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Daddy Daughter Ball travels under the sea

“Beautiful Blue” is the theme of this year’s Daddy Daughter Ball, now in its 13th year, with a dance to take fathers and their daughters on an adventure under the sea. The event is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive.

Open to all ages, including grandparents and grandchildren, the event includes dancing, music, games, refreshments and desserts. A professional photographer will be on site for commemorative photos. The Castle Rock parks and recreation teen advisory group will host a fundraising raffle with prizes for daddies and daughters.

Tickets are on sale at the Castle Rock recreation center, online at CRgov.com/ddball13 or by calling 303-660-1036. Advance tickets are $25 per resident couple, $30 for nonresidents, and must be purchased by Feb. 15. Admission at the door is $35 per resident couple, $40 for nonresidents. Tickets for additional family members are $8 each.

For more information, contact business analyst Kristen Trbovich at 720-733-2284 or ktrbovich@CRgov.com.

Love of a Lifetime celebrated at Bonaventure

Bonaventure of Castle Rock Retirement celebrates couples with the Love of a Lifetime celebration. The event is courtesy of Bonaventure of Castle Rock with a free evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate all couples and give special recognition to those celebrating a 50th, or more, wedding anniversary.

The Love of a Lifetime celebration is at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Bonaventure of Castle Rock Retirement, 1855 Low Meadow Blvd. Couples and their families are invited to come and enjoy dinner, dancing, desert and a chance to win a sparkling diamond pendant. For more information call 303-681-3752.

Spring into reading with library program

Douglas County Libraries’ 2013 Spring Youth Reading Program, “Batter Up!” begins Feb. 15. Readers ages 12 and younger are invited to visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org to register for the program and pick up a log to record time spent reading at any branch location. Pre-readers may listen to others reading aloud.

Return the logs with 12 recorded hours of reading to select a free book for the home library. Readers who complete the log can enter a drawing for one of six prizes from Timbuk Toys. Reading logs are due at the library by April 12. Prizes are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last.

‘Ready, Set, Adapt!’ brings zoo animals

Douglas County Libraries welcomes staff and animals from the Denver Zoo for “Ready, Set, Adapt!” The program features live animal discussions about how animals’ traits and evolutionary adaptations help them survive in the wild. “Ready, Set, Adapt!” is free and suitable for all ages with preregistration. To register, call 303-791-7323 or visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org.

Program dates and locations are:

10 and 11:30 a.m. — Feb. 16, Lone Tree; Feb. 23, Philip S. Miller, Castle Rock; March 2, Roxborough; March 9, Parker.

10 a.m. — March 16, Castle Pines.

1 and 2:30 p.m. - March 23, Highlands Ranch.

Master gardeners offer series of classes

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation and the CSU Extension/Douglas County Master Gardeners offer a series of gardening classes as a growing-season guide. Classes are the second Saturday of each month from March through September at CALF's Ag Barn at Lowell Ranch, 2330 S. I-25.

The cost is $5, payable at the door, and includes breakfast. Learn from experts in a classroom setting and visit a CALF garden to practice gardening skills.

All classes begin at 8 a.m. The first class, using seeds or transplants, is March 9. Future classes include choosing soil amendments, all about tomatoes, and organic pest control methods. For more information visit www.theCALF.org/gardening-classes.html.

Elementary students benefit from nutrition grant

Douglas County School District nutrition services received a grant from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools to add 16 new salad bars for DCSD elementary schools.

The district’s nutrition services operates as a self-sustaining profitable enterprise to offer meals and a la carte food items to DCSD students and personnel while supporting the DCSD community with resources which promote optimum learning and wellness. For information about nutrition services, call Janelle Jones at 303-818-6849 or janelle.jones@dcsdk12.org.