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Skaff to swim for awareness

Carman-Ainsworth’s Erick Skaff

Carman-Ainsworth’s Erick Skaff

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth senior swimmer Erick Skaff will take to the pool Thursday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. to raise funds for that helps provide clean water for people across the globe. Skaff has set a goal to swim 10 miles 17,600 yards or 704 laps in the Carman-Ainsworth pool. The public is invited to come cheer Skaff on and he has sponsors that have helped raise $300 toward the effort. Skaff says he will take a few breaks, but will not leave the pool until he has completed his 704 laps. He noted he will mix up the strokes doing the 500, then some backstroke, butterfly or whatever strikes him on his mission.

“I want to help people that don’t have access to the clean water that I have daily,” Skaff said.

To learn more about his cause visit — L.P.

51st Annual Motorcycle Races at Perani

FLINT — On Saturday, Dec. 4, the 51st Annual Indoor Motorcycle Ice Races, hosted by the Flint Motorcycle Club, roars into Perani Arena and Event Center.

Since the races inception, all proceeds from the event have benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint. This has been a lasting partnership combining the love of motorcycles and ice racing with the mentoring needs of children in the community.

More than 2,000 spectators are expected to attend and be thrilled by amateur and professional riders competing for prize money, and the races will showcase adult competitors and a youth division featuring children as young as four-years-old.

Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by the races at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children. Tickets are available at Perani Arena and Event Center and Ticket Master Outlets. A kick-off party is Dec. 2 at Scooters Bar & Grill, featuring a live auction and pre-race fun.

Sponsors of the Motorcycle Ice Races include Patriot Ambulance Service, Rocky’s Great Outdoor, Regent Broadcasting (Cars108/Banana 101.5/Club 93.7/WFNT AM 1470/US 103.1/Lapeer’s Real Country), Right Way Automotive Credit, Scooter’s Bar & Grill and Tom Ryan Distributing.

Sponsors are still needed for this event. For sponsorship information contact Linda Lowell, Flint Motorcycle Club, at 810-691- 0105. — N.B.

Iceland Arenas drop-in programs

FLINT — Adult pick-up hockey and Stick- N-Puck programs are available on a drop-in basis at Iceland Arena. Stick-N-Puck is for players ages 7-14, who must have their own helmet, skates and gloves. Cost is $8 and a signed waiver is required. Sessions are Sundays from 3-3:50 p.m. Adult pick-up is Mondays and Wednesdays at various times and is intended for players ages 16 or older. Full equipment and signed waiver are required. Cost is $10, with goalies paying just $2. — L.P.

Snowmobile safety course on tap

FLINT TWP. — Today is the final day to pre-register for a snowmobile safety course that will take place Dec. 8 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Cost is $15 and includes all training manuals. — L.P.

All-Star Learn to Skate

FLINT — Recreational and competive skaters can learn to play hockey, speed skate or figure skate at Iceland Arenas Mondays and Saturdays. The ALL-STAR Program features the USFS Basic Skills curriculum, designed for skaters of all ages and abilities and is progressively structured for the skater from beginner to advanced. ALL-STAR Learn to Skate Hockey, Figure Skating & Speed Skating are also available.

Classes are offered year round and participants can join anytime. Pro-rated fees are offered. The Greater Mid Michigan Skating Club provides USFS badge testing during one class monthly. Participants will be given an USFS log book to keep track of their level and progress. The eight-week sessions cost $80 for one day, or $120 for both. Sessions run Monday, 6-6:50 p.m. and Saturdays 11-11:50 a.m. Winter sessions runs through December 18. — L.P.

Cold is Cool Passport

STATEWIDE — Fourth graders in the state are reminded that the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport is available at 20 participating ski areas in the state. The program was established by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association to give every fourth grader the opportunity to ski for free. Endorsed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the program gives kids up to three free lift tickets or trail passes. Details: or call MSIA at 248-620-4448. — L.P.

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