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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) focus around a specific passion or interest that all group members share.  Many are discussion groups (e.g., book groups, political discussion groups) that meet in members' homes, usually, monthly.  These groups fill up quickly due to space limitations.  A new type of peer group has recently evolved, in which members sign up to be part of a network of women who are contacted when someone is looking for a companion with whom to do something.  These groups focus on interests such as attending cultural events, going to films, dining out, traveling, etc.  Membership is often open-ended and meet-ups occur at a theater, museum, restaurant, etc.  Some of these groups also meet either regularly or on an ad hoc basis in a member's home and, due to the size of their membership, attendance is on a "first-to-respond" basis, with a waiting list generally maintained.
 
We have groups that discuss books or magazine articles, go to movies, attend theatrical performances and opera, walk together, dine out, cook in, travel to places near and far, discuss politics and current events, or photography, or financial matters, or dating... the list goes on.  

If you don't see a group listed below that interests you, or you have an idea for a new TTN Special Interest Group (SIG) - your own passion - you can take the lead in organizing a group, or help to get one started.  The group will then be publicized on the TTN website and in the Chapter's e-newsletters.  Organizing a group is really easy and we can help you get it started.

Please scroll down to see a list of SIGs that are looking for additional members.

Arts and Crafts
 
Artists’ Group
We are looking to form a group of artists to share ideas and practices. Any studio art form is welcome. The artists will determine the group’s goals and interests when we meet. Looking at art together at specific shows and galleries is one area of interest. Sharing and critiquing work is another area to explore. We are hoping to find 8 to 10 women to form this new SIG. We will meet monthly on a day to be determined. 

In Focus - Photography 
Our photography group is looking for a few new members. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have. Some members only use their iPhone. We are more interested in your visual sensibilities and unique voice in shooting an assignment. Each month our members have to complete an agreed upon assignment and send 15 pictures or less to the host of that month. We sit in a group and review the results on our TV or computer.
 ometimes we take a photography filed trip together and discuss photo exhibitions that are happening in New York area. What makes it interesting is everyone’s different POV on the assignment.

Members’ Writing Group
We are reactivating a Memoir Writing Group for those of you who love to put into words “little stories” of your past (other types of writing projects also are included) that you’d like to share and get and give feedback on. Whether you are writing for your own pleasure, or just for family and friends, or would like to get published, this group is for you. Join us in our monthly meetings at one of our homes, from 3-5 pm. 


Book Groups

Book groups are always popular with TTN members.  New book groups are formed often, and sometimes existing book groups need new members.  

Monday Evening Book Group
Our Monday evening Book Group has been ongoing for many years. We meet the first Monday of the month, 6 to 8PM in each member’s apt., We enjoy wine and nibbles.  We read serious fiction and non-fiction and are looking for new members.  

Wednesday Morning Book Group
Calling all readers! We have 2 spots open in our Wednesday morning book group. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month from 11-12:30 pm on the UWS to discuss classic reads. 


Culture

All That Jazz! 
A new Jazz Special Interest Group (SIG) is being formed which gives members the opportunity to visit a variety of venues around New York City.  These include clubs, concerts, restaurant "jazz brunches," etc.; and the events selected will be reasonably priced. 

Arias ‘r Us
Do you love opera but have a hard time finding friends with the same passion? Then this group may be for you. There are many ways to see opera without the sky-high ticket prices for orchestra seats at the Metropolitan – HDTV broadcasts, last minute ticket lines, smaller opera companies. And there are opera lectures all over town. The idea is to listen to gorgeous music and then discuss what we have seen and heard. Join us and let’s discuss what other musical adventures we can plan. 

The Class Band
Can you sing, play an instrument?  A new group is starting that will perform regularly at various Chapter events.  It is an enjoyable opportunity to use your talent!  We're eager to start rehearsals! 

The Cultural Exchange
We are a group of diverse TTN women who meet every FIRST MONDAY, 1-3pm, to explore how our cultural, ethnic or racial backgrounds influence our opinions about topical issues and personal experiences.   We meet at members' apartments or at thought-provoking exhibits, plays, or movies followed by lunch at a restaurant. (Extensive walking is sometimes involved.)  If you've got an interest  in contributing your own perspective and joining us in our lively and often provocative discussions, there's room for a few more members.

Culture Mavens
Are you passionate about the performing arts - theater, dance, and music of all kinds? Are you looking for other TTN members to join you? Then "Culture Mavens" may be a group for you. Members of this group share plans to go to events such as theater, music, dance, cabaret, comedy clubs, film, and museum exhibits so that other members can join them. The group also meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm in members' homes to get to know each other better, share discounts and deals, and talk about what's next on their calendars. 

