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  • June 16, 2017 10:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Olympic Medalists & Hollywood Celebrities Hit the Curling Ice June 30-July 2 at the Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel

    Charity match pairs up Hollywood stars, best-in-the-world curlers to benefit youth sports

    (Valencia, Calif.) Updated June 14, 2017 – Most Southern Californians won’t be spending their Fourth of July weekends on ice. But from June 30 to July 2, the coolest place to be will be Ice Station Valencia, as Hollywood Curling’s annual Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel brings curlers from around the world for a weekend of fun and competition.

    The weekend's highlight will be a celebrity match on Saturday, July 1, pairing up Hollywood celebs and some of the world's best curlers, some of whom will be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The event is open to the public, and confirmed participants include:

    ·  John Shuster, skip (that's curling for "captain") of the US men's curling team, five-time American champion and three-time Olympian, including a bronze medal-winning performance in 2006. 2018 Olympic hopeful, Team USA.

    ·  Kimmy Robertson, best known for her roles in Twin Peaks and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

    ·  Samm Levine, from the cult hit Freaks and Geeks.

    ·  Jake Thomas, who starred as the title character’s little brother, Matt, on Lizzie McGuire.

    ·  Christoffer Svae, member of Norway's men's curling team, 2014 world champion, winner of a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and originator of Team Norway's famous pants. 2018 Olympic hopeful, Team Norway.

    ·  Josh Brener, known for his hilarious role as Nelson ‘Big Head’ Bighetti’ in HBO’s Silicon Valley

    ·  Scott Whyte, best known as the iconic Gunnar Stahl in D2: The Mighty Ducks

    ·  Oskar Eriksson and Christoffer Sundgren, reigning European champions from Sweden, and silver medal winners at this year's world championships. Not only are they the top ranked team in the world, coming off three Grand Slam wins this season, but they were just confirmed as the team selected for the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

    ·  Debbie McCormick, 2003 curling world champion and four-time Winter Olympian.

    ·  Daryl Evans, long-time NHL player and current radio color commentator for the LA Kings.

    ·  Kaitlyn Jenkins, an accomplished singer, dancer and actress best known for her role on ABC Family’s Bunheads

    ·  Mike Harris, winner of a silver medal as skip for the Canadian men's curling team at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

    ·  Ransford Doherty, star of TV’s Major Crimes

    ·  Kirk Fogg, actor and host of Legends of the Hidden Temple

    ·  Eden Riegel, actress best known for playing Bianca on All My Children

    ·  Korey Dropkin, world junior silver medalist in 2016, and 2018 Olympic hopeful on Team McCormick.

    ·  Becca Hamilton, 2014 women's American national curling champion, 2017 US National Mixed Double Champion. 2018 Olympic hopeful, Team USA.

    ·  Colin Hodgson, winner of two Grand Slam of Curling events in 2016, 2018 Winter Olympic trials qualifier and member of the world's fourth-ranked curling team. 2018 Olympic hopeful, Team Canada.

    ·  More stars being confirmed and added daily

    The celebrity game will begin at 8pm at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Santa Clarita. Admission is free, but raffles, a silent auction, merchandise and more will raise funds for School of Rocks, Hollywood Curling’s youth program that brings the sport to local schools. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of the game. This year's match will also include a $5,000 Draw to the Button contest: Five lucky competitors will have the chance to throw a perfect stone and win $5,000 in cash.

    Now in its ninth year, the Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel (curling tournaments are called bonspiels) will feature 32 teams and 128 athletes from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as Norway. Matches throughout the tournament will also be open to the public for no charge.

    Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel matches will begin at 8 AM each day, with games continuing late into the evening. The opening ceremony will be at 3:15 PM on Friday, June 30. The championship match begins at 11 AM on Sunday, July 2, with trophies and medals given out during the awards ceremony at 1:45 PM. All games will take place at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia.

    About Hollywood Curling

    Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and a youth program called School of Rocks. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac). For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.

