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CFUW/Kanata members are invited to join as many Interest Groups as they wish. It's the best deal in town - friendship, education and fun, all free! Whether it be on a journey towards laying down a grand slam at the card table, or enjoying many culinary delights, we hope that you will join us for a good time.
All the interest groups meet at times that do not conflict with the second Wednesday of the month, when the CFUW/Kanata General Meeting is held.
For more information concerning the Interest Groups, please contact Linda Stilborne the Interest Group Coordinator email@example.com
Detailed descriptions of all the groups follow the calendar.
The Groups and Times
- Wednesday Morning Study Group’s Art talks – every 2nd Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.
Members carpool together to attend an illustrated series of talks on “Diversity in Art and Artists” at the National Gallery of Canada. There is a fee to attend.
- Art Tours – 2nd Wednesday 1:00 p.m.
At the National Gallery of Canada, members join in on art tours arranged by CFUW/Nepean. There is a fee to attend.
- Paint Pals – 4th Monday 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
If painting is one of your passions, but you never seem to set aside the time to create a new masterpiece, or if you wish to explore painting in the company of artistic friends, then new Paint Pals is for you.
- Fibre Fans – 2nd Friday 1:00 p.m.
Explore the world of fibres and discover what can be created with them.... quilts, both traditional and contemporary, tapestry, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, felting, upholstery, weaving ....the list is long and the learning never stops! Members share their expertise and work on various projects. To punctuate these sessions with fun and sources of new ideas, visits to upcoming arts and craft shows are planned.
- Chocolate and Wine Book Club - 3rd Thursday 3:00 pm
Hostesses serve wine to those that imbibe (one glass) and nibble on something chocolate as they discuss books.
- Lit Chicks - 4th Wednesday 1:30 pm
This is a slightly smaller group than some of the other book groups (maximum 12 participants). This year's selections will focus on participants "favourte authors".
- Monday Morning Book Club - 1st Monday 9:30 am
A rather special group that restricts its choices to include only books that are available in an audible format. Most members read the print version, but some members of the group are unable to do so and read by listening. The opinions are always varied and firmly held leading to an exhilarating and amusing debate. We choose ten books with at least one from each section: Canadian Fiction, International Fiction, Classic and Non-fiction.
Last year's selections were:
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
The Ghost Map - Steven Johnson
The Golden Mean - Annabel Lyon
Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Consolation - Michael Redhill
The Road Home - Rose Tremain
Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis
- Monday Afternoon Book Club - 1st Monday 1 pm
The group is very eclectic and as a result, the discussions are lively and present an opportunity to hear diverse points of view. At least one non-fiction book and possibly a biography are included in the reading list each year. The schedule for hosts and presenters will be discussed at the first meeting.
- Twisted Sisters Book Club - 2nd Wednesday 10am
Each month participants pick a topic (e.g. biography, inspirational, classic children's literature, books made into movies, award-winning books) and bring their books to discuss in the group. Members host once a year.
- National Mah-Jongg - every Thursday 1 p.m., starting June 7th.
Mah-Jongg (or "Maajh") is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. It is a game of skill, strategy and calculation but also involves a certain degree of chance. The game originated in China and dates back to the time of Confucius. It has since evolved and been adapted to various cultures. Ideally, Mah-Jongg is played with four players per square table and a set of tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.
There are at least eighty versions of Mah-jongg, but each fall under two broad categories: National (American) Mah-Jongg and Classical (Chinese) Mah-Jongg. National Mah-jongg uses 152 tiles and a card of Standard Hands, against which all games are played. These cards are changed annually. It also uses 8 Jokers (hence 152 tiles rather than 144), and each game is started with a "Charleston", or the passing of 3 unwanted tiles from one player to another. Very little time and effort is required to master the elementary principles of the game. Your patience in mastering the fine points of Mah-jongg will be repaid many times by the keen enjoyment invariably derived from the game.
The National Mah Jongg League was started in 1937, by a number of enthusiasts who met in New York City to standardize the game. The League started with 32 members and today numbers over 350,000.
Each player will need a National Mah Jongg League 2012 card costing $8.
- Mixed Duplicate Morning Bridge – 3rd Monday 9 am
We're a friendly group of bridge players, who take turns hosting in our homes. If you'd like to join the group, find a bridge partner of either gender and contact the convenor. If you don't have a partner, we may be able to match you up with another single. We welcome new members at any time of the year.
