ACBL Unit 503


We did it! Thank you for coming and supporting your super sectional. You made it a success. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

The 2016 Firecracker Super Sectional, the first held in our Bridge Center and adjoining IFES Hall ended up a huge success. We made a profit to cover last year’s loss and raised a record amount for our Second harvest Food Bank drive.

We had 923 tables over the five days and received many compliments for the venue, particularly the shady patio, for the parking organization, for the IFES catering team and for the overall friendliness and organization.

Sunday was named Sioux Swiss Sunday and the game as the Sioux Atkinson Bracketed Swiss Teams to remember a special person who strongly supported the Firecracker over many years.

BOOK THE DATES FOR THE FIRECRACKER NEXT YEAR
WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE THROUGH SUNDAY 2ND JULY 2017


Second Harvest Food Bank

Thank you for your generosity, bridge lovers! This year we raised $11,408 for Second Harvest at the Firecracker and via our website. In addition, $3610 in the May on-line drive was matched by a SHFB donor, so our total came to $15,018…ZOWIE!

Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. This past summer SH launched its “Lunch a the Library” program and provided more than 143,000 prepared meals – more thanquadruple the number from last year - which enabled more local children and their families to have a healthy meal. At Unit 503 we are proud to support such a well-run and innovative organization.


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


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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.