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CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza

Dates: NPolar Plaza 2015ovember 21, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Times: Open hours vary
Location: Tollefson Plaza, Tacoma

CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Returns for its 5th Year! CHI Franciscan Health returns with organizing partner the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) this November as presenting sponsor to Tacoma's only open-air ice skating rink, back for a seven-week run at Tollefson Plaza. The CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza has become a wintertime gathering place for the community to exercise, have fun, and learn to skate. Many visitors make memories that last a lifetime. CHI Franciscan has been proud to partner with the Tacoma Art Museum for the last five years in sponsoring Polar Plaza, said Dianna Kielian, vice president of Mission with CHI Franciscan.

The plaza provides area families with a fun, healthy way to be active together. We hope everyone will come out this year and experience all the activities Polar Plaza has to offer. For more additional action to the rink, the TAM welcomes additional partner Metro Parks of Tacoma. For the community, this means more public activities, more opportunities for private skating, and an even more festive feeling in Tacoma's downtown. The rink welcomes all ages. Those who are new to ice skating can gain confidence by using double-bladed skates or skate aids (a walker for use on the ice) for stability. Samantha Kelly, TAM's Director of Education, is pleased to see the rink return. Exercising our bodies benefits our creativity and enhances our cognitive abilities, besides making us feel better overall. The rink is a great way to teach children the benefits of a fun and active lifestyle. TAM's mission is connecting people through art, and with the ice rink, we also get to connect people through sport. We welcome skaters to stop into TAM and stretch their creative skills in the TAM Studio, too.

2015 Special Events on the Ice: Opening Celebration: Saturday, November 21 Highlight: Sunday, November 22, a visit from the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team! Skate with the team and Cool Bird from 2-4 p.m. Children's Skate Lessons: Each Sunday from 10 a.m. - noon, coordinated by the Children's Museum of Tacoma; registration availability to come via the Children's Museum website. Rhythm & Ice: Live music concert series, 7-9 p.m. Saturday nights, presented by the Weekly Volcano. More events to come: check for details.

Register buttonJingle Bell Rock 5K Fun Run

Date: December 5, 2015
Jingle BellsTime: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Ft. Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Avenue Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98498

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online

Dig out your favorite elf hats, Santa beards, striped stockings, and other holiday-themed costumes to the annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K Fun Run presented by St. Clare Hospital! Everyone is welcome, including dogs, so bring the whole family and get your jingle on (bells provided) at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park. For those with children, a one-mile course to walk or run is available; the majority of the course is on dirt trails. Free T-shirt (while supplies last) and swag bag with registration!