ACBL Unit 503


This Saturday, December 6th is the first all-you-can-eat Crab Cioppino Dinner of the 2014-2015 season hosted by the IFES Society. It will be held in the main hall next to our Bridge Center.

This is no ordinary crab feast. Their jumbo crabs contain plenty of tasty meat so you won't have to dig around in a ton of shells. And their awesome "cioppino" sauce has developed a following all of its own, becoming even more popular than the crab itself. As a matter of fact it is so good that folks make good use of our savory garlic bread to sop up every drop of sauce on their plates!

The planned New Year's Eve party at the Doubleton Club has been cancelled due to limited interest.

Shout Out for Volunteers

The Mentor/Mentee program is just one of the many Unit opportunities to learn and enjoy the game of Bridge. This is a call for both mentors and mentees.

Mentors should hold at least 300 Master Points, should commit to play at least monthly with your mentee, should spend time after a game discussing hands. Mentees should possess at least 20 Master Points, and be willing to ask good questions, listen carefully, and accept constructive criticism gracefully. It would be helpful if potential mentees would provide a brief profile.

Please contact Alan Cummings for more information and/or to volunteer for either of these worthy positions. Find him at alan.cummings@stanford.edu, (650) 619-6664. Let’s all work together to make the program a highlight of Unit 503’s commitment to educational programs for all members.

Thank You From Your Board

On behalf of your Unit’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of our bridge players, Club Owners, Directors and teachers for the tremendous support you have given the Board and our club over the last two years.

Thanks to the hard work of our large number of volunteers, we have accomplished a great deal and our Unit’s future is very bright. We all have a lot to be proud of:

On January 1 responsibility for leading our Unit will be turned over to the new Board. I know that these Board members will do a great job and each of them will be working very hard to continue to bring you a top quality bridge experience. Please give them as much support as you have given to those of us on your current Board.

The Unit continues to need volunteers. Please get involved and volunteer to help out somewhere in our Unit. Speak with any Board member. A special Thank You to all of our current volunteers, who work so hard to make our Unit successful.

Happy Holidays to you and your family and best wishes for a new year that brings you health, happiness and a whole new level of fun with bridge.

Brian
For Your Unit 503 Board of Directors

Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

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NewSpring Classes

We plan to offer the following classes early in 2015:

February 2015: NewBeyond Intermediate
Taught by Frank Smoot

March 2015: Coffee with Kathy
Taught by Kathy Harper

March 2015: Conventions You Need to Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

March 2015: Planning to Win
Taught by Kathy Harper

Silicon Valley Youth Bridge. Learn about our program to teach bridge to youth in our area and how you can help.

NewTell your youth about our Holiday Party on Friday, December 19 at the Bridge Center.

Unit News

Special Games

Please check our Event Calendar for special games, club closures due to holidays and local events, tournaments and other events which are in addition to our normal Game Schedule.

Club News

Sunday Afternoon.

NewThis game is closed but has plans to re-open after the Monterey Regional in January.

Monday Morning.

Reservations are required.

Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Tuesday Afternoon

199'er and 499'er games start at 11:30 AM, a half hour before the open game.

Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Wednesday Night.

Information about upcoming games, game sign up, and more.

Thursday Morning JCC.

Reservations are required.

TGIF AM Bridge.

Now has a NLM (non-Life Master) section.

Learn about all our games.


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No Street Parking at the Bridge Center

In late October, the City of Mountain View conducted a public hearing to review the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) it granted to IFES last year. Among other things this CUP allows IFES to rent us the facility we use for our Bridge Center. The main purpose of this hearing was to deal with neighbors’ complaints of excessive noise from the IFES facility at various weekend events. Our Bridge Center does not contribute to this noise in any way. But the neighbors also complained that there was too much traffic and there were too many cars parked on Stierlin Rd.

Despite the fact that the CUP allows us to park on our side of Stierlin Road between our two driveways, the City Zoning Administrator, who has unilateral control over the CUP, was sympathetic to the neighbors and strongly recommended that it would be in our best interest to help our neighbors and eliminate our street parking.

Effective immediately, we have no practical alternative but to PROHIBIT ANY STREET PARKING and to ask all of our players to PARK ONLY IN OUR PARKING LOT. Failure to follow these instructions will likely result in the city putting a very restrictive limit on the number of players we can have at our games.

This would be a very painful outcome for all of us. We need all of our players to help us out with this. Please do your part and park in the parking lot and not on the street. The number of spaces in the lot, now nicely striped, will accommodate even our largest games. Please don’t forget that there are parking spots behind the Bridge Center as well. Also, we continue to encourage carpooling and public transit to lessen the traffic on Stierlin Rd.

It’s Cold and Flu Season

Also, your Unit 503 Board is asking for your help, as the season of colds and flu is now upon us. We want to provide our bridge players with a clean, safe and healthy environment, so, please follow these suggestions:
If you feel ill, please stay home. Colds are very contagious, especially in their early stages.
If you cough, please cover your mouth. The CDC states that viruses can travel up to six feet from coughing.
Let’s take a lesson from our grandkids, who are taught in school to cough into their sleeve by their elbow. This is dramatically more sanitary than coughing into your hand and then handling the cards.
Please wash your hands thoroughly and frequently use the hand sanitizers located throughout our facilities.
If you touch a food item, please eat it or throw it away.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please email me if you have any questions or comments.

Brian Samuels
briansamuels@yahoo.com (650) 703-9510

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Carpooling to Our Games

As Unit President Brian Samuels has stated, we have a serious parking problem at our Bridge Center for some of our games - in particular Monday mornings and the third Wednesday morning of the month when there is a large event in the main hall. One of the ways we can reduce parking on the street is to increase the number of people who carpool.

Most people make arrangements for carpooling directly with their friends but if you'd like to see who else is available to carpool, or add your name to the list of available people, we have updated the carpool system on our website to better support this.

Please take a few minutes to look at our updated carpool system so you are aware of what it can do. Being new, there are only a couple of people listed but we hope that will grow as more people learn about it. To get to our new carpool system use the Games - Carpools & Public Transit link on every page.

The information on our website will also be available at our Bridge Center.