National Gallery Study Group (Fee)
From October to April, tours of the National Gallery will be held on the last Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Friends of the Gallery - $30, non-friends- $50.
Last Wed. at 11:00 a.m.
This group meets to learn about a broad range of Canadian topics from antiques to art, from social history to contemporary issues. Like the topics, the format varies but usually it includes a guest speaker or an interactive project lead by a member of the group, followed by tea and discussion.
3rd Monday at 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Couples Gourmet ($10 fee)
This is a Couples' dinner group that meets for dinner at members' homes seven times a year, usually on the third Saturday of the month. There are five different dinner groups, which rotate, so that everyone dines with most other people. The hostesses decide on the menu and assign the recipes. All expenses are shared equally.The season begins with a Cocktail Party and ends with a BBQ. The group has a list of "spare" couples who fill in for others when needed. A wonderful group!
Third Saturday evening
This group combines lively conversation with dining out at Ottawa area restaurants featuring international cuisine. Reservations are arranged and the menu is set or open, depending on price.
Members enjoy learning from one another's diverse interests and backgrounds.
3rd Wednesday evening
Easy Gourmet (Fee)
Come share new and fun ideas for easily prepared memorable menus. Be stimulated gustatorily and conversationally by joining Easy Gourmet. (maximum 16)
1st Wednesday evening
International Cuisine (Fee)
This group learns about the cuisine of different countries, tries out recipes and enjoys good food. Members share the responsibility of planning menus, cooking and hosting. The recipes are discussed after the meal and each member gets a copy of the recipes used that evening.
1st Wednesday, evening
We approach our annual culinary outings by choosing an in-depth theme to co-ordinate planning and menus. Over the years we have practised and demonstrated various cooking techniques, looked at regional cuisines of particular countries. This past year, our guiding theme was Regional Italian Cooking, from Piedmont in the north to Sicily, and including Emilia-Romagna - the heartland of Italian cuisine.
1st Wednesday, evening
From October to June we meet at a variety of area restaurants, often with an international flavour. We endeavour to keep the cost reasonable. It is a good way to meet people and talk over the affairs of the day. It is also a chance to try different restaurants.
3rd Tuesday 12:00 noon
3rd Wednesday 12:00 noon
1st Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Toxins and Health
Our group has a dual identity: we are a study-interest group, and we also serve as a Subcommittee of the CFUW-Ottawa Standing Issues Committee on Legislation/Other. We meet monthly to review and discuss new knowledge about environmental pollutants and chemicals, their harmful effects and what we can do about them. We produce a monthly information column, "Targeting Toxins Tips" in the Carillon. Our members develop and review policy resolutions and sponsor informational events for CFUW-Ottawa members.
1st Thursday, 10:00 a.m.
Bridging the Rivers of Faith This group serves as a forum to increase learning about the beliefs of diverse world religions. We gather together in a spirit of increased understanding and tolerance. Presentations and discussions along with opportunities to ask questions are held either in homes or places of worship. This year we plan to focus on specific topics such as: Freedom to believe, Evolutionary role of women, Human rights, Marriage and family life:theory and practice, Customs on death and dying, Worship as an element of faith (prayers shared). A small annual fee of $5 is requested for expenses. 3rd Monday afternoon of the month
Gatineau Trails - Year-round Fitness Group
This is the only group that continues all year without a break. Gatineau Trails fitness group meets at 9:45 every Tuesday to either hike, bike or XC ski, depending on the weather and time of year. We hike starting in September, after Labour Day, and continue until there is enough snow to XC ski. We ski all winter until there is so little snow that we must again return to hiking. Biking in the city starts only when the paths are free of snow and continues throughout the summer until hiking restarts in the fall.
For hiking we meet at a designated (via email) Gatineau Park parking lot; for skiing we meet at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre to divide into subgroups; and for biking we meet at different locations in the city. Generally we eat a packed lunch together and return about 2 p.m.
