NASHUA, N.H. -- If you find yourself watching the coverage of the Olympics curling competition and want to find out more about the sport, Merrimack Valley Curling Club is hosting an open house Saturday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., at its Curling Rink at Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St.

Curling can be played by young and old alike, and you can pick up the sport at almost any time of your life. The Merrimack Valley Curling Club is a 21-and older club.

Space for the open house is limited; refreshments will be served. Register at

The open house will include half-hour instructional sessions.

Participants should bring a pair of clean tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes that have not been used outside or have been cleaned.

The rink is usually around 42 degrees so dress in layers but make sure you are comfortable and can move easily.

In curling, two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy granite stones across ice toward a target. Each players "throws" two stones, and once all players have taken their turn, it's called an "end." A game consists of eight to 10 ends.