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  • June 11, 2014 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Hollywood Curling’s Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel Hits Valencia July 4-6


    Southern California’s largest curling tournament features international competitors, Olympic medal winners, a celebrity game and more.


    (Valencia, Calif.) Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Most Southern Californians won’t be spending their Fourth of July weekends on ice. But from July 4 to 6, 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.

    Now in its 6th year, the Blockbuster Bonspiel (a traditional curling word for tournament) will feature 36 teams and 144 athletes from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as Switzerland. Competitors include five Olympic athletes , including four time Olympian and World Champion Debbie McCormick; Mike Harris, who won the silver medal for Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics and serves as a curling commentator for CBC Sports; and Patrick McDonald, a wheelchair curler who was skip of the American teams at the 2014 and 2010 Paralympic Games.


    Spectators are free of charge and welcome for the whole event! The Blockbuster Bonspiel will welcome visitors throughout the tournament, with friendly volunteers on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of the game.


    Blockbuster Bonspiel matches will begin at 8:30 AM each day, with games continuing late into the evening. The opening ceremony will be at 3:45 on Friday, July 4. The championship match begins at 12:30 PM on Sunday, July 6, with trophies and medals given out during the awards ceremony at 3 PM. All games will take place at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia.


    In addition to the regular schedule, Hollywood Curling will host a very special Celebrity Chairty Curling Match to raise funds for local youth sports charity LA84. At 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 5, teams of Hollywood celebrities will be paired with Olympic and National level curlers for a fun exhibition match. This year’s celebrities feature Eden Riegel (All My Children, The Young and the Restless, American Pie); Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hot Shots),; Josh Randall (Ed, Scrubs, Greek, Criminal Minds); Francis Capra (Veronica Mars, Heroes); Gregory Jbara (Blue Bloods,  American Dad, Big Miracle; Tony Award for Billy Elliott) ; Lloyd Eisler (Olympic and World Champion Figure Skater); Tickets to the Celebrity Game will be $5 general admission (free for kids under 3), and will be available first-come, first-serve at the Ice Station Valencia box office beginning at 6:30 PM.  (Video of last year’s event can be viewed here.)


    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 (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.


    Contacts

    Liza Beres

    Vice President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818- 850-6692

    c: 323-387-8985

    e: liza@hollywoodcurling.org


    Larry Lieberman

    President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818-850-6692

    e: larry@hollywoodcurling.org


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  • May 30, 2014 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hollywood Curling is proud to announce that Four Time Olympian and World Champion Debbie McCormick will be on hand at our Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel with the Goldline Mobile Pro Shop.

    The Shop will be set up at the Ice Station Valencia, and has a variety of curling shoes, brooms, gloves, sliders, stabilizers, replacement broom pads, clothing, novelty items and much more!  You will have the opportunity to try on items and ask any questions about equipment you may have.  Come and see what the pros use!

    A percentage of sales will be donated to Hollywood Curling.


    For advance inquiries & orders:

    Email Debbie at curling@usa.com or Phone 608-212-6047




  • May 13, 2014 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Hollywood Curling to host free wheelchair curling class with US Paralympic team captain Patrick McDonald


    Los Angeles – May 10, 2014 - Curling may not be the best-known sport in America, especially in Southern California, but Hollywood Curling, the only organization dedicated to curling in Los Angeles County, wants to make sure everyone can try it out.


    On June 28, 2014, Hollywood Curling will host a free curling class for wheelchair-bound athletes taught by Patrick McDonald, an international wheelchair curling champion and skip (that’s curling-speak for captain) of the US curling team at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The class will run from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and will be held at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Dr., Valencia, California.  Advance registration is required via www.hollywoodcurling.org .  [CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT PAGE ON WEBSITE]


    A US Army veteran, McDonald lost the use of his legs in 1991 when an armored personnel carrier he was riding in rolled over on the way back from patrol in Korea. He has won numerous medals at wheelchair curling championships around the world and has been the skip for Team USA since 2012. His team came in fourth at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver and in fifth at the 2014 games in Sochi. In addition to curling, McDonald is also active in golf, bowling and kayaking, and he hopes to one day compete at the Summer Paralympic Games in shooting. He is originally from California but now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


    No curling experience whatsoever is required for the class, which will cover both the rules and basics of curling in general, as well as the special skills and equipment needed for wheelchair athletes. This event is reserved for those individuals who are non-ambulant or can only walk very short distances. This includes athletes with significant physical impairments in lower leg/gait function, such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or double leg amputation, who use a wheelchair for daily mobility. Both men and women are encouraged to attend.


    The class is presented in partnership with the Triumph Foundation, whose goal is to inspire individuals with spinal cord injuries to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. Ice Station Valencia has also generously agreed to donate ice time for the class. For information about sponsoring this event, please email Dwight Okahara at Dwight@HollywoodCurling.org.

    Wheelchair curling is an internationally recognized sport, and competitive play is governed by the World Curling Federation. For more information on wheelchair curling, visit http://www.worldcurling.org/about-wheelchair-curling.


    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 (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.


    Contacts

    Liza Beres, Vice President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818- 850-6692

    e: liza@hollywoodcurling.org


    Larry Lieberman, President, Hollywood Curling

    p: 818-850-6692

    e: larry@hollywoodcurling.org


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  • May 02, 2014 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Don't miss out on our Summer OPEN league in Valencia!  Registrations are now open to the public.  

