Welcome to the CFUW-Ottawa Interest Groups! 

CFUW-Ottawa has a number of groups and activities happening throughout the month. They cover a wide range of interests including outdoor activities, indoor games, cuisine, book clubs, art, public affairs, music, and much more. All are opportunities for fun, friendship, learning.

Interest Groups

 

Focus on GWI

French Conversation

Games

Gardening

HIPPY Ottawa

History

Madri-Gals

Movies and Theatre

Music Appreciation

Ottawa Little Theatre



Browse the monthly schedule of activities.

If members or non-members have any questions, please contact the Interest Groups Convenor at interestgroups@cfuw-ottawa.org.  Members can contact Group Convenors directly by going to the Member-Only Section and selecting Group Convenors Contact Info.

Art

National Gallery Study Group (Fee)

From October to April, two tours of the National Gallery will be held on the last Wednesday, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m. Friends of the Gallery - $40, non-friends- $100.

Update: Our meetings will continue to be the last Wednesday of the month.  These meetings will be conducted by Zoom until the new year or when the Gallery re-opens with a viable option.

These meetings will be focused on active group participation to encourage making new friends while discovering new aspects of art.   

In January, in consultation with participating members, the program will be re-assessed.

There will be no charge for members until we resume actual Gallery Tours.

Last Wednesday (except December), 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Book Clubs

Literature Study Groups 


Group I

We have been successfully meeting on zoom and will continue with this format beginning in October.  While we wait for everyone to assemble, we enjoy casual conversation.  Once everyone is present, we have a brief business meeting.  Each month a different member of the club presents a short description of the author.  She then poses a question to start the discussion.  We have been using this format since last season and found it very successful.

The following are the books we have chosen for 2021 - 2022:

  • October: The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton (480 Pgs.);
  • November:Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin (384 Pgs.);
  • December: Counting my Chickens and Other Home Thoughts by Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (Available through Amazon.ca, 208 Pgs.);
  • January: Up and Down by Terry Fallis (414 Pgs.);
  • February: A Nearly Normal Family by MT Edvarsson
    (432 Pgs.);
  • March: Akin by Emma Donaghue (352 Pgs.);
  • April: Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray (400 Pgs.);
  • May: The Library Book by Susan Orleans (317 Pgs.);

2nd Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.


Group II

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, enjoy the company of other women and can be flexible in these uncertain times. 

2021-2022 Reading List

  • A Long Petal of the Sea
  • The Song of Solomon
  • The Company We Keep
  • The Silence of the Girls
  • The Pull of the Stars
  • Hag Seed
  • How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
  • The Piano  Maker
Zoom Meetings initially, adjusting with members' approval to in person meetings using OPH guidelines

2nd Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. (if on ZOOM, meeting will be at 11:00 a.m.)


Group III

Literature Group III meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month at 7:30 at various women’s homes.  This group is for women who live east of Bronson Ave.  We read an eclectic mix of books including classic, prize winners, and books recommended by friends. We make sure all the the books are available (in various forms) at the Ottawa Public Library.  Come join us and find out the interesting selection of books we are reading this year!

Books for 2021-22:

  • Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld;
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles;
  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn;
  • Indians on Vacation by Thomas King;
  • Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson;
  • Five Little Indians by Michelle Good;
  • Loves Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox;
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesa Ekwuyasi;
  • Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel;
  • The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodham

Zoom initially, adjusting to in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

3rd Tuesday, 7:30pm

Group IV

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. 

Books for 2021-22:

  • Indians on Vacation by Thomas King;
  • Hamnet and Judith by Maggie O'Farrell;
  • Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre;
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande;
  • The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull;
  • That's My Baby by Francis Itani;
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes;
  • The Wake by Linden Macintyre

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    2nd Thursday, 1:00 p.m.


    Group V

    We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm at one of our members' homes to share refreshments and discuss the chosen book. The books are chosen by the members in May for the following year.  Our group chooses books from a wide genre of fiction, non fiction, mysteries, classic and modern. Each month a member of the group reviews one of the books and we all contribute to a lively discussion with a variety of viewpoints. 

    Books for 2021-22:

    • A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson;
    • Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Spy by Ben MacIntyre;
    • Truth Be Told by Beverley McLachlin;
    • Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J Lee;
    • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins;
    • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
    • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabelle Allende;
    • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    2nd Tuesday, 1:00pm (if on ZOOM, meeting will be at 2:00 p.m.)


