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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are topic or activity-focused. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with and are guided by members! If you have an idea for a new SIG and would like to find out if others are interested, please contact Jill Goski at

Just a friendly reminder: We always welcome new women to check out our SIGs along with our many social occasions and programs. Please remember that non-members are welcome to attend SIGs & TPGs for a maximum of two times after which, per national policy, women are required to become a member of TTN to continue SIG/TPG participation.

ART APPRECIATION SIG - submitted by JeNell Jacobson

If you are interested in discovering more about the local art scene, join the ART APPRECIATION SIG. Together we will experience many types of creative expression: paintings, pottery, sculpture, textiles. We usually meet on weekday afternoons, occasionally an evening or Saturday. Exhibits are FREE or low cost.

On Thursday, February 20, our destination is Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College to see Rituals of Regard and Recollection that tells a story of drawing as record of selfhood and history through selections from JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey’s collection of works on paper. The gallery is located in the Janet Wallace Fine Art Center, 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul. Meet at 1:00 PM in the gallery entrance. After viewing the show, we will enjoy a snack and social time.

If you are interested in participating or want to be on our contact list, contact Tracey Baker at or JeNell Jacobson at

submitted by Robin Getman

Five of us gathered in January for the CCCC SIG (Cards, Coins, Conversation, and Canapes) at Robin Getman’s NE Minneapolis home and feasted on tasty appetizers, energized conversation, and high-stakes ($1.55 per player) gambling.
We aim to grow this fun and funny group from five to seven players. If you’re interested, please join us Tuesday, February 4; here’s how we roll:

 11:15-11:45 AM            Chit, chat, and chew. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage                                               (Robin will have wine and water on hand).
11:45 AM                       Learn how to play “Nickels” (Think, “sets” and “runs” with wild cards)
NOON                           Ante up! $ .80 per person (Bring 11 nickels and 1 quarter)
1:30-ish PM                   Stick around to learn and play a quick game of “31” ($ .75 per person, bring 3
2:45 PM                         Bag up your winning’s, repack your potluck dishes, and hit the road before

 If you plan to attend, please notify Robin at least 24 hours before game night. To RSVP, get directions, or for more information, contact Robin at

DAYTIME BOOK GROUP SIGsubmitted by Eleni Skevas

In January, the Daytime Book Club discussed Louise Penny’s The Great Reckoning. We had fun dissecting Inspector Armand Gamache’s personality. That guy is a mystery man! In addition, later in January, five members took advantage of MIA’s book tour based on the book.

The next daytime book club meeting will be on Thursday, February 6, at 10:15 AM in the Shoreview Library’s Small Conference Room. Up for discussion will be the book Educated by Tara Westover.

The following month, on Thursday, March 5, at 10:15 AM, the group will be discussing Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. The March meeting will also be at the Shoreview Library. The group chose to read these two books back-to-back because they are both memoirs about triumphing over adversity.

The books chosen by the group for spring are: 

          April:  Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old by Joy Loverde
                      Discussion led by Cyndy Nelson

          May:  Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Please note that the April selection ties into the author Joy Loverde’s appearance as a speaker at a TTN event on April 30. Cost for the April 30 event includes a copy of her book; these will be delivered early to book group attendees who will be registering for the April 30 program.

This group meets in the morning of the first Thursday of the month from 10:15 AM - Noon.

Questions? Contact Eleni Skevas at

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION SIG - submitted by Beth Stockinger

On January 14, the TTN Tuesday evening book group gathered around a warm fireplace at Gretchen’s house (thanks Gretchen). We had a focused, engaged and deep discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Sula. The book was selected in honor of author Toni Morrison who recently passed. One of our members, a former high school English teacher, raised probing questions as we worked our way through the book reading meaningful passages. This African American story was set in a black community rife with struggles. At heart was the complex relationship of two young girls as they navigated life into adulthood. We were awed by the rich poetic writing that explored relationships, loneliness, connection and many other themes. Painful and beautiful at the same time.
What is coming up next?
We meet the second Tuesday of the month.
February: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Tuesday, February 11, at 6:30 PM will be hosted by Grace Bartholet and Karen West
March: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 PM. Host-TBD