Some social highlights include: occasional pot luck lunches, a wine and cheese, a moonlight ski, the Canadian Ski Marathon, a three to four day bike trip.
Every Tuesday morning 9:45 for a 10:00 start. There is a $5.00 fee, and those that XC ski may choose to purchase a Gatineau Park season's ski pass.
Explore Ottawa by walking along the Canal or through neighbourhoods.
Monday 1:15 p.m., spring and fall, rain or shine (brown bag lunch)
Walking, Trail (Hiking)
The Trail Walking Group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. It is an opportunity to explore a variety of trails in the Gatineau with friendly people who enjoy being outdoors. Do come and join us.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (approx.) Monday morning (bring lunch.)
American Standard Duplicate
This is a fun group of Intermediate players. Members wishing to improve their bidding and playing skills will enjoy the games and wonderful company.
Sandy Hill Community Centre, Wednesdays 12:45 p.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, Bridge Couples play an enjoyable evening of bridge in each others homes according to a pre-arranged schedule. We welcome new members both as regular players, and also as spares. 1st Saturday evening
2nd Friday evening
Various afternoons and evening
The game of Mah-Jong has evolved from the original Chinese form and has been adapted to various cultures. It is a challenging, engrossing, fast moving, mentally stimulating game. It requires a versatile mind to complete a hand with the highest score. There is no universal game, but once the basic procedure is understood, players find no difficulty in adapting their game to another country's version.
Mah-Jong sets consist of 144 colourfully designed tiles of ivory, bone or plastic. The ideal configuration is four players per square table. The four players can set their own time limits and predetermined rules. This allows for opportunities to increase the complexities of the game at ones own pace. The expert can play with advanced rules; the newly initiated can have their own simple version and add on new rules gradually as they become more proficient. Since it is a social game, one can freely exchange small talk and enjoy each others company. Tuesdays 1:00 p.m.
The Scrabble group meets the second and third Wednesdays at St. Timothy's Church. Members bring a bag lunch; we make tea and play two players to a board, trying to match levels of play. Sometimes we play cooperative games to improve our skills. This is fun for everyone.We provide the American Scrabble Dictionary and the British International Dictionary.
2nd and 3rd Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.
In the course of seven sessions, the History Group will explore a number of European encounters with the Islamic world that marked the course of modern history: when the Moslem armies rushed through and conquered vast territories of Ukraine, Poland,Russia, the Balkans and Hungary or when Europeans (whether the British, French, Germans or Russians) penetrated the territories of the Caucasus, The Middle East, Egypt, and Northern Africa and got involved in the political and economic developments in these regions. The last session will be devoted to the discussion of the constructed myth of an exotic, sensuous, violent and mystifying Orient that intrigued European scholars and travellers for centuries. Monthly meetings will consist of two presentations by members of the group, each dealing with a distinct subject. (1st Thursday each month, from October to May (except December) at 7p.m. (Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 rue Des Peres Blancs, Vanier). Annual membership fee, $10.
Tea, Tales and Treasures
We meet in a member's home on the 4th Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 4:30. Each member brings a treasure to share. We have a delightful time looking at and talking about the treasures. Following our 'Treasures' discussion, we have afternoon tea provided by our hostess, assisted by her co-hostess.4th Thursday 1:30 p.m.
French Conversation (fee)
Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Advanced French 1 will begin on Wed. Sept.28th with a special Chinese Buffet at Ho Ho on Richmond Rd. at noon. It will meet every week thereafter from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. rotating at different members' homes from then until the end of April 2012. We have a 4 week pause around the Christmas/New Years period.Our Directrice is the charming and talented Suzanne Hariton, who has taught French as well as had a career as a librarian. Before Christmas we will be reading a novel in French and discussing it chapter by chapter. After Christmas we will include articles for discussion as well as the occasional movie in French (with English sub-titles).
