Skaters go around the world at arena

Figure skating is one of the great valley pastimes.

Figure skating is one of the great valley pastimes, and this coming weekend you’ll have your opportunity to support the local figure skating club.

On March 11 at 1 p.m. at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club will be holding its annual fundraiser, entitled “Music Around the World.”

Kids from all the different skating programs will be performing special carnival numbers based on a country they will each represent, and there will also be a 50/50 draw, raffle prizes and concessions for those in attendance.

“I think skating develops lots of life skills, and can translate to more than one sport,” club president Leanne Beddie said. “We’re in a lake community and we have this amazing Whiteway, and if you can’t skate you can’t really enjoy it as much.”

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the skating club, to help fund ice time and coaching, among other things. The event is the club’s largest annual fundraiser.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” Beddie said. “Come on out and support our kids.”