ACBL Unit 503

Learn Bridge In A Day?

Learn Bridge in a Day?™ offers a new method for teaching the basics of bridge. In just four to five hours, students become confident with basic bidding, scoring, and the mechanics of play. The seminar design ensures all information is delivered in a quick, stress-free yet comprehensive manner. Both students and teachers rave about the effectiveness, ease, and enjoyment of the experience.

June 18.

Parent - Child (of any age) Duplicate

In honor of Fathers Day, a special family bridge event will be held co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Youth Bridge, modeled after their normal Parent-Child Duplicate games (featured in the January 2015 issue of the ACBL Bridge Bulletin). Each pair should consist of a parent/grandparent, partnering their child/grandchild. For this special version of the Parent-Child game, "children" can be:

If you have an appropriate partnership for this game in your family, please make an effort to join us. Bridge is an activity parents and children can enjoy together their whole lives, while helping keep the whole family's minds sharp. If you don't have a Parent-Child pair in your family yet, we recommend you get started creating one!

June 19.

Second Harvest Food Bank

We are supporting Second Harvest Food Bank again this year. Make your Firecracker donation before May 31 and your donation will be tripled!

Help us get a head start. Donate now.

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.

Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

Schedule and info
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Winter Classes

February: Intermediate II
Taught by Frank Smoot

March: Planning to Win
Taught by Kathy Harper

March: Conventions You Need to Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

March: Polish Your Basics
Taught by Kathy Harper

Summer Classes

June: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathy Harper

July: 2 Over 1
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 49'er and 299'er sections

Wednesday Night

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

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 (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.