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"What We're Watching Wednesdays", Block Party Highlight 2011 Theme Nights
Curve Take Aim at Popular Television Shows, Focus on Kids and Communities with Theme Schedule
03/02/2011 10:29 AM ET
CURVE, Pa. - Following the success of nationally recognized Wacky Wednesday theme nights in 2010 like Livin' La Vida Lunchmeat, Redundancy Night (Redundancy Night), and Bad Idea Night, the Altoona Curve will take a new direction in 2011 and turn their parody skills towards current, popular television shows. In addition, events centered around kids and communities will also highlight the 2011 Theme and Community Night schedule for the defending E.L. Champions.

Lost-LockeIn what's being dubbed "What We're Watching Wednesdays", the Curve will do take-offs of some of today's most popular television shows. The first "What We're Watching Wednesday" will take place on May 4 vs. Akron and lampoon the now retired ABC phenomenon "LOST". The team's working title of "LOST - Locke & Locke" plays off of 2010 Curve pitcher Jeff Locke, who actually was a huge fan of the cult series, and the mysterious character John Locke from the show itself.

LawnStarsAfter attempting to decipher the mysteries of the island, the Curve will try their hand at crime solving on June 8 vs. Erie with "NCIS/CSI: Curve, Pa. - Law & Order SVU" night. Other "What We're Watching Wednesdays" include "How I Met Your Mascot" on June 15 vs. New Britain, "Glenn's Kitchen" (which will place Curve Manager of Concessions Glenn McComas in the role of Chef Gordon Ramsay) on June 29 vs. Reading, "Lawn Stars" (starring Head Groundskeeper Brian Soukup) on August 17 vs. New Hampshire and "Only in Curve, Pa. with Bill the Comic Guy" on August 24 vs. Richmond. That should "Git 'R Done" for the WWWW theme series.

Glenns Kitchen"We've done and seen a lot of 'retro celebrity' and 'salute to' type of events here and in other minor league ballparks," said Curve General Manager Rob Egan. "We're always looking to try something a little bit different. So, we thought we'd have fun with some current shows not named American Idol or Jersey Shore while making one of our players and several staff members stars for a night."

Fans that have a need for speed will enjoy the NASCAR Night on July 23, which will be held in conjunction with a Jersey-off-the-Back Auction to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fans will have an opportunity to bid on the race car-themed jerseys during an in-game silent auction with proceeds from the event going to the charity. Winning bidders will receive the jerseys and get them autographed by the players in a post-game ceremony.

Other theme nights include Bark in the Park Night (July 6) and Field of Dreams Day (September 5).

The communities that make their way to Curve, PA will also be recognized throughout the season. Among those already on the schedule for the upcoming campaign include: Latrobe Community Night (June 4), Cresson Community Night (June 15), Tyrone/Bellwood Community Night (June 29), and Cambria County Night (July 24). More communities are expected to be added to the calendar in the coming days such as Bedford, Indiana, and Huntingdon Counties.

Another all-community event that will take place this summer will be Ballpark Block Party 2011 on July 1 to kick off the Independence Day weekend. The event, which takes place on a non-game day, will have live entertainment and a plethora of activities for people of all ages to start their holiday celebrations in a safe, family-friendly environment. Fireworks will cap off the festivities at the end of the evening.

The promotional calendar is also filled with events for kids. The all-new, FREE Curve Kids' Club presented by Galliker's features eight dates with various fun themes for members of the club. In addition, the Curve will host three Youth Baseball Clinics (May 1, May 15, and May 22), two Scout Nights (June 18 and August 6), a Family Sleepover Night (July 9) and two Super Splash Days (July 11 and August 18).

The complete list of 2011 Altoona Curve theme and community nights is below:

May 1 vs. Erie vs. Erie at 2 p.m.
Youth Baseball Clinic (Begins at 10 a.m., Registration at 9 a.m.)

May 4 vs. Akron at 6:30 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "LOST - Locke & Locke"

May 15 vs. Erie at 2 p.m.
Youth Baseball Clinic (Begins at 10 a.m., Registration at 9 a.m.)

May 22 vs. Akron at 2 p.m.
Youth Baseball Clinic (Begins at 10 a.m., Registration at 9 a.m.)

June 4 vs. Portland at 7 p.m.
Latrobe Community Night

June 8 vs. Erie at 7 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "NCIS/CSI: Curve, PA - Law & Order SVU"

June 15 vs. New Britain at 7 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "How I Met Your Mascot" presented by WTAJ
Cresson Community Night

June 18 vs. Harrisburg at 7 p.m.
Scout Night Sleepover #1
EMS Appreciation Night

June 29 vs. Reading at 7 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "Glenn's Kitchen"
Tyrone/Bellwood Community Night

July 1 (Non-Game Day) at 7 p.m.
2011 Ballpark Block Party

July 9 vs. Bowie at 7 p.m.
Family Sleepover Night

July 10 vs. Bowie at 6 p.m.
Family Faith Day presented by The Diocese of Altoona/Johnstown

July 11 vs. Bowie at 12 p.m.
Super Splash Day #1

July 23 vs. New Britain at 7 p.m.
NASCAR Night
Jersey-off-the-Back Auction to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

July 24 vs. New Britain at 6 p.m.
Cambria County Night

Aug. 6 vs. Trenton at 7 p.m.
Scout Night Sleepover #2

Aug. 17 vs. New Hamp. at 7 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "Lawn Stars"

Aug. 18 vs. New Hamp. at 12 pm.
Super Splash Day #2

Aug. 24 vs. Richmond at 7 p.m.
What We're Watching Wednesday: "Only In Curve, PA with Bill the Comic Guy"

Sept. 5 vs. Richmond at 12 p.m.
Field of Dreams Day

2011 Galliker's Altoona Curve Kids' Club Game/Theme Dates
April 17 vs. Richmond at 2 p.m.
Kickoff Event

May 13 vs. Erie at 6:30 p.m.
Jersey Day

June 4 vs. Portland at 7 p.m.
Summer Vacation Party

June 27 vs. Reading at 7p.m.
Crazy Hat & Hair Day

July 8 vs. Bowie at 7 p.m.
Red, White & Blue Day

July 24 vs. New Britain at 6 p.m.
Pajama Day

August 3 vs. Binghamton at 7 p.m.
Curve Gear Day

August 12 vs. Reading at 7 p.m.
Summer Meet & Greet

This is the third of five total releases that will announce the Altoona Curve's 2011 promotional schedule. The releases for the week are as follows:

Today: Theme and Community Nights at BCB
Thursday, March 3: Entertainers and Special Guest Appearances
Friday, March 4: Value Promotions and Community Collection Nights

Individual tickets for the upcoming 2011 season will go on sale during Baseball Bash, which takes place Friday, March 11 at Blair County Ballpark from 5:30-8:00 p.m. While at Baseball Bash, fans can take in the national anthem tryouts for the upcoming season, enjoy various kids activities, and also watch a post-event fireworks show. Food and drink is also available free to anyone purchasing a ticket to a 2011 Curve home game.

Season tickets, mini plans and flex books for the upcoming 2011 season are all available now. For more information, call 877.99.CURVE, visit www.AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the offices at Blair County Ballpark during normal business hours.

-CURVE

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