    Group VI

    This group is for those members living west of Bronson Ave. who are seeking an evening book group. We meet 9 times a year in members' homes. Our evenings begin with refreshments and time to socialize. A member then reviews the chosen book and this is followed by a group discussion. Books for the following year are chosen at a pot-luck dinner in June.

    Books for 2021-22:

    • September: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles;
    • October: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich;
    • November: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King;
    • January: The Company We Keep by Francis Itani

    Order undecided:

    • To be determined;
    • March: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn;
    • April: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai;
    • May: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    3rd Tuesday evening, 7:15 p.m.


    La Literati - Group VII

    Lively discussions, and fun bring this group together on Zoom until meetings in homes are possible.  The wide variety of interests in the group are reflected in the member’s choice of books:  fiction and nonfiction; classic and modern; serious and comic.  Each member presents their chosen book and leads a discussion of varying opinions. Books are chosen in the spring.

    Books for 2021-22:

    • How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa;
    • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi;
    • The Company We Keep by Frances Itani;
    • Christmas Social Gathering
    • Indians on Vacation by Thomas King;
    • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett;
    • Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden-Keefe;
    • Truth be Told by Beverley McLachlin;
    • The Elephant Whisperer  by Lawrence Anthony.

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    3rd Thursday evening, 7:00 pm


    Crime Fiction Book Club 

    Ready for a lively dose of murder and mayhem?  Then this group is for you!  We enjoy reading a wide variety of crime/mystery fiction and are often sleuthing out new or undiscovered authors and titles in various sub-genres.  We have even caught literary culprits in the act of plagiarism!  Each month a member presents on a chosen book; this is followed by discussion and then an exchange of related information (such as other books read, new authors discovered, book events, and more).  Tea and friendship are also promised.

    Books for 2021-22:

    A Match Made for Murder by Iona Wishaw *

    The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

    The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

    Lockdown by Peter May

    The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

    A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd

    Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney

    Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

    Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery *

    The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

    * Canadian author

    We are currently meeting over Zoom, and will do so for the foreseeable future, but our original venue was the Alta Vista branch of the Public Library (2516 Alta Vista Drive) and we hope to return there when feasible.

    4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m

    Historical Fiction Book Club
    We read literate historical fiction, non-fiction, and biographies that cover a wide variety of countries and time periods; historical romance will not be considered.  A brief presentation precedes the discussion and may include biographical information about the author and/or the historical context in which the story is placed.  We meet downstairs at the Sunnyside Library, 1049 Bank St, but for the foreseeable future we will use Zoom for our meetings. Fee $20. 

    Reading List 2021-2022

    • Letters to My Daughters, Fawzia Koofi
    • The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers
    • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
    • People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
    • The Long Petal of the Sea, Isabel Allende
    • The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
    • The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich
    • The Hour of the Witch, Chris Bohjalian
    • Agent Sonya, Ben Macintyre


    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    2nd Tuesday evening, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                
    Canadiana
    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.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    3rd Monday, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

                             
                   
    Cuisine


    Couples Gourmet

    This is a couples' and singles dinner group that meets for dinner at members' homes six or seven times a year, usually on the third Saturday of the month. Hosts meet to decide on the menu and assign the recipes to those who are to dine. They vary from gourmet to pot luck dinners.  Hostesses need not cook. All expenses are shared equally.  The season begins with a Cocktail Party and ends with a BBQ or Cocktail Party.  Join our festive and fun group.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    3rd Saturday, evening (or Sunday if preferred by a group)



    Dining Out
    This group will function as "Zoom Tea, Dessert and Conversation" until dining out is possible again.

    This group enjoys fine dining at Ottawa area restaurants. Reservations are arranged by rotating members of the group.  We try out new and trendy restaurants as well as old favourites.

    2nd Wednesday of the month, evening  6:30 p.m.


    Supper Club

    The Supper Club is a casual dining experience organized by rotating members of the group. Meet new people and enjoy good conversation.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    4th Wednesday at supper time, 6:30 p.m.


    Easy Gourmet 

    The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 from October to June.   A rotating subset of the group meet and plan and then prepare and serve each meal.  A fee is collected at the beginning of the season to cover the cost of food and wine. Meals are served at members homes. For this reason, membership numbers are limited. 

