Lawn bowling clubs host open houses

Parksville, Qualicum Beach clubs offer free events this weekend

The Parksville Lawn Bowling Club (PLBC) invites the public to help kick off the 2016 season with its annual open house this weekend. The event takes place both Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m., rain or shine.   The club is inviting the public to come out, visit the facilities and experience the fun and challenge of the growing sport of lawn bowling.

“Simply put, this is a great game,” said Carol Bucyk, the club’s publicity officer. “It’s fun to learn the basics, and to realize that it has so much to offer. It shares a lot of similarities with curling, but also pool, darts, and even golf. We find that curlers really do well at bowls and I like to think of it as curling’s summer cousin.   It’s got some unique quirks and challenges, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. This is just a very fun, social game, and once people come out and try it, they’re hooked.”

Those who attend are asked to wear flat-soled shoes and comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement.  After a quick overview of the game and some basics from the club-certified coaches, visitors will  have the opportunity to get out on the green and play a mini-game or two.

For those interested in continuing in the sport, the club is offering a deal on a four-lesson package April 19-22 for $20 (to be deducted off the cost of the first year’s membership). Club coaches and members will be on site to teach and  assist in the basics and get novice players ready for game play in late April.

The Parksville Lawn Bowling Club is located at 149 E. Stanford Ave. across from  the former Parksville Elementary and behind Stanford Place. For more information, call the clubhouse at 250-954-3930 or check out the  extensive website at parksvillelawnbowlingclub.com.

— Submitted by PLBC

 

Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling

The Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club will also host its open house this weekend, with registration for the coming season taking place from noon to 3:30 p.m. on April 16-17.

Interested guests may come to watch or try lawn bowling for free under the tutelage of club members.

At the same time, existing full-time members may sign up in advance for the 2016 outdoor season, which begins May 1 with Mayor Teunis Westbroek rolling the ceremonial first bowl.

For info on registration and membership, call Brian Sutton at 250-594-1006. More info can be found at www.qblbc.com.

— Submitted by QBLBC

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