    Click here to see more info and for registration links:
  • April 15, 2014 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This will be a hot ticket item for our bonspiel this year, and we want you, our members and followers to help us come up with a winning design! The winner of the design contest will not only have their patch realized and distributed to over 130 curlers at our bonspiel, but they will also be given five free entries into our Celebrity Charity Game raffle for the chance to play in the Celebrity Game at our Bonspiel this summer, as well as some other Hollywood Curling merchandise and swag.

    Guidelines for the patch design:
    - Following our theme of Summer Blockbusters, patches should capture the "Hollywood spirit", and all the glitz and glam of the film and television industry.
    - Patches must be no larger than 4" in width, and 4" in height. (Patches can be any shape, not limited to standard geometric shapes.)
    - Designs should be unique and simple and should be able to be easily reproduced as an embroidered patch.
    - A maximum of five colours may be used, including black and white.
    - Designs may incorporate existing Hollywood Curling logos. Please email us for access to those logos.
    - Patches should include the following text:
    Hollywood Curling
    2014 Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel

    Submissions must be received no later than May 2, 2014, and should be sent as a .eps or .psd file with a resolution of 300dpi. 



    ENTRY INFORMATION:
    Please submit your patch design via email to patch@hollywoodcurling.org.  Please include in the body of the email your first and last name, home mailing address, primary phone number, club affiliation (if applicable).  Multiple entries will be accepted.

    Liability:
    Contest organizers
    1. Reserve the right to not use any entries submitted for patch design.
    2. Reserve the right to use any entry as the basis for patch designs in future years, whether or not there is a patch contest.
    3.  Will protect the integrity of the winner's design composition as much as possible.  Changes may be made to assist in the production of the patch.
    4.  Reserve the exclusive right to authorize the reproduction of the winning design.  
    5. Reserves the right to all entries to be reproduced or used for promotion, including via social media, website, and other electronic means for the purpose of promoting Hollywood Curling or the Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel (current or subsequent years).
    5.  Are not responsible for incomplete entries, or entries that are lost, corrupted, or not able to be read.
    6. Retain the right to use the applicant's name, photo and design in perpetuity for promotional or reproductive purposes.


    Design entry must be contestants original creation, and may not contain any other artist's work, including copy written or plagiarized images (with the exception of existing Hollywood Curling logos).

  • February 26, 2014 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dates Just Added

    Can't believe we sold out so quickly? Neither can we! We added some more Learn to Curl dates, and we'll be adding more soon! Keep checking our website and our Facebook page for updates!

    New Learn to Curl Opportunities

    SUNDAY, APR. 6 - 6:15pm

    SUNDAY, APR. 13 - 6:15pm

    SUNDAY, APR. 27 - 6:15pm

    SUNDAY, MAY 4 - 6:15pm

    SUNDAY, MAY 18 - 6:15pm

    Click here to view these events on our Learn to Curl page and to register.

    Already attended a Learn to Curl?
    Come out again, and we'll help you work on more advanced skills!

    Advance sign ups are required for all Learn to Curls, and your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received in full. We don't offer refunds, but we will do our best to accommodate reschedule requests if made at least 48 hours before the original event booked.

    Pick Up Games
    You asked, and we listened! We are working on adding some dates to our calendar for pick up games in March, April and May. We are working very carefully with our rink to try to secure times, but ice is in high demand right now! Stay tuned!
  • February 25, 2014 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are thrilled at the response to curling!  We can't believe we sold out so quickly.  Please bear with us as we work on booking more dates.  Join our mailing list to be the first to hear about new dates as soon as they get announced.

    In the meantime- THANK YOU L.A. for your interest in curling!

    Check back soon!
  • February 05, 2014 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Hollywood Curling expecting record attendance for public curling lessons this winter

    By Liza Beres January 24, 2014

    Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Curling is offering numerous public curling lessons, and expects sell out crowds and record attendance to upcoming events, boosted by the upcoming Winter Olympic games from Sochi, Russia.
    Hollywood Curling offers multiple open houses and clinics throughout the year. The public is invited to attend a Learn to Curl event, where they will learn the basics on how to deliver a stone, how and why sweeping is necessary, and the basic terminology and scoring of the game. Beginners are then encouraged to join a beginner league to put their new found skills to work, and to see for themselves why curling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.
    An Open House will be held on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 from 12:30p-4:00p at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center, 8750 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA. The public is invited to drop in to learn more about the sport and Hollywood Curling. $5 per person.

    Learn to Curl events are scheduled for the following evenings at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center: Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 23, Feb. 28. Additional events will be scheduled at Ice Station Valencia the weekend of Feb. 7-8. Information is frequently updated on the club’s website.

    Advance registration and payment is required for all events. Learn to Curl events are $20 for adults, $15 for juniors (under 21). Registration information can be found at www.Hollywoodcurling.org .

    About Hollywood Curling

    Founded in December, 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five clubs in California, and the only club in Los Angeles County. Their goal is to offer the game 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 a local, national and international level.

    In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also strives to accommodate corporate events, private parties, and junior summer camps.

    Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, non-profit 501-(c)3 organization, and is a member in good standing with USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac).

    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 U.S. in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010, 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, who share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters, like Hollywood Curling.



    Contact Info

    Liza Beres
    Vice President, Hollywood Curling
    p: 818- 850-6692
    e: info@hollywoodcurling.org


    Larry Lieberman
    President, Hollywood Curling
    p: 818-850-6692
    e: info@hollywoodcurling.org


    www.hollywoodcurling.org


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  • January 24, 2014 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click the picture to go to registration!
  • January 22, 2014 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Want to find out more about what's going on at Hollywood Curling.  Check out our January newsletter, packed with info on leagues, learn to curls, play down results, supporting the Olympic athletes headed to Sochi, and more.  

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