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Skaters wear masks during open skate time in January at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena in St. Joseph.

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph’s recreation manager on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena and plans for the annual Light Up the Bluff and tree-lighting ceremony.

According to Recreation Manager Carrie Ogonowski, the open-air ice arena is set to open Friday, and the tree-lighting ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lake Bluff Park.

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