The Pleasanton Downtown Association has been encouraging residents to take a turn playing "Downtown Bingo" while buying from businesses on Main Street and the surrounding side streets.
Part of its "Support Downtown Safely" campaign amid the novel coronavirus crisis, the PDA's game mirrors traditional Bingo -- but instead of numbers, the squares are filled with local restaurants, shops or service providers based in downtown Pleasanton. Support businesses in a full line on a card and become eligible for prizes.
"Now more than ever our downtown businesses need our support," Tiffany Cadrette, executive director of the PDA, told the Weekly.
"So far, the community seems to be enjoying Downtown Bingo," she added. "Many community members are looking for ways to safely show their support to our small businesses here in downtown. This has been a fun and unique way to engage the community, and we are hoping to keep the momentum and friendly competition going."
The game offers four digital Bingo card options online: two "Takeout Bingo" cards filled with downtown eateries and two "Small Business Bingo" cards with other downtown businesses.
The rules align with traditional Bingo -- when a player marks five spaces in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, they've completed their game and can submit the finished card by email to [email protected]
For example, an entrant could complete a horizontal line with SideTrack, Gay Nineties, Dragon City, Oasis Wine Bar and Salt Craft on one card. Or a vertical line with Adap Tax Financial, Valley Plumbing, Primm Boutique, Passionate Athlete and Towne Center Books on another card. Or a diagonal line with Almare Gelato, New York Pizza, "Eat Local" free space, Tri-Valley Bistro and Cocina Mexico on another.
For the "Takeout" card, the player must have ordered takeout from the participating restaurant. For the "Small Business" card, they must have placed an order online, used the service, purchased a gift card, promoted the business on social media or left an online review.
Once the entry has been verified, they will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 PDA gift card. If a player fills up 15 spaces on the card, they will receive an extra entry into the raffle. Players are limited to one card per household, according to the PDA.
The Downtown Bingo game will run until the end of Alameda County's shelter-in-place order, which is currently set to expire after May 31.
Learn more about the game or access the Bingo cards on the PDA's "Support Downtown Safely" webpage.