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February 17, 2010 > Curling on ice

Curling on ice

By Biff Jones

With the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics underway, the sport of curling picks up people's interest, as it seems to do every four years. Olympic Curling runs from February 16-27 but is year round in the Bay Area. If you are one of those with increased interest, you may want to contact the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (SFBACC) to find out how you can take up the sport.

According to Brent Halpenny of the SFBACC, "We are a sociable group." After curling sessions, the curlers get together for soft drinks and adult beverages at the local restaurant in the ice rink.

This is a good way to meet new friends, get some exercise and limber-up those stiff joints. It is a lot more difficult than bowling and takes some mental foresight as in playing chess or checkers. What a better way to beat the heat on a hot summer's night than by enjoying an evening of curling in a cool ice rink.

Curling is held on a regular basis at Shark's Ice rinks in Fremont, San Jose and Oakland. For more information, visit www.bayareacurling.com.

Sharks Ice at Fremont is located at 44388 Old Warm Springs Boulevard (near Nummi and Fry's); in San Jose Sharks Ice can be found at 1500 S. 10th Street (downtown, near Spartan and Municipal stadiums); and in Oakland, the Oakland Ice Center is located at 519 18th Street (in the "uptown" part of downtown, 1/2 block from the 19th Street BART station).

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