We issue a warm invitation to all members to participate in any interest group. Unique opportunities for friendship, sharing, and learning are offered. The only requirement for participation is paid membership in The University League.
NOTE, Fall 2021: Some Interest Group meeting locations are still pending (in-person vs. Zoom). Please contact individual group leader/s for the current location of their meetings.
Click on any interest group below for more information, including meeting times, organizer contact, and a brief description of the activities.
Read what some of our interest groups are doing this year. (PDF posted February, 2019)
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First Monday, 7:00 pm (October through May)
Contact: Mary Jo Willis
Fridays, 9:00 am (Spring and Fall)
Walk different trails—observe birds and their habitats. Meet at the far western end of the parking lot at Covenant Presbyterian Church at the corner of Segoe Road and Mineral Point Roads.
Birding Activities (PDF)
Second Monday, 7:00 pm (September–May, plus July)
Contact: Frances Johnson
The group selects nine books in July to read throughout the year. A member reviews a book each month, followed by a general discussion. Meet in members’ homes or at Oakwood West.
Third Monday, 1:00 pm (September–May)
Contact: Karen Harris
Bridge (1st and 3rd Thursday)
BRIDGE – First and third Thursday, 12:30 pm (year round)
Contact: Gennie Bostian
Play in members’ homes. Light refreshments are served by hostess.
Bridge (2nd Thursday)
BRIDGE- Second Thursday, 12:30 pm (year round)
Contact: Judy Stang
Bridge is played in the Party Room, Oakwood West Tower, 3rd floor.
Bridge (4th Thursday)
BRIDGE LUNCH – Fourth Thursday, 11:30 am (year round)
Contact: Katherine Masden
Bridge following lunch from the menu at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill (part of Holiday Inn), 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison. All levels of players welcome.
Dining Out Dinner
Fourth Saturday, 5:30 pm (year round)
Contact: Priscilla Thain
Meet at a restaurant for dinner, followed by dessert at home of host—or meet for an occasional brunch.
Dining Out Lunch
Fourth Wednesday, 11:45 am (Monthly, year round)
Contact: Kathy Knox
Members enjoy good food and good company and take turns planning lunch at area restaurants.
French Reading and Conversation
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 12:30–2:30 pm (September to May)
General French conversation; use selected readings as basis for discussion. Starting in September 2020, meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice.
The books chosen for discussion in 2020-2021 are:
- LaPeste, by Albert Camus
- Bain de Lune, by Yanick Lahens
French Conversation II
Third Wednesday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm (September to May)
Contact: Anne Doherty
Members meet monthly for light refreshments and to engage in general conversation in French. Meetings are held in members’ homes or at public libraries. Selected readings may be used.
International Foods Dinner
Second Sunday, 6:00 pm
Contact: Sally Carpenter
We are a well organized dinner club that makes it possible to have wonderful and unique dinner parties in our homes. The recipes are creative, tested and easy to prepare. Conversation flows freely making these Sunday night dinners fun.
Every Tuesday, 9:30 am (year round)
Contact: Helen Lackore
Play the American version of Mah Jongg, an ancient Chinese game using tiles. We meet in the Game Room of the apartment/office building of Coventry Village Retirement Campus, located just off South High Point Road. New and experienced players are welcome, as well as those who wish to learn the game.
Movies in the Afternoon
Second Tuesday, ~4:00 pm
Contact: Roma Lenehan
Join friends once a month to view and discuss new movies at local theaters. Time and meeting location will vary depending on movie schedules. Singles and couples welcome.
Second Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm
Contact: Joan Leffler
Informal group where members share experiences, conversation and read short articles or watch videos followed by discussion in Spanish.
NOTE: During the summer of 2020, we will NOT meet in July and August. Meetings will continue via Zoom on September 10, 2020. New participants please contact Joan Leffler to add your email address to the group’s list.
Spanish Reading / Literature
First and third Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm
Join us anytime for reading and conversation of works by contemporary authors of the Spanish-speaking world. You will be delighted to join the current group of participants–a fascinating and interesting group of native Spanish speakers from around the world along with non-native speakers interested in maintaining and improving their language skills. Intermediate to advanced language fluency is recommended.
Meetings are held September to June. Starting in September 2020, meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice.
The book chosen for our fall 2021 meetings (beginning September 2, 2021) is El Amor en Tiempos del Colera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Starting with the January 6, 2022 meeting, discussion will begin on Temperano de Huracanes, by Fernando Melchor. This book will occupy the rest of our meetings up to and including June 16, when we end for the summer.
Technology is a newly formed Interest Group whose purpose is to educate and support members in their technology needs.
Since January 2021, we have been meeting the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. and may continue to do so for Spring 2021. But please look for postings or announcements in case there are changes. Once a permanent schedule has been decided, it will be posted to the University League website.
All meetings will take place on Zoom until further notice.
Wednesday December 9, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
* Computer specialist Dave St. Amant will present, “Tips on using Zoom”
Wednesday January 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
* Excel Basics, presented by Joan Leffler
Wednesday February 3, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
* Excel Part Two: Printing, Column Spacing, and Excel Templates, presented by Joan Leffler
Wednesday March 3, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
* Excel Part Three: Output options–Mailing labels, merge documents, envelopes
(Future meeting dates, times, and topics TBD)
Wine Divas and Dudes
Fourth Thursday, 4:30 – 6:30 pm (September through May)
Contact: Elaine Rosenblatt
Are you on a first-name basis with any Super Tuscans? Have you tried the wines of Lake County, California? Wine Divas & Dudes offers the opportunity to taste new and different wines while enjoying lively conversation. Each meeting centers on a wine theme. Pre-Covid, one of several members volunteered to host a meeting, selecting the theme and supplying wine and appetizers. Each attendee contributed $15 to help defray costs.
For the 2020-2021 season however, we will be Virtual. Each meeting will be hosted by a member or group of members, but those participating will be responsible for their own wine and appetizers and no money will be collected. (NOTE: November and December are combined into a single meeting. The date will be decided at either the September or October meeting.)