Interest Groups are open to all dues-paying members. Interested in joining a group?
Read details by clicking on the Interest Group name, and contact the appropriate Chairperson. Some interest groups are currently listed as “full” – this is necessary for some groups to allow them to meet in smaller venues such as members’ homes.
Interest Group Chair: Helen Hooper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to start a new interest group?
Any member who wishes to start a new interest group may do so by gathering five, dues-paying members, and contacting the Interest Group Chair Helen Hooper for inclusion into the list.
To form a new book group contact Kathy Randall.
The University Women’s Club Biking Group was started in 2007 by a few women who enjoyed bicycling but who were not road riders. We are recreational riders and use the bike paths around Boulder and also use roads and highways with bike lanes or wide shoulders. Our rides in the past have taken us throughout Boulder County. The trails are a combination of crushed gravel and pavement and a hybrid bike is a good choice, but road bikes and mountain bikes also work.
Since it is difficult to be very sociable riding single file, we also like to plan on a coffee stop on our rides so that members can get acquainted and have a chance to visit. We start out the season in the spring with rides of 10-12 miles and gradually work up to about 20-25 miles by the end of the summer. We meet every Thursday morning during the riding season and e-mail notices are sent out each week on Tuesday afternoon, giving the location and time of that week’s ride.
If you would like to join the group this fall, please contact the chair.
Bicycling – Easy Riders
Several years after the start of the UWC Bicycling Group, we realized that there was a need for members who wanted to ride more slowly and not as far as the Bicycling Group, so we started the Easy Riders Interest Group. This group rides a shorter distance at a slower pace, usually on bike trails but also on some streets/highways with a bike lanes. Starting in the spring with rides of about 5 miles, we gradually increase over the season and always include a social time every week. We meet every Wednesday morning, with a email message a couple of days before the ride stating the time and location to meet.
If you would like to join this group this fall, please contact the chair.
Book Group – Afternoon
The Afternoon Book Group meets on fourth Tuesdays of the month (Sept through June, except December) at 2pm. One of our members hosts the group in her home and provides light refreshments; another leads the discussion. Discussion of books is always lively! June is set aside as a planning meeting, to select books for the upcoming year.
Books are suggested ahead of time by members and voted on by the group. We usually read a balance of fiction and non-fiction books. Within the fiction category, we try to include a memoir/biography and one classic work of literature.
Book Group – The Bookies
This group is currently full.
We meet at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in members’ homes. We are committed to attending whenever we are able, and we read all of the selected books even if the assigned book isn’t our particular favorite. We meet every month from Sept – May for book discussion and in June to select books for the coming year. At some time during the year everybody participates as hostess (unless her home doesn’t work as a meeting place), and as discussion leader (not the same month as being hostess), and as active contributor to the discussions.
We primarily read fiction and try to choose books that are very well written and good for discussion. In addition to fiction, we usually select one literary non-fiction – a biography or memoir – and include at least one classic.
We start our meeting with a social time and promptly at 10:30 we begin our discussion of the selected book. The discussion leader provides a few minutes of background and keeps the discussion on track. Each discussion leader’s unique style is appreciated.
Book Group – Small / Fiction-Nonfiction
This group is currently full.
This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 in members’ homes. We plan to read fiction and non-fiction selections on alternating months. In the past, our selections have included some historical fiction and some classics, and often the books we have read are ones we ordinarily would not have read on our own. To lessen the cost, we select books that are in paperback.
Our first meeting in September 2017 will be to discuss books we’ve read this summer and choose books for the coming year. We will continue to meet through the summer months if doing so is compatible with members’ schedules.
Formed in September 2009, the Bridge Interest Group began as two groups and then added another. Currently there is only one group, the First Wednesday group. It meets once a month to play Rubber Contract Bridge, the type of Bridge encountered in informal settings. It has regular members who play almost every month and substitute members who are asked to play when a regular member cannot play. For play, tallies are used to determine partners for three or four rounds or four hands. Contract Bridge scoring is used to determine the winner, who receives the major portion of the quarters contributed by the players for that day.
All of our members, regular and substitute, have experience playing Bridge. We have a wonderful blend of players who enjoy playing with other members who may play at another level of experience, and we always look forward to opportunities to learn from playing with a variety of levels. We are interested in forming a second active Bridge group or even Bridge study groups.
The currently established group meets the first Wednesday each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in members’ homes. There are eight regular members for two tables in addition to substitute members. The hostess for the day provides light refreshments.
Please feel free to contact the chair if you would like more information regarding this group.
French Conversation – All Levels
We are one of two UWC French conversation groups; we’re the one that is still accepting (and happily seeking) new members. We welcome members from all conversation levels in a supportive and social atmosphere. Most of us fall somewhere in the range from “I took French in H.S. and want to get back into it” to “I can carry an (easy to moderate) conversation.” We are all helping each other along to improve our French. Currently, the conversations are informal – we may talk about travels, a recent movie, volunteer work or anything else that comes to mind. From time to time, we use more structured conversation starters such as short reading sessions or whatever else our creative members develop. We meet at Panera Bread, 29th Street Mall, Boulder, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Bienvenue!
