By Shirley. This year, several groups decided to continue to meet during the summer. They have adapted to the new conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, with most of the groups conducting virtual meetings via Zoom and some others meeting in person following social distancing directives.

If you are feeling confined and lonely at home or you miss talking to friends, this is a good time to sign-up and try new groups. You can get to know new people, try a group that you were curious about or, if you feel courageous, you can even try a different level. For example, if until now, you have participated in a low intermediate (English) group, now you might want to try an intermediate or high intermediate group. Be bold and take a chance on a new group.

All the groups listed here are accepting new members. Read the descriptions, make your choice (or choices) and you are ready to sign-up on the website. Do you still have questions? Would you like to visit one of the groups? Just email the area coordinator and ask all your questions.

READING GROUPS

All the reading groups are meeting via Zoom. Reading groups are not meeting in person.

The Tuesday afternoon Advanced Reading Group will continue throughout the summer. They meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. They will be reading Exhalation by Ted Chiang from June 30th-July 28th. Then they will be reading White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht from August 11th-August 25th.

The Wednesday morning High-Intermediate Reading Group will continue throughout the summer. They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month to discuss the book and the 1st Wednesday of the month to chat. They are finishing a book for July 8th and will be starting Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for the meeting on July 22nd.

The Wednesday morning Intermediate Mystery Book Reading Group will continue to meet throughout the summer. They meet every Wednesday and discuss the book for half a session (40 minutes) and chat for the half. They will finish Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill on July 15th and will start a new book (title to be decided) on July 22.

The Thursday morning Low-Intermediate Reading Group will meet about once a month (on the 2nd Thursday) during the summer.  At the meeting, they will chat and perhaps discuss news articles or articles from online sources or magazines.

If you want more information or have questions about the reading groups, you can contact the reading group coordinator at: reading@international-neighbors.org

CONVERSATION GROUPS

Some groups are meeting via Zoom and some are meeting in person. Make sure to read the descriptions and email the coordinator if you have questions.

Conversation Groups are meeting weekly through most of the summer, so please join one. Most are meeting on Zoom, and I have heard that the conversations are going very well. The conversations give women a chance to practice their English, share the Ann Arbor experience with others and make new friends.

The meetings are:
Monday, 9:30 – 11:00
Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:30

The Tuesday morning Conversation Group with children, meets in person, outdoors at a park. Women talk, as we watch the children, and we keep social distance and wear masks. There are two baby sitters who play with the children, as the children are ready. The mothers feel that the children especially need to see other children and adults, after our long isolation. And the women also enjoy the camaraderie. Please join this group if you would like.

The Thursday Conversation Group will meet all summer, including September, on Zoom. Every Thursday from 10:00am to 10:40am, for the moment for 40 minutes only. If the group decides, the group might extend the duration of the meeting.

All the groups are interesting and fun.  Contact Dale at: conversation@international-neighbors.org

SPECIAL INTERESTS GROUPS

The Thursday Hiking Group is not meeting at the moment but is accepting new members while it waits for the Covid-19 crisis to calm down and guidelines from health officials in the Michigan government.

The Thursday Hiking Group usually meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm during cool months and 10:00am to around 12:00pm during hot months (late March through November). The group meets at different locations in the Ann Arbor area and information and directions to each hike is sent the Sunday before. Children are welcome, but toddlers and strollers will have a hard time because trails are uneven.

For more information on this group, please contact interests@international-neighbors.org

More groups will be soon available during the Fall sign-up and our Virtual Open House. Look for more information coming up in the August issue of the Newsletter.

Until then, enjoy your summer and IN groups!