IN Activities

Our monthly programs and small groups are held from September through May. Some groups continue throughout the summer.
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Tea Groups

1st Thursday 9.30 AM (MM)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Tuesday 10 AM (AAH)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Tuesday 1 PM (GG) (No Kids)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Wednesday 1 PM (AAW)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Thursday 9.30 AM (BP)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Thursday 1.15 PM (ANG)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

3rd Monday 9.30 AM (WW)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at the same house, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

Baby Tea Group twice a month 10 AM (K & A)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at meet at hostesses houses, local playgrounds, and libraries, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

Baby Tea Group Friday twice a month 10 AM (Y)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments, and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group, and transportation is available if needed.
  • Regular Tea Groups focus on guests, and meet at different hostesses’ houses.
  • Light refreshments are provided by the hostess.
  • Baby/Toddler Tea Groups focus on the babies and toddlers (play, songs, baby development), and meet once or twice a month led by the same hostess at meet at hostesses houses, local playgrounds, and libraries, where mothers can interact while the children play.
  • Request to Join this Group

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Conversation Groups

Beg. English – every Monday, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

All levels – every Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (children are welcome)

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Wednesday 9:30 AM – 11.00 AM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Thursday, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Conversation Groups activity registration is currently closed. English Conversation Groups (Sept-May).


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Reading Groups

Intermediate (Low) Reading Group – 2nd & 4th Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This group uses books, magazines, newspapers and online articles from local websites such as m.live and annarborobserver.com. Members take turns hosting in their homes and providing refreshments. Request to join this group.

Intermediate (High) Reading Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

This group uses intermediate to advanced fluency in communication.  Members are expected to read 50-60 pages of a book (fiction or non-fiction) before each meeting (usually two weeks apart – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of the month). Unfamiliar vocabulary, grammar, and idioms are often discussed. Group members suggest the books to be read and vote on them, resulting in the final choices for the year. The meetings take place in the members’ homes with refreshments and great discussions. Request to join this group.

Intermediate (High) Mystery Book Reading Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • The Mystery Book Reading Group is a high-intermediate English level group for those of us who love to read light mysteries and be entertained during the process.
  • We’ll read around 50 pages as homework, which we’ll talk about at the meeting each time, and we’ll try to finish each book in one to two months.
  • Discussions and comments during the two-hour meetings will be based on the assigned reading material, thus encouraging newcomers to practice their spoken English language.
  • We will meet at members’ homes, which will provide an informal and relaxed atmosphere to improve English among friends.
  • Children up to 15 months are welcome.
  • This group will start on the second Wednesday in October, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and from then on, every other Wednesday.
  • Maximum number of members:  20.  The leaders will welcome and contact new members with additional information.
  • Request to join this group.

Advanced Reading Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A friendly reading group of 12-14 intermediate to advanced English readers.
Meeting Schedule: We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, October-May from 12-2 p.m. Optional summer outings and socializing. Reading List and Location: We generally read one book a month and members take turns choosing a book and leading the discussion. We meet at least two times on each book. Members take turns hosting in their homes and providing refreshments. Request to join this group.

Advanced Reading Group, 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This year’s group is specifically designed for women interested in reading and discussing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books (we typically cover the gamut!).  We will be covering both American literature books and foreign literature translated into English.  However, given the advanced subject material, participation will require advanced English/fluency skills to fully engage. We will meet in members’ homes twice per month during the day for a light lunch and book discussion, usually on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (times and dates to be confirmed).  Members of the group take turns hosting and/or providing refreshments and leading the discussion for each meeting’s book/topic area.  All books should also be readily available at local libraries for check-out. Request to join this group.


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Discussion Groups

Topic Groups (English – Advanced): 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Wednesday morning Discussion Group members have a lot of fun. We are flexible in choosing topics,  which range from recipes to economics to the weekend activities we enjoy. We meet in homes but also take trips and go out to lunch. Request to join this group.

Topic Groups (English – Advanced): 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

We strive for diversity, so we accept only three women from the same country. We meet and discuss topics suggested by our members.  Everyone takes a turn speaking.  It is very informal and fun. We take one field trip each year and meet for lunch at a restaurant in May. We meet in the homes of our members.  Those who cannot host, can help provide refreshments. You do not need to attend every meeting, but we hope you can come to most of them. Request to join this group.

