The oldest ice skates archeologists have found date back to about 3,000 B.C. and were made from large animal bones used to cross frozen lakes.

Luckily, today’s ice skates are made more efficiently with a metal blade and used for enjoyment, rather than necessity.

So, if the Family is looking for something nice on the ice, they can try the Cleland Ice Rink at Fort Bragg because it is offering learn-to-skate classes for children ages 4 to 17 years old. The next classes begin Oct. 28 to Dec. 9.

“My daughter is so happy on the ice. The Learn-To-Skate program is a great place to start, said Lisa Ware, mother of Julieta Ware”

The Learn-to-Skate classes that provide a 6-week program includes a 30-minute lesson once a week, free skates and five, free passes for public sessions, so students can practice what they’ve  learned.

The classes are designed to provide skill-level development for all abilities groups and follows the guidelines of the Ice Skating Institute,

U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.

Rileigh Sevigny, a former student of the Learn-To-Skate program, said she went to a friend’s birthday party at the ice rink when she was 8 or 9 years old and saw a flyer that listed the Learn-to-Skate classes. She said she had so much fun at the party that she and her best friend went home, and begged their parents to enroll them in the classes.

Sevigny is now 12-years old, takes private lessons and assists with the beginner classes. Her best friend has moved to another state but still continues to skate.

The classes are taught by Liz Egetoe, the skating director, head coach and a professional skate who said she overcame many challenges as a child to become the person she is today.

Egetoe started skating at age 7, but was soon diagnosed with scoliosis. She had surgery to correct her spine but it prevented her from performing certain moves and spins, so she trained to coach instead.

“My favorite moment of coaching is watching that light bulb go off, to see that moment of struggle, then see them get it. You can see the excitement on their face. If they grow up and still skate in 20 years or bring their children to skate, then I know I have done my job,” said Egetoe.

Parents interested in signing their children up for the Learn-to-Skate program can contact Cleland Ice Rink at 396-5127 or visit their website at www.fortbraggmwr.com/recreation/cleland-ice-inline-skating-rink.

For more information on the program and helpful advice for parents, visit the Ice Skating Institute website at www.skateisi.com.