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Special Interest Groups offer a wide range of activity groups, including food-related (cooking, baking), Arts and Crafts (knitting, quilting, making music), Exercise/Fitness (hiking) and excursions (Foodies, Chat and Chew, Discover the “D”). Participants meet together in Arts and Craft groups to knit, quilt, cook, and make music. In the Exercise and Fitness groups, women hike and stroller walking. In the excursion groups women go on food related excursions or discover the city of Detroit. All activities provide great chances for women to make conversation and new friends. Groups meet weekly, twice a month or monthly.

Cooking and baking groups offer demonstrations of international cuisine with member participation. If a member is interested in cooking/baking activities, she can join only ONE of these groups.

Arts and Craft groups learn and share new techniques. The knitting group welcomes all women who have basic knitting skills. The quilting bee is for women who know how to quilt. Please note that the crocheting group is on hold and will not meet again until the fall of 2019.

The Monday hiking group and Wednesday stroller walking group meet at Gallup Park. The Thursday hiking group meets at different locations and hikes in the morning in the hotter months.

The Foodies group visits different ethnic markets and eateries/restaurants. The Chat and Chew group visits different restaurants once a month and the Discover the “D” group takes tours of buildings in Detroit and other Detroit sceneries.

Some of our Special Interest Groups continue during the summer. Some groups prefer to maintain a balance of women from different countries to offer more diversity. Children are not included in these groups EXCEPT for the stroller walking group.

Food Groups

Baking Adventures: 1st Friday, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

We will bake many favorite recipes: to include breads, rolls, muffins, cookies, cakes, pizzas, waffles, quiches and gallettes. Come join us and bake with our group.

This group cannot accommodate children.

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.

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.

Vegetarian Cooking: 1st Monday, 10:30 am-12:00 noon

  • WhoThe 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.

Arts and Crafts Groups

Knitting: 2nd and 4th Thursday, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

  • 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. We have supplies to use for practice.
  • Attendance: We meet in a craft room for two hours. Come when you can and stay for one or two hours.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.

Let’s make music: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 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.

Exercise and Fitness Groups

Hiking: Every Monday, 10:00 am – noon

  • What – we meet at local parks year round, weather permitting. An email is sent on Saturday with the location.
  • We hike for 1 ½ – 2 hours, sometimes we go up 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

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

  • What – We walk for about 1 1/2 hours twice a month 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.

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

  • What – we meet for a 1-hour walk
  • When – March through November, weather permitting. An email will be sent the week prior to the meeting.
  • 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.

Excursion Groups

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

  • 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.

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.