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Curling club looking for new members

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Keith Jackson has only been curling for eight weeks.

"I always used to watch it with my Dad on the TV, Olympics," said Jackson, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "It's something I always wanted to try so I gave it a shot."

The Cedar Rapids Curling Club formed last year and is just finishing up its summer league.

"Moving here, I work for TransAmerica, I was like there's no clubs here," said Lon Peper, one of the club's co-founders and the current president. "I said, 'Well, let's see if they're interested in trying to get one going.'"

There are around 30 people in the club and they're looking new members before the fall season, recruiting with an open house this weekend. Anyone can join the club from experienced curlers to beginners who've never tried the sport before

The club has a mix of both, new players like Jackson and people like Mark Olson who used to curl but had a hard time finding a group in Iowa.

"They didn't have any clubs where I was for several years and then got here and noticed that a club was starting up and I had to be a part of it," said Olson, who lives in Marion.

The game works like this, for every stone your team gets closer to the bulls eye than your opponent you get a point. Skips call out instructions, and sweepers help guide the stone towards where you want it to go.

"They describe it as shuffleboard on ice," said Peper. "It's also chess on ice because there's a lot of strategy involved, golf because you got to read the ice like you read the green."

These curlers say anyone can learn how to play.

The club's open house is at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Everyone at the event will get a chance to try the sport.

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