    If Public Health guidelines advise against meeting in person, the group will meet via Zoom, as we did last season, sharing ideas for menus, cooking methods and tools, etc and engaging presenters.

    1st Wednesday, 5:30pm 


    International Cuisine (Fee)
    Group I

    International Cuisine I will meet throughout the fall and winter! Although we will not be able to enjoy a meal together for a while, we will meet electronically each month to discuss a culinary theme of interest. The first meeting will take place October 7th at 7 pm where we will share ideas and make plans for 3 - 4 months. Possible ideas for our virtual meetings include:

    • a small group of 2 or 3 will choose a country or region and lead a discussion on the cuisine and possible menus and recipes;
    • a member will give a demo or talk about a cooking technique or a piece of equipment such as a air fryer, sharing her experience and expertise.

    All suggestions and new members are welcome at our planning meeting in October. Please join us!

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    1st Wednesday, evening

    Group II

    When the group meets in person, our theme and topic of conversation will be flavours. The four most common flavours in food are: sweet, bitter, salty and meaty (Umami). We will explore culinary flavours from around the world using as our inspiration the cookbook "Flavour Principle" by Lucy Waverman and Beppi Croariol.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted if, and when, the group meets in person, using OPH guidelines and with members’ approval. No Zoom meetings are planned at present.

    1st Wednesday, 6:30pm


    Lunching Out
    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet.  Until the time when it is safe to lunch together in restaurants, there will be “lunch and chat” meetings via zoom so members can socialize virtually.


    3rd Tuesday, 12:00 noon


    Sunday Brunch

    On the 1st Sunday of the month from October to June (excluding December) a very social group of CFUW members meet to chat and try out the brunch at local restaurants both new and old favourites.  Reservations are arranged by the convenor or by members of the group.  We meet at 11:00 a.m. and depending on whether it is a buffet or a served meal, we usually finish by 1:30 to 2:00.


    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    1st Sunday of the month, 11:00 a.m.


    Diplomatic Hospitality

    The Diplomatic Hospitality Group (DHG) promotes Canada to foreign diplomatic guests in a spirit of fun and friendship.  For over fifty years, DHG has organized outings and events, in cooperation with cultural, educational, social and artistic communities to demonstrate Canadian life and showcase Canadian history and culture in the National Capital Region. (More)


    Environment

    Environment Action

    This is a group with a positive attitude. Our mission is to educate ourselves and others about environmental issues and to take action.  We host a series of online public meetings to which expert guest speakers are invited.  We learn how and why our environment is changing, and about projects near and far that promise to counteract global warming, reduce environmental pollution or mitigate the loss of biodiversity.  We share ideas, both within and beyond this group, on how to advocate for change and act in specific, practical ways.  Some voluntary team-building, networking and planning activities are included in our program. Write to environment@cfuw-ottawa.org for more information

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    2nd or 3rd Monday of the month, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM

                                                                                                                 

    Exploring Indigenous Education
    Statistics and news reports seem to indicate that our current educational systems are failing many indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) students. The challenges indigenous students face are many and complex, yet there are also stories of achievement and accomplishment. In its information-gathering stage, this external outreach group will meet monthly to report on research members have undertaken and to hear from a variety of speakers – Indigenous community members, educators, government representatives – to help us understand the current educational environment for indigenous students and possible pathways for enhancing opportunities for these young people so that they may realize their potential and make a contribution to their communities and country. With this foundation, our medium-term objective will be to identify a specific education project in Ontario that we may support in partnership with local educators and indigenous leaders. 

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    4th Friday, 12:30-2:30 pm

    Fitness, Physical                

    Gatineau Trails - Year-round Outdoor Activities - Hike, XC Ski, Cycle

    The Gatineau Trails group offers members weekly outdoor activities including hiking in the fall and spring and cross country skiing in the winter.   Informal cycling outings also occur in the summer.   Members can join in some or all of the activities with no obligation to attend any.   All levels of experience are welcome.  Information about the hike or cross-country ski outing will be sent to all members of Gatineau Trails via an email message. Weekly emails are sent out on Sundays announcing the time and location of the Tuesday outing.

    There is a $7 activity fee to become a member of Gatineau Trails.  Members are responsible for getting their own Gatineau Park Ski Passes.

