Beginners and more advanced ice skaters can take advantage of new after-school classes in Scandia this winter.
The six-week program will be taught by a trained coach and director of the Cutting Edge Skating Association.
Classes are from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11. The cost is $59.
The Learn to Skate program for beginners will cover techniques for standing up and falling safely, forward march and forward skate, one-foot and two-feet glides, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, backward swizzles and two-feet snowplow stop.
For more advanced skaters, the skills covered are backward stroking, back crossovers, t-stops, hockey stops and mohawks.
Registration is due by Friday, Dec. 27. Classes have a maximum enrollment of 15 students, so early enrollment is encouraged.
As in previous years, pleasure skating for kindergarten through sixth grade will again be offered. This program has no structure or drills; instead, volunteers Matt Rasmussen and Dana Wojtowicz provide supervision and guidance for open skating.
Pleasure skating is offered from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13.
The fee is $25; maximum enrollment is 30 students. Register by Friday, Dec. 27.
The fee for either program includes transportation from Scandia Elementary to the Wojtowicz Skating Rink at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 N. 209th St.
Scandia students must remember to bring skates and an after-school snack to school in the morning.
Helmets are also recommended. A water fountain is available in the warming house.
For more information, call Recreation Coordinator Judi Negus at 651-433-2274.