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 in the West End of Ottawa. Come out to connect with other Newcomers for coffee and conversation.

QUILTING, KNITTING & CRAFTS

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 CHAT

Join us near the end of the month to discuss a film chosen by the convenor to be viewed on Netflix at your convenience during the month. We meet on Zoom to share our thoughts and 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 & MEETING

This is a monthly Get-Together of Members either in person or online for club updates and social fun. We have met in parks and in restaurants.  Join us for some good food and lively conversation.

AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB

The Afternoon Book Club is a friendly group that meets once per 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 meets once per month.

WALK & TALK

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

SCRABBLE

The friendly group of Scrabble players meets monthly either online or at a member host’s home. We welcome both beginners and more serious players to enjoy a few games of Scrabble while socializing.

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. There is a nominal cost 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!

ART GALLERY VISITS

This group makes monthly visits to different Art Galleries in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. In a typical season, we may 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 (fee charged) but gallery visits are usually self-guided. In the case of museum fees, a reservation made is a reservation paid.

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 twice per month in person or online. 

SATURDAY NIGHT BRIDGE

ONC and ONAC members meet monthly at a member’s home for refreshments and Bridge.

COUPLES DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Couples Duplicate Bridge is a combined Newcomers and Ottawa Newcomers Alumnae group activity. It meets monthly for bridge and friendship. 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 monthly.

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! Participants created over fifteen Shoeboxes. It was a popular and rewarding activity. Future Good Will Projects are being discussed, and it is the hope of the participants that this activity take place more than once a year. If you have an idea for a project, please contact a board member.

SUMMER GOLF

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

CONVERSATION EN FRANCAIS

Rejoignez-nous pour un après-midi de conversation en français. Tout niveau de prise de parole est le bienvenu.
Apportez un repas léger ou un café et un scone si vous le souhaitez. Et tout peut changer à cause de la COVID.

EVENING BOOK CLUB

This is similar to the Afternoon Book Club, but scheduled so that members who have daytime commitments are able to participate. Members of this group meet monthly either in person or online to discuss books they are currently reading.

MEDITATION

Different types of meditation will be explored, such as guided meditation with mantra, vipassana and breathing exercises so you can find a technique that suits you if you are new to meditation. Meditation meets weekly, in the evening.

WINTER FUN

This is an email list of members interested in spontaneous, off-calendar winter outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, etc. 

JOIN ME!

 This is an email list of members interested in spontaneous, off -calendar activities: movies,special events/exhibitions, tours, etc.

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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