Surely the recent weather invites us to be outside enjoying the sunshine and the warmer temperatures! What to do now that curling, cross-country skiing, and hockey are finished for another winter? Why not consider LAWN BOWLING! It is often associated with older folks, but lawn bowling can be enjoyed at any age as it is active, competitive, and fun. The game incorporates rules, strategies, and skills similar to curling and bowling.

The Almonte Lawn Bowling Club (ALBC), in existence since 1911, is gearing up for another season, and members are working to promote the game by providing adequate training at all levels, beginner to experienced. As well, this year the club welcomes for a low fee, people who may not want to bowl, but do want to come out to enjoy watching the game and socializing at the clubhouse, located at 157 Roberts Street, Almonte.                                                   .

An Open House and Instruction is scheduled every day from 10:00 to 12:00 pm, May 23-29, 2015.  There is no obligation to join the club—just come out and have some fun exploring what the game of lawn bowls is all about! Experienced, certified coaches will be on hand to teach the basics of the game and answer any questions.

New members to the club can join for the low cost of $50.00 after a two week free trial of the game. Returning members can renew their membership for the low seasonal fee of $85.00, which also includes membership in the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association.

Lawn bowling will take place regularly Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, from 6:30~8:30 pm. Teams are not fixed at the beginning of the season as in some leagues, but rather, are organized based on numbers of players who arrive to play each evening. This appeals to members who do not want to commit to being present every evening throughout the season which stretches through the summer months, beginning May 11th, and ending in mid-late September. For the more competitive minded members, games are organized for Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm, so that teams or individuals can prepare for tournament play.

ALBC hosts tournaments throughout the summer, and provides encouragement to members to play at other clubs in the local and provincial regions. In addition, some social events are organized throughout the year to eat, drink, and talk…about lawn bowling, of course!

All you need to lawn bowl is a good pair of running shoes, clothing for sunny weather, and a good sense of humour. The lawn bowls can be borrowed from the club on a game by game basis, though many members elect to buy their own once they have some experience. Lawn bowling is good exercise though not too taxing, and the members are a friendly, accepting group. For more information, contact Cecil or Ruth DuBois, 613 256 7030.

Come on out—give it a try if you are new to the sport, and if you have bowled before, consider taking it up again this year.  See you on the greens!!