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Summer on the cheap for kids

Summer's almost here, which means the clock is ticking on lining up activities for the kids. Luckily, you don't have to spend a ton of money to keep them busy.

Several local and national businesses are hosting free and cheap summer kids programs that will keep your kids reading, bowling, making movies, watching movies and touring museums.

On top of that, Triangle-area libraries are kicking off free summer reading programs that reward kids -- and in some cases, adults -- for reading. Free book bags, stickers, weekly rewards and prizes, story hours, puppet shows, book clubs and contests are all in the works. Call your local library for details.

I'll add more activities as I find them. And if you know of a summer-on-the-cheap program, please post it in the comments section.

Buffaloe Lanes’ Strickland gains Hall of Fame spot

Buffaloe Lanes North fixture Nancy Strickland is the Capital Area U.S. Bowling Congress Association Hall of Fame’s 37th inductee.

Strickland, 61, of Raleigh, has been a bowler for 41 years at various area facilities, and she has served the area bowling community by being active in organizations such as the Capital Area USBC Association, the Raleigh Women’s Bowling Association and the N.C. Women’s Bowling Association.

Henderson Old Schoolers win senior bowling title

The Old Schoolers of Henderson rolled their way to victory in scratch and handicapped divisions during the Capital Area USBC Association’s annual B.H. Barbour Senior Tournament held Dec. 3-5 at Pleasant Valley Lanes in Raleigh.

The bowling organization recently released official results.

In the team handicapped competition, the Old Schoolers rolled a 3,031 total to win the $800 top prize. Second place and $400 went to a Raleigh team called Whatever with a 2,905.

Pedro the Lion among bowling champions

Pedro the Lion had a great weekend during the Capital Area USBC Association Open and Women's Tournament held over the weekends of Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7 at Buffaloe South and AMF Capital Lanes.

The Raleigh bowling organization recently released the official results of the event, the CAUSBCA's first tournament of the winter season.

Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday will benefit 4-H scholarship program

Have fun and support a great cause tonight by heading to AMF Capital Lanes in Raleigh.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., the nonprofit Raleigh Jaycees Community Impact Fund will conduct the sixth annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for the Wake County 4-H Camp Scholarship Program. Bowlers and spectators are welcome.

Bowling coming to North Hills

North Hills is getting a bowling complex.

Triangle entrepreneurs Chris Angel and Alan Fluke announced today that they will open Sparians Midtown Bowling Boutique in a space on the first floor of the Park & Market apartment building.

The complex will take up about 30,000 square feet -- the second largest retail space in North Hills -- and will include a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a bar.

“Although bowling will be the primary attraction, our main focus will be on creating a vibrant atmosphere with appetizing food, unlimited fun and impeccable service," said Fluke, managing partner and COO.

Sparians will feature 18 bowling lanes and two private suites with six lanes to accommodate group functions. Sparians will also allow Nintendo Wii and Xbox games to be played on large TV’s and projection screens.

Construction has yet to begin on the space, which will be across from Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery and the Captrust Tower.

12 bowlers honored for rolling 300 games

Bowlers in Capital Area USBC Association winter league produced a dozen
300 games plus seven 800 series and numerous runs of 11 strikes in a
row during February and March, according to results sanctioned and
released by the organization this past week.

Capital Area organization seeks bowlers to step into leadership roles

Recreational sports are more than fun and games.

A crucial part of any recreational sports organization is good
leadership, especially from those who step up to help lead their fellow
competitors and make leagues run smoothly.

The Capital Area USBC Association
is seeking bowlers to step up to serve on its board of directors or to
run for positions with the Capital Area USBC Youth Committee,
association representative Marion Boissiere said.

Triangle bowlers are recognized for rolling 300 games and other honor scores

The U.S. Bowling Congress national association has recognized
Triangle bowlers for their achievements in January, the Capital Area
USBC Association recently announced after the scores were certified.

Bowling 300 games were ...

Bowlers roll their way to championships and perfect games

Triangle bowlers rolled perfect games in November, and others won tournaments in recent weeks.

Capital Area USBC Association, part of the U.S. Bowling Congress, has
released its official, audited results for two of its biggest fall
events - the B.H. Barbour Senior Men's Tournament and the CAUSBCA women's tournament - plus a list of 300 games.

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