Break away from the shopping madness and glide into the holiday spirit at the Comfort Dental Ice Rink, opening today from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Fillmore Plaza, Second Avenue and Fillmore Street in Cherry Creek North. The University of Denver skating team will be on hand at noon to initiate the fresh ice with salchows and lutzes; a number of other special events, including a free skate, Chanukah on Ice and fundraisers for local charities, are scheduled for the coming months. Decked out in its holiday best beneath the canopy of decorations and brilliant lights of Fillmore Plaza, the rink will stay open through January 11. So make time to slice through a little seasonal stress -- and don't worry about tiptoeing on your toepicks: Skaters of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids, and skate rental is $2. Open-skate hours vary; call 303-394-2903 or go to www.cherrycreeknorth.com for a complete schedule. -- Kity Ironton
More car-free public space. Less reliance on fossil fuels. Bicycle lanes that are truly rideable. These are some of the goals of bike activists who, in the name of what they call "sane transportation," spin rubber across downtown Denver and over 300 cites worldwide in a monthly movement dubbed Critical Mass. Today, just as they do on the last Friday of every month, the pedaling packs will gather at the Seal Fountain at Civic Center Park, Colfax and Broadway, at 5:30 p.m., to cruise, halt traffic and, according to www.critical-mass.org, demonstrate "bike love" to car culturists.
The biker "velorution" began circa 1992 in San Francisco, but the Web site calls Critical Mass an "unorganized coincidence with no leaders." In that spirit, all cyclists are welcome to show their support at the Friday meets. So hop atop a human-powered two-wheeler and join the wholly rollers in their communal zoom. Then do as the Critical masses do: "Ride daily, celebrate monthly." -- Kity Ironton
Thanksjibbing gets Aspen kicking
Any excuse to party!
Stretch Turkey Day out and dig into the official start of Aspen's ski season at Thanksjibbing, taking place today from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain's Little Nell Run, in the Upper Gondola Plaza.
The extreme pro athletes who make up Team Aspen/Snowmass will be schussing with the public from 11 a.m. to noon and signing autographs at the Lower Gondola Plaza from 2 to 3 p.m. But the real excitement starts after the sun goes down, when professional boarders and skiers will strut their stuff at the thirty-foot-high Wall Ride Exhibition. "We basically built up a huge jump onto the wall," explains Aspen spokesman Jeff Hanle. "It's going to be really cool."
And while the jibbers spin and fly though the air, California rockers Fingertight will be keeping the crowd fired up as part of the Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series.
For more information, call 1-970-925-1220 or visit www.aspensnowmass.com. -- Julie Dunn