Superlist no. 799

O 69!
Bay Area places to shout, "Bingo!" for a cause.

By Maya Melenchuk

WITH AN ENDLESS supply of free coffee, snacks, and cash prizes to maintain your ball-pulling buzz, local bingo opportunities offer a taste of Vegas with a kitschy twist. There's nothing like the thrill of leaping to your feet and shouting, "Bingo!"; even more rewarding are the hard-earned bucks in your pocket and the joy of contributing to a charitable organization in need.

Penetrate this exciting subculture of legal gambling any night of the week at various locales throughout the Bay Area. Cutting edge meets old school at most bingo halls, which offer computerized bingo machines for the technologically savvy, and paper and ink blotter for the purists. Don't forget your lucky rabbit's foot.

San Francisco

Army St. Bingo Proceeds benefit nine nonprofit organizations that fund local youth, legal-outreach, media, and foster-care programs. Mon.-Fri., first game 6:45 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., first game 12:30 p.m., 1740 Cesar Chavez, S.F. (415) 550-8570. $14 for 23 games, $20 for 28 games. Games pay $250. Smoking and nonsmoking sections.

Brotherhood Way Bingo Proceeds benefit St. Gregory's Armenian Church. Wed.-Thurs., first game 7:15 p.m., 825 Brotherhood Way, S.F. (415) 584-7991. $20 minimum buy-in. Free coffee, dinner, and parking. Nonsmoking facility with breaks for smokers.

Parents Auxiliary Bingo Proceeds benefit the Janet Pomeroy Center for developmentally disabled children and adults. Fri., first game 6:45 p.m., Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline, S.F. (415) 665-4100. $12 for 20 games. Games pay $250. Free dinner; snacks for sale. Smoking and nonsmoking rooms.

Revival Bingo Proceeds from games at this venue (formerly BaDaBingo!) benefit a different nonprofit, charity, or scholarship fund every time. First Thursdays, doors 7 p.m., MCC Church, 150 Eureka, S.F. $15 for eight games, $5 each additional game. Purchase tickets at door, All American Boy (463 Castro St.), or (advance purchase is recommended).

Sons of Italy Proceeds benefit the Western Foundation, which funds student scholarships, medical research, university libraries, and children's hospitals. Sun., first game 1 p.m., 5051 Mission, S.F. (415) 586-1316. $20 for 15 games. Games pay $250. Free parking.

St. Ignacius College Prep Proceeds benefit the St. Ignacius scholarship fund. Mon., first game 7 p.m., 2001 37th Ave., S.F. (415) 731-7500. $15 for all you can play. Games pay $250. Free coffee, tea, and cookies.

St. Kevin's Church Proceeds benefit the church. Wed., first game 7:30 p.m., 704 Cortland, S.F. (415) 648-5751. Games pay $250. Weekly door prizes and lottery tickets.

St. Paul's Church Proceeds benefit St. Paul's Elementary School and parish. Fri., first game 7 p.m., 1600 Church, S.F. (415) 648-7538. $12 minimum buy-in. Games pay $250. Hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

St. Stephen's Church Proceeds benefit the church. Fri., first game 6:45 p.m., 473 Eucalyptus Dr., S.F. (415) 681-2444. $12 for 35 games. Games pay $250. Pizza and cookies for sale. Monthly session first Saturdays, first game noon. $14 for 35 games. Free tea, coffee, doughnuts, and hot-dog lunch.

East Bay

Durant Bingo Hall Proceeds benefit Oakland schools and the Police Activities League, a program promoting after-school youth programs. Mon.-Sat., first game 2:15 p.m., 10800 International Way, Oakl. (510) 569-0134. $10 minimum buy-in, $15 all you can play. 17 games a session. Games pay $100. Paper only. Also Mon.-Sat., 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:15 p.m., $15 minimum buy-in, $25 all you can play. 27 games a session. Games pay $250. Free coffee; snacks and dinner for sale. Outside smoking deck.

Foothill Square Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Research Society and the Kids' Education Development Scholarship. Mon.-Fri., first game 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., first game 1:45 p.m. Electronic bingo Mon.-Fri., 12:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m., 10700 MacArthur, Ste. 11, Oakl. (510) 635-4600. $10 for unlimited paper; $19 for one machine, $24 for two. 27 games a session. Games pay $250. $1,000 door prize every session. Free coffee; snacks for sale. Outside smoking area.

Gilman St. Bingo Proceeds benefit Resource Corporation, a women's employment resource center that provides computer training and job placement. Mon.-Sat., first game 6:45 p.m.; electronic bingo 1 p.m.-midnight. 5-$1 a game for electronic bingo. Sun., 1:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.; electronic bingo 1-8 p.m. $22 for 31 games. Games pay $250. 1284 San Pablo, Albany. (510) 524-9301. Free coffee; dinner for sale.