Skate rink open for the season

first_imgPALMDALE – Southern California natives and cold-clime emigrants alike can glide across an ice rink set up under the stars at Marie Kerr Park. The second annual Winter Wonderland features a rink that is about 70 percent larger than last year’s to accommodate more skaters. “The one concern/complaint we had last year was we didn’t have enough room for people who wanted to skate,” said Kevin Younkin of Clear Channel Radio, the sponsor along with Re/Max All-Pro. Winter Wonderland’s 50-foot-by-80-foot ice rink, which opened Friday, will be open daily through Dec. 21 at the park, on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West. Some 5,000 people skated over 11 days last year, he said. This year’s event will run two days longer. Antelope Valley Performing Arts Conservancy will provide the volunteers to staff the rink. Among other holiday events today: Palmdale’s annual Christmas parade with about 120 bands, floats, car clubs, youth groups and other entries will begin at 10 a.m. on Palmdale Boulevard at 20th Street East and run west to 10th Street East. Following the parade will be a holiday festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Poncitlan Square on 9th Street East at Avenue Q-9, featuring holiday music, children’s games and crafts, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Metrolink’s Holiday Toy Express Train, decorated with 30,000 lights and featuring a musical show, will start at 5 p.m. at the Lancaster Metrolink Station at Lancaster Boulevard and Sierra Highway. The train will pull into the Palmdale station off Sierra Highway south of Technology Drive at 5:45 p.m., and will be at the Acton/Vincent Hill station off Sierra Highway south of Angeles Forest Highway at 6:30 p.m. The Lancaster High School a cappella choir will perform at the Lancaster station before the train’s arrival. Palmdale High School’s chamber choir will perform at the Palmdale station. Los Angeles County firefighters will be at each station collecting new unwrapped toys for their Spark of Love toy drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The cost will be $8 for a one-hour session, including skates. Sessions start at 2:30 p.m. weekdays; the last session is 8:30-9:30 p.m. On weekends, the rink will open at noon, with the last session 9-10 p.m. Each session is a half-hour apart, to give time for the Zamboni to smooth the ice. Tickets for each day’s sessions will go on sale one hour prior to the first session. Individual tickets will not be sold before the day they are to be used, but group tickets can be purchased in advance and private parties scheduled by calling Kyra Kinsey at (866) 476-2532 (ITS-CLEAR). Beside the rink will be a Santa’s Village offering live entertainment and booths selling food, handmade arts and crafts and other items. Last year’s 40-foot-by-60-foot rink could accommodate about 80 or 90 skaters at a time, Younkin said. This rink will be big enough for about 150, Younkin said. last_img

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