“The Speedos” are pictured at the 2013 Heart and Stroke Curlathon. The 2014 edition takes place Feb. 22

“The Speedos” are pictured at the 2013 Heart and Stroke Curlathon. The 2014 edition takes place Feb. 22

Heart & Stroke Curlathon welcomes first time curlers

Calling all curlers and non-curlers alike, the annual Heart and Stroke Curlathon is only days away.

Calling all curlers and non-curlers alike, the annual Heart and Stroke Curlathon is only days away.

“What we want is people that are non-curlers. It’s not competitive at all; it’s just a fun day to come out, try curling, have fun and dress up,” explained Lynn Lee, one of the event’s organizers.

As well as curling, the Feb. 22 event will feature dancing and dinner, prizes and a silent auction.

The event is a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, so when teams sign up they will get pledge envelopes and then collect pledges prior to the event. There are prizes for fundraising for teams and individuals.

Lee said they are hoping to get 36 teams for the event.

“We have lots of room still,” she said. “The emphasis is you do not have to know how to curl. We have equipment for people to borrow so you don’t have to have equipment either. It’s totally for fun.”

The event theme changes every year and this year it’s a 1970s disco theme.

Last year it was tacky tourists.

“We just want to make it easier for people to find things to dress up as so that everyone can come dressed up,” she said.

This is the 34th year of the event. It was started in 1980 as a Heart and Stroke Foundation event.

Lee, along with Suzette Patsula and Misty Ahlefeld took over organization last year.

“We’re just finally feeling good about it,” Lee said. “Last year we were a little stressed out because of the learning curve and we didn’t know how to do things, and this year it’s getting a little easier.”

Lee said the community has also been supportive, coming forward with prizes and auction items for the event.

She reiterated that curling skills won’t be a necessity.

“You don’t have to curl, we’re just hoping you’ll come out and find that curling is fun,” she said, “like going bowling for the first time.”

The event is Saturday, Feb. 22. Registration is $160 per team and the deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 17.