By Nanaimo Bulletin

Members of the Nanaimo Curling Club threw the first stones this past weekend to start another season.

The club held an open house event Sunday featuring an exhibition game between Nanaimo’s Shaelyn Rice rink and members of Victoria’s senior women’s world championship team.

The open house continued Monday and wraps up today (Sept. 29).The purpose of the event is to promote the coming season, which officially gets underway this Thursday (Oct. 1).

There is still time to register for various Nanaimo Curling Club leagues, including a 10-week Wednesday-night adult novice program for those wishing to learn the game.

There will also be classified leagues for men, women and mixed players – curlers can sign up solo or with a friend and the club will put together teams randomly.

For parents wishing to involve their children, there is a junior program Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Youths aged 10-19 are eligible.

Today’s open house, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., is a chance for anyone to try the game, as instructors will be on hand. Curlers should wear clean running shoes.

Those who can’t attend today’s novice clinics are still welcome to phone the club and book a free lesson anytime throughout the year.

Fans of ‘the roaring game’ are always welcome to stop by just to watch league play any day of the week.

ICE CHIPS … The club is delaying its wheelchair curling program as it awaits completion of a new elevator that will provide access to all three floors. The project is expected to be finished by the end of November … To learn more about the Nanaimo Curling Club or to book a lesson, please call 250-753-3474.

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