Local swimmers and friends are invited to brace themselves for a brisk swim in the name of a good cause at Mary Wayte Pool next week.
Rather than close a few days early before Christmas for repairs to the facilities boiler, the will hold a "Polar Bear Plunge" swim on Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., according to organizers.
Particiants are encouraged to bring 2 non-perishable food items for the local food bank and join the fun for free.
The event is not intended to take the place of the 45th Annual , which takes place each New Year's Day at .
This will be the last day the pool will be open before the Christmas Holiday.
A public service announcment encourages residents to "Bring your wet suit or show your courage and jump in the pool for a brisk swim."
The pool is owned by the and operated by Olympic Cascade Aquatics.