Given the Kings' big win this past season, more L.A. denizens ought to take to the ice. The best place to get all frosty this fall and winter without leaving town is L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, where Hollywood Curling offers classes and friendly amateur games in the strangely addictive sport of curling. Wear ear muffs in the Valley! Learn to brush the ice like a madman! Laugh at your friends as they slip and belly-flop on the ice only to be harmlessly dragged off by the “stone,” which weighs 40 pounds. It's really fun — so fun that you should book well ahead to reserve spots. The ice rink crew trains you in curling for about an hour, then lets you make an ass of yourself. During late spring and summer, the Hollywood Curling organization moves its roving program to Valencia's beautiful Ice Station Valencia rink, where you'll enjoy the same blend of humiliation and revelry. —Jill Stewart

8750 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City 91402. (818) 893-1784,, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia, 91355.(661) 775-8686,

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