I began to garden when we moved to Boulder and the UWC Garden Group got me started with gardening in Colorado. It was a very active group with many members. Our activities included visits to area botanical gardens, garden tours of home gardens in Boulders, visits to local plant nurseries, and talks and demonstrations by gardening gurus. A pretty good format, I would say!
We have had a few years of lagging participation but are now back strongly, with a full roster of meetings this past summer, all well-attended and enjoyed. We have returned to our original format, with a garden-related activity followed by a pot-luck lunch at the home of one of our members or in an area restaurant. This social time builds friendships, which gardeners always enjoy.
In the coming year we are planning to have talks by gardening experts in fall and early spring, with the winter months of December, January and February as a hiatus with no programs to allow us to dream about and plan our summer gardens. And summer will be our busy time, with trips planned to the Betty Ford Alpine Garden in Vail and the Lavender Farm. I hope members will open their gardens to us again, as Ann Garland, Connie Farnbach and Gail Gray did this summer.
Feel free to contact the chair if you’d like more information.
The Hiking Group meets every Friday morning, rain or shine, snow or holiday, for an appropriate walk or hike that day. There might be only two members, or there could be fifteen or more, depending on the weather and the day. Between September 1 and May 31, we meet at 9:00 a.m. These hikes and walks are about 3 to 5 miles roundtrip and generally get us back by late morning. During the summer, June 1 to August 31, we meet at 8:30 a.m. to avoid some of the heat. Our meeting place is the parking structure on the 30th Street side of Macy’s, lower level, area nearest Walnut and 30th. We usually decide on the hit,e by Thursday afternoon and send an email to everyone. For these regular hikes, we welcome anyone to come with no need to let us know. Just show up ready to go.
In the summertime, we try to go up in the foothills somewhere for a slightly longer hike with sack lunches, weather permitting. For most of these, we met at 8:00 a.m. The drive to the trailhead could make the day longer, or the hike itself might be longer. Many trails out of Brainard Lake are favorites, as well as other Indian Peaks Wilderness places like Fourth of July and Diamond Lake, Devils Thumb Bypass, Niwot Ridge, St. Vrain Creek trails, up into Rocky Mountain Park for Wild Basin to Ouzel Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, down south to Roxborough Park, Golden Gate Park, or up to Moffat Tunnel (East Portal) trails … and many, many more. Anyone who does not have the time or energy for these longer excursions meets at the usual time and place for a local hike, or arranges an even later time.
The group has all levels of hikers/walkers. The conversations as we walk are animated and are sure to keep the bears and mountain lions away! On a given hike, some might go at a faster pace (the “swifter striders”), some medium (the “average amblers”), and some more like walking (the “slower strollers”). We rarely carpool according to these groupings because it is too hard to decide, or we really want a chance to talk with all the members. But we do try to have at least two people together and to always know where the others are. Most hikes are “out and back”, so we do find each other at the end. The wonderful sociability continues for many with lunch afterwards, usually at Jason’s (28th and Walnut, in Boulder Plaza, west side of 28th).
A group of UWC women who love Italy formed the Italian Conversation group 16 years ago. Today, some eight to ten women meet every Wednesday afternoon to chat—chiacchierare—in Italian, to read, translate and discuss Italian stories and articles and, every so often, to tackle some challenging topic of Italian grammar.
Through the years, the group has become familiar with some wonderful Italian authors, such as Italo Calvino, Gianni Rodari and Natalia Ginsburg. Articles from Italian newspapers, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica, have served to familiarize us with Italian politics, history, culture and current happenings.
Participating in this group has given our members more confidence in our ability to speak and understand the Italian language, enabling many of us to travel beyond the well-worn tourist paths to those parts of Italy where English is rarely spoken. Members have also reinforced their study of Italian by taking language courses both in Italy and right here in Boulder at the University of Colorado. We all benefit from their studies when they share their new knowledge with the rest of the group. We are fortunate to be able to come together each week to enjoy friendships forged by our common interest in and love for Italy.
The Italian Conversation group meets every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Y, 2850 Mapleton Avenue in Boulder. Feel free to contact the chair if you’d like more information.
The UWC Music Club was formed about 50 years ago and has served continuously as a supportive and active group for musically inclined members. Members meet in one of their homes once a month on the first Monday at 1:15 P.M. during the fall and spring semesters to perform pieces of music they have prepared for the other attendees and to share refreshments and socialize. The music varies in genre from classical to jazz to folk, and the professional and amateur musicians are pianists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists. During the month of March we typically do community outreach by going to two Senior Living centers to perform programs for their enjoyment.
In May the club finishes up the season on a light note with a potluck dinner, and both guests and members are invited to perform.
Needlecraft, which meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in members’ homes, is composed of ladies practicing ancient crafts. Presently those being practiced most in the group are knitting and embroidery.