    New members are always welcome!  Join us for fun, fitness, and friendship in the great outdoors!  For more information click here.

    For the 2020-2021 season, all members will be asked to maintain the 2 meter physical distancing requirements on all outings.

    Weekly, Tuesdays 

                       

    Skiing-Downhill
    We are a very small informal group of about 20 to 25 members who meet every Friday during the winter  to ski at Camp Fortune.  Our group includes intermediate to expert skiers and is committed to a healthy use of winter and good conversation on the lift.

    Weekly, Friday mornings

    Snowshoeing in the Wild

    Snowshoes + Energy + Love of the Outdoors & the Wild = Fun Adventures! 

    Bring your snowshoes for a two hour walk on ungroomed trails around Ottawa and Gatineau.  Following this, enjoy a well-earned coffee or lunch together.

    Every snowy Saturday morning, 10am to 1:00pm

                  

    Focus on GWI

    Graduate Women International (GWI), our international arm, advocates for women's rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education. GWI works toward a world where 100% of girls and women achieve education beyond primary school. Members are able to design the group’s activities for the year. We work to understand the reality of education for girls and women in other countries and at the broad international level. Members strive to keep up to date on issues that deserve our attention and understanding and then lead a discussion. We share this knowledge with our membership through the Capital Carillon ‘Do You Know Who We Are’  articles and on this website.

    GWI Advocacy and Projects: Reports and Information

    GWI UN representatives - Full report on meetings held online: click here.

    To watch a video of a Flashmob initiated by one of our GWI representatives as a side event to the International Day of the Girl Child 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, click here

    GWI's Bina Roy Partners in Development Projects PowerPoint presentation: click here.

    Members will meet by ZOOM or in the home of a member at various times when issues arise.


    French Conversation

    A monthly meeting to converse en français.  A topic (e.g. favourite trip, recipe, tradition) will be selected for each meeting, directing conversation and expanding vocabulary.  All levels of French welcome; the group will be capped at 10 members.

    1st Tuesday, 7-9pm 


    Games

    Bridge

    Social Duplicate Bridge

    Knowledge of bridge is required, but the emphasis is on a “Social” afternoon at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines, facility availability and with member agreement. 

    Weekly, Wednesday afternoons , 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. except the last Wednesday of the Month 

    Couples - Duplicate
    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines, facility availability and with member agreement.

    2nd Friday, evening

    Couples - Regular

    1st Saturday, evening

    Non-duplicate - Mondays 

    Alternating Monday afternoons

    Bridge Base Online meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in-person meetings using OPH guidelines.


    Mah-Jong
    Mahjong is a game played with tiles, typically with four players around a table. The goal is to complete your hand before other players. There is no universal version of the game, but once the basic procedure is understood, players find no difficulty in adapting their game to another set of rules. In the CFUW group, we play a version of mahjong that originated in Hong Kong and while it is different from the American mahjong that many are familiar with, our rules will be easy to pick up. It is a game that can be challenging and mentally stimulating, but it is the chance to be social and enjoy each others' company that makes mahjong particularly fun. Whether you've played before or not, all levels of experience are welcome!

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines, facility availability and with member agreement.

    Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.


    Modern Board Games

    Anyone tired of Monopoly or Clue, cribbage or backgammon?  Join the new Modern Board Games group. The purpose of this group is to learn and play the newer games on the market, to challenge our minds,  and of course, to have fun!

    Some examples of games we will play are Settlers of Catan, Castles of Burgundy and Ticket to Ride.  Any game that you would like to bring and teach us to play would also be welcome.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines, with member agreement.

    1st Wednesday of the month, 1-4 pm


    Garden Club

    The CFUW Gardening Club aims to bring together members to promote the joy of gardening.  In this setting, members will share their passion for gardening, learn from the experiences of others and develop friendships. Whether you are an experienced gardener, or one that is just starting  down that path, this group will welcome you. The only prerequisite is the desire to enjoy garden spaces, in all their shapes and sizes. No matter what your gardening interests may be—from pollinator gardens to putting your garden to bed in the fall—here you'll find fertile ground to explore them and people to share them with. If this group appeals to you, please join us as we explore the wonderful world of gardening.

