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Daddies and daughters dance the night away while mothers and sons save the day

Airway Heights Park and Recreation Department hosts annual family events


Al Stover

Robert Brown and his daughter Alecia move on the dance floor during the Daddy Daughter Dance at the Sunset Elementary School Gym, Feb. 15.

The sound of Frank Sinatra filled the air as fathers and daughters walked on the red carpet into the Sunset Elementary School gym where stars, streamers and balloons were scattered all over the walls.

Airway Heights Parks and Recreation put on their third annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Sunset, Feb. 15. The theme of the evening was "A Night in Hollywood."

Fathers wore dress shirts and ties and their daughters displayed dresses, as the disc jockey played music ranging from classical jazz to current music. In addition to dancing, fathers had the chance to make crafts and get portraits taken with their little girls.

Robert Brown and his daughter attended the dance for the first time. Brown said that it was his daughter who wanted to come.

"It's fun," Brown said. "She likes to dance and I like to dance."

As fathers and daughters were dancing the night away, mothers and their sons were at the community center, participating in the third annual Mom and Son Fun Night.

Al Stover

Melanie Bauestrazze and her son Austin make paper airplanes to throw at the alien mother ship during one of their missions at the Mom and Son Fun Night, Feb. 15.

Families were tasked with "saving the city from an alien invasion" and participated in various games such as destroying alien eggs (throwing darts at balloons), sending airplanes at the mother ship (tossing paper airplanes through hoops) and blasting adult-sized aliens (shooting foam projectiles at alien-shaped balloons). They also made alien brains and orbs (slime and bouncing balls) to gain intelligence on the invaders.

Once the missions were over teams received a message from City Manager Albert Tripp, who thanked them for saving the city.

Melanie Bauestrazze came to the event to spend some quality time with her son Austin. They thought it was fun and enjoyed the alien attack game.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services supervisor Andrew Gardner said the father and daughter dance sold out for the third year in a row. As for the mother and son fun night, Gardner said that they also sold out.

"We look forward to putting on these two events as much as everybody around here," Gardner said.

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