You'd think Santa Claus would know how to skate.
He does, after all, reside year-round in the North Pole, one of the coldest climates in the world.
You can see for yourself if Jolly St. Nick can actually balance on skates on Sunday, Dec. 23 at Canlan Ice Sports Langley Twin Rinks.
The Skate With Santa event benefiting the Langley Food Bank runs from 2-3: 30 p.m.
Admission is one or more nonperishable food donations or monetary donations, which will go to the local food bank.
One of the two rinks will be lit up with Christmas lights and decorated with inflatable figures for the food-and-fundraiser.
Twin Rinks sales and marketing coordinator Heather Rodland said last year's event was "pretty well attended."
"We're hoping that, it being on a Sunday this year, that even more people will show up for it," Rodland said. "Usually it's families that attend but it's open to anyone who wants to come out for a skate."
Canlan Ice Sports' efforts to feed the community's hungry isn't just held on one day. Its Fill The Net campaign started Nov. 15 and runs until New Year's Day, Jan. 1.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 27, there are four cans in the net set up inside the front foyer of the facility.
Rodland hopes Langley Twin Rinks' three user groups - Langley Minor Hockey, Langley Girls Ice Hockey, and Fraser Valley Ringette - will take up the Fill The Net For Hunger challenge.
Teams are being challenged to bring in as much food as they can. The team that brings in the most food in pounds will win a pizza party at the Thirsty Penguin, located upstairs from the rinks.
"It's always is a little slow at the beginning," Rodland said. "Usually in December, we start to see the donations roll in."
North of the freeway, the Langley Sportsplex is holding a similar initiative.
The Sportsplex's Fill The Net campaign is off to a slow start. This week, just a few items covered part of the floor inside the net.
General manager Bud Pope hopes to see that change.
"It's a little slower than usual," Pope said. "We're talking to all our teams in the youth leagues and especially in our roller hockey leagues to bring in items. Hopefully they'll be bringing stuff in over the next couple of weeks."
Pope said helping out the local food bank is very important to him and the Sportsplex staff.
"We want to see everybody get enough to eat," he said. "There are a lot of people who are less fortunate than us and we like to help them out every year."
Canlan Ice Sports is located at 5700 Langley Bypass and the Langley Sportsplex is at 20165 91A Ave. Both facilities are open seven days a week and donations are accepted every day.
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