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February 15, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The roof of the Ice Castle at Blue Jay, a skating rink west of Lake Arrowhead that has offered fresh ice and picturesque views to Olympians and the Los Angeles Kings alike, collapsed Wednesday, apparently done in by heavy snow. There were no reports of injuries, though a chunk of the roof slid or fell into a nearby motor home park, damaging some homes, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Sgt. James DeLapp. "The roof failed," he said. "But we got lucky. Nobody was hurt."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tahsin Hyder and Anna Sterling
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described "foot fetish" told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents say. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1997
The city has opened its first skate rink at the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club. The 100-by-75-foot portable rink features a 6-foot ramp as well as an extended spine, on top of which skaters can grind their skates as they do on railings, said Gregory Steptoe, 41, who was in charge of building the $50,000 rink. The project was funded by the city and the Boys and Girls Club. "Everybody wanted to tear down the fence, come in and skate this park before we even opened up," said Steptoe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tahsin Hyder and Anna Sterling
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described “foot fetish” told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents allege. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY
Construction is scheduled to be completed by Friday on a community in-line skating rink that will be the home of the Disney GOALS program for underprivileged children and the site of roller hockey leagues conducted by the Anaheim Family YMCA. The $200,000 concrete, outdoor rink is at Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue on property provided rent-free by Anaheim Indoor Market Place. Materials and labor were donated by a team of construction companies, with Disney Development Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996 | TIM MAY
Panorama Bowl, which has been closed for more than six years, will be renovated and reopened as an ice and roller rink, according to an executive with Recreation World, the company building the new facility. The renovations are expected to cost $2.5 million and should be completed by the end of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998
A task force is searching for a site within the city for a new two-rink ice skating facility to replace the aging rink behind the Civic Auditorium. Among the sites being considered for the multimillion-dollar facility are several vacant areas near the Rose Bowl, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defying Mother Nature's usual way, Tuesday--the penultimate day of 1997--was one of the warmest December 30ths in memory in Los Angeles, registering 81 degrees at the Civic Center downtown. Defying Southern Californians' usual way, Carlton Powell didn't head for surf and sand. Instead, he made a beeline for a large patch of ice, laced up a pair of skates and spent the afternoon going round in circles under blue skies and bright sunshine, wearing nothing but a T-shirt, shorts and a baseball cap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
Today is the fifth anniversary of Ryan White's death from AIDS. To commemorate the date and to support efforts initiated by Ryan for increased education on issues surrounding acquired immune deficiency syndrome, about 1,000 skating rinks across the country--including rinks in Northridge and Glendale--will donate a portion of their weekend admission fees to the Ryan White Foundation. In an effort to raise at least $100,000 for the foundation, members of the Roller Skating Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ice Chalet at Laurel Plaza--an icon to San Fernando Valley ice skaters, hockey enthusiasts and just about every child in the neighborhood for the past 27 years--closed Sunday night, even as residents held a weekend petition drive in hopes of keeping the rink open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
Skating fans in Culver City were celebrating a temporary victory after city officials dug out an obscure document that advocates hope can keep an ice rink in the neighborhood. City officials informed the owner of Culver City Ice Arena of its findings last week. They said a use variance granted in 1960 prohibits the use of the property for anything except an ice rink. The new lessee, Planet Granite, plans to convert the 52-year-old rink into a rock climbing, fitness and yoga facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | Martha Groves
A throbbing hip-hop beat spilled from the speakers, and ceiling lights splashed colorful mosaic dots across the darkened maple planks. Skaters -- four here, six there, maybe eight ahead of them -- grabbed one another's hands and formed circles. Like miniature planets orbiting a sun, the groups glided counterclockwise around the oval rink, occasionally caroming off other skaters. The regulars' ecstatic smiles masked a pervasive sadness. World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Martha Groves
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night. For three decades, the Mid-City institution has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and evolving neighborhood tastes have conspired to end its free-wheeling days. "It's like losing a member of the family," said Nelson Bracamonte, 55, a weekly regular at the rink since its opening on Halloween 1981.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park - carved out of granite and shaped by powerful natural forces over the eons - is timeless and untouchable. Other attractions in the park … not so much. Some of Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, and an ice skating rink, would be jettisoned under a plan to restore the Merced River corridor to a more natural state. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
Big Bear Lake is getting ready to offer some cold comfort all year long. The Southern California resort town known for its ski resorts and cool mountain climate will open a new indoor ice-skating rink Saturday. The 1,300-square-foot rink in the Big Bear Funplex will be open daily for recreational skating. "Big Bear will now have a piece of winter 365 days a year," owner Lisa Brogan said in a statement. Brogan and her husband, Raymond, will operate the business, called simply the Ice Rink.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Orrin Tucker, a bandleader whose orchestra achieved national prominence with a 1939 recording of "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" and who decades later owned a big-band venue on Sunset Boulevard, has died. He was 100. Tucker, who was a longtime resident of South Pasadena, died April 9 in the San Gabriel Valley, said his daughter, Nora Compere. After forming the band in 1933, Tucker was its primary vocalist until jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong suggested that a petite singer named Evelyn Nelson would be a good fit for the group, according to biographical references.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ice Chalet at Laurel Plaza--an icon to San Fernando Valley ice skaters, hockey enthusiasts and just about every child in the neighborhood for the past 27 years--closed Sunday night, even as residents held a weekend petition drive in hopes of keeping the rink open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Sledgehammers chipped away Thursday morning at the worn facade of the old Panorama Bowl as politicians, business people and community groups celebrated the groundbreaking of a new roller- and ice-skating center on Van Nuys Boulevard. The $2.5-million, 50,000-square-foot Recreation World Panorama City is scheduled to open early next year after the building has been refurbished and retrofitted to meet current earthquake standards.
TRAVEL
January 24, 2011 | By Beverly Beyette, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Let the other ships have their rock climbing walls and their water slides, their come as-you-are and do-as-you-please ambience. On the new Queen Elizabeth, it's lawn bowling and croquet, formal nights and afternoon teas, assigned seating and fixed dining hours. Indeed, Cunard's elegant Queen Elizabeth is the very embodiment of British civility. The 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth, successor to the storied QE2 (now docked in Dubai, where plans to convert it into a floating hotel are on hold)
TRAVEL
December 9, 2007 | Jen Leo, Special to The Times
If you've never spent a winter in Las Vegas, you'd think that the only time it got cold was when you were standing directly under an air vent. Yet there really is a time when travelers can bring a jacket to Vegas and wear it -- outside. Would you expect it to be at a frozen lake in the desert though? Vegas can be over-the-top weird, but come on, a frozen pond?
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