Come throw rocks at houses

By Melissa Freund

Sports Assistant Editor

Do you like to throw rocks at houses? (The curling type, that is.) If so, the La Crosse Curling Club wants you.

Located in the Green Island Ice Arena, at 2312 Seventh St. S., the La Crosse Curling Club (LCC) is holding a Curling Skills Clinic tonight, Oct. 17, from 6-9 p.m.

LCC Secretary Robert Richardson says that, “everybody is welcome. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is. Whether you’ve never curled, or you’re a seasoned veteran, we’ll help you with whatever you need.

After having to shut down for 12 years and recently returning to the La Crosse community in 2010, the LCC is looking to find new members, Richardson said. To prompt increased community involvement, the LCC is hosting a number of programs that are open to the public, including individuals who have no prior curling experience.

This season’s event schedule kicked off with an open house on Oct. 10. Besides the Oct. 17 Skills Clinic, events include the fall curling league, which runs Oct. 24-Dec. 19.

League games will be held at both 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights. The LCC also has a winter league Jan. 2 – March 6, 2013.

The LCC takes pride in the fact that they can provide a night of entertainment and fun for less than it costs to go to a movie. According to the LCC website, for new curlers, as well as students, the cost to participate is $50 per season, or $75 if signing up for both the fall and winter seasons.  When divided by the number of games per season, the LCC estimates the cost to equal about $7 per night.

However for those not interested in joining a league but still interested in learning about the sport, Richardson encourages participation in La Crosse’s Winter Rec Fest.  As a part of this year’s events, an open curl will be held on Jan. 23 from 6-9 p.m. This event will be free to anyone who has a Rec Fest button.

Richardson encourages anyone who has ever been interested in the sport of curling to come try it out.

“The sport looks easy when you watch it on TV, but it requires a lot of thinking; it’s a strategy game with fun embedded in it,” Richardson said. “When you throw in the etiquette rules that curlers follow, there’s no other sport like it.”

For more information about the LCC and their schedule of events visit their webpage at http://curlinginlacrosse.yolasite.com/

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