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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.



submitted by Robin Getman

Do you:
  • Love to play cards?
  • Thrill at the thought of a low-stakes gamble?
  • Delight in conversation?
  • Relish a light bite before you play?
 This SIG’s for you!
Join us on the second Wednesday of every month (November 13, December 11, January 8) at Robin Getman’s home in NE Minneapolis. As few as three, and as many as eight, people can play; if more than eight attend, we will split into two groups.
Here’s how we’ll roll:
5:30 PM   Chit, chat, and chew. Bring an appetizer to share and your favorite beverage
                 (Robin will have wine and water on hand).
6:15 PM    Learn how to play “Nickels” (Think, “sets” and “runs” with wild cards)
6:30 PM    Ante up! $ .80 per person (Bring 11 nickels and 1 quarter)
8-ish PM    Stick around to learn and play a quick game of “31” ($ .75 per person, bring 3 quarters)
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

ADVENTURES IN FOOD SIG - submitted by Kathleen Peterson

The organizational meeting of the Exploring Food SIG was held on October 3rd at Byerly’s in Edina. A healthy discussion was had ranging from favorite family recipes, the changes in how we are preparing and consuming food, to planning a future service project. Thanks go out to Chris DiPietro (who will help coordinate this group), Julie and JeNell for their enthusiasm and ideas.
We have plans for our November and December meetings and would love to have you join us.
Wednesday, November 6th-11:30 AM - Chris DiPietro will host a lunch and discussion of holiday cooking traditions and food customs. The meeting will be held in her home in the Macalester College area of St. Paul. RSVP will be necessary by October 30th in order to plan for lunch (up to 10 people). Please e-mail Chris at if you plan to attend. Specific address will be shared to those responding.
Wednesday, December 4th - 11:00 AM - Kathleen Peterson will host a Scandinavian brunch at her home in the Diamond Lake area of South Minneapolis. After the meal, those who would like will proceed on to Norway House (South Minneapolis) for the Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit. We will see the beautiful creations submitted by professional and community member bakers. There is a $10.00 fee for the exhibit. ($5.00 if you are a member of Norway House.) RSVP will be necessary by November 27th in order to plan for brunch (up to 10 people). Please e-mail Kathleen at if you plan to attend. Specific address will be shared to those responding.
If you are interested in attending or for more information, Contact Kathleen Peterson at

Active SIGs

DAYTIME BOOK GROUP SIGsubmitted by Eleni Skevas

The Daytime Book Club met on October 3 to discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jasmine Ward. The following week the group went to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to go on a docent-led tour based on the book.

The next book under discussion is Becoming by Michelle Obama. The meeting will be at the Shoreview Library in the Book Club Room, on Thursday, November 7, at 10:15 AM. The group will choose the books for January and February at that time so those who attend are urged to bring ideas for book titles.

The December book is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Williams. The group will meet on December 5, Thursday, again at the Shoreview Library in the Book Club Room at 10:15 AM.

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

Questions? Contact Eleni Skevas at

TRAVEL SIGsubmitted by Marilynne Roberts

The weekend of October 25-26, several members enjoyed Karen West's family cabin on Big Blake Lake in Luck, Wisconsin. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality, Karen. It was also the first weekend of the Warehouse Sale of Storm Creek, a local outdoor lifestyle apparel company. The second weekend will be November 29-30 in Hastings.
The Star Tribune Vacation and Travel show will be held November 16-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you plan to attend on Saturday, November 16, and would like to meet for lunch, please let Marilynne Roberts know. In December we hope to tour St. Paul's Union Depot and see the holiday decorations.
Please email Marilynne at marilynne, Debra Dorgan at or Julie Efta at if you are interested in joining us, have ideas for events, or have questions.