- Ladies Monday Afternoon Bridge – every Monday afternoon 1 p.m.
The Ladies Monday Afternoon Bridge Group meets every Monday all through the year (even the summer!) from 1 to 4 p.m. We have a fairly large group of approximately 26 members. Every member hosts twice a year. Most members can accommodate 3 - 4 tables. A few members can only host 2 tables. We used to play every 2nd Monday but with so many players it was better to play every Monday so that if someone does not get to play one Monday, she can get into the next one. We ask our members to call the next hostess no more than 2 weeks ahead of time toreserve a spot to play. We are a friendly and lively group. There is almost as much conversation as there is bridge since we enjoy seeing each other when we get together to play.
- Wednesday Afternoon Bridge – every Wednesday 1 p.m.
This group originated from a core of people who attended a CFUW/K's Beginners' Bridge class in the spring of 2005. A few people had played before but most were beginners. Since then, we've been "bitten" by the bridge "bug" and meeting weekly, have all enjoyed the friendship with the challenge of Bridge in a supportive, non-critical, learning environment.
- Mixed Duplicate Bridge - 1st Friday 7pm
A Bridge partner may be of either gender. Hosting is shared.
- Social Contract Mixed Evening Bridge - 3rd Friday 7pm
This group meets the third Friday evening of each month at 7:00pm at members' homes. A good fundamental knowledge of bridge helps make it satisfactory for all. The mixed concept of partners could be husband & wife partners, or same gender partners. Evening consists of four or five rounds, changing partners after each round (four hands). Light refreshments during and/or after.
Conversations with Food
- Evening Dining Out - 2ndThursday 6.30 pm
For the past two years, many of our members have enjoyed the Evening Dining Out. We propose that we hold four dinners this year, 2010-2011, on the 2nd Thursday of October, November, March and April. Couples and singles are most welcome to join. We need one volunteer for each dinner. The volunteer member would be responsible for recommending the restaurant, making the reservations and e-mailing the members of the group. An initial group list of all participants will be e-mailed to all members of Evening Dining Out by the convenor.
- International Cuisine - 4th Friday 6.30 pm
Meets to become familiar with the culture and foods, along with the new ingredients, from all over the world. Sometimes one of us may have traveled to one of these countries where one was taken aback by the exquisite food that one would like to try preparing, and sharing the experience with other people who are not afraid of venturing into the unknown. We listen to the music of the selected country as well as learn about some of the traditions. We have been known to sing and dance on this second Friday of the month! The ambiance of the country is reflected in the table setting as well as the decor.
- Ladies Gourmet - 3rd Monday 7pm
Meet monthly at their member's convenience for an evening of fine dining and socializing. If you enjoy being adventurous with food, this is the group for you! Due to popularity we have two groups that both meet the third Monday at 7 pm.
- Lunch Club - 1st Friday 12:30 pm
Members enjoy dining at a different restaurant each month. Different members act as the hostesses each month. They are responsible for choosing the restaurant, contacting the people on the group list either by telephone or by e-mail, and then making a reservation for the number of people attending. New members are always welcome.
- Pot Luck Lunch - 3rd Friday 12:15pm
This is a very popular, fun gathering each third Friday of the month. Members take turns being hostess and everyone contributes whatever dish they choose to bring. Wine is provided by the non-hostesses that year. The hostess provides the table settings, tea and coffee. There is lots of lively conversation and good spirits. The convener sends an email to a large list of interested members each month and if you want to attend that month you call or email the hostess to set a place for you. Contribute whatever you want, there is no plan and surprisingly it usually works out very well with a lovely selection of appetizers, main courses, salads and desserts. To be included on the monthly email, members should contact the convener.
- Nia – 3rd Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Work out, but not wear out with Nia, a fun, holistic mind-body-spirit fitness program and lifestyle practice which improves cardiovascular health, overall vitality, fitness, balance and strength, and also helps with weight loss. Combining the explosive power of martial arts, the concentration of the healing arts, and the grace of dance with simple, easy-to-follow moves set to music, Nia is crosstraining through movement.
For this non-impact workout, you exercise barefoot at your own pace. It’s fun!
- Outdoor Adventures - 4th Thursday 10 a.m.
