The Estevan Curling Club is going to have a very busy schedule this year, and it will be highlighted by one of the premier curling events in the province.
The SaskTel Southern Men's Playdowns will be at the club from January 17 to 20, 2013. It's the first time since 2009 that the playdowns have been held in Estevan, and it is expected to bring some of the top men's curling teams in the province to Estevan.
"It's really important for us that we have these events," said Estevan Curling Club manager Pauline Ziehl-Grimsrud. "They're great fundraisers. They're great ways to bring up the profile of the club in the province. It's just really good curling. It's really entertaining. It's nice to come down to the rink and see some of these guys that you might see on TV or on the tours."
A committee has already been formed to plan the event.
Several other special events are happening during the 2012-13 season, including:
*A Saskatchewan Curling Association juvenile camp, with instructors from Regina, will be on October 26 and 27. A full slate of 30 curlers between 13 and 17 are participating. Video analysis will be included in the clinic. A one-day camp for curlers ages nine to 12 will be happening November 10.
*The Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association's regionals will be happening February 15 and 16.
*The juvenile zone playdowns in boys, girls and open divisions will be March 8 and 10. The winners in each division will advance directly to provincials.
*Bonspiel dates for this year include a glow curling event December 14; the Kudu youth bonspiel from January 11 to 13; the Roy's Transmission/McComb Automotive men's bonspiel and the A&A Jewellery women's bonspiel February 1 to 3; a first-ever corporate bonspiel March 1 to 3; and the season-ending Estevan Oilfield Technical Society's Oilmen's Bonspiel March 21 to 24.
The club will once again have several leagues. Women's leagues are on Monday nights, the youth league and the competitive league are on Tuesdays, the recreation league is on Wednesdays and the open league is on Thursdays. An afternoon open league runs Monday to Wednesday each week, beginning at 1 p.m.
Sundays will include the Timbits program for young curlers, and a learn-to-curl program for adults.
"People have been phoning in already and registering (for our leagues)," said Ziehl-Grimsrud. "We set up at City-Wide Registration and filled up our Timbits program."
The curling club will host an open house on October 23 and 24, allowing curlers to practice and get ready for the upcoming season. The event has proven to be very popular in recent years.
Their first league games will occur on October 29.
Ziehl-Grimsrud said the club has been renovating their lounge, with fresh paint, new furniture, a new television and an overall updated look. The lounge is open to the public.