    About the sport of curling

    The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes or brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters.

    Contact

    Liza Beres, President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818- 850-6692
    c: 
    323-387-8985
    e: 
    liza@hollywoodcurling.org

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  • May 16, 2017 8:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Its summer, and we've never been more excited about heading to summer school! Our Summer Curling Academy is designed to improve your skills as a curler, no matter what level you might be at!

    We have so many ways to get into curling. Sign up in advance for all five weeks, and only pay for four!  Or, opt to go a la carte for each night or location that works with your summer vacay schedule.

    CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE EVENT PAGE TO REGISTER

    I am....

    • New to curling, never tried it.  Sign up as a Freshman for the beginner course, and start with a night of instruction, then build on it week after week as you ease into playing games with coaching and skills clinics throughout the summer.
    • I've done it once or twice, but I'm looking for more instruction!  Sign up as a Sophomore, and we'll help you with review of the basics, then build on that with more work on skills and concepts of the game, as well as game play.
    • I've played in leagues, but I want to learn how to curl better! Sign up as an Undergrad, and work with some of our most experienced curlers weekly to improve your skills in a mix of drills and game situations. (Steph Larson, Cameron Ross, and Parker Shook to name names...)
    • I just want to play some games, without instructors lurking over me!  Sign up as a Grad, and show up to play games. Teams will be assigned nightly based on the people on hand. 


    Dates & Location Info:

    July 15 - 7pm @ Ice Station Valencia

    July 22 - 7pm @ Ice Station Valencia

    August 12 - 10:15pm @ Pasadena Ice Skating Center

    August 19 - 10:15pm @ Pasadena Ice Skating Center

    August 26 - 7:15pm @ Ice Station Valencia

  • May 16, 2017 8:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the date for this one day USCA Level I Instructor Certification course.  We are working on more details, but we are working on subsidizing the cost to our members to make it as affordable as possible, probably in the ball park of $40.  This will include all course materials, off ice lesson, and on ice instruction.

    Please fill out the registration form to express your interest, and we will follow up with more details as they are sorted out.

    For more information on USCA Level I Instructor Course, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Sport-Education/Certifications-and-Training/Instruction

  • April 12, 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't miss out on the HOTTEST summer spiel!  The 9th Annual Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel is open for registration now!  Get your team registered ASAP!



  • January 05, 2017 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Hollywood Curling to Host Two Valentine's Day Learn to Curl Events, Complete with Roses and Curling-Stone Chocolates


    LOS ANGELES – January 5, 2017 – Looking for a unique Valentine's Day date? Why not try curling? Hollywood Curling Club, Los Angeles County's only organization dedicated to the sport, will be offering a pair of Valentine's Day-themed Learn to Curl date nights.


    Registration for two includes a two-hour Learn to Curl session as well as a long-stemmed rose and handmade curling-stone chocolates. No curling experience whatsoever is required; Hollywood Curling's expert instructors will cover the basics of throwing, sweeping and strategy and get participants curling in a real game. All necessary equipment will be provided; participants just need to wear warm, comfortable clothes and flat, rubber-soled shoes.


    The Learn to Curls will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10:15 PM at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 Green St. in Pasadena and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7:45 PM at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Dr., in Valencia. Registration for both events is available online at http://hollywoodcurling.org/learntocurl. A couples registration is $60 and includes two spaces in the Learn to Curl, a long-stemmed rose and curling-stone chocolates. (Solo registration is also available for $25 and does not include a rose or chocolates.)


    Hollywood Curling also has more Learn to Curl options scheduled if Valentine's Day isn't convenient: There will be two-hour Learn to Curl sessions at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center at 10:15 PM on Jan. 7, 21 and 28, and Feb. 8, all Saturday evenings. There's also an outdoor pop-up curling session at the ice rink in Pershing Square in downtown LA on Jan. 8 at 8:30 AM. (The pop-up is a 1-hour session that costs just $5!) And there'll be even more chances to learn to curl throughout the year, with dates to be announced soon. To register, and for more information on all upcoming events, visit http://hollywoodcurling.org/learntocurl.