Topic Groups (English – Advanced): 2nd & 4th Friday, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The English Discussion Group is a group of fun women. We meet twice/month, the second and forth Friday, 8-10 pm. We get together to exchange stories and have a nice night out at the end of the week. We try to have topics related to our countries or personal experience, for example: Lost & Found (Friends or things you lost and/or found), gift giving etiquette in your country, etc. Request to join this group.


French: 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Les réunions du groupe de discussion française sont le premier et le troisième mardi soir du mois pendant l’année scolaire.  Nous nous réunissons chez les membres, et un autre membre apporte quelques gourmandises.  Nous espérons que les membres du groupe peuvent tenir le rôle d’hôtesse ou d’assistante une ou deux fois chaque année.  Le troisième mardi du mois nous discutons sur un sujet choisi, par exemple, une région de la France ou les traditions de jours de fêtes.Request to join this group.

German: 1st Monday, 1:30 PM -3:30 PM & 3rd Monday, 7:30-9:30 PM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and German and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the German language. Request to join this group.

Japanese: 4th Friday, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM

The Japanese Discussion Group is a place where Japanese speakers gather to talk about topics in Japanese. We have some long-time members, who have lived outside of Japan for years and want somewhere to practice their Japanese along with some who have just arrived in Ann Arbor and are tired of learning and speaking English :).

Topics vary, some we have discussed in the past are: different election systems between US and Japan (we had this topic in 2012, when we had the election), how to overcome cold winters in Ann Arbor, outing ideas in and near Ann Arbor, gardening, secret to longevity/healthy lifestyle, and changing/evolving Japanese language.

We come up with topics at our first meeting of the year. We also have a potluck twice a year: once before the holiday season and at the last meeting of the year in May. Request to join this group.

Spanish I: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are speakers of Spanish with varying abilities.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.

Spanish II: 4th Tuesday, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are speakers of Spanish with varying abilities.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.


Film Groups (English – Advanced): 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Our diverse group (of women from 15 different countries) meets in members’ homes. We enjoy watching international movies that have been recommended by members.  Each alternate meeting we discuss a topic relevant to the movie we have just watched.  Our long traditions include several special events, such as a Mid-August lunch, Red Carpet Soiree, and White Elephant Sale. Request to join this group.

Film Groups (English – Advanced): 1st & 3rd Friday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

We meet at member’s homes every other Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM.  We have a sign-up sheet for members to supply light refreshments.  Our films begin promptly at 1 PM followed by a discussion that generally lasts until 4 PM.  All films are either in spoken English or English subtitles.  We view a variety of films from around the world.  We do not view films with graphic violence, however some films have contained war-related bloodshed. Request to join this group.

Film Groups (English – Advanced): 2nd Tuesday Afternoon

The Matinee Movie Group meets the second Tuesday afternoon each month. We go see an afternoon movie together at:

  1. The Michigan or State Street Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor
  2. Rave Theatre on Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti
  3. Or a member’s home.

We also have a healthy, vegetarian meal together, either in a restaurant or as a potluck, and
discuss the movie. We focus on documentaries, foreign films and films about women and women’s issues, here in the United States and around the world.

We will meet 15 minutes before the movie is to begin in the lobby of the theatre, or in a member’s home. The time for meeting each month will depend on when the movie is to begin, but we are aiming for early to mid-afternoon movie showings. Members will be informed via email which movie we will be seeing and where and when we will be meeting the Friday BEFORE our Tuesday gathering. Request to join this group.



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Special Interest Groups

Food Groups

Baking Adventures: 3rd Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Nothing evokes the comforts of home better than freshly baked treats straight from the oven. We plan to bake old and new American favorites and International favorites. The members will decide what they want to bake when we get together for our first planning meeting in October. We will usually meet on the 3rd Friday of the month. Everyone can contribute by baking a recipe from their country with the whole group or share their culture by bringing a special recipe or food item for the group. Most meetings will be at the leader’s homes. Come join us. This group cannot accommodate children. Request to join this group.

