ACBL Unit 503


Second Harvest Food Bank

With your help we can provide even more support this year than last year. SHFB has already received $3610 from donations to our drive during an earlier matching program. Help us add to that.

Donate now (shows donations since the earlier matching program ended)

Firecracker Sectional

This year’s Firecracker will be held at our Bridge Center and the adjacent IFES Hall. The schedule has both pair and team games for players of all abilities, including 0-5 beginner games. All games earn silver points.

Arrange your partnerships now so you don't miss out.

June 29 - July 3.


Non-Life Master Sectional

Unit 503 will host a Non-Life Master Sectional for Unit members and friends who are not yet Life Masters and who have fewer than 500 masterpoints. There will be both Pair and SWISS Team games. All events award silver points.

Signup required.

October 15 and 16.

Barbara Seagram Seminar

Barbara Seagram, writer and teacher, will be here in person to present two one-day seminars for Advanced Beginners and Intermediate players. These seminars will cover:

These seminars are expected to sell out. Registration including advanced payment is required to hold your spot.

September 24 and 25.


Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

Schedule and info
Signup for email notification.

Summer Classes

June: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathy Harper

July: 2 Over 1
Taught by Frank Smoot

Fall Classes

September:
Beginning Bridge,
Coffee With Kathy, and,
Deadly Defense
Taught by Kathy Harper

September: Intermediate IV
Taught by Frank Smoot

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

Unit News

Nothing special to report at this time.

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

Monday Morning

Reservations are required.

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

Tuesday Afternoon at the Bridge Center

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

Wednesday Morning

Now has 499'er section

Wednesday Night

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

Says goodbye to Sue Johnston who is moving to New Mexico and welcomes David Wheeler as the newest owner/director.

Thursday Morning JCC

Reservations are required.

Friday Morning

The TGIF AM game now has a 99'er section.

Game times, places, and other information


We want your feedback

We'd like to make this your one-stop site for bridge. If you have suggestions for improving our website please email the Webmaster by using the Contact Us - Webmaster link located on every page or provide your comments to Alan Templeton.

You are visitor

Today's Weather

Click for Mountain View, California Forecast

Contact our host HyperSurf Internet Services for great internet service with friendly and effective tech support throughout the Central Coast and all of California.

X

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

X

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.