For the Love of Dance
As Martha Graham said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul!" By watching exciting dance in styles from all over the world, you can feel that language come to life! There are engaging performances, rehearsals, conversations and lectures about dance all over our city. This is the group for people who are interested in seeing that array of dance styles, going with people of like enthusiasm, and discussing what we've seen. From ballet and classic, to modern and jazz, to Tango and Kabuki, come join us as we enjoy the joys of dance! 

Thursday Movie Group
For those who love “Arty” movies - foreign and independent films and documentaries -  we meet monthly on the last Thursday afternoon (except for November and December when we meet the 3rd Thursday). After the movie, we go for dinner nearby, usually in the East and West Village neighborhoods where most of the Art cinemas are located. We take turns selecting the film and restaurant, and notices are sent out on the Monday of that week. 

Weekend Explorers
Weekend Explorers will be celebrating our 10+ years anniversary and we would like to add some new members.  A special characteristic of our group is that we members meet bi-weekly and different members choose and lead an activity of interest as well as a restaurant to dine in (brunch, lunch or dinner).  Typical events include trips to museums, movies, theater, places of interest in or around New York City.  And during meals we get the chance to “catch up" and have lively discussions about the activity we attended or any other topics that members are interested in discussing.  We offer our members the opportunity to choose either an activity or meal or both. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and varied choices.  


Dining Groups

Bon Appetit Dining Out Group
Bon Appetit  is undergoing a face lift, lookout for an update from this SIG soon! 
We are a group of warm, friendly women who dine out the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Each month a different member of the group selects a restaurant of her choice. We prefer moderately priced restaurants. Members are expected to pay the bill in cash. We do not use credit cards - cash only. 

Culinary Explorers
From pot stickers to patisserie, NYC has it all. This is a group dedicated to exploring all things culinary -- cooking classes, visits to purveyors, restaurant experiences and other food adventures that take us to the core of New York’s rich and diverse food culture. Let’s take the lid off the most delicious melting pot in the world. Gelato anyone? 

Ethnic Eats: Food with a Story to Tell
Our group will meet for lunch the third Friday of the month from 1:00-2:30 to experience interesting, tasty, good value ethnic cuisine at a variety of places. There will be an occasional dinner meet up as certain intriguing spots do not serve lunch. Whenever possible, we will learn about the people, passions, and places behind the cuisine. Sharing of dishes is encouraged. Bills payable by CASH only. Each monthly announcement will state the venue along with the number that can be comfortably accommodated. Sign up is required and will be on a first- come, first- serve basis. 

Food Network
Have a passion for food, interest in new food trends, recipes, restaurants all to inspire cooking great meals? Connect with a group of 5-6 members to create a 5 - 6 course lunch to be enjoyed in someone's home with the appropriate wines once a month. The host makes the main and each person is responsible for another course. Most prep work is done at home and brought to the lunch. Last minute prep, mixing or heating etc, is done on sight. It is a great opportunity to bond and have interesting conversation as well as share food. We currently have 3 groups of 5 or 6 people in each and we are always looking for new members. 

Holiday Dining Group
This group is for you if you happen to be solo this time of year and would  like to share the
holidays with other members.  Dining events will be held at various restaurants
in Manhattan and when possible, in a member's apartment.   Cash is required in case
the restaurant will not accept credit cards.  Our first event will be THANKSGIVING DINNER, 2018.  

Let's Lunch Group
Are you a “foodie” at heart? Do you want to try hot new places in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan … along with the next generation? Are you curious about unfamiliar cuisines? Do you have a taste for spice and a budget for the “Underground Gourmet?” 

Superior Food Group
Our group includes members interested in superior food in Manhattan, often at quite expensive prices! We meet one evening a month at a high-quality restaurant for excellent food and good conversation. Please be ready to spend a good deal of money on each meal, perhaps between $100 to $200 per person.  

Weekend Brunch
Our group is made up of hungry, enthusiastic and proactive members. We meet on the 2nd weekend of each month, alternating between Saturday one month and Sunday the next month. Restaurants are selected by two-member teams, rotating among the membership every 2 months. Time and place are sent to all approximately 2 weeks in advance.



Travel

TravelMates
Are you looking for a companion or group with whom to travel -- either domestically or internationally, on short trips or longer ones, planned independently or with existing travel groups, to a local area resort or to more faraway lands? Then this group is for you! Open to all TTN members, we communicate primarily via email and Facebook by offering trip destination suggestions, types of travel options such as specialty tours, and any other relevant travel information. We meet up occasionally to share ideas, but the primary focus is to connect with others interested in your trip idea and then go from there to do your own planning and travel


Discussion Groups

Between the Lines 
Our monthly afternoon sessions (2:30pm-4:00pm) alternate between discussions of preselected difficult behaviors and positive psychology to explore choices we can make for the lives we want to live. Only Wait List is available at this time. 