International Cooking (I): 2nd Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Meetings will begin at 9:30 am the leader’s home and will end around 12:30 pm, after the group has lunched on what has been prepared that day.
  • Each member will “demonstrate” by preparing typical dishes of her home country (using ingredients brought by her).
  • Members will be selected from all those who sign up in a manner that maximizes the variety of nationalities.
  • Attendance – Participants are expected to come on time (without children) and to let the leader know in advance if they must miss a meeting, regardless of the reason. If they miss a meeting without letting the leader know, they will be replaced with someone on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

International Cooking (II): 3rd Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Meetings will begin at 9:30 am the leader’s home and will end around 12:30 pm, after the group has lunched on what has been prepared that day.
  • Each member will “demonstrate” by preparing typical dishes of her home country (using ingredients brought by her). Members will be selected from all those who sign up in a manner that maximizes the variety of nationalities.
  • Attendance – Participants are expected to come on time (without children) and to let the leader know in advance if they must miss a meeting, regardless of the reason. If they miss a meeting without letting the leader know, they will be replaced with someone on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Vegan Baking and Cooking: 2nd Friday, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

  • Meeting on the 2nd Friday of the month, 10am – 11:30am
  • Members will meet at the leaders home, leader will demonstrate and share some simple vegan recipes.
  • Members will also be welcome to share any of their favorite recipes.
  • A limited number of children will be welcome in this group but please be aware there will be no childcare available.
  • Request to join this group.

Vegetarian Cooking I: 1st Monday, 10:00-12:00

  • Who: The group is for vegetarian and non-vegetarian women who would like to learn more about vegetarian cooking. It’s important to have women from many countries, so we learn about food from different cultures.
  • What: We take turns making vegetarian dishes and bringing them (or demonstrating how to make them) at our meetings.
  • Where: We take turns meeting at the homes of some of our members. (It is not necessary to host a meeting to be in the group.)
  • Attendance: It is important to tell the leader and the host if you cannot be at a meeting. If you can’t come to most of the meetings, someone on the wait list will take your place in the group.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Vegetarian Cooking II: 1st Monday, 10:30-12:30

  • Who: The group is for vegetarian and non-vegetarian women who would like to learn more about vegetarian cooking. It’s important to have women from many countries, so we learn about food from different cultures.
  • What: We take turns making vegetarian dishes and bringing them (or demonstrating how to make them) at our meetings.
  • Where: We take turns meeting at the homes of some of our members. (It is not necessary to host a meeting to be in the group.)
  • Attendance: It is important to tell the leader and the host if you cannot be at a meeting. If you can’t come to most of the meetings, someone on the wait list will take your place in the group.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Arts & Crafts

Knitting: Every Thursday, 1:30-3:30

  • Who: The group is for women who CAN knit. You don’t need to know a lot, just how to knit and purl. We share patterns and help you improve your skills.
  • Supplies: You purchase your own yarn and needles. We have pattern books, etc.  you can borrow.
  • Attendance: We meet every Thursday in a craft room for two hours, except on International Day. Come when you can and stay for one or two hours.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Beginner Quilting: 1st Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • The beginner quilting groups are learning groups. We teach the basics of quilting.
  • Regular attendance is necessary. Two no-shows without excuse will be removed from the class and space given to the next person on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Beginner Quilting: 3rd Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • The beginner quilting groups are learning groups. We teach the basics of quilting.
  • Regular attendance is necessary. Two no-shows without excuse will be removed from the class and space given to the next person on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Quilting Bee: 1st Tuesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (for women who know how to quilt)

Crocheting: 1st Monday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

GROUP ON HOLD UNTIL THE FALL OF 2019

  • What: A chance to meet with other women and learn crocheting skills and learn about each other. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Where: at the leaders home (she has a dog, but it will be upstairs)
  • Supplies: you supply your own yarn and hooks – patterns will be available
  • Attendance: Let the leader know if you can or cannot attend.  You can stay for an hour or the whole time.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Let’s make music: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We will have fun sharing music from around the world – learning songs from a variety of cultures – both traditional and current. Please join us if you play an instrument or enjoy singing. Request to join this group.


Exercise and Fitness

Hiking: Every Monday, 10:00 am – noon (March-November)

  • What – we meet at Gallup Park for a 1 1/2 – 2-hour hike in the U of M Arboretum March – November, weather permitting.
  • Sometimes we go up many steep hills.
  • We take a break halfway.
  • No one hikes alone and we talk as we walk.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but arrive by 10 am because we leave on time.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children
  • Request to join this group.

Hiking: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm (Late March-November)

  • What – We walk for about 1 1/2 hours twice a month April – November, weather permitting.
  • In the cooler weather, we begin at 1 pm and in the hotter months, we begin at 10 am.
  • Where – The group meets at different locations in the Ann Arbor area. On the Sunday before the hike, the next location and directions are sent to members.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but come on time.
  • *OK for children, but not toddlers, because some of the trails are uneven and not good for strollers.
  • Request to join this group.

