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Manatee Lanes offers enticing class

The Learn To Bowl program is designed to help novice bowlers learn the game and allow those with experience to brush up on their skills.

With fall league play about to get into full swing, area bowling establishments are making all sorts of preparations to entice and entertain regular bowlers.

One establishment soon will begin offering a course designed to help novice bowlers learn the game and allow those with experience to brush up on their skills. Manatee Lanes' Learn To Bowl program will begin later this month.

This is the fourth in a series of classes that are part of a program offered by the Bowling Proprietors of America. Manatee Lanes owner Marion Langlo said she often gets suggestions from the national organization for various courses to offer its customers. She said she chose to offer this program because its content and length are conducive to many players.

"We thought that a four-week Learn To Bowl program was something that people would be very interested in," Langlo said. "It doesn't tie up an extended period of time and they can accomplish the basics or polish up on their skills."

The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. beginning Aug. 18. The cost is $29.95 for individual and/or group lessons, which will be taught by members of the Manatee Lanes coaching staff.

Langlo said the talent level of participants can vary because "the coaches work at different levels all the time."

And while the course is designed to help bowlers improve, Langlo said she enjoys being able to offer the classes because they have added benefits.

"The nicest thing to see is that people begin to feel more comfortable with brushing up and they feel better about joining a league after that because it builds confidence," Langlo said. "And the other nice thing is that they meet people. A lot of people around here are seniors who are alone and they end up meeting people that become their bowling buddies."

The class is limited to the first 32 adults who register.

"It doesn't matter the skill level; they can help you brush up on what you already know or help you learn," Langlo said.

For more information or to register, call (352) 795-4546.

LEAGUES STILL FORMING: Many bowling establishments remain in the midst of forming fall leagues, and several organizational meetings are planned.

Sportsmen's Bowl will hold a meeting for its Monday Nite Scratch league at 9 p.m. Aug. 23, and the Morning Glory Ladies Handicap league will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 24. Meetings for Sportsmen's 11 other fall Leagues also have been planned. For information, call 726-2873.

Manatee Lanes has several women's groups that are looking for bowlers to join their leagues. The Morning Birds, for one, will meet at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 31.

On Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., the Benefit League will hold its organizational meeting. This league donates one-half of its prize fund to charity annually.

Also, the Manatee Mermaids will meet at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 19. For more information, call 795-4546.

REACHING PERFECTION: A year of near-misses culminated in a perfect game for Jim Sisco recently. Sisco, 67, bowled a 300 in the Adult/Youth League at Manatee Lanes on Aug. 1. During the past year, Sisco had come close to perfection by bowling a 299.