FINANCIAL SIG - submitted by Cyndy Nelson

On Tuesday, October 15, five women gathered for a highly interactive discussion focused on attitudes about money. Our discussion was based on the book How to Worry Less About Money by John Armstrong. We shared some of our early life experiences with money, how our money personality now might be different than it was earlier in our lives, and how money usually represents something different than a “neutral mechanism for exchange” such as success, security, status.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 19, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor. Our topic will be to profile a woman in her late 60’s with some assets and identify financial actions she might consider. In conjunction with that discussion, we will talk about the tendency to be too conservative in our spending early in retirement because of a fear of “running out of money”.
Our December meeting is Tuesday, December 17, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ramsey County Library at 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. We will be in the Board Room on the second floor. Our discussion will be about “deals”. Bring your insights
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.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION SIG - submitted by Grace Bartholet

Due to member schedule conflicts, the book group did not meet in October. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12. We will be discussing Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past by Diane Wilson. Please contact Grace for meeting location.
The group selected the following books for the next few months:
  • December - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens  
  • January - Sula by Toni Morrison (in honor of her passing)
 The discussion is always lively, the members are a fun group of women. Come join us!
For more information, contact Group Coordinator, Grace Bartholet at

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.

In October, at the Groveland Gallery, we were in awe of paintings by Anne DeCoster and James Conaway. Both artists are in their 80’s and an inspiration to all of us!
On November 18th, International Market Square is our destination for an interesting self-guided tour. This major design center houses a wide variety of design specialties, D’Amico Catering with lunch service, plus an Art Resources Gallery. IMS is a historic landmark and trend-setting design center located on the edge of downtown. Meet at 1:00 PM in the lobby, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis.
On December 11th, at the American Swedish Institute, we will enjoy displays of holiday traditions from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland including music, lighting and food. Meet at 1:00 PM, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis.

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

THEATRE SIG  - submitted by Robin Getman

Whatcha doin' Thanksgiving weekend?
If you’re in town and seeking fare to feed your heart and soul, please purchase your tix ASAP and join TTN at Theatre Latte Da’s Saturday, November 30, 2:00 PM matinee performance of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. $37.50 including tax.
A little about the play, per the website,
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
Details:   All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
   Saturday, November 30, 2PM
   The Ritz Theater
   345 13th Ave NE
   Minneapolis, MN 55413
Help us fill the rest of Row G – and more – with TTN! (Members who have already purchased tix include: Karen West, Julie Efta, JeNell Jacobson, and me, Robin Getman.) Tix will sell out fast.

For information about future 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, jump in:
  • Read and post about what’s hot and happening
  • Suggest an outing for October or November
  • Meet up with us at an outing or post-performance discussion
We look forward to your participation!

Got questions? Need help? Contact Robin Getman at

WRITER's SIG 1submitted by Julie Efta

This is a closed group but others may join us for our mostly Silent writing retreat on Tuesday, November 19, from 10:00 AM -Noon at Spyhouse Coffee in downtown Minneapolis. Let Julie know if you plan to join us. We will chat some at the beginning and end of our meeting.

Our regular meetings are: November 8 and 22. These meetings are not open to new members.

We encourage and will assist others to create more writing groups. Several women have expressed interest but a leader for a second group is still needed.

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

URBAN HIKING SIG -submitted by Cyndy Nelson

On Monday, October 14, Jan, Kathleen, Tracey, Mary Kay, Julie, and Cyndy walked along the Mississippi River on the Winchell Trail. We were fortunate to have picked the one non-rainy day and enjoyed a beautiful day with lovely fall colors. Thanks to Jan for identifying and leading this hike. Following our hike, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Turtle Bread Company in Minneapolis.
This hike marked the conclusion of our 2019 hiking season. Depending on interest, we could consider some indoor venues during winter months including the Minneapolis skyway system and the Mall of America. Let Cyndy know if indoor hikes are of interest to you.
This seasonal SIG gives us the opportunity to explore and/or introduce others to new locations in the metro area. Our hikes last about 60-90 minutes and we walk at a moderately brisk and steady pace. All are welcome to join us as we walk and talk. We sometimes end our hikes with a stop at a local establishment for a coffee/drink/ice cream. Weather permitting, we anticipate starting our 2020 season in April.

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