchased during the class for $5. Purchase tickets at lunarbungalow.bigcartel.com. Send questions to josie.whitmore@gmail.com.

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The Clarksville Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its first country breakfast of 2018 on Sunday, February 11, from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes pancakes and eggs, breakfast meats, toast and beverages. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors over 55, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children under 5. For more information, visit fdvfd.com. Additional breakfasts will be held on March 4, April 15 and May 6.

The River Hill Boosters will host its annual mattress fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the school cafeteria. At the one day sale, name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest will be available for up to 50 percent off retail prices. Mattresses will be set up on display for testing at the school. Purchases benefit the boosters and athletics program.

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Make a date with a worm this Valentine’s Day. Your child will fall in love with dirt as they learn about earthworms and composting from Howard County Master Gardener Barbara Schmeckpeper. The Tyke Time event, which includes a snack, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m., in the Clarskville Commons community room. To register, send an email to family@medomakcamp.com.

Kudos to Pointers Run Elementary School for recently participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. This week-long event encourages students to perform as many acts of kindness as possible, both at school and at home. Students, teachers and families were provided a checklist of examples of kind acts. They accepted the challenge and went about showing how kindness can make a difference. Examples of the cheerful tasks included helping younger students, saying thank you to volunteers and smiling at dozens of people. The Great Kindness Challenge is a national bullying prevention program that aims to improve school climate and increase student engagement. Studies show that kindness creates happiness, increases self-esteem, improves relationships, boosts health and is contagious. You can learn more and take the challenge at thegreatkindnesschallenge.com.

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