Zoe and Waverly Hodge demonstrate how to make salt art. Every girl who attends the Sweetheart Dance will get to make and take home a salt art creation, one of Mix it Up!’s many products. The creations contain sea salt, epsom salt, sodium bicarbonate, fragrance and essential oils. | Alison James

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It’s all fun and games

Published 11:47am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sweetheart dance to benefit special needs playground

A night of dancing and fun is just a few weeks away for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade and their special dates.

The Sweetheart Dance is geared toward girls and their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other male family members, and it will be held in the Dadeville Elementary School gym.

“Everybody I’ve talked to is so excited about it,” said Wendy Hodge with Mix it Up! at Lake Martin, who is spearheading the event.

In addition to benefiting Mix it Up!, the dance will also help fund the special needs playground that is a work in progress at DES – an effort that hits close to home for Hodge.

“I have a little cousin – Sam – who was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born,” Hodge said. “We think about things when it affects our family.”

Tickets to the dance, which will be Feb. 22 from 6–8 p.m., will be $25 per couple, plus an extra $15 for each additional child.

Cost includes a 5×7 professional photograph, Italian ice punch, cupcakes, a bath salt art project the girls can make and take home and of course, dancing to kid-friendly music provided by Tara Burdick.

“It’s going to probably be a lot of Disney channel, a lot of fun stuff on the radio,” Hodge said. “It’s going to be good.”

Girls can dress up as fancy as they want, but Hodge said fathers, grandfathers or uncles may dress more casually, if they prefer – no tie required.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Lisa Hurley, who teaches a special education class at DES.  “She has got a lot of really neat activities planned for the evening.”

Hurley said they are also excited about what this means for the special needs playground.

“The outpouring of support from our community has just been absolutely amazing,” Hurley said. “We’re still a good way from our goal, but we are getting closer every day.”

Hodge said she hopes to raise a lot of money through the Sweetheart Dance to help advance toward that goal.

“It’s going to open up so much for these kids,” Hodge said. “They’re going to be able to do stuff on this equipment that they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.”

Sign up forms are available at Mix it Up!, at DES and online at www.mixitupatlakemartin.com. Forms are due Feb. 21 at DES or Mix it Up!. For more information call 256-825-6408.

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