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The time away reminded me how hard it is to find dates without using the Internet.Imagine you’re leading a busy life in Calgary, Alta., but you’re looking for something fun to do during the winter. Something that even allows you to bring the kids along, rather than hire a babysitter. No way – just ask the convenors of the Six Pack League at the Calgary Winter Club and they’ll tell you this is a terrific initiative to attract new members through the doors of your curling facility and onto the ice.Something that isn’t a huge time commitment (because you’re busy, right? “The Saturday Night Six-Pack League is a concept that came after some research,” says Margo Weber, a member of the CWC’s busy volunteer base.“After talking to curling clubs around Alberta, we learned that curlers who are just trying the sport were looking for fun with low commitment.” The league runs one Saturday night per month for six months (October-March), which means six nights of curling, six ends per night.Each night has a theme, such as wine night, beer night, Brier night and, of course, Ugly Christmas sweater night.