For more information, contact Group Coordinator, Grace Bartholet at

EXPLORING FOOD SIG - submitted by Chris DiPietro

On Monday, January 13, nine members met at Kathleen Peterson’s home for a lively discussion. The topic centered on New Year’s Food Resolutions. Members shared current strategies relating to food choices, past successes and challenges, hopes for the coming year. Recipes were exchanged, favorite cookbooks were shared, healthy snacks were eaten and there was much laughter! We all concurred in one way or another that we are “trying to do better.”
On Friday, February 7, the group will go to St. Paul College to have lunch at the City View Grille. The restaurant is run by the college’s culinary arts program and touts "Excellent food, great value and stunning views of St. Paul!”. The group will be enjoying a three-course prix fixe lunch for $15. If you are interested in going to lunch with the group in February, please contact Chris DiPietro asap at to see if room is still available and, if so, for further details on time, place, etc.
If you are interested in attending or for more information, Contact Kathleen Peterson at

FINANCIAL SIG - submitted by Cyndy Nelson

On Tuesday, January 21, seven women gathered for a discussion about investing in stocks. Many members of the group own stocks through Mutual Funds or ETFs, but Tracey shared how she invests in individual stocks. She enjoys selecting and researching companies to decide which companies she wants to invest in and then monitoring the performance of her selected stocks. We talked about apps such as Yahoo Finance and online resources available through the library such as Morningstar and Value Line.
Our February meeting is Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-8:00 PM. at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor. Della Johnson, TTN MSP member and realtor, will join us to talk about housing. This is a follow up to her presentation at the February 8 educational event.
Our March meeting is on Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor.
The purpose of this group is to increase our personal financial literacy. The knowledge of members about financial topics varies from beginner to more experienced. Our topics will be selected based on what individual members are interested in. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. New members are welcome. Come and give it a try.

Please email Cyndy at if you are interested in joining us, have ideas for topics, or have questions.

THEATRE SIG  - submitted by Robin Getman

2:00 PM, Sunday, February 16: The White Card at Penumbra Theatre; look for us in Row H. [Show runs February 4-March 1]
2:00 PM, Sunday, March 1: Superman Becomes Lois Lane at the History Theatre; look for us in Row H. [Show runs February 8-March 1]
For more information about TTN Theater SIG events, please join us on our private Facebook group:
  1. Search “TTN Theater MSP” on Facebook, or insert this link to access the private group  page:
  2. Not a member of the private FB group yet? Simply request to join the group. The group administrator will receive notification of your request, accept your request, and, you’re in! 
  3. When you receive notification that your request has been accepted, join the conversation:
  • Read and post about what’s hot and happening
  • Spearhead an outing in 2020
  • Meet up at events and post-performance discussions
We look forward to your participation!

Got questions? Need help? Contact Robin Getman at

TRAVEL SIGsubmitted by Marilynne Roberts

On January 22, Travel SIG members enjoyed discussing their favorite travel items and tips at the Centennial Branch Library.
Everyone is invited to our next meeting on Saturday, March 21, from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Centennial Branch Library in Circle Pines. Come discover Paris beyond the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Lane Rosenthal, founder and owner of Paris Off Script, will share the hidden magic of her favorite city, Paris. As a self-described “Paris whisperer,” and drawing from the idea of what separates travel from tourism, Lane will share her unique approach to Paris. Whether you have been to the City of Light many times, or never, there are stories to discover, secrets that Paris holds close. Lane, who lives regularly between two continents, will be here fresh from a month in Paris, and before going back again for another month, to unlock some of those secrets.

Please email Marilynne at, Debra Dorgan at or Julie Efta at if you are interested in joining us, have ideas for events, or have questions.

URBAN HIKING SIG -submitted by Cyndy Nelson

Due to conflicts, we rescheduled our January “hike” at the Mall of America to Tuesday, February 25. We will meet at 10:00 AM. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cyndy at for specific information about meeting location. We will stop for coffee or lunch after our hike.

Please let Cyndy know if you want to attend and/or have ideas for location. If you are interested in participating in this group, please let Cyndy know if you prefer weekday day, weekday evening, or Saturday hikes. Cyndy can be contacted at

WRITER's SIG 1submitted by Julie Efta

This is closed group of 5 women. In February we will meet on Fridays, February 14, 21, and 28. Some of us will also meet on a few Tuesdays for silent writing retreats.

We encourage and will assist others to create more writing groups in 2020!

Please contact Julie Efta for more information or assistance in creating additional groups in the metro area at