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ar o u nd00:: o :7 n Warm Welcome For New Winter Sport By Amanda Michne In the dusky afternoon twilight of December, dozens of kids (and a few brave par- ents) glided (and stumbled) into a cold-weather tradition making its first-ever appear- ance in Beverly Hills - ice skating. With the Civic Center building rising in the background and holiday music piping through the air, the outdoor rink, located in the "boat court" of Civic Center Plaza, seems like a charming, small-town version of New York City's Rockefeller Center. 'q love it. It's fabulous," said a Beverly Hills third-grader named Chandler, who gave her age as "seven and a hall." Wearing a me-piece velvet skating skirt with a long blond ponytail flying behind her, she took to the ice with the determined tirocity of a pint-sized professional. The Olympics might be a long shot, but Chandler doesn't care. "I fell 52 times the first time I skated," she said with a shrug. "But I don't mind because when you fall, it actually teaches you. If you took a wrong turn, falling teaches you to look back and not do that again." The rink is only in town for the holiday sea- son - a special treat for local kids who nor- mally would have to travel to Culver City for ice time. "It's better to have skating here in Beverly Hills," said Ashley, 1 I. "It's much closer than City of Beverly Hills Community Ice Rink the other [rinks.]" Ashley and her friends, Tiffany, 11, and Nicole and Monique, both 8, took an ice break and munched on hot dogs from the rink-side stand. All four girls agreed that this rink is better than the one in Culver City. "The ice here is less slippery," Chandler said. Maybe so. It was Monique's first time ever skating and she had only fallen twice so far. "The only thing that's not good is that it's expensive," said Ashley. "'But I love it. I'm happy they made it." All the skaters agreed that they would love to have a year-round rink in Beverly blills. "We would come all the time," said Nicole. Her pals nodded. "I'm already starting to recognize familiar faces," said Ian Green, who runs the skate rental booth. Green keeps his eye on the safety of the skaters, mostly 10 to 14-year old girls, he Says - maybe because hockey is not allowed - but there were a handful of boys last Weekend. Sometimes Green takes to the ice himself and treats the crowd to a quick show of spins and jumps. If you're leery of lacing up yourself, there are bleachers for spectators. Ice rink reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are allowed on a Space-available basis. Two-hour free parking is available in the structure adjacent to Civic Center Plaza. Ice rink at Civic Center Plaza - 450 N. RexJord Dr. HOurs: Dec. 14-15, 4p.m.-8p.m.; Dec. 16-Jan. 1, ]Oa.m.-9p.m. Reservations and skate rentals: (310) 550-4607 Cost: $12 per hour with skate rental $9 per hour with no rental That's why it makes sense to rely on Mail Boxes Etc. during the holidays. Small or large, heavy or fragile, we'll expertly pack and ship each gift to its destination, whether it's across the country or around the world. And we work extra hard during the holiday season with extended hours and additional staff. That's our gift to you. . TWO BEVERLY HILLS LOCATIONS MAIL BOOEESTC" We'll take it from here2 9663 SANTA MONICA BLVD. (at Bedford Drive) 310-858-7122 269 SOUTH BEVERLY DRIVE (2 blocks south of W'dshire Blvd.) 310-274-7721 Authorized ShipCenter" LEARN TO SING with NITZA NIEMANN TECHNIQUE. REPEOIRE COACHING Performed on the Opera and Concert Stage in America, israel & Europe. Conducts Vocal Seminars at the Centre Le Phnix Fribourg in Switzerland. Director of Several L.A. Choirs. Vocal Coach to over 70 BHHS Madrigal Singers since 1971. Beginners- Advanced Nitza Niemann Vocal Studio Beverly Hills, CA 310-275-8025 December 14 - 20, 2000 7