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Interest Groups, 2023-2024

The club meets as a whole once each month to learn from speakers and hold business meetings, but many more club activities take place through our special interest groups, coordinated by club members. Join as many or as few interest groups as you choose or start a new one based on one of your interests.

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Afternoon Games

Dust off the old board games lurking in your closet. Or choose a card game. Something new each month, with rotating hostesses choosing the games and providing light snacks and beverages. Need at least 4 people. Day and time TBD. Meets monthly.

Bridge-Social

Social Bridge is an informal and great way to spend an afternoon. All levels welcome. We play on alternative weeks, with members hosting a table in rotation.  A light snack is usually served. Depending on numbers there may be multiple tables per session in different people’s homes. If you are not able to commit to alternative weeks, spares are welcome. As an alternative to playing in person, a group may choose to play remotely via BBO.

Finger Food Potluck Club

Looking to socialize in a relaxed setting? Join us and enjoy good food and interesting conversations. Members and their partners/spouses meet once per month, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on the third Friday of the month between April and November. Members contribute one sweet or savoury finger food dish and provide their own beverages. Dress is casual, and the event may be held indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather and the time of year. The hostess sets the maximum number of attendees for each gathering, usually between 16 and 24

Golf

Continuing next spring! Meet for 9 holes on a Monday morning.  Many local golf courses to explore. Golfing will be from beginning of May and will continue until the end of September.

Intrepid Hikers

Members signing up for this group need to be fit and have a good pair of hiking boots, appropriate clothing, and a hiking pole (optional). The club meets every Thursday at Conlon Farms for departure by carpool to various pre-determined trails. The hike lasts about 1.5 hrs. In the winter members might use snowshoes or ice grippers, if necessary. Coffee/lunch at a local restaurant may follow the hike.

Mah Jongg — Experienced American

This group is for experienced players who are familiar with the game and the 2022 card. This group meets in person on Wednesdays at 6:45 pm, rotating hosting games at their homes. Existing members have bought subscriptions to Real Mah Jongg so that can play online as well as meeting in person. New members are welcome!

Out and About

If you enjoy an “Outing” — something to see, to learn, to enjoy, to explore plus the all-important lunch and fellowship, join the Out and About Club. Our monthly outings are within a radius of approx.100 km during daylight hours. Location and cost information sent in advance; carpooling encouraged. Outings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of October, November, February, April and May.

Spanish-Intermediate

The next time you travel to a Spanish speaking country, if you would like to be able to converse a bit with the local residents, then join us and Johana, our Spanish instructor, who is a native of Colombia. We do review grammar, but we speak in Spanish as much as possible, learning about traditions, and discussing current events, history and food, with Johana taking the lead. For the intermediate classes, those with some Spanish background are welcome. The cost is $17 per session. Classes will start on September 13, 2022 and are usually held twice per month. (Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12noon). The venue will either be at a member’s house or via Zoom, depending on weather and COVID requirements.

Sunday Hiking

A hiking group that meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. for challenging walks on trails throughout Lanark; partners and dogs welcome. Come when you can.

Book Clubs — 8 to choose from

CFUW Perth & District currently has eight daytime book clubs and one evening club. Members meet monthly in rotating homes for snacks and a lively discussion about their selected novel.

Cycling Sisters

Come join a cycling group to ride trails, cottage roads and as little highway as possible (only if there is a hard shoulder to ride on). Areas vary from Murphy’s Point, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte …trails including the Trans Canada Trails; also some of our favourite paths through Ottawa and Gatineau. This summer we had a fabulous 2-night stay in Mont-Tremblant! We meet Tuesday mornings @ 10:00 weather permitting and some possible changes for special locations.

French Conversation

This group meets monthly in members’ homes on the 3rd Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to discuss various topics in French. Members should have some French fluency, although it is expected that some members may be rusty without practice. Come out to a meeting to decide if this group is for you! New members always welcome.

Gourmet Club

Do you like to cook and enjoy trying new recipes? Give the Gourmet Club a try. We meet monthly at different host homes, with dinner party sizes in groups of 8. Each member contributes to a planned menu; costs are shared. Bring a partner/guest of your choice. Spares are greatly needed. Dinners are the second Saturday of the month, starting at 6:00 p.m. Remember we may called the ‘Gourmet Club’ but it is really all about yummy food shared by a group of folks.