    About Hollywood Curling
    Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and junior summer camps. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association. For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.
     
    About the sport of curling
    The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes or brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing in large part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share ice with hockey players and figure skaters.
     
    Contacts

    Jason Horn

    c: 847-902-0860

    e: jasonhorn31@gmail.com


    Liza Beres, President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818- 850-6692
    c: 323-387-8985
    e: liza@hollywoodcurling.org

  • December 17, 2016 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: How come we aren't in Panorama City any more?

    A:  You probably noticed that we didn't return to Valley Ice Center in the fall like we've normally done in the past.  This was for several reasons.  Primarily, the ice conditions at the VIC were becoming completely unplayable on sheets A and B, due to a severe heave in one corner of the rink, which they were not able to improve for us. At the same time, the Olympic sheet in Valencia became available during the same Sunday night slot, and faced with a decision between 4 playable sheets in Valencia and 2 in Panorama City, with only 5 sets of stones we chose to play in Valencia for the Fall.  

    We have a great relationship with Lloyd, the general manager, who was always willing to help us out, as far as the owners would let him.  We had planned to return to the VIC for a short league in January, but the owners decided to reallocate that slot for their own personal stick time instead. Additionally, last spring when we tried to work with the owners to do a set up in the parking lot for outreach during CicLAvia, they were unwilling to give us any space for our street curling set up, unwilling to let us park food trucks there that we were willing to coordinate, and not interested in renting out ice time during the day so we could get people on the ice.


    Ultimately we have to vote with our wallets and it became clear that Valencia is the better investment for now. While the drive is farther for most of us, our league players have been much happier with the playability of the ice and the social aspect of sticking around to broomstack after a game.  We've continued to foster healthy relationships with other rinks around town, and we are excited to be starting a new partnership with the rink in Pasadena in January and February.  Our goal is to continue to expose new people to the sport of curling, while fostering curlers at the local, national and international level.  We believe that expanding the sport to more rinks in Los Angeles benefits us all. This does not preclude us from returning to the VIC in the future. We will continue to monitor their ice and available ice times.


    Thank you to all of you who have made the trek up to Valencia this year, and we hope to see you there and in Pasadena, not to mention our pop up events around the city in 2017 and beyond!


  • December 06, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hollywood Curling Ice Technician Grant is a program intended to support our members who are interested in the art of curling ice making and to increase ice making knowledge within our club. The program will provide a $500 stipend to approved members to attend an ice technician course of their choosing in exchange for working on our Hollywood ice. Ice tech course must be USCA, WCF, or Curling Canada approved.

    Participants will receive $250 up front for course related expenses, and the other $250 upon completion of the following supplemental activities:

    • Create instructions/hold a seminar to standardize ice prep for league night

    • Conduct monthly ice surveys to provide the rink ice crew feedback on the ice surface

    • Participate on the 2017 Blockbuster Bonspiel ice crew (entry fee will also be comped if you choose to play)

      To apply, please send an email to board@hollywoodcurling.org and include:

    • A bio, including any previous ice tech experience

    • Explain why you are interested in becoming an ice tech

    • Indicate the course you plan to attend, along with a budget for your trip

    • Any other information you feel is relevant to your application

      Applicants will be chosen on a rolling basis. 

      In the event a fellow is unable to complete their duties, any monies dispersed from the club must be returned within 30 days of notice.

  • June 20, 2016 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jeremy Miller, Jake Thomas, More Stars Take to the Ice for Celebrity Curling Game July 2; Alan Thicke to appear

    Charity match pairs up Hollywood stars, best-in-the-world curlers to benefit youth sports

    (Valencia, Calif.) UPDATED June 27, 2016 – Most Southern Californians won’t be spending their Fourth of July weekends on ice. But from July 1 to 3, the coolest place to be will be Ice Station Valencia, as Hollywood Curling’s annual Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel brings curlers from around the world for a weekend of fun and competition.

