Interest Groups

Interest Groups are a great way to benefit from life-long learning, socializing and meeting other members in a smaller setting, often in members’ homes.  During the COVID pandemic, groups have made a variety of adjustments to their meeting formats.  Please see details outlined below, in bold orange font.

BOOK GROUPS

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP
bookgroup
We read a variety of titles, selected by the members and often available at the library or for purchase. Discussion is wide-ranging through members’ various backgrounds and the connections they make to the novels.  We meet the second Wednesday of the month.  Meeting on ZOOM
WHO DONE IT? If you like mysteries and would like to get together with a group of like-minded readers to discuss your favourites and learn about writers that might be new to you, please join us the first Thursday evening of the month.  Meeting on ZOOM
MYSTERIOUS AFTERNOONS
mysteriousafternoons
We get together the first Wednesday afternoon of the month to talk about mystery novels. Here is an opportunity to read your favourite author or discover a new author. Please join us.  Meeting outside in warmer months, on ZOOM in colder months
WOMEN’S ISSUES The third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm finds us meeting to discuss a wide variety of books chosen by members. We read books by women, for women or about women.  Meeting on ZOOM
WEDNESDAY NOVEL AFTERNOONS A terrific group of women that meet the fourth Wednesday of the month to have a friendly discussion about that month’s book.  Meeting on ZOOM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON READERS We read a wide range of Canadian and International general fiction along with the occasional non-fiction book. We meet the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm.  Meeting on ZOOM
TUESDAY AFTERNOON ECLECTIC READERS We meet at 1:30 pm the third Tuesday of the month and read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.   Many of the books are available to reserve from the library.  Meeting on ZOOM
JANE AUSTEN READ ALOUD GROUP We read aloud from Jane Austen’s novels and include time for lively discussion.  We meet the first and third Thursday at 10:00 am.  Meeting on ZOOM

DINING GROUPS

JOY OF NOT COOKINGjoynotcooking Meets for dinner every second month at a variety of different restaurants.  We enjoy different menus, and socializing.  Anyone is welcome.  Reactivating October 2021
ADVENTURES IN DINING This couples group meets on an occasional basis to enjoy a co-operative dinner. The hostess sets the menu plan and everyone brings complementary dishes and appropriate wine pairings.  Usually the fourth Saturday of the month. We have modified our schedule and our group size for the coming year, we will meet in person
DASH-AWAY-LUNCH If you don’t like to cook, or just need a break, join this relaxing group fro a chat over lunch.  We enjoy a variety of cuisines, frequently ethnic foods.  Not currently active
VEGGIE POTLUCKvgpotluck Meet the fourth Tuesday of the month for an eclectic and interesting conversation while enjoying a meal of dishes chosen and prepared by each attendee. Members explore vegetarian and vegan recipes, and are willing to experiment with unfamiliar vegetables and new dishes.  Not meeting during cold months, meet outdoors in warmer months
INTERNATIONAL DINING GROUP We get together to share a dinner with an ethnic theme. Each month a country is selected and everyone attending brings a dish from that country to share. Members take turns hosting this social evening on the fourth Thursday.  Not currently active

CARD AND GAMES GROUPS

CANASTA canasta Come and join our Canasta Hand and Foot group.  We meet every Monday at 7:00 pm, except Speaker Series evenings.  The number of tables and people depends on who is hosting.  Meeting in each other’s homes
BRIDGE The bridge group meets every first and third Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  Playing using Bridge Base Online and ZOOM

OUTDOORS GROUPS

THE WALKING GROUP Our walks are 10:00 am Monday morning except statutory holidays. Weekly emails announce the meeting place and details for a Nanaimo park trailhead. Our 1 to 1 ½ hour walks are along established trails.  Runners are suitable footwear.  Walks are drop in and everyone is welcome.  Group is meeting
SLOWER, SHORTER, LATER WALKING GROUP This walking group meets Mondays at 10:30 am and walks a little slower and a shorter distance than our other CFUW walking group. We alternate between Neck Point and Lost Lake, weather permitting. Dogs on leash are welcome. Not currently active
THE CYCLING GROUP Explore Nanaimo on your road bike or E-bike, along off-road bike paths and local streets. We ride 60-90 minutes, break for coffee and return to our starting point.  Cycling distance approximately 25-40 km.  Helmets required, all skill levels welcome.  Tuesdays:  summer 9:00 am; autumn/spring 10:00 am.  Group continues to meet
WINTER SNOW INTEREST GROUP Interested in heading up to Mt. Washington for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing?  We are hoping to have a couple of outings each season and maybe fill a car or two.  Not active for 2021-2022
HIKING GROUP Monday mornings, up to 2 hours hiking on rough trails.  Group is meeting

OUTINGS

SYMPHONY GROUP
Interested members share a block of tickets for the Vancouver Island Symphony performances.  Not currently active
THEATRE GROUP Interested members share a block of tickets for the Bailey Theatre performances.  Not currently active
JAUNTS If you enjoy an occasional day out experiencing what our Island has to offer, watch the newsletter and announcements for upcoming.  Why not initiate a jaunt to your favourite place or for your favourite activity?  Any club member can initiate a jaunt, including theatre, galleries, in town or out of town outings.   Jaunts could be virtual events

POTPOURRI GROUPS

STITCHERY Every second Thursday afternoon bring your knitting, quilting, hooking, embroidery or other project and work on it with other members. We meet at members’ homes and share our projects and friendly conversation.  Meeting in homes or yards
TRAVEL TIPS traveltips Come and share your travel experiences from near and far. Presenters have traveled through Europe, Asia, South America, Haida Gwaii, and on a variety of cruises. This is usually an evening format held throughout the year in one of our homes. Not currently active
CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
french
Nous nous rencontrons le premier et le troisième lundi du mois à 13 h 30.  Les lectures et les discussions sont tirées de plusieurs médias ou sont proposées par la présentatrice.  Les sujets sont variés et choisis par les membres.  Nous invitons tous membres intéressés à causer en français. Réunion sur Zoom
KNOW YOUR iPAD We meet every second Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm.  To learn to make full use of all your iPad’s features, try this group. Activity and location to be determined
PODCAST GROUP Members independently listen to a podcast chosen by one of the participants, and than come together for a discussion.  Discussions look at some aspect of science in a broad sense to capture interesting topics related to behavioural, biological, physical and natural sciences.  Meets first Tuesday, 7:00 pm.  Meeting on ZOOM
ADVOCACY COFFEE GROUP This fall the groups will inform ourselves of the many challenging issues Indigenous peoples face and learn how we as members of the non-Indigenous community are best able to offer support.  Meeting monthly.   Meeting in-person 
WRITERS GROUP An eclectic group of women writing novels, poetry, short stories and family history. Bring your own work and read it to the group or come and listen to what others have written. We meet every other Wednesday morning at 10:00 am. Meeting on ZOOM
LET’S CHAT 1 A small group for informal, friendly chats on two topics per week.  Topics are suggested by individual members.  Meets weekly on Mondays, 1:30 pm.  Meeting on ZOOM
LET’S CHAT 2 A small group for informal, friendly chats.  Topics are suggested by individual members.  Meets third and fourth Tuesdays, 7:30 pm.  Meeting on ZOOM