By Jaxon McGinn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Coaldale is gearing up for the holiday season, with many significant events coming this week.
Coaldale had its very first Glow in the Dark Christmas Skate at the Coaldale Arena from 12-3 p.m. this past Saturday.
The skate saw dimmed lighting and special effects, and admission to attend the event was free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kinette Club of Coaldale. Glow necklaces and bracelets were complimentary from the Town of Coaldale.
“This year, I wanted to make sure we were able to hold an event because it is always so well attended, so with us and other events in the last couple of years, I started thinking outside the box and just came up with the idea for a Glow in the Dark Skate, so I discussed it with a few of my colleagues, and they loved the idea so here we are,” said Cindy Hoffman, manager of Community Services.
Coaldale Arena has been running public skating since the start of September. The Coaldale Arena has many events like Parent and Tot Skate on Monday and Thursday, Parent and Tot Hockey is on Tuesday, and public skating is Friday-Sunday.
Throughout the event of Glow in the Dark Skate, a mask was required in all areas of the arena except when on the actual ice as per the current provincial mandate.
Proof of vaccination, negative test taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption is required for all adults aged 12 years and older at the arena.
“When I had spoken to my colleagues, they were just really excited about it, and they were coming up with all sorts of ideas for it as well, and I think we even talked about doing something for Halloween maybe next year. But we will see how it goes. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun so I’m hoping we can move this forward,” added Hoffman before the weekend.
For further information about community events, you can visit Coaldale’s website at coaldale.ca.