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Blades on Ice Atascadero

Skaters take to the ice at Blades on Ice in 2013. The rink is getting ready to open for its third season. Photo by Heather Young

Blades on Ice returns to Atascadero

Atascadero Blades on Ice opens for business on Friday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. The rink closed in March, only being a seasonal business. The business attempted to offer roller skating in its off-season, but was never able to get it opened. The rink, currently in its third season, is located for the second time at 6420 El Camino Real.

“We have a nice rink and you can actually skate on it,” General Manager Briana Shean said. “This is not simply a holiday rink, it’s a serious rink.”

In addition to public sessions that are held every two hours starting daily at 11 a.m., except on Sundays when the sessions start at 1 p.m., there will be skating lessons, hockey leagues and figure skating sessions. This year, Shean said, there will be two adult hockey leagues that are “no checking,” as well as the addition of a youth hockey league.

“Freestyle sessions are available for figure skaters,” Shean said.

Blades on Ice Skate School will enroll students at its open house on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The open house is open to anyone considering lessons and wanting to know more. The prospective students will get a 30-minute lesson that introduces them to skating, followed by 30 minutes of open skating. Anyone who signs up for lessons on Sunday will get 10 percent off tuition. Skating during the open house is free for those that signup online in advance. Skate rental is the only charge attendees will face.

“We doubled the size of classes from the first year to the second,” Shean said. “We’re adding a class we’ve never had before: Mommy and Me.” Right now, she said, that class is scheduled to be held on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., but she is looking for feedback to set another time or day of the week.

Skate School is run by Theresa Anselmo, a Professional Skaters Association Certified instructor, and classes are open for all ages, from children through adults. For adults that may want to skate or take lessons without children, the rink will offer Coffee Clutch on Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The cost is $18 per person and includes skate rental, a 30-minute lesson and a one-hour open skate session, along with coffee or hot tea.

“It’s been really well received,” Shean said, adding that last year many people didn’t know Coffee Clutch existed and didn’t take advantage of it until the end of the season. Regular session costs are $15 for adults, including skate rental, and $10 for children, including skate rental.

Shean also said the rink offers Afterschool Club, where anyone with a student ID — or obviously looks like a student — gets two for one skating at the 3 p.m. session on days that school is in session.

To find out the rink’s schedule for public sessions, hockey leagues, freestyle and lessons, contact Blades on Ice at (805) 748-1520, figureskating@atascaderoblades.com or hockey@atascaderoblades.com.

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