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Special skating party for city Dec. 10

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

This December, Pembroke will be joining hundreds of communities across Canada celebrating Canada's 150th birthday before the year ends.


On Sunday, Dec. 10, it will be hosting “Canada 150 Skating Day” at the Pembroke Memorial Centre. On this day, hundreds of communities across the country will participate in a jubilant day of winter activity.

In partnership with the Pembroke Business Improvement Area and the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club, an afternoon of fun centred at the PMC will be provided to the community free of charge.

There will be activities and live entertainment on the concourse from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the rink itself open for a free skate from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Performing on the concourse will be Matt Gagne and Ben Rutz Live. This duo showcases the true spirit of Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley. Gagne is a former Pembroke Lumber King and Rutz is a four-time CCMA nominated fiddler, bringing together two of the area’s greatest passions.

In addition, Steven Anthony will be on hand to provide spectacular magic to bewilder those in attendance both young and old.

Skating is an integral part of local and national heritage and the city is happy to be able to celebrate this element of culture with everyone in the community. All will be welcome to enjoy the afternoon, even if you don't skate.

More information on the concourse activities will be provided as the date approaches.

Elijah McKeown, recreation programmer for the city's parks and recreation department, said the city was fortunate to receive a grant from the Government of Canada to allow them to serve as one of the host cities for the Canada 150 Skating Day. This allows them to provide the event free to the public.

He said this likely wouldn't have happened if not for the participation of the Boys and Girls Club, who the city is happy to work closely with, along with Rhodina Turner, the organization's executive director.

“It is great to have the Boys and Girls Club aboard with us on this,” McKeown said. “They are a partner the community knows and trusts, so it was a no brainer to work with them.”

He added the city is much stronger when it works with groups rather than do things alone.

McKeown said they are seeking organizations or businesses who are interested in setting up an information table or providing an activity at the Canada 150 Skating Day. Tables will be provided in-kind to organizations which provide an activity for the afternoon.

“At the end of the day it is about the community, and the chance of having a bit of fun in the winter,” he said.

For more information on the day’s festivities or to register your organization to participate, please contact Elijah McKeown of the Parks and Recreation Department at or 613-735- 6821 ext. 1502.

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