It Takes Two
This peer group was formed to explore, discuss, and pursue all possible means of meeting single men and to offer mutual support, suggestions and advice pertaining to issues that relate directly or collaterally to our goals. The members of this group are action and activity-oriented. We meet the 1st Monday of every month from 6:00 PM - 8:00PM. This group is open to new members. 

Jewish Women's Circle
A group forming for those members who would like to discuss issues of Jewish concern --Israel, antisemitism, etc. We can also plan to attend events with a Jewish theme--theater, cinema, lectures, etc. Suggestions are welcome.

Magazine Salon 2
The "Magazine Salon" provides an opportunity for TTN members to discuss thought-leadership articles from print and digital magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Quartz, Slate, etc. Each month, one member of the group will select a thought provoking article, send the article link to members of the group, and moderate the discussion. We are looking to discuss a wide range of topics which could include health, the environment, education, women's issues, as well as timely current national and international events. Members will be asked to read the article prior to the meeting and come prepared to discuss it. This SIG meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2-4 PM. 

Over 70’s Peer Groups
If you’re over 70 and looking for people with whom to share your joys and challenges and discuss topics of special interest to us at this time of our lives, we have openings in four Over 70’s Peer Groups that meet at the following times:
4th Monday from 2:00-4:00 pm
3rd Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 pm
4th Monday from 6:00-8:00 pm
2nd Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm

Wisdom Circle
Wisdom Circle provides the opportunity to share thoughts about some of our internal awareness and experience. We have explored intuition, divination, our purpose in life, ways of activating new sources of power and the place and quality of love in our lives.  We have touched on the wisdom of aging, the ideas of elderhood, and the use of the word "crone" to describe older women. We are interested in learning and exploring new ideas, new ways of being and new ways of knowing. 


All Other Groups

Caregivers Support Group (for members of TTN's Caring Collaborative)
There are times in our lives when contact with like-minded individuals can make a profound difference. The group is open to TTN members who face the daunting challenge of dealing with loved ones who are seriously ill or are frail elderly. Our support group will offer a safe place to talk with others in the same situation. 

Civic Action Group
This group was formed to help mitigate the anxiety levels many members experienced after the Nov. 8 election votes were counted, and to identify ways members could become active as responsible and involved citizens.  Some of the issues we have explored are reproductive health, hate crimes, the environment, interfaith tolerance, immigration, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, fake news, and candidate support.  Individual members research a particular issue, then identify steps we might choose to take on our own to influence public policies, legislation, or candidates.  Their research often identifies organizations that have similar interests and might like to share programs or projects with TTN, such as the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Members share contact information for such organizations, as well as news items and comments, at occasional meetings and via email or postings on the SIG’s Facebook page, which can only be viewed by CA members. All TTN members are welcome to attend SIG meetings and to become active in its Civic Actions. It's a way for TTNers to have their voices heard. 

Hole in One
We are starting a new peer group for our TTNers who like to play golf. The Hole in One group will meet and play on local municipal golf courses. Though we will generally play on weekends, we will also try playing on an occasional weekday. Our goal is to have fun and enjoy the fresh air! At this point the group is not for beginners. 

Mind Your Business, Please
A new Special Interest Group (SIG) is being formed for members who currently own a business, are a former business owner, or are considering starting a new initiative. Come share what you're doing or hope to do, come to discuss small business owner challenges, come to help/advise others, come to explore ideas to get back into the game. 

Mindfulness - Learning to Love What Is
Do you want to live your life with more ease, vitality and enjoyment? Do you want to reduce stress, cope better with anxiety, and improve concentration? And what about meeting women who “speak your language”? Then this new group forming in “mindfulness” invites you to join us. We plan to discuss topics such as loving kindness, living in the present moment and not judgmentally. Mindfulness meditation and mindful movement are additional options to explore. Please consider participating in this exciting new group! 
 
SLO Walkers 
For walkers who walk a bit more slowly than in-shape seniors. Actually it should be called "the not-so-fast walkers."  We walk once a week, either Sat. or Sun starting at 10 a.m., weather permitting.  The walk is about an hour, at varied locations.  We finish with a brunch near our end point. 

Snowbirds/Flakes
The Snowbirds Peer Group is for TTN members who fly South to Florida in the winter. The East and West Coasts of Florida are represented. The group meets in New York City and Florida. It focuses on important issues faced by Snowbirds, such as where to go for the early birds, where to get the best buys and, most importantly, forming new and lasting friendships at this time of life. 

Weekend Explorers 
We will be celebrating our 10+ years anniversary and we would like to add some new members.  A special characteristic of our group is that we members meet bi-weekly, and different members choose and lead an activity of interest as well as a restaurant to dine in (brunch, lunch or dinner).  Typical events include trips to museums, movies, theater, places of interest in or around New York City.  And during meals we get the chance to “catch up" and have lively discussions about the activity we attended or any other topics that members are interested in discussing.  We offer our members the opportunity to choose either an activity or meal or both. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and varied choices.