Recreation department ushers in holiday fun

<p>Marilla Holden visits with Santa Claus during Pendleton Parks and Recreation's 2010 Breakfast with Santa.</p>

For more than a dozen years Pendleton Parks and Recreation has ushered in the holiday season with a Thanksgiving weekend event — Breakfast with Santa. In addition, the ice rink opens for the season.

Breakfast with Santa is Saturday from 8-10:30 a.m. at Pendleton Recreation Center, 510 S.W. Dorion Ave.

In addition to a hearty serving of VFW pancakes, the event features holiday arts and craft activities, balloons and fun. The cost is $3 for the breakfast and activities. For an additional $2, people can have their photos taken with the jolly ’ol elf.

A coordinated effort of numerous volunteers, Veterans of Foreign Wars members will flip the flapjacks and Graham Photos will focus on preserving the memory. In addition, Pendleton High School’s National Honor Society students and city staff members will help with the event.

“It’s just a nice family time,” said Recreation Supervisor Lisa Patrick. “It’s nice to take a breather and get into the holiday spirit.”

Saturday also marks the opening of the Pendleton Ice Rink. Located at Roy Raley Park, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton, the rink will kick off the season from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is $2.50 or $2 for those with their own skates.

Weather permitting, the rink will be open Monday through Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. Special pricing for Family Night — Saturdays from 5:30-8 p.m. — is $10 for skate rental, skating and hot cocoa for a family of five.

For more information, call 541-276-8100 or visit the deparment’s webiste at www.pendletonparksandrec.com.

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