Activity Group News
Zoom has arrived! Activity chairs have been asked to let me know if their group is interested in having Zoom available for their meetings. I will pass on the information to our wonderful member who is currently facilitating establishment of a separate link for each group. Chairwomen who are not comfortable with the technology can ask someone else in their group to be the Zoom facilitator. Because of other commitments, she will be stepping down as Membership chair, so please contact the Activities Chair first to eliminate confusion during the transition.
Although she is stepping down, our Membership Chair for the past 10 months has been extremely helpful in getting the Zoom project started, but she is unable to devote her time much longer. All the groups join me in saying THANK YOU!
Our prior Membership Chair has graciously accepted the position of Membership chair once again. Welcome back! She has also taken over as the chair of the Garden Group.
Please note: Flyers for each group will be available at the monthly luncheons once they resume. These provide more detailed information about the groups including when they meet and all contact information.
If you have any questions, ideas or are interested in forming a new group, please contact the Activities Chair.
Your Activities chairpersons would love to hear from you.
If you do learn of a group that you are interested in or if you are interested in starting a new group, PLEASE give us a call, and we can chat about your desires. We would love to hear from you. Click here to see a list of the current activity groups and meeting times on the Activity Group Descriptions page. You can find the activity leader’s name and number in your current roster or contact the Activities Chairperson, whose name can also be found in the roster.
One way to keep your mind agile is by playing bridge online. Our Bridge Chair has prepared a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial, which appears below. Learning to play bridge can seem a bit complicated. If you are a first-timer, it may be easier to be guided through online playing. For assistance in online playing please call the Bridge Chair.
Lessons are also available from a local Bridge Teacher. The cost is $50 per hour, which may be divided by the number of people in the group.
Online Bridge Tutorial
While there are many different bridge websites, this article pertains only to how to play bridge using Bridgebase.com. On Bridgebase, you can play
1) individual against a robot,
2) with an ACBL group (American Contract Bridge League) but you must become a member,
3) with a partner against other players,
4) as an individual against other players,
5) as a group.
Go to Bridgebase.com. In the right hand corner (red) Register. You must make up an online Bridgebase name. Complete the registration and passcode.
Except for ACBL games, you may play on Bridgebase.com for free. Four ACBL groups have joined into one and sponsor almost daily online bridge games. These games average $3 with a credit card online to play.
1. Individual against Robot – Access Bridgebase.com. Left hand corner, select “Just Play Bridge.” Hit the middle of the page, and on the next sheet a robot dealt hand will appear.
2. Play ACBL bridge – Log in/Register and hit the red bar. Go to Virtual Games, then go to North America. You will see the game that you want to play. I play Lake Wildwood ACBL. Register, and agree to pay. If you have a partner, a blue line will come up where you will enter her Bridgebase name, and send an invitation. She will have logged into Bridgebase, gone to Virtual and then to North America. An invitation will come in yellow and she must accept.
3. Have a friend and want to play – Access Bridgebase.com and hit Log in/Register. Your online name and dots (your hidden passcode) should come up. Hit the red bar. Next will be Options. Go to Casual and several options will appear. Choose “I have a partner.” A blue line will appear for you to enter your partner’s Bridgebase name. Your partner (who has logged in and gone to Casual) will receive an invitation and the two of you will then be placed at a table as partners. There will be two other players from somewhere in the world. (We have played with people from Turkey, Chile and Russia but mostly the USA and Canada).
4. Individual and want to play – Access Bridgebase.com. Hit Log in/Register, and then hit red bar. Go to Casual. Several options appear. Choose “Take Me to a Table.” You will be placed at a table with three other people (from anywhere).
5. Have four for a bridge table – Access Bridgebase.com. Hit Log in/Register and hit the red bar. Go to Casual. Hit Start A Table. Then add the other three Bridgebase names and send an invitation. The other three players will receive an invitation and you will all be placed at a table. If you want voice (with your own table only), use conference call.com. Someone will need to set up an account (I have one and a passcode). Give the number 978-990-5420 to the other players along with the code you will receive when signing up. When you call in as the host, follow the prompts. While free, I periodically send them money for use as they support children’s online free learning.
PLAY – The layout is like a bridge table. The robot deals the cards. As your bid comes up, you will see on the screen options to bid. Use the cursor to make your bid. Whoever wins the contract then plays. The bid is on the left hand side of the screen and the bid is noted as you play. Playing a hand is time sensitive. If you delay too long the robot will take over and you will be removed as a player.