February 23, 2012 | by Kevin Majoros
Getting in the game

Robert ‘Pixie’ Fontaine, winner of the 2011 Roger Newman Award, given annually by the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association. (Photo courtesy CARA)

The Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (CARA) is active year round and is always looking for people to join its leagues. A few of the bowling leagues are still looking for members to sign up for the winter season, which runs through the end of April.

Rainbowl League:  This league bowls on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at AMF College Park Lanes. This is a social league composed of one-person teams. The league has room to expand and is looking for both new and experienced bowlers. Every regular league member will receive bowling shoes and the winning team will also get United States Bowling Congress (USBC) championship rings. therainbowlleague.com

We Are Everywhere: This league bowls on Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. at AMF Annandale Lanes. This is a very social/party league that consists of three-person teams.  weareeverywhere.info

SMACK: This league bowls on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at AMF Alexandria Lanes.  Teams are composed of two people with team members changing each week. SMACK bowls a four-month league, from January to April. The shorter season of about 15 weeks in length allows for shorter time commitments from bowlers. carabowling.org/smack.html

CARA bestowed its 2011 Roger Newman Award, its highest honor, to Robert “Pixie” Fontaine in a recent ceremony. The award is given annually by the CARA president to someone who has made a significant contribution to the bowling community.

Fontaine has been involved and active in LGBT bowling since 1982. During the course of the past 30 years, he has held the positions of president and secretary of Pride of Alexandria, president of the summer duckpin league and has served as the president of the Friday Free State Mixed league in Bethesda for the past three years.

Fontaine has also been active for the past 25 years with a variety of duties for the annual Capital Halloween Invitational Tournament, serving as tournament director for five years. He was also the hospitality chairman for the International Gay Bowling Mid-Year Tournament in 2010. Congratulations Bob!

Coming up for Team D.C. is the annual Team D.C. Fashion Show and Model Search.  Some of the proceeds from the event go to fund the Team D.C. Student/Athlete College Scholarship which is given each year to an openly gay athlete.

This year’s event will be held on March 10 at Town Danceboutique with fashions provided by Universal Gear, The Leather Rack, Fireboy and others great places. The winner receives $500 cash, a professional photography session with Robert Mercer Photography and several other great prizes. You can vote online in advance for the models at teamdc.org.

Each year the District of Columbia Aquatics Club hosts Swim for Life, a sanctioned U.S. Masters Swimming open water event that raises money for local HIV/Aids programs. You can be a part of this year’s event as a swimmer, volunteer or donor on July 14 on the Chester River.

If you’re planning a triathlon at some point, this is a great chance to get some open water experience in a safe, supervised and fun environment. More information and video coverage are at swimdcac.org.

The Adventuring outdoors group is hosting the Chain Bridge-Key Bridge Circuit Hike on Sunday. The group will start the 9-mile hike near Theodore Roosevelt Island (a short walk from the Rosslyn Metro Station), and will follow the Potomac Heritage Trail along the south side of the Potomac, cross the river at Chain Bridge and then take the C&O Canal Towpath to Georgetown.

From Georgetown, the group will cross the Key Bridge to return to Roosevelt Island.  This is considered an easy hike except for a few challenging sections such as the rock scramble over jagged rocks after Donaldson Run. The group will meet near Roosevelt Island at 9:30 a.m.  Trip fees are $2 and you should bring a lunch and water. Contact Jerry at jcowden@earthlink.net to RSVP and to get the exact meeting location.

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