Interest Groups 2017-2018

CFUW Edmonton offers a wide variety of interest and study groups, and members are brought together through mutual interests for fellowship and learning. 

Art For Fun

This is a fun group in its third year, designed to promote members’ artistic talents in a cooperative atmosphere; no formal instruction is provided. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to noon at a member’s home. Bring your ideas and watercolour, acrylic or drawing equipment. Let’s see what we can produce! We have room for 1 or 2 new members. Convenor: Anne Valentine.

Bridge Group

Playing bridge for FUN! This group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, location to be decided, from September to May. No previous experience required. We are accepting new members and beginners welcome. Members take turns – hosting and providing a light snack. Contact is Yrsa Nielsen.

Environment Group

This group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM at St Paul’s United Church, 11526 – 76 Ave NW. To cover the cost of church rental and our annual dues in the Alberta Environmental Network our members pay $20 for the year. The group has combined study and action on environment issues, the action based on CFUW policy. We often have speakers on current concerns. We are delighted to welcome new members. Contact is Wendy Watt.

Fibre Arts Group

This group is being led by talented fibre artist, Deb Tyson. The group will meet the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our first meeting will help determine the mandate of the group and projects will be selected by group interest. Possible explorations could be quilting, knitting, stitching, doll making, dyeing, felting, mixed media work or anything else you can think of. Experience not required. Bring your creativity and sense of adventure. After all, couldn’t you use a little more fibre in your diet? Convenor: Deb Tyson; 780.478.3697; debbie.tyson@shaw.ca

Film Group

This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. We try to choose a film that appeals to our demographic– generally drama, comedy, documentary. We usually go to the early evening show, however we may sometimes attend an afternoon matinee and occasionally we may attend an IMAX show at Telus World of Science. Coffee and casual conversation at a nearby cafe/restaurant will follow the movie. The first meeting for the 2017-2018 year will be on Wednesday October 18, 2017. Convenor is Nafeesa Mohamed.

Health Issues Group

This group usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30pm in the meeting room at Essex House Condominiums, 5520 Riverbend Road. On occasion we go on a field trip to an interesting facility or meet for an evening presentation. Presenters come from health care fields, politics, policy-makers etc. They essentially are anyone who affects or is affected by health care. We try to inform ourselves and our presenters by dialoging in an informal, conversational format. Everyone is welcome. Convenor is Judi Cook.

Healthy Gourmet Group

The group meets at a member’s house, for fellowship and conversation, over a dinner that focuses on preparation methods and ingredients that achieve a healthy meal. The group meets once a month (September to May) on the fourth Wednesday evening. Convernors are Audrey Keen and Judi Cook.

Hospitality Cooking Group

This group meets once a month to prepare and share a meal at a member’s house. The group’s seating capacity is currently at its maximum, and the group is unable to accept new members at this time. However, the current members would be happy to assist in forming a new group. Convenor is Judi Cook and Suzanne Connell.

Lunching Out Group

This group meets on the second Friday of each month for stimulating conversation and lunch at various restaurants in the city. It provides the opportunity to sample a diverse range of Edmonton’s cuisine. This group meets all 12 months of the year. New members are welcome. Convenor is Judi Cook.

Reading and Discussion

There is a joint potluck lunch of all three reading groups at the end of the season in June. The groups are:

• Random Readers – the Morning Group

We meet every month on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM from September to May except December. We take turns hosting the meeting in our homes. We have lively and fun discussions over a delicious breakfast!! This year we voted on member suggestions to compile our book list. In previous years we have focused on prize winning authors in various categories. The first meeting this year will be on September 27. New members are welcome. Convenor is Edith Morgan.

• Random Readers – The Afternoon Group

The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon at a member’s home or a restaurant for lunch and discussion that is thorough and far ranging. Usually we decide on our books (often those of female authors) a few months in advance, with the member suggesting the title typically leading the discussion. Then we discuss whatever else is on our minds – we have a great time! New members are welcome. Convenor is Janet Clark.

• Random Readers – The Evening Group

This group meets on the second Thursday of each month (September to May) at 7:30 pm, in a member’s home, to read an eclectic assortment of books. A member volunteers to present the book each month, provide a bit of background about the author, perhaps share some reviews and raise a few questions. Good fellowship is promoted and new members are welcome. Convenor is Norma Karbaroff.

For further information regarding any of the interest groups, please email Interest Groups Chair