Night bowling to start in December at SB Lawn Bowls Club

Staff Report

The Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary in December with an open house at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to kick off night bowling.

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Jerry Jordano gets a lawn bowl lesson from club board member Bud Viard.

The event will introduce visitors and residents the club’s new night bowls schedule for the upcoming year and provide an opportunity to experience the art of lawn bowling.

Downtown business people, tourists and residents are welcome to join the club members at Spencer Adams Park, 1216 De la Vina St., to experience an evening of fun with night bowling, learn about the history of SBLBC, and enjoy a meet and greet with area corporate and city resident member players.

Interested individual and team players are welcome to attend and enjoy a throw session.

Past President Bud Viard and fellow board members including Scott Coons and Max Mickey have put great energy, time and effort into creating a well-lit bowling green for people who work in the downtown area and are looking for after-work recreation.

The club has been co-sponsored by the city of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department since its inception; Jill Zachary, director of Parks and Recreation, has taken lessons from club members.

“I have admiration for the hard work the SBLBC members have done to contribute recreation in downtown Santa Barbara through the sport of lawn bowls,” Zachary said during a speech at the club’s 80th anniversary luncheon.

The historic Santa Barbara bowls club was built in 1956 through a donation by club member Spencer Adams, a retired attorney who came to Santa Barbara from Chicago, and offers members changing facilities, a party lanai and a relaxing club room for meetings and refreshments.

For night bowl information, night dates and times, visit or call Scott Coons at (805) 636-9748.