    Anybody can take part by watching some of their favorite Hollywood celebs take to the ice during a free celebrity match for charity on July 2! Confirmed participants include:

    • Jeremy Miller, best known as Ben Seaver in the hit family sitcom Growing Pains
    • R.J. Mitte, who played Walter White Jr. in AMC's Breaking Bad, and had a recurring role on Switched at Birth
    • Scott Whyte, best known as the iconic Gunnar Stahl in D2: The Mighty Ducks
    • Jake Thomas, who starred as the title character’s little brother, Matt, on Lizzie McGuire
    • Daryl Sabara, memorably known for his lead role in the Spy Kids franchise
    • Marc Bendavid, star of SyFy's current hit Dark Matter, and Degrassi: Next Generation
    • Thom Rivera, who has appeared on hit shows including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Telenovela and New Girl

    [A previous release included Wil Wheaton, who is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.]

    Each Hollywood celebrity will be paired up with a curling expert, including Olympians (Mike Harris, who won a silver medal for Canada in Nagano in 1998; and Debbie McCormick, captain of the US women’s team in 1992, 2002, 2010 and 2014), national champions (Becca Hamilton, who won in 2014, and her brother Matt Hamilton, who won in 2015) and other world-class performers (top American curler Jamie Sinclair, top Canadian curler Colin Hodgson, and Director of High Performance for USA Curling Derek Brown).

    The celebrity game will begin at 8 PM at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia. Admission is free, but raffles, a silent auction, merchandise and more will raise funds for School of Rocks, Hollywood Curling’s youth program that brings the sport to local schools. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of the game.

    In addition to the Celebrity Match, there will be a meet and greet hour with Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who will be on hand to help promote the sport and the club and raise some funds for youth sports.  He will be onsite on Saturday, July 2 from 3:30p-4:30p.

    Now in its eighth year, the Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel (curling tournaments are called bonspiels) will feature 32 teams and 128 athletes from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as Ireland. Matches throughout the tournament will also be open to the public for no charge.

    Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel matches will begin at 8 AM each day, with games continuing late into the evening. The opening ceremony will be at 3 PM on Friday, July 1. The championship match begins at 11 AM on Sunday, July 3, with trophies and medals given out during the awards ceremony at 1:45 PM. All games will take place at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia.

    About Hollywood Curling

    Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and a youth program called School of Rocks. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac). For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.

    About the sport of curling

    The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes or brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters.

    Contact

    Liza Beres, President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818- 850-6692

    c: 323-387-8985

    e: liza@hollywoodcurling.org

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  • March 27, 2016 6:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ever wanted to play with an Olympian and a World Champion?  Now is your chance!


    Add Debbie McCormick to your team as your skip by bidding in our RENT A RINGER auction this week on eBay!  Your winning bid will secure a place in our spiel for you and two teammates, even if the bonspiel sells out!


      

    Four-time Olympian Debbie McCormick is one of the most famous and recognizable names in American Curling. In addition to four Olympic appearances, she has represented the U.S. at nine Women's World Championships, taking silver in 2006 and gold in 2003. She is a five-time Continental Cup participant, and has been to the U.S. National Championships sixteen times.


    Bidding will open on Sunday, March 27, and will close on Sunday, April 3.  You'll be able to bid here once the auction is live.


  • March 27, 2016 6:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel 8

    • 3 game minimum
    • 36 team
    • 4 brackets, prizes for winners and runners up
    • Friday night banquet
    • Breakfast & Lunch tickets
    • Amazing silent auction & raffle prizes
    • The Travolta Cup consolation event

    Plus, back by popular demand:

    Our Rent A Ringer Auction &

    4th Annual Celebrity Charity Curling Match


    Read more or register »

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