Stroller walking: Every Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • What – we meet every second Wednesday for a 1-hour walk
  • When – March through November, weather permitting. An email will be sent the week prior to the meet.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but arrive by 10:00 am because we leave on time.
  • *** Children are included in this group, bring your stroller or your carrier, if your toddler would like to walk we can include some slow walking time towards the end of the walk for them.
  • Optional: Stay afterward for a play.
  • Request to join this group.

Excursions

International Foodies: 3rd Tuesday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • This is an excursion group.
  • Participants choose, as a group, various places in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio that they want to visit for the day.
  • Lunch out is always a part of the excursion, and many of the excursions involve making something or learning about a new culture.
  • Past excursions have included traveling to Hamtramck to make a Polish folk craft, visiting Sauder Historic Village in rural Ohio, taiko drumming in Novi, and visiting the Toledo Museum of Art to see a show on Native American art, and make glass beads.
  • Participants need to be aware that the excursions can leave as early at 8:30 am and arrive back as late as 4 pm.
  • Also, the participants need to pay for all their expenses; a typical excursion is about $20.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Chat and Chew: 1st Tuesday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Join this fun and active group to get to know each other and establish lasting friendships in a casual environment. The meetings will be at coffee shops, restaurants, bistro’s, etc.
  • After the 1st meeting, each member will be asked to choose a month. They will select the restaurant, make the reservation and confirm with the group.
  • Request to join this group.

Discover the D: 4th Tuesday, morning or whole day (09:00 am – 5 pm) depending on the activity

  • 4th Tuesday, morning or whole day (09:00 am – 5 pm) depending on the activity.
  • You know the Detroit Zoo, went to a Tigers game, walked the river walk and even went downtown. But this group takes it further! Discover Detroit like never before: guided architectural walks, the Eastern Market, backstage visits of the Fox Theatre and the Tigers Stadium and bicycle tours. But also less known parts like Hamtramck, the underground railroad and Urban Farms. We’ll also show you the culinary hotspots and the fun bars.
  • We’ll carpool from Arborland to Detroit once a month, starting in November.
  • We’ll meet up in October to discuss all practicalities.
  • Request to join this group.

 


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Cultural Encounters
All are invited to join our Cultural Encounters group now in its fourth year. Meeting for a two-hour program once a month, we feature a different culture with a lively discussion about what makes it unique and have a delicious sampling of food.

We learn from each other comparing the social aspects of our own cultures. How large a factor is community opinion versus individual choice? Is being on time important? What about authority and relationships? What is a typical wedding ceremony like? How are the people and nature connected in various cultures? Get the insights into all the dos and don’ts of our very unique countries, ask questions and broaden your world knowledge in a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Children are always welcome.

Last year we had encounters featuring Indonesia, Kazakhstan, India, Poland, Japan, and Somalia. Thank you to all our wonderful hostesses! Potential programs this year feature Croatia, Ireland, Macedonia, South America, and Scandinavia. Other ideas are very welcome.

Please sign up online if you would like to attend and/or be added to our e-mail list. Additional details will follow. Request to join this group.


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International Day (IN Day)

International Day is a monthly gathering for all women. It is usually held on the third Thursday afternoon October through May from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Socializing, refreshments and special programs give women an opportunity to share their cultures and gain a deeper insight into American life. Approximately, 100 women participate each month. Childcare is provided if needed.

Dates for 2018-2019 Fall Open House and International Days

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 Fall Open House
  • Thursday October 18, 2018 Halloween Party
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 Taste of the Holidays with tunes from around the world on the viola
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 Cookies and Homemade goods exchange
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 Poetry reading with Zilka Joseph
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 5th Annual Tea Party
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 Indian Culture & Food
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 NIA: Non-Impact Aerobics
  • Thursday, May 16 2019 Annual Meeting
International Days are held at
Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall
1501 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

*International Neighbors has no religious affiliations.

Special Events

Our Fall Open House and Annual Meeting are organized on the first and the last International Day of the year. They are both in its own way a celebration of our organization.

Fall Open House

Fall Open House officially opens the activity season. It is held each year on a Thursday in September from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Old and new members gather to socialize and to learn more about activities in the coming year. Childcare is provided if needed. If possible, please carpool (drive with a friend) to minimize crowding in the parking lot or use public transportation.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting takes place on the last International Day of the year in May. It is a celebration of everything we accomplished during the past year. After a short official part where we vote on the new board, present the annual report and thank our volunteers, we enjoy a wonderful potluck in the company of all our friends.