When we meet, we enjoy a cup of tea, some sweets and each other's company before "launching" into our book review. To date, most of us have been pleased with our choice of books, a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. 2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
This group is composed of women who love passing on insights about books, sharing afternoon snacks and connecting with each other. We tend to concentrate on fiction, but always vote to include at least one non-fiction selection. The requirements to join us are that you like to read, will read the chosen book before we meet, and enjoy the company of other women. 2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
Literature Group III meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month at 7:30. An eclectic mix of books is read and discussed, including children's, classic, prize winners, and books recommended by friends. Some of these books are available on tape in the Ottawa Public Library. 3rd Tuesday evening
Our group meets monthly at 1:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. We have a list of eight books to read during the year, and each month one member reviews a book, with discussion following. The meetings are held in members' homes, and we begin with light refreshments. 2nd Thursday 1:00 p.m.
We meet at members' homes to share refreshments and discuss a book chosen by our members.We love variety: fiction and non-fiction; classic and modern; serious and comic. Each week one member provides the review and we always have a variety of viewpoints to contribute to the discussion.
2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
A recent split in our previous evening group caused by a too large membership has resulted in members living east of Bronson Ave..attending group 111 and those living west of Bronson Ave. attending group V1. Meeting in members' homes we begin with refreshments, then a member reviews the chosen book followed by a lively discussion. Books for the following year are chosen at a pot-luck dinner in June.
3rd Tues. evenings 7:30 p.m.
Crime Fiction Book Club
This group moves into its second year introducing current crime / mystery readers to new authors and new readers to the sub-genres through a monthly meeting held at the Alta Vista Ottawa Public Library (downstairs) at 2516 Alta Vista (just south of Heron Rd.). Each month a member will present a book, followed by discussion and exchange of related information(such as events, new publications and other books read). Light refreshments will be served.
4th Wed. 1:30
Historical Fiction Book Club
We will read and discuss well-written, well researched historical fiction. A brief presentation may also be included to provide the historical context in which the story is placed.
2nd. Tues. evening
This group meets in member's homes, with an average attendance of 15. Presentations by members this year will be chosen from the six Historical Classical Music Periods. The period will be examined through the particular musical interest of the presenter. 1st Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Jaunters meets 1st Thursday morning of the month. Members take turns each month, to arrange a visit to different places in, and near Ottawa. Such as: Guide dogs for the Blind Training Centre in Manotick, a tour of the new Shenkman Centre for the Performing Arts Centre in Orleans, to a historical walk through the Beechwood Cemetery.
1st Thursday morning
The Travel Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm from September to May and enjoys members' slide/power point presentations of a variety of destinations. Most presentations are held in members' homes and occasionally guest speakers provide the program. For the current year's program information, please contact the convenors.
University Women Helping Afghan Women
UNIVERSITY WOMEN HELPING AFGHAN WOMEN (UWHAW) Study and Interest group was created by several members deeply affected by the message Dr. Sima Samar delivered about the plight of Afghan women at the 2010 Annual Meeting and Conference. Dr. Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, spoke of their strength, the fragility of their basic human rights and freedoms, and the need for the continuing support of the international community.
The focus of UWHAW is learning, advocacy and support. We continue to educate ourselves and our community about the issues faced by Afghan women and girls, advocate for the protection of their human rights and freedoms, and support their education in a variety of ways.
Activities have included guest speakers from government, the military, CIDA, NGO's working in Afghanistan, the Embassy of Afghanistan and young Afghan women students; letter writing to newspapers and political leaders; sharing the story of Afghan women with community groups; and fundraising to provide ten scholarships for young Afghan women to attend The Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, a university founded by Dr Samar in Kabul.
A luncheon meeting scheduled by UWHAW at the CFUW AGM in Victoria in June may provide us with an opportunity to work with other CFUW members from across the country, who share our interest.
1st Thurs. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Venue: TBD
The group meets to hear and critique the written work of one or two members each time. We give each other information on various readings, workshops and organizations (e.g. Canadian Authors' Association) for writers.
Date: Last Wednesday of the Month
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