MARQUETTE -The Ice was crowded with children - some of them ice skating for the first time, others taking off like seasoned pros - at the Marquette Figure Skating Club's free learn to skate night.
Along with the free introductory lesson, the kids had a bounce house as well as a variety of games they could play for prizes.
The event was put on to fundraise for the figure skating clubs annual ice show that runs in March. While this event is only once a year the club sells discount cards, good at local businesses, to raise money as well.
"The Ice show is a showcase for the students to show what they learned," instructor Jamie Weigold said, "It's kind of a last hurrah for the year."
The club offers learn to skate classes for beginners as well experienced skaters. Weigold is one of three coaches who teach the group classes as well as private lessons.
The first session of classes start Tuesday and are separated into two groups - beginners to level 4 and level 5 and above.
Classes are small with three to five skaters so the coaches can give each student individual attention. The classes run for five weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The times are 6 to 6:50 p.m. for beginners and from 6:25 to 7:20 p.m. for the advanced class.
Lessons cost $30 for the first family member and $15 for the second family member.
Brenda Helgren's 13-year-old daughter Emily has been taking lessons since she was 8 years old.
"Emily wants to be a teacher, so this is good experience for her," Helgren said, "She helps teach the younger kids how to skate now."
Victoria Petersen, vice president of the Marquette Figure Skating Club Board, helps the club because her two daughters Dorothy, 10, and Jayne, 11, love to skate.
"It's good physical exercise," Petersen said, "I love this group because the kids support each other no matter what their skill levels may be."
Sylvia Stevens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.