ACBL Unit 503

Marolyn Imaoka-Yancey and Kevin O'Leary have joined Claire Coleman as co-owners of the new tgif A.M. BRIDGE on Fridays at 10:30 AM. They invite you to give their game a try, and starting this Friday, July 11th, they are adding a new section for NLM players. It's a great way to close out the week with bridge and, of course, a terrific lunch at noon.

Eddie Kantar Seminar

Eddie Kantar, author of many bridge books and a grand life master, will be here in person on Sunday, November 9, to lecture on hands you will play with emphasis on defense. For Intermediate/Advanced players.

Unit Constitution and Bylaws Revision

The election results show that 92 members voted and the Bylaws Update passed unanimously. Thanks go to Roy Robinson who organized the voting and to Steve Lubeck who assisted in the vote count. But the Unit especially owes a vote of gratitude to Jody Williams for her tireless efforts in this important revision.

Bylaws revision documentation

Education News

NewLearn Bridge In A Day. This one-day program for new and returning players was a huge success.

Free Lectures (Tuesday mornings). Our series is held on selected Tuesday mornings. Schedule and info. Want to be notified before each lecture? Signup for email notification.

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

NewRead about our recent Summer Camp for youth.

Summer Classes

June 30: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathie Harper
Sorry, Class Full

July 10: 2 Over 1
Taught by Frank Smoot

August 12: NewSix Weeks to Solid Slam Bidding
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

September 7: NewSunday Morning Squeezes
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

Fall Classes

September 8: Play & Learn Polish Your Basics
Taught by Kathie Harper

September 16: Play & Learn Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathie Harper

September 11: NewPlaying For Keeps
Taught by Kathie Harper

October 2: Defend Like A Pro
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

Special Games

Monthly Unit Game. We hold a Unit Game monthly on a Sunday or Saturday Afternoon. Games usually feature both Open and 199'er sections and may be Pairs or Teams.

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.

NewMonday Night 499'er Swiss has been cancelled due to poor attendance.

Tuesday Afternoon

Has added a game for players with fewer than 99 masterpoints. The game starts at 11:30 AM, a half hour before the open game.

Has a section for players with fewer than 499 masterpoints. The section is part of the Open game starting at noon.

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

Wednesday Night. The Doubleton Club has its own 'blog' providing information about upcoming games, high scores for the month and the ability to sign up for games.

Thursday Morning JCC. Reservations are required.

NewFriday Morning BC has rebranded itself as tgif A.M. Bridge with new co-owners Maroyn Imaoka-Yancey and Kevin O'Leary joining long-time owner Claire Coleman. They are also adding a new NLM section.

NewFriday Night Barometer has a new section for players with fewer than 499 masterpoints.

Learn about all our games.

Unit News

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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 (650) 703-9510


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.