Monday, November 25, 2013

Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi Rinkside in Downtown Burbank

Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi will make a special appearance at The Rink In Downtown Burbank for a rink-side read and 45 minute skate on the ice with area children.

Where: Rink in Downtown Burbank, corner of Third and Orange Grove Avenue
When: December 4, 2013, Wednesday
Time: 11AM to 1PM

Kristi Yamaguchi captured the gold medal in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics. She is also a two-time World Champion and member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. Following a long and successful career in professional figure skating, Yamaguchi took to the dance floor to win top honors with partner Mark Ballas on the popular TV show "Dancing With The Stars." In 1996, she founded the Always Dream Foundation whose mission is to inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and to advance the cause of early childhood literacy. Most recently, Yamaguchi has added New York Times Best-Selling author to her list of achievements by introducing her first children's picture book, "Dream Big, Little Pig!", and then following up with "It's A Big World, Little Pig!" Proceeds from the sale of these books support literacy programs developed by the Always Dream Foundation.

Thanks to Downtown Burbank Partnership and Ice America, classes from Burbank Unified School District's Joaquin Miller Elementary School and Ralph Emerson Elementary school will receive free skate admission. Yamaguchi will read from her bestseller "Dream Big, Little Pig!" followed by ice skating and a photograph / autograph signing.

Kristi Yamaguchi's special appearance at the Rink in Downtown Burbank is presented in partnership with Burbank Arts for All Foundation and the Burbank Unified School District Arts for All program. The Burbank Arts for All Foundation supports literary arts through the arts integration programs within the Burbank school district, and helps children improve literacy skills.

Located in the heart of Downtown Burbank and just steps from San Fernando Boulevard, The Rink provides a festive getaway for customers, employees and families out for seasonal fun. The Rink accommodates up to 165 skaters per session, and will remain open daily through January 5, 2014. For a complete list of skating sessions, including Weekday Lunch Skate with free skate rental from 11:30am to 1:30pm, please visit www.downtown-burbank.org

Downtown Burbank's weekly Farmer's Market has relocated across the street to the parking lot behind the Community Services building. Convenient street access will be from Orange Grove and Olive Avenues.

For further information, the public is asked to please call (818) 238-5180 or visit www.downtown-burbank.org

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