In addition to keeping hands busy, there are snacks and wide-ranging conversations covering such topics as books, theatre, education, politics, and even comments and advice on needlecraft projects.
Feel free to contact the co-chairs if you’d like more information.
On the Road Again
This popular group hits the road from time to time to enjoy activities, exhibits, and events that are some distance from our Boulder center. We carpool or take the bus to partake of pleasures that are outside the city of Boulder. In the past we have visited the Museum of Western Art in Denver, the Denver Botanical Garden, backstage at the Denver Art Center, the Kirkland Museum in Denver, the Longmont Museum and other interesting places.
Karon Johnson and Kathy Randall are co-chairing the group for 2017-18. Under this year’s format, four outings will be planned. In the fall we are traveling to Loveland to tour a bronze fine art foundry Art Castings of Colorado, and the Benson Sculpture Garden. The rest of our outings are still in the planning stages. Karon and Kathy are enthusiastic about their new responsibilities and have plenty of good ideas but welcome additional suggestions. If you have an idea for an excellent outing, please contact them (link is under the Meeting Time and Chairperson).
Out to Lunch Bunch
Our name says it all!
We are a group of food lovers who meet once a month in various restaurants in the greater Boulder area to try offerings at new restaurants or return to old favorites to enjoy their cuisine.
Boulder is a foodie town. We were named the foodiest town in America by Bon Appetit magazine, and our group certainly takes full advantage of the culinary skills of area chefs. In recent months, we have enjoyed lunches at the Kitchen and Q’s in downtown Boulder and have ventured further afield to the Martini Bistro in Longmont. We are a very democratic group when it comes to restaurants and member suggestions are welcome – how else would we find such great restaurants to visit!!!
The best thing about our group is that it allows us to get to know each other over a good meal and a glass of wine and form friendships with the women we meet.
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the restaurant of our choice. If we are going out of town we arrange to carpool. All UWC members are welcome to join us.
Readers' Theatre 2
This group (abbreviated RT2) meets at 6:30 on the 3rd Monday from September through June at the residence of one of our members. We socialize for a little while, hear some background about the play we are going to read and then take roles and read the play aloud. We do not have rehearsals and usually read the play “cold”, i.e., without pre-reading it. After the reading we discuss the play. We read a full-length play over a couple of meetings or we read shorter works – a one act play or several very short plays. Everybody gets a turn being a reader and being an audience member if there are not enough roles for everyone. The size of a person’s part varies. We are all good sports about it, and have a good time getting together and reading, regardless of experience or skill.
The Snowshoeing Group gets together every 3-4 weeks on a Thursday during the snow season. The date depends on the snow conditions, and an email will be sent out several days before the date the event will take place. In the past we have visited Caribou Ranch, Hessie, Brainard Lake and Peaceful Valley.
We gather at the parking garage east of Macy’s and car pool to our destination. We snowshoe at a moderate pace with frequent rest/water stops. The total time of the outing is from 2 – 2 1/2 hours, and then we usually go out for lunch before returning home. We welcome anyone who is interested in enjoying our beautiful Colorado winter weather!
If you would like to join the group this fall, please contact the chair.
Spanish Conversation – Advanced
The UWC Spanish Conversation Group formed in 2008. We meet weekly for an hour. Typically, we discuss various topics and what is happening. For each of us, attending the group has greatly increased our ability to speak more casually and readily, and our vocabulary has grown.
At times, we hire a native speaker to help us. To cover the costs, we each contribute fees. We welcome new members who already have some basic knowledge of Spanish and who want to practice and expand their conversational capabilities. It has been both a learning and a friendship experience for us all. “Espero que puedes asistir a nuestro grupo. Hasta la vista.”
Spanish Learners – Beginners & Intermediates
When we have a minimum of three UWC members who are interested in learning to speak Spanish, we offer Spanish lessons to beginners and intermediates. There is a modest fee for the classes and a 3-session commitment is required. To sign up for an on-going class or join a waiting list for the next class, please contact the group Chair.
Sunday Afternoons at the Movies
If you love watching movies and talking about them, you’ll love this group!
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies meets once a month on the second Sunday. Movies are always at the Century Boulder Theater and start between noon and 3:00 pm. About a week before the second Sunday, one of the chairs selects a movie and sends an email to the group with the name of the movie and the meeting time. Members RSVP via email. Since tickets are reserved in that theater, the chair gets there early, sits on the right side (as you face it) of the lobby, and watches for people in the ticket line to tell them where the group is sitting so other attendees can get seats next to them. Some people prefer to sit in the back or the front row, etc. rather than with the group and that’s just fine.
Afterwards, those who would like to go for a snack and discussion vote on a nearby restaurant. The restaurants within walking distance are Cantina Laredo, California Pizza Kitchen, BJ’s, and Panera Bread.
If you’d like to give it a try or would like more information, contact one of the group’s co-chairs.
See you at the movies!