Sports & Outdoors-Participatory, New Year's Eve and Day

Polar Bear Plunge

When: Sat., Jan. 1, 12 p.m. 2011

If schlepping to Pleasant Hill and willfully jumping into a near-freezing estuary the day after the biggest party night of the year isn't your idea of fun, that's because it's probably not supposed to be. But if you've got the willpower, there's something symbolic and subtly baptismal about the idea of ringing in the new year by jumping into freezing cold water, as folks are encouraged to do at the Pleasant Hill Aquatic Center's (147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill) annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday, Jan. 1. Contests and prizes will also be on hand. Noon, $15-$20. 925-682-0896 or

Ellen Cushing

Price: $15 in advance; $20 day-of

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