July 20, 2012 at 11:07 am EDT | by Kevin Majoros
Beating the heat

The Rainwbowlers. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

All the local LGBT sports teams that are in action during the summer months have been executing their schedules despite the oppressive heat. Here are a few options for those of you wishing to beat the heat.

The Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (CARA) is hosting a Summer Social Bowling Night to be held Aug. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. This year’s event will be held at three different venues:

Washington — Lucky Strike at Gallery Place, 701 7th Street NW (on the Metro red, green and yellow lines).  Six lanes are reserved and you must be 21 years old. The price is $15 all you can bowl and includes shoe rental.

Maryland — AMF College Park Lanes, 9021 Baltimore Blvd. Four to six lanes are reserved.  The price is $1 per game and the shoe rental is $2.50.

Virginia — AMF Annandale Lanes, 4245 Markham Street. Eight-10 lanes are reserved.  The price is $1 per game and the shoe rental is $2.50.

You may RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/carasummer2012. CARA can be found at carabowling.org.

The Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club (RSSC) is setting sail on weekends and some weeknights from the Baltimore shores and waters just outside of D.C./Alexandria. You can sign on to be a skipper or just sail along as a passenger. Details are at rainbowspinnakers.org.

The Capital Splats Racquetball League offers all levels of competition for men and women as well as recreational play, group meet-ups and skills training clinics. Information is at capitalsplats.org.

Rainbow Climbing D.C. organizes indoor and outdoor climbs for all levels of climbers. They can be found weekly at Earth Treks in Rockville or Sportrock in Alexandria. The climbing schedule rotates and upcoming dates can be found on their Facebook page under Rainbow Climbing D.C.

It’s not too late to get in on the beginner square dancing classes being offered by the D.C. Lambda Squares. The square dancing club is open to singles and no prior experience is necessary. To register and learn more about the club, go to dclambdasquares.org.

The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association is hosting its monthly horseback ride at Piscataway Stables in Clinton, Md., on Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. The cost is $25 per rider for an hour-long ride. Experienced and novice riders are welcome. Email Patrick at trail@asgra.org or check out their website at asgra.org.

Men’s Naked Yoga is being held at the Vitruvian Gallery at 734 7th Street S.E. (second floor) every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The class is conducted with Hatha style poses for stretching and strengthening in a gentle Vinyasa flow. The cost is $18 per session and all levels of yoga students are welcome. More information is at vitruviangallery.com/yoga.

The D.C. Icebreakers’ next regular skating night is Aug. 15 (and the third Wednesday of every month) at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington from 8 to 9 p.m. A group social will follow the skate time at a local watering hole. Their site is at dcicebreakers.com.

And what would we do without Nellie’s Sports Bar, which continues to support the LGBT sports clubs in numerous ways, including sponsoring happy hours as follows.

Every Thursday is Stonewall Bocce Night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Every Second Tuesday is Southern Universities Alumni Night from 5-8 p.m

Every First Thursday is Log Cabin Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Every Second Thursday is Washington Wetskins Night from 5-8 p.m.

Every Third Friday is Lambda Divers (Scuba) Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m.

Every Fourth Tuesday is Ping Pong Madness Night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Every Fourth Wednesday is HRC Happy Hour Night beginning at 5 p.m.

Every Fourth Thursday is Homoto Night for LGBT Motorcycle fans beginning at 6 p.m.

Every Fourth Thursday is Capital Splats Racquetball Club Happy Hour from 5-8 p.m.

Every Thursday is Active Duty Night beginning at 8 p.m. $2 from every Nellie’s Beer supports Servicemembers United.

Congratulations to the D.C. Flag Football League for sending three teams to the Chicago Pride Bowl last month. All three of the teams placed in the A Bracket finishing third, seventh and 11th. The league is at dcgffl.org.

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