    4th Monday, 2pm, Sept., Oct., March - August


    HIPPY Ottawa

    CFUW-Ottawa made it a strategic priority to become involved in a project that would promote lifelong learning and improve the lives of women and children in our community.  The project selected was HIPPY Ottawa.


    The HIPPY program focuses on helping low-income parents in Ottawa, usually immigrants, prepare their three- to five-year-olds for school. Numerous benefits include better preparing children for entry to the Ontario school system; empowering parents to prepare their children for school; breaking down barriers to the integration of recent immigrants to Canadian life; and mentoring those parents and program workers interested in pursuing learning or career plans. (more)

                          

                                                                                                        


    History


    Historical Study

    Each year, members of the History Study Group select a theme and this year, we have opted to investigate the role of Spies and Spying in the course of history.  Individual members of the group may volunteer to speak on a subject related to the spy theme.  Some of the choices already committed to this season reflect several kinds of spying activity: in war, “Agent ZigZag”; through message code-breaking, “Bletchley Park and the Enigma Machine”; in top-secret scientific research, “Julius & Ethel Rosenberg”; and in fiction inspired by spying, John Le Carre “George Smiley”.  Members research the subject of their presentations, illustrating it on Powerpoint and occasional videos.

    The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 1 – 3 p.m.  New and returning members are all welcome and, if they so wish, may present some other spy story or aspect of the topic.


    1st Thursday, 1-3 pm


    Tea, Tales and Treasures
    We meet in a member's home on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Each member brings a treasure or tale to share.  We have a delightful time looking at and talking about the treasures or listening to and discussing the tales.  Following the presentations afternoon tea is provided by our host and co-host.


    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.


    4th Thursday, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

      

    Movie Club 

    Are you interested in watching movies that inspire, educate, and make you think? And can be viewed from the comfort of your home? Once a month, an online movie is selected for Movie Club members to watch. The selection includes foreign films, documentaries, hidden gems and others. These films are chosen from online platforms, such as Netflix, National Film Board (NFB), CBC Gems or other online sites.

    How does it work? The season begins in October 2021. An email is sent to members at the beginning of the month to let them know the choice of film. Members can then watch it at their leisure at home. Those who wish to share their thoughts about the movie with the group can email their review/feedback. Later in the month (4th Thursday, 7:30pm), a Zoom discussion takes place for those who wish to discuss the movie with others.

    Even if you don’t watch the films every month, you will have a list of “curated” films to add to your watch lists for a later time!

    Film choice sent at the beginning of each month.

    Optional Zoom discussion on 4th Thursday at 7:30pm.

     

    Ottawa Little Theatre 

    This group seeks to attend plays at the Ottawa Little Theatre together. As the theatre is currently dark, the group is suspended. If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted if and when  the theatre reopens.


    Music


    Madri-Gals Singing Group                                                                                                  

    A group of CFUW-Ottawa members meet weekly to sing together in 3 part harmony.  They perform at a number of Seniors residences around the city ....... (More)

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    Wednesdays 9:45 to 11:00 am


    Music Appreciation

    The group meets in members' homes or on ZOOM.  A general theme is chosen at the beginning of the year (eg. The Sound of a Country or a Composer or Performer).  Members sign up to make presentations from October - May (except January) on topics relevant to the overall theme.  This year we will continue with favourite composers or performers. Presentations are typically illustrated with videos, YouTube clips and CDs, all of which make for lively and informative sessions. We welcome new members and new ideas for enhancing the enjoyment of music in all forms.

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.


    1st Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 p.m.       




    Photography


    Hocus Phocus Digital Photography

    Live Life . Take Pictures . Relive Memories . Repeat  (Anonymous).

    Come discover the art of taking photographs with an amateur group of fun loving women. Let’s learn together, grow skills and take pictures to savour life’s precious moments.  Creative  digital  photography is not about about “depth of field but depth of feeling.”  Learning will take place in a supportive environment with a monthly meeting format that will offer thematic topics and photo shoot opportunities.  No expertise or specialized equipment is required to join.  Members may use a complete range of equipment, including basic point and shoot digital cameras, tablets and cell phones.  Please bring to all meetings.

