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All area centers, including Englewood Bowl, are seeking winter league players

It's time to sign up for fall-winter leagues at area bowling centers.
It's time to sign up for fall-winter leagues at area bowling centers.

The 2014-15 fall-winter season is rapidly approaching, and all seven area centers are currently involved in singing up prospective bowlers, in addition to hosting organizational meetings for the various leagues.

A full schedule of leagues is being offered at Sarasota Lanes, three AMF centers (Bradenton, Gulf Gate and Venice), two Port Charlotte houses (Bowland Port Charlotte and Treasure Lanes, and yes, Englewood Bowl.

Despite a number of unsubstantiated rumors and presumptions that Englewood Bowl is about to close its doors for good, that center is proceeding full speed ahead with plans for the pending league season.

"We're definitely going to be open for the (2014-15 fall-winter) season," said Englewood Bowl proprietor Jesse Jones. "Despite various rumors, including one that the center is about to be turned into office space, it will be business as usual this season."

Jones added that there are still openings for mixed leagues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, and would-be participants can sign up at the center or call (941) 474-5265.

The Englewood center does not have a functional Web site at present, but each of the other area establishments have a Web site that offers full information about signups for fall-winter competition.

For league sign-up and registration forms, simply click below on the name of the center(s) where you might want to bowl, or you can call the listed phone numbers.

Sarasota Lanes to host annual Good Old Days starting on Aug. 29

Mark your calendar for the annual Good Old Days promotion offered by Sarasota Lanes, with this summer's event scheduled to run from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, until 9 p.m. on each of those days.

Good Old Days -- offering games of bowling, hot dogs, draft beer and soda at 75 cents each -- provides area bowlers an opportunity to fine-tune their game in a cost-saving manner in conjunction with the start of the 2014-15 winter-league season. For additional information, contact the center at (941) 955-7629.

Sarasota-Manatee association's annual meeting is Aug. 17

A reminder that the annual meeting of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Association will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, on Wilkinson Road in Sarasota, at 1 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 17).

The meeting -- which will include election of officers, committee reports and full budget and finance information -- is open to all SMCBA members. For additional information, contact association manager Terry Wood at 723-1134.

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