Aspen Parks and Recreation briefs
The Aspen Parks and Recreation Department is offering outdoor ice skating and sledding on the Whoa Nelly Hill behind the Aspen Recreation Center. The outdoor ice skating and the sledding are free.
Sled rental is available for $5. Skate rental is $3.
Meet Santa Claus
You are invited to meet Santa Claus at the Aspen Recreation Department at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Youngsters can have their photos taken with Santa. There will be arts, crafts, cookie decorating and hot cocoa. The event is free.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
There will be a bonfire with a DJ in Wagner Park on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is free.
Fireworks are scheduled at 8 p.m. and again at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Winterskol Broomball Tournament
The annual Winterskol Broomball Tournament will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Aspen Ice Garden. The tourney will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Teams will be guaranteed two games. Entry fee is $50 per team.
For more information, contact Keith at 970-948-2192.
Space is limited.
Adult Basketball League
The Aspen Recreation Department will offer an Adult Basketball League starting in January and running through March.
Games will be played Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 7 and 10 p.m. at the Aspen High School Skierdome.
Entry fee is $745 per team.
For more information, visit aspenrecreation.com or telephone the Aspen Recreation Center at 970-544-4100. For Aspen special events, call 970-429-2093.
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