CLUB ACTIVITIES

Whatever your interests, the Ottawa Newcomers’ Club offers opportunities to connect with other women and ease your transition to living in the Nation’s Capital. Participate as much or as little as you like. The monthly Newsletter provides an overview of upcoming activities including a monthly Members’ Lunch and/or dinner in a restaurant.

You are requested to confirm your attendance a few days prior to the meeting or the event. Costs are nominal and reflect the actual cost of the tour or food expense. Please note that for events in which a cost is involved a reservation made is a reservation paid. No excuses will be accepted. Many other events are hosted by a member who provides light refreshments at her home. Some examples are: Afternoon Book Club, Scrabble, and Knit & Such. Consult the monthly calendar to confirm dates and times for scheduled Club activities.

WEST END COFFEE AND CHAT

Get together with other Newcomers to learn about their adventures and upcoming events in our new city. Once a month, a group meets at IKEA in the West End of Ottawa. Come out to connect with other Newcomers for coffee and conversation.

TECH TALK

This activity gives members a venue to ask questions and solve problems about technology, such as how to use your smart phone to its fullest, how to SnapChat or Zoom, etc.

KNIT & SUCH

For those interested in knitting, crocheting, or any other form of needlework, this is your chance to learn, sharpen your skills, or just try your hand at something new. Beginners and experienced needlecrafters meet in a member’s home once a month. Working on another kind of needlework? Bring it along and join us for a morning of conversation as we work on our individual projects.

MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Join us on the last Saturday of the month to view a film playing at a local theatre like the Bytowne or Mayfair. After the film, the group usually heads off to a nearby coffee shop or pub to socialize.

OUT AND ABOUT

Ottawa is Canada’s Capital City. As the seat of the Federal Government, it offers sightseeing attractions that are very rich in history. Out and About visits different historical landmarks and museums in the Greater Ottawa area.

MONTHLY MEMBERS LUNCH

Members meet on the first Wednesdays of the month at different moderately priced restaurants throughout Ottawa.

Join us for some good food and lively conversation.

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

The Afternoon Book Club is a friendly group that meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The setting is relaxed, the discussions are always interesting and followed by general conversation, along with refreshments. It doesn’t take too many meetings before people become familiar and you start to feel at home.

FUN LUNCH

Fun Lunch is a potluck activity where members bring food to a member host’s home to enjoy a delicious informal meal and great company. Fun Lunch usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

WALK & TALK

This is a great way to get to know new friends and get some exercise as well! We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, weather permitting, and walk for approximately 45 – 60 minutes, followed by a visit to a local café. The walks take place in various parts of Ottawa so that you will start to know your way around this beautiful city. The walks are moderate and thus suit most people’s walking speeds.

SCRABBLE

The friendly group of Scrabble players meets once a month at a Condo Party Room in Westboro.

We welcome both beginners and more serious players to enjoy a few games of Scrabble while socializing. Meeting day TBA.

BRIDGE

The Joint ONC/ONAC Bridge Group meets at weekly at the Overbrook Community Centre. Parking is available at the Centre.

Members of ONC/ONAC and their spouses, if they wish, may attend. A partner is not required. The cost is $3 per session. Bridge skill levels vary within the group, but participants should have a basic understanding of Bridge. Coffee and Tea are provided and on a rotating basis a member of the group brings a simple snack to share with the group. We hope you will be able to join us!

DINING OUT

If you love eating out and trying new restaurants this is the group for you. We meet monthly at a different restaurant and that’s part of the fun. You can try something new and hopefully discover a restaurant that becomes a favourite. You also get to meet new friends or see old ones again. Plus, you are learning your way around your new home town of Ottawa! Meeting day TBA.

ART GALLERY VISITS

The Art Gallery Tours group makes monthly visits to different Art Galleries in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. In a typical season, we go several times to the National Gallery of Canada, but we also explore smaller galleries and other venues where art can be seen and appreciated. Museum tours are usually guided by docents (a fee is usually charged) but gallery visits are free and usually self-guided. In 2020 the Art visits will take place on the 3rd Thursday of the month. On rare occasions the day and/or time will be changed.

MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg is a popular and fun game played with tiles, generally with 4 players to a table. The object is to form the tiles into a hand. The first player to do that wins. Our group plays by the American rules and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

SATURDAY NIGHT BRIDGE

On the 2nd Saturday of each month ONC and ONAC members meet at a member’s home at 7:00 p.m. for dessert and Bridge.

COUPLES DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Couples Duplicate Bridge is a combined Newcomers and Ottawa Newcomers Alumnae group activity. It meets for bridge and friendship on the 3rd Saturday of every month at the Qualicum Graham Park Community Centre, located at 48 Nanaimo (SE of Richmond Rd., West of Greenbank, North of Baseline). All are welcome.

GRANDMOTHERING GROUP

Come join us for discussions on the joys and challenges of being a “Grandmother” in a new city or changed circumstances. Build on your desire and efforts to create a loving support to the little one/s in your life. We welcome anyone who is involved in the care of children. We meet on the 1st Saturday of the month in the morning from 10am-12pm.

GOOD WILL PROJECTS

In December 2019, we prepared “Shoebox Gifts” that were donated to women who are not used to receiving a bit of luxury for the Holidays! The number of Shoebox Gifts depended on the popularity of the activity; there was no limit to the number of people allowed to attend. All participants were asked to contribute a high quality gift from a list of suggestions. Meeting day TBA.

SUMMER GOLF

Members meet on Tuesdays to play golf at different courses at a time to be determined.

TALK, PAPER, SCISSORS

We gather, for about 2 hours, in the same location each time. A new paper craft will be introduced each month. Activities include creating greeting cards and gift card holders for special occasions, along with other unique paper crafts. You may also wish to scrapbook. If so, tools and materials are available. All craft supplies for each monthly project will be provided. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served at every meeting. Participants are asked to contribute a small amount each month (usually a toonie) toward the costs. You are also most welcome to bring your own project which can be anything from needlepoint or beadwork to knitting to work on, or come just to chat. Meeting day TBA.

FUN PHOTOGRAPHY

With so many picturesque areas around Ottawa: the Canal, the Rideau River, the ‘Hill’, the parks, and the list goes on, wouldn’t it be fun to have a group of enthusiasts to get together with. This FUN photography group is for everyone, no matter what your skill level is! While out on our adventures, we may just learn something from one another and have fun doing it. Meeting day TBA.

WOODSY WAMBLE (INACTIVE IN 2019/20)

A “Woodsy Wamble”is not a hike but a discovery walk on the trails of the NCC Greenbelt and the Capital Pathways. The goal is not distance covered but exploration of the natural areas of our new city, with lots of time to examine a plant, take a photograph, or focus binoculars.

EVENING BOOK CLUB (INACTIVE IN 2019/20)

This would be similar to the Afternoon Book Club, but scheduled so that members who have daytime commitments could participate.
New ideas are always welcome. If you have a skill or interest not reflected above, you are invited to suggest a new group or plan an outing. What’s your passion? Volunteering? Learning French? Music? Technology?
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