Caroline Brooks of Kirkland should go into the diplomatic corps. She brought peace and cooperation to the local skating scene — which...

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Caroline Brooks of Kirkland should go into the diplomatic corps.

She brought peace and cooperation to the local skating scene — which sometimes seems like the Middle East on ice. Speedskaters, hockey players and figure skaters all vie for time on the Northwest’s few ice rinks.

Brooks convinced established figure-skating celebrities, youth figure skaters and hockey players to star together in Hope with a Heart, an ice show at 1 p.m. today at the Everett Events Center.

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This is the third year for the show, a benefit for Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center. Brooks doesn’t do the event single-handedly — she founded the Hope with a Heart Guild and Junior Guild for parents and youth. The guilds sell tickets and help put on the shows.

Brooks explained the inspiration behind Hope with a Heart.

“I have two daughters and I was trying to think of a way where they could take a gift or talent they have to give back to the community,” she said. “I was in another guild for Children’s that was all adults writing big checks at black-tie events. But how do you teach kids to do this when they grow up?”

Because Alyssa, 13, and Jessica, 9, both skate, Brooks came up with the idea of a skating show.

In the first two years the project grossed nearly $50,000, but she said it brings in more than money.

“The show gives the youth a chance to be involved and to help other children,” she said.

In addition to local youth, featured skaters include 2005 world junior bronze medalist Emily Hughes, U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Famer Richard Dwyer and Olympic bronze medalist Jozef Sabovcik.

The Everett Events Center is located at 2000 Hewitt Ave. Tickets are $9 for youth and $15 for adults.

Biking follow-up

Paul Steckler of Redmond told his wife, Susan, he was too tired to be elated. Steckler and other cyclists rolled into Peoria, Ariz., about 4 p.m. Thursday after completing the Going the Distance for Early Detection Ride.

Fifteen cyclists left Seattle on March 3 and biked to the Mariners’ spring-training camp. The baseball that the relay team carried from Safeco Field to Arizona will be used for today’s ceremonial first pitch when the M’s play the Texas Rangers.

By lunchtime yesterday, Steckler felt better. He was riding go-karts and log rides at an amusement park with his nephews, Connor Grady, 8, and Colton Grady, 6, both of Peoria.

“The ride was grueling,” the Microsoft employee said by cellphone. “We expected to pedal hard, but we underestimated the difficulty in getting everyone — the vehicles, bikes, the team — moving each day.

“But there were no accidents, no one got sick and we met a lot of great people. And it feels really good to not be pedaling bikes today.”

Susan Steckler was the first one out of Husky Stadium at the ride’s start in Seattle but returned home after the first day to take care of their children.

Going the Distance benefits the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Gregory Fund. The money raised will be used for early cancer-detection research. The group won’t know for a couple of weeks if they reached their $30,000 goal, said organizer Kelly White of Seattle, whose first husband died of cancer.

One last grin

Don Ulmer, an Eastside author and longtime volunteer at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, completed training this week to be a Museum of Flight docent. He described the training as great fun.

“That place is like a tree house for old guys,” Ulmer said.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633