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Happy Mother's Day to all of our bridge-playing mothers!  Sharon has a secret gift for our mothers today at the 49er Pairs.  Join Sharon for a mini Lesson at 1:10pm and a game at 1:30pm to see the special gift.  You will not want to miss it!

The June calendar has a new game!  A 49er Pairs on Fridays at 12:30pm.  Mark your calendars for this new game and join the fun!  BAND Newbie Specialist Sharon Lux works tirelessly on partnerships for our 49er pairs. Just let her know when you would like to play and she will make all of the arrangements for you.

BAND has a new Mentor/Mentee Program which is now in full swing.  If you are currently playing in the Play N Learn and would like to move up to the 49er pairs...but would like a partner to introduce you to all of the new faces...we can set you up with a mentor who will do just that.  Similarly, if you are currently playing in the 49er pairs and you would like to jump into the 299er pairs, there is a mentor waiting for you!  Click here for details.

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

Donna Compton
BAND Owner, World Champion & Master Teacher
Mentor/Mentee Program

BAND new Mentor/Mentee Program is growing like crazy and we hope that you will join in the fun and become a mentee and perhaps even a mentor to someone who has less experience at the game than you!

Some goals you may have that the BAND Mentor/Mentee Program can help you meet:
1. To feel more comfortable playing up at the next game level
2. To get to know more players
3. To understand the etiquette and proper behavior at the table
4. To understand director's rulings
5. To recognize strengths and identify areas of the game which may need more work.

If you think the BAND Mentor/Mentee Program is for you then 
 and we will find you a mentor to help you with your goals!
Special Games This Week

Sunday, May 14th at 1:30pm 
Bonus Point Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

Monday, May 15th at 12:30pm
Bonus Points Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

NEW Wednesday PNL at 9:30am

Thursday,  May 18th at 6:30pm 
Bonus Points Pot Luck Swiss
Open & 299er Team Events

Saturday, May  20th at 1:30pm
Bonus Point Open & 299er Pairs

Smiley Surf
Games for New Players

Play & Learn BAND has three Play & Learn games which are great opportunities to introduce the game to new players, practice new techniques from class and meet new friends.  ACBL Certified Instructors are on hand to answer your questions. No partners needed.

Mondays 6:30-9pm
Tuesdays 12:30-3pm
Wednesdays 9:30am-12pm

49er Pairs BAND has two 49er pairs ongoing and we are adding a third game in June on Fridays at 12:30pm.  These games are perfect for those who are wanting to play a few more hands in a more structured atmosphere.  18 hands are played in a three-hour time period. You can still ask questions of our ACBL Certified Instructors but you actually have a chance to win masterpoints (rating points)!

Sundays 1:30-4:30pm
Wednesdays 12:30-3:30pm
Fridays 12:30-3:30pm (Starting June 2nd)
Contact Sharon Lux with questions and/or partners.
0-5 Free-Play Punch Card

A new program for 0-5 players is up and running and it includes a free play for you!

Just ask a BAND director for your very own 0-5 punch card and present it to the director each time you play.  Once you accumulate five punches, your 6th game is free!  Already used up one punch card, just pick up another one...It's that simple.
Bridge on the Santa Fe Plaza
July 11-16, 2017

No partners necessary!  We have lots of singles who we will mix and match throughout the week.  We have morning lessons designed for different levels of players and afternoon duplicates for all to play.  There is still time to join and we would love for you to come along with us for a fun-filled week of learning, playing and meeting new friends from all around the country!

Smiley Book
New Intro Classes Starting Soon...

Intro to Bridge ~  Tell Your Friends!

Starting June 5th
Mondays 6:30-8:30pm 
Instructor Jane Kirby

Starting June 23rd 
Fridays 10am-12pm
Instructor Susan Bates

Retakes are FREE!

World Champion & Master Teacher
Donna Compton
Tips with Donna

"Director Please!"  The social phobia of calling the director starts at a young "bridge age". People think that calling the director draws attention to the table, the player calling, or the player who may have done something that needs to be "fixed."  Or perhaps, people think that the director has something better to do than to be bothered by our issue.   Nothing is further from the truth.  

The director is your friend and is there to answer your questions about duplicate laws and etiquette, as well as, ensure that everyone has a great time playing this amazing game! BAND's directors are trained to work with new players  and implement a relaxed set of duplicate laws in the 49er Pairs.  BAND Directors understand that the goal of the Play-N-Learn and the 49er Pairs is for everyone to have fun in a non-threatening atmosphere.

To this end, anytime there is an occurrence out of the ordinary ~ Bid, lead or play out of turn, failure to follow suit or any other irregularities at your table, please raise your hand and say, "Director Please!"   I wouldn't be surprise if the director leaves the table with everyone laughing ... or at least smiling!

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