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ROCK 'N' BOWL

Under the best of circumstances, bowling is not easy.

But imagine trying to knock over those 10 little pins while 6,000-watt speakers blare your favorite song. Now add four mirror balls and colored lights gyrating in time with the music. Just then, fog rolls across the lane.

George Martins calls this cross between bowling and night clubbing Cosmic Bowling. Beginning New Year's Day, Spring Hill Lanes will offer the experience twice a week.

"It looks like a big theater show," said the bowling center manager. "There's just electricity in the air. It totally changes the environment."

Though it took $30,000 worth of light and sound equipment to transform the center, Martins said it will be well worth the effort.

"There's a big difference with the new equipment," Martins said. "It's like going from a jukebox to a good quality sound system."

Martins said Cosmic Bowling is not so much for the serious bowlers as it is for the serious socializer.

"This has been a trend in bowling centers across the country," said the bowling center's manager. "It's really a lot of fun and people love it."

On Flashback Fridays, bowlers can enjoy music from the '50s through the '80s. Geared toward a more mature crowd, lanes will be open from 9 p.m. to midnight.

"On Saturday, anything goes," Martins said.

Featuring mostly Top 40 music, Saturday Rock & Glo will be from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"We're not trying to cater to an exclusively teenage group on Saturdays," Martins said. "All ages are welcome."

Besides lights and sound that would rival a dance club, the bowling center boasts a video game room and snack bar and lounge.

On Cosmic Bowling nights, sign-ups for the 44 lanes will be first come, first served. The cost for a three-hour session is $9 per person with a minimum of three people per group. The price includes shoe rental, and bowling balls are available.

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