Laughter, Fun & Friendship

Laughter and fun with new or old friends: all welcome!. Try new activities indoors and out No experience or special skills of any kind required, just an adventurous spirit! Let your imagination and creativity flow! Fun and play! To be held the 4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm.

Mah Jongg — Introduction to Hong Kong Rules

This is a MUCH SIMPLER version of Mah Jongg. Two, three, or four can play, making it very versatile. It is a stepping stone to American Mah Jongg. Day and time are to be determined by group.

Photography

For photography enthusiasts, with an iPhone or camera…fun and informal, photography, videos. For a relaxed pace with outdoor visits to trails, towns and more. Nature, light, colour in all seasons; .

Stitch n' Chat

Whether you are a knitter, a quilter, a novice cross-stitcher or simply have some mending to do, this is a fun group for you. Everyone enjoys relaxing for a couple of hours, working on their piece while sharing conversation on a variety of topics. The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Participants take turns to host in their homes and light refreshments are served.

Understanding My Electronics *NEW*

Looking for basic computer help? Having trouble understanding “the Cloud”? Join this new group, where the goal is to bring in students doing their community service to walk us through the challenging aspects of understanding our electronics, such as settings, the Cloud, etc.

Bridge-Lunch

The Bridge and Luncheon group meets on the third Friday of each month, at 11:30 with social time followed by a delicious lunch provided by the host, then followed by three rounds of bridge. Presently there are 9 members. All skill levels welcome. Players must be fully vaccinated. We currently need spares. If there is enough interest, a second group can be started.

Dog Walking

This group meets in dog friendly locations to walk dogs and socialize. Until a coordinator comes forward Maida Murray has agreed to host dog walkers on her property. At this time the group will meet at Maida’s on Friday at 1:00 pm.

Friday Afternoon at the Movies *NEW*

Join fellow members to watch TIFF films on selected Fridays at 2pm at the Studio Theatre. Then head to a different restaurant for drinks and discussion.  Movie tickets are $12.00 each and films run once a month from October to May.

Hand Drums and Percussion

NEW members needed! Try your hand at drumming and percussion instruments in a relaxed social setting. Create music with African hand drums, or percussion (rattles, shakers, bells and more). Members can bring their own instruments. A playful social symphony. Group energy in-person. NO previous music or instruments skills required. Date/time to be determined.

Mah Jongg — American Online *NEW*

Let’s play American Mah Jongg, in the safety and comfort of our homes or while away from our home! We meet online, twice per month using RealMahJongg.com. (subscription needed, computer or tablet recommended). Dates and times are flexible. The app is a great way to play, practice, and improve your game as you can play against your CFUW mates, other gaming app members or robots.

Mah Jongg-Introduction to American

Individual or group lessons taught on a as needed basis. Learn a new, challenging game that will tickle your brain. Mah Jongg is a traditional Chinese game, similar to Rummy, played by 4.  The players pick up and discard tiles until they use their 14 tiles to complete one of 67 possible hands.  The game is one of skill, strategy and luck!  It’s also addictive!

Piano

Did you take piano lessons as a child or teenager? Do you want to revive your skills, or just play at whatever level you may be? Do you want to get over your piano shyness? Come join the Piano Club to play duets, or solos, simple or not, and listen to the others. The only requirement is to have fun and enjoy playing the piano! Piano sessions are at the home of Diana B. on an upright grand. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am.

Sunday Dinner

Not a potluck, not necessarily gourmet, definitely NOT takeout, but an old-fashioned sit-down at a beautifully set table to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with pleasant company.  If you love food, love to cook and perhaps have no one to do it for (or even if you do, but just want to sit down with someone else for a change) this may be the group for you. We meet every six weeks, 6 guests per dinner  Please join us, as we can start a 2nd group..

Wine Tasting *NEW*

Wine tasting will meet monthly from October to June. Expand your palette, and join fellow members with or without partners, as each month the host chooses four different wines to taste with suitable food parings.

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