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Parks Board to choose officers, prepare for Paint the Town Pink

Flags for Paint The Town Pink will go up the week of Jan. 15, according to Austin Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board agenda for its Wednesday, Jan. 3, meeting, which begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

The board will vote on Paint the Town Pink participation. The Plunge at Eastside Lake is scheduled for Jan. 27, Fishing for a Cure is Feb. 3 and Paint the Rink Pink on Feb. 10.

The board will also elect its officers for 2018.

Nature Center Director Luke Reese is slated to report on options for memorials, the master plan and regional designation application process, nature play area and the next steps to get the process going and the future of the Kevin Dammen Memorial Ski Race.

As of Friday, the deadline for pre-registration, race organizers were hopeful weather will cooperate for the Jan. 6 event.

“The snow is making us hopeful for the ski race next weekend,” organizers posted on the race’s Facebook page on Friday. “We have some amazing prizes for winners, from restaurant gift certificates to brand new snowshoes!”

Participants can still register up to race day. The cost is $18 for adults and $8 for children 13 years old and younger. It costs $5 extra to do both the classical and freestyle races.

Classical skis are available to rent for any participant who needs them.

The race day schedule begins at 8 a.m. with race-day registration and packet pick-up. The 1-mile beginners/kids race start begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 8K classical race start at 10 a.m. and 13K freestyle race start, 11 a.m.

The profits from this event go directly to the Kevin Dammen Mentorship Fund.

The next board meeting will be at 5:15 p.m.,  Feb. 7.