The nation’s second largest bowling organization is coming to Southern California, beginning May 21, for 10 days and there are a number of events that are open to the general public.
The National Bowling Association, (TNBA), which was born in 1939 in Detroit out of the inability of African Americans to join the American Bowling Congress, expects an estimated 8,000 bowlers and convention delegates to arrive in Southern California to participate at tournaments and a variety of other events.
Among the events open to the public are a gospel fest May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Anaheim. A $20 donation is requested in advance, $25 at the door.
The always popular TNBA/Margaret S. Lee National Battle of the Sexes Scholarship tournament begins May 27, with check-in at 8 a.m. and bowling at 9 a.m. The cost is $150 for a five-person team. The event will be held at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley. This year the ladies are out to avenge their defeat of last year.
Finally, more than 40 stars of movies and television, including Erika Alexander (“The Cosby Show,” “Living Single”) are expected to participant in the JP & SP Celebrity Bowl, beginning with check in at 6 p.m. at Forest Lanes in Lake Forest.
The cost is $20 to spectate, $50 to bowl, $50 to attend a V.I.P. reception with the celebrities and $75 to bowl and attend the reception.
Proceeds from the events will benefit the TNBA Junior program and scholarship fund. To purchase activity tickets, contact Queen Ree at (310) 532-7738.