Rockford Skating Club offers free holiday show on ice Dec. 21

Staff Report

Rockford Skating Club will present “Snowflakes on Ice,” a holiday ice skating exhibition, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park, Illinois. Admission is free.

The Rockford Skating Club is asking audience members to bring a canned good for the Salvation Army.

This all-local show will feature skaters of all ages and levels, along with Makala Arn, a Stillman Valley teen who has been skating in Rockford since she was a tot and still practices in Rockford, although she currently supplements her lessons by commuting into the suburbs to work with the legendary Santee brothers.

Arn is the first female Rockford skater to move on in the qualifying competitions in Singles skating in many years, and she’s done it three years in a row. Skating at the Junior level (one level below Senior, which is the Olympic qualifying level), Arn placed third in the Upper Great Lakes Regionals in October, which qualified her to compete at the Midwest Sectionals, where she placed sixth (Nov. 21-22, 2014). Her spins earned some of the highest marks in the Sectionals.

Many of the local figure skaters featured in “Snowflakes on Ice” have medaled in various competitions around the country.

Rockford Skating Club President Kathleen Ferrero can be reached at kferrerro55@hotmail.com for more information.

From the Dec. 17-23, 2014, issue

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