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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
WHAT: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presides over the ultimate chilling celebration, penguin included. Grand opening festivities of LA KINGS DOWNTOWN ON ICE outdoor holiday skating rink with two-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Champion Oksana Grishuk; members of the Kings organization, and special appearance by Mumble, Warner Bros., Pictures' penguin star of upcoming premiere "Happy Feet." Following a skating showcase of champions, youths from Para Los Ninos will enjoy a skating clinic at the stunning outdoor rink that celebrates its ninth season as the premier holiday attraction open November 16, 2006 through January 15, 2007.

  • Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
  • Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG and Governor of Kings
  • Bob Miller, Hall of Fame Broadcaster and TV voice of the Kings
  • Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District)
  • Jon Mukri, General Manager LA Rec/Parks
  • Mumble, penguin star of "Happy Feet" a Warner Bros. Pictures release this weekend

Skating Performances:
  • Oksana Grishuk -- Two-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Champion
  • Naomi Nari Nam & Themi Leftheris -- Skate America Medalists, US Nationals bound
  • Bebe Liang – Nebelhorn Trophy Champion, Gold Medalist from Granada Hills
  • City of Angels Ice Theatre Teen Ensemble
  • Skating clinic with youths from Para Los Ninos, Sheenway School & South Park Child Care Center. (*Spanish interviews available)

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 11:45a.m. to 12:45p.m. (skates supplied to media who wish to join in the fun)

WHERE: Pershing Square (Across from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown), 532 South Olive, Los Angeles
*Complimentary underground parking for media. Please bring ticket for validation.

SPONSORS: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Los Angeles Kings, Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District).

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