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Ice rinks open in advance of Family Skate Night

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Both Carbondale ice rinks (at 4th and Main Streets downtown, and the Gus Darien Riding Arena on Catherine Store road east of town) were up and operating last week, reported Town Manager Jay Harrington in his Dec. 30 memo to the Board of Trustees, town employees and other recipients.

Skate rentals are available at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center (CRCC, 567 Colorado Ave., next to town hall), and rink schedules and updated closure notices can be found at the recreation department website (www.carbondalerec.com).

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For those eager to learn to play hockey, the town offers classes for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 14 years, while adults are invited to take part in the Carbondale Broomball League which plays on Wednesday and Friday nights in January (registration for the league ended on Dec. 30, however).

The annual Family Skate Night at the 4th Street Plaza rink is set for First Friday evening (Jan. 6) from 5:30-8 p.m., with free skating along with a bonfire, hot dogs, marshmallows and hot chocolate. Rental skates are available at the CRCC.

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Harrington repeated his earlier pleas that people not walk on the ice surfaces in street footwear, as “they bring dirt and road salt onto the surface and both of those destroy our ice skating surface.”

Other recreation programming continues at the CRCC, with “Motion Mondays” and “Wild & Whacky Wednesday” pre-school  programs in the mornings on Mondays and Wednesdays in the gymnasium space.

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The wintertime Youth Basketball League, for boys and gives in grades 3 to 6, are underway, and practice schedules can be found at the recreation department website. Games are expected to start the week of Jan. 16 and continue through the end of February, when there is to be a valley wide tournament featuring teams from Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs. For information about the league, contact Jason Thraen at 510-1279, or email him at jthraen@carbondaleco.net.

In addition, Harrington wrote, registration is open for a winter Adult Coed Volleyball league, the wintertime Pickleball League (and tournament). Available to the public also are drop-in basketball games (Wednesday evenings) soccer games (Friday evenings) and pickleball games (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Saturday mornings). Schedules for these activities can be found on the rec. center website.

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