Crews were busy painting the arena at the Nelson Curling Centre in preparation for a busy October.

Crews were busy painting the arena at the Nelson Curling Centre in preparation for a busy October.

It’s time to rock the house

Nelson Curling Centre invites beginners and youth to new season.

As the weather begins to chill, crews are hard at work getting the ice ready for curling season.

On Thursday morning workers were carefully applying a layer of white paint before adding the rings later that day.

Nelson Curling Centre is preparing for a busy October, and is inviting children, youth and those who have never tried the sport to give it a chance.

“It’s so much fun. It’s an indoor sport, you don’t have to rely on the weather. It’s a social sport you can play with a team. It’s an opportunity to meet new people and try it, or maybe revisit the sport if you haven’t played for a while,” said director Allison Sutherland.

This year the curling centre is offering a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels.

The Learn to Curl program will give attendees the basics, while the Little Rockers program offers classes for five to 10-year-olds. There is also a youth league, a women’s league and a men’s league.

Sutherland said most of the leagues emphasize fun, though the men tend to take it a little more seriously.

“There’s a misconception out there that it has to be a really competitive sport. But you can come and play for fun as part of the adult recreational leagues,” said Sutherland.

The centre is hosting an open house on Tuesday, October 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“For anyone who wants to try curling, it’s free. There will be trainers there and you’re welcome to come down and try it.”

There are a number of other events and practices over the course of October. For more information visit nelsoncurling.com.

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