ACBL Unit 503

Thank You Volunteers who helped make Larry Cohen's Seminar a Success

We need your help.

The large amount of volunteer support for this seminar shows what volunteers can do for an organization! 

There are many things required to maintain the unique character of our Unit.  Of utmost importance is our Firecracker Tournament because it provides the financial backbone for our unit.  Other pressing needs include Bridge Center facility management and photography/marketing skills for our revamped website which is under development.

We strongly encourage you to volunteer. You will not only find it rewarding but will develop a special connection to many wonderful people.

The much-anticipated annual Larry Cohen seminar this past weekend was a huge success and a great learning experience for the attendees.  A last-minute logistical glitch creating a Sunday parking problem was resolved by Unit 503 members' generous response to an SOS email blast.  The patience and cooperation of our seminar attendees was greatly appreciated! 

 A huge "thank you" to the following people:

The Groundwork:

Valerie Baldwin - Organizing and Preliminary Planning

Alan Templeton - Posting all of the signup information on our website

Carolyn Chaney - Managing the entries

Just Before the Event :

Paul Davis for querying IFES about some strange vehicles that appeared in the parking lot. Learning that there was a huge event on Sunday (not on their calendar!), Paul’s timely reporting enabled us to come up with an effective plan of action. He also arranged for alternate parking on Sunday in case it was needed. 

The Event :

Cathy Priest, with her son, Donnie, did a fabulous job serving fruit and other breakfast treats

Josephine Ventura, Jennifer Shepherd and Jim Harris prepared delicious lunches for everyone. Josephine and Jennifer were there most of both days, either preparing or cleaning up.  There were 100 people on Saturday and 60 on Sunday (fewer students than normal on Sunday due to Mother’s Day and a San Mateo unit game).

Sue Griswold, who not only registered people on both days (with help from Barbara Shukov on Saturday), but also came up with the suggestion of having people park at Stevenson Elementary School.

Alan Templeton, who made sure all of our AV equipment was up and running and did whatever else was needed during the weekend.

David Puryear, who investigated Stevenson parking, enabling us to clearly communicate the plan in advance, and who later took over as contact person for the other shuttle drivers - freeing me to fight other potential fires.

Barbara Shukov, who helped on Saturday and sent out the email blast asking for last minute shuttle drivers.

Alan Cummings for filling in wherever needed.

A special thanks to the over 20 people who volunteered on very short notice to be shuttle drivers Mother's Day morning.  Thank you to Ed Lechner, Donna RaynorBrenda Hatton and David Puryear for stepping up and shuttling people in the morning and Marla Kravatz, for your help in the afternoon. 

And to Larry Cohen, who couldn't have been more gracious in the face of potential cancellation of the Sunday seminar – not to mention the loud band music he had to talk over during some of his seminar.  People loved it - he's the best!  I understand Larry’s next West Coast jaunt will be in 2020.

Everything all worked out in the end - it was just a little stressful getting there ;-)  

It takes a village - we love our volunteers!

Lori Spaeth

Hand Records for class exercises

Special Games

Please check our Special Games and Events 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.

Unit News

Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

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Winter - Spring Classes

2 Over 1, An Introduction
Beginning Bridge
Deadly Defense
Supervised Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

Introduction to Bridge flyer
Essential Bridge Conventions flyer
Taught by Agnes Lee

Intermediate III
Intermediate IV
Taught by Frank Smoot

Summer Classes

Beginning Bridge
Supervised Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

Essential Conventions
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.

Club News

Most of our games request or require pre-registration:

Monday Morning

Reservations Required.

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

Tuesday Morning at the Bridge Center

Includes newer player section with shorter game with bidding help available. Flyer.

Reservations Encouraged

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

Wednesday Morning

Includes 499'er sections.
Reservations Encouraged

Wednesday Afternoon Unity Church

Game time changed to 12:15 starting May 2
Includes social duplicate section
Short lesson 15 minutes prior to the game.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday Morning JCC

Reservations Recommended.

Thursday Afternoon

Reservations Encouraged.

Friday Morning

Includes 199'er and 499'er sections.
Reservations Encouraged.

Saturday Morning

Monthly game every third Saturday plus any dates when there is no Unit game or program at the Bridge Center. Includes section for newer players.
Short lesson 30 minutes prior to the game.
See flyer and Special Games and Events calendar for dates.
Reservations Encouraged

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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.