    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    3rd Monday of the month, 7-9 pm


    Spanish Conversation

    This is a conversational Spanish group for people who have learned or are learning Spanish and want some practice. We will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, in gardens or homes from 2-4 p.m. or virtually if necessary because of Covid. Our first meeting will be on September 27

    2nd and 4th Monday 2pm


    Travel

    The CFUW Travel Group aims to bring together fellow travellers (and interested non-travellers) who are looking to share travel experiences and ideas about cities or countries to visit: hidden gems in locations familiar or unfamiliar, a tiny but brilliant art gallery in Lisbon, a wine tour near Cape Town, a cruise not to be missed or a country to be avoided. Looking to go on a theatre trip to London or a weekend of wine-tasting, but prefer not to travel alone? Perhaps you will find like-minded travel companion/s who wish to join you. Please join us as we explore the world of travel.

    4th Thursday, 1 pm


    University Women Helping Afghan Women (UWHAW)



    For the past 11 years, UWHAW members have been learning about life in Afghanistan, particularly the many challenges faced by women and girls, and have been raising awareness in our community and beyond, and advocating for their rights.

    Most importantly, UWHAW has been fundraising and providing scholarships to young Afghan women to attend Gawharshad University in Kabul, a highly respected institution in Afghanistan. To date, our scholarships have provided funds for 42 women who have graduated and 60 who are enrolled.

    However, in August 2021, all of this changed. With the overthrow of the government by the Taliban, the future of the university, and the future of Afghan women and girls is currently unknown.

    For the 2021-22 season, UWHAW’s energy will turn toward seeking support for Afghans in this crisis. We will monitor the developments in Afghanistan and help where we are able - through advocacy, financial aid, resettlement support or any other means. If the university is able to continue, we will resume our financial support of the students.

    UWHAW members will continue to educate themselves about Afghanistan and the evolving situation in their monthly meetings so that we keep informed and are prepared to assist as needed. We are looking forward to resuming Afghan luncheons and cultural events when we can resume meeting in person.

    Zoom meetings initially.

    1st Thursday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Email: universitywomenhelpingafghanwomen@cfuw-ottawa.org


    Urban Walks

    This group is interested in outdoor walks to explore neighbourhoods and interesting areas of Ottawa – everything and anything from the locks by the Chateau Laurier to the gracious old historic houses of Sandy Hill. Perhaps a walk will take us along the river or along the canal. Every month there will be a volunteer convenor who chooses the location of the walk and sends out the notice to the group. We will meet at 10:00 am on the fourth Monday of every month, weather permitting, and walk for about 90 minutes. However, the convenor would be free to opt for a weekend walk to accommodate those with busy weekday schedules.

    4th Monday, 10am


    Wine & Spirits

    Have you ever been curious about the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Malbec, or the difference between Cava and Prosecco? This group is interested in learning about – and tasting -  different wines and spirits, and perhaps learning a little about cocktails too. If these are topics that might pique your interest, we’d love for you to join us on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Our plan is for this group to meet in person.

    2nd Thursday, 5pm


    Women with Hammers

    Learning about basic home repairs and maintenance and acquiring skills for do-it-yourself projects.  Specific topics will be chosen each year to reflect the interests of the group's members.

    Zoom initially, adjusting to in person using OPH guidelines and with member agreement.

    2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon


    World Religions

    World Religions members are curious about other religions. Similarities between the many disparate religions of the world and our own religion are noted.  Insights both historical and religious of other religions often offers a new perspective about our own faith. Presentations and discussions often take place at a place of worship, but can be at a member's home.  Members of this group have  been Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, and more.  Women of all faiths are welcome to join and learn about the hundreds of different religions and belief systems that we have in our shared earth.

    If interested, kindly sign up and you will be contacted when the group is making plans to meet. We plan to meet in person using OPH guidelines, and with member agreement.

    3rd Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

       

    Writing

    Writers’ Workshop

    Our group meets once a month in fall and winter to write, to learn, to hear, to tell stories, and to critique, usually 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, book fairs, the publishing industry) for writers. Several of us have published books while participating in the Writers' Workshop  Group and some distributed worldwide (see list). Others are just beginning their writing journey, and some are midway.


    Zoom meetings initially, adjusting, with members’ approval, to in person meetings using OPH guidelines.

    Time:  4th Monday, 7:15pm

    Email: writersworkshop@cfuw-ottawa.org

     

    Monthly Schedule of CFUW-Ottawa Interest Groups                                       

       


                                                          


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