Keep fit and have fun trying out various sports. Each member organizes an event (i.e. time, place, and carpooling) they would like to do. Possible suggestions include golfing, downhill skiing, walking tours of studios and artists' homes, cross-country skiing on Kanata trails, skating on the Rideau Canal, indoor badminton, beachball volleyball, swimming, curling, tennis, hiking in Gatineau Park, etc. Most events will occur on Sunday afternoons, but this does not prevent events organized during the week. Just keep moving and enjoy yourself with other members!
- Guitar Groovers - every Tuesday 7.30 p.m.
Members have dusted off their guitars and are learning to play chords again. Beginners are most welcome. As it is hard to sing and play at the same time, members of the Sing Along group practise with the GGs and add their voices to the mix. Our sessions are sprinkled with lots of laughs as we all become more proficient.
- Sing Along - Tuesdays 7.30 p.m.
Sing out with the Guitar Groovers at the practice sessions every week.
- Current Issues - 4th Tuesday 1pm
You will want to be part of this lively, stimulating group that meets monthly to discuss issues of local, national and international interest to our members. Reserve the 4th Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m., to come and join us at a member's home for an enthusiastic discussion on a pre-determined topic. We look forward to hearing your views on a whole range of issues from transit to the Taliban.
- History Group - 2nd Thursday 9:30am
The history group offered a great lineup of speakers for 2011/2012.
Thursday, Oct. 13th, 10am - a tour of the Library and Archives Preservation Centre, 625 Blvd. de Carrefour, Gatineau. 12-15 people. Second day, if required, Oct. 11. Lunch at Resto, Chelsea.
November 10th - "We Shall Overcome" - a short history of protest music in the US with Stephen Richer. This is a fundraiser for a projector for our club. Non-members are welcome. Cost is $15 with a light breakfast included at St. John's Church, 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata.
December 1st - Antiques Road Show with Heather Pettipas and June MacManus. This event is planned to take place in the meeting room at the Kanata Seniors' Centre, Campeau Drive (at the Mlacak Centre). Bring one antique from your home. Tell us about it and possibly have an evaluation.
January 12th - "The Island of Canada" with Victor Suthren. A Canadian writer and historian, Victor served as the Director General of the Canadian War Museum, was appointed Captain in the Canadian Navy, advisor to film and TV production, voyaged extensively in Tall Ships and is the author of several books. His talk will center on how water in the form the seas and lakes has shaped us as a people.
February 9th - "Acadian Vignettes" with Denis Bourque. Denis presents a sequel to his past discussion of the Acadians with personal stories from individual Acadians and their families.
March 8th - Greece prior to 400 BCE with an emphasis on Sicily. We are delighted that Jo Cusack will join us again to lead this discussion.
April 12th - possible outing
- Movie Matinee - 1st Tuesday 4:30-5:00pm
Members who opt for the Tuesday afternoon movie group are in for some fine entertainment. In fact, CFUW movie watchers sometimes fill a whole row at our local Empire Theatre (formerly AMC) in the Kanata Centrum! (Always the first Tuesday of the month, and depending on the movie, usually a start time around 4:30 p.m.) Dinner out afterwards is always an option, not planned in advance, but that's the way we like it! E-mails to the list of members expressing an interest go out a couple of days in advance to provide information on the chosen feature and the time to gather. So do consider adding your name to the sign-up sheet when fall rolls around and improve your movie I.Q.! Friends of members, of course, are always welcome. The more, the merrier!
- Outings - 3rd Wednesday 1pm
The type of outing, meeting date and time are all confirmed by the convenors a few weeks in advance of the event. Whenever it is convenient, members carpool to the outings which are varied and interesting. So far, members have enjoyed the following trips:
- September: Bank of Canada Tour; special exhibit: "Fakes and Forgeries : Yesterday and Today."
- October: Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
- November: Signature Craft Fair at the Congress Centre
- December: Manotick Christmas Outing
- January: Chocolate demonstration at Stubbe Chocolates & More
- February: Knitting demonstrations and more.
- Travel Talk - 3rd Thursday 7:00 pm
Travel talk provides an opportunity for members to share their own travel experiences and to learn about places that others have visited. The group will exchange travel tips and ideas and just have fun "touring" the world without leaving home.
If there is enough interest, the following new groups will be formed:
- Bridge Beginner Basics: lessons will be offered in September 2012
- Science Club
- French Conversation
Contact Linda Stilborne if you are interested or if you have suggestions for new and current groups.