About the only person in this world who thinks I'm a great dancer is my 21/2-year-old daughter.

Luckily, I don't think she will realize I'm horrible until she's about 3 years old, so my window of opportunity is right now to take her to the Daddy Daughter Dance at Robert Livermore Community Center on Feb. 8. I figure I can tire her out on the dance floor from 7 to 9 p.m., and she'll fall peacefully asleep on the car ride home. I think this early Valentine's celebration put on by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is a great opportunity for some early childhood memories and pictures. There will be a DJ playing oldies. The $20 ticket gets you refreshments as well.

This wonderful event is a great way for a dad to bond with his daughter, and I'm glad LARPD is putting it on. I'm sure there will also be plenty of other girls around for my daughter to meet. Who knows? I might end up standing against the wall again just like in middle school. Last year was the first Daddy & Daughter dance, and Moe Kline, a recreation supervisor with LARPD, said it was a great success. Kline estimates that about 150 people came to last year's dance.

"Some dads got really dressed up," said Kline. "One dad was in a tuxedo, and many of them were wearing ties."

LARPD also held a mommy-and-son dance in October, and plans to hold one again this year. Kline said moms are encouraged to stay home for this event and allow it to be a father-daughter bonding time.


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"It's nice to see dads have little dates with their daughters," said Kline.

Call 925-373-5700 or go to www.larpd.dst.ca.us/ for tickets. Tickets are not available at the doors, so make sure to get them soon. About 100 have already been sold.

Fundraiser: On Feb. 9, the Valley Humane Society, which helps pets in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, is holding its Just Like New Valentine Crab Feed. Tickets are $50 for the event that will be held at the Shannon Center, 11699 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Your ticket gets you fresh crab, pasta, Caesar salad, dessert, wine, beer and soft drinks. There will also be a raffle and auction.

The fundraiser will help support the Just Like New fund that provides financial assistance for pet owners who cannot afford to provide care for their sick or injured pets. For details and ticket sales, call Cindy Ferrin at 925-323-8517 or go to valleyhumane.org.

Contact Patrick Brown at pbrown@bayareanewsgroup.com.