Other Interest Groups

Current Issues - 4th Tuesday 1:00 p.m.

Convenor: Heather Glouchkow

You will want to be part of this lively, stimulating group that meets monthly to discuss issues of local, national and international interest. Reserve the 4th Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m., to come and join us at a member's home for an enthusiastic discussion on a pre-determined topic. We look forward to hearing your views on a whole range of issues issues from local transit to cultural issues to events taking place on the world stage.

Date  Topic Leader
Oct 25 Electoral reform Carol
Nov 22U.S. election, Brexit and Globalism Adele?
Jan 24Abuse of our water supply  Mary D.
Feb 28Media in transition Linda S.
Mar 28 Disabled community - how well are they served? Carol
April 25 Ethics of government subsidizing drugs Petra
May 23 Environmentally disastrous dependence on fossil fuels and plastics Mary?Joelyn?

History Group - dates depend on speaker availability. Start time is 9:30 am.
Convenor:  Cathie Faubert

Regular meetings are held at the KANATA SENIORS’ CENTRE, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Attendees' donation of $3.00/person/meeting covers hall rental and thank-you gifts for speakers.


 Sept 29Irish, Scottish, British Female migrants in 20 C CanadaProf. Marilyn Barber
Carleton University
 Oct 27History of TransportationPeter Pigott, author
 Nov 24Brewing HistoryProf Mathew Bellamy
University of Ottawa
 Jan 26Fascism and the Trump phenomemon

Prof. Jenifer Evans 

Carleton University

 Feb 23Black History Month - Viola Desmond
 Mar 23 Bletchley Park in Sandy Hill during WWIIDiana Pepall, National Library
 Apr 27 History of JerusalemAnnette Paquin, Exec. Director,
 May 25Animals in War Monument,  Confederation Park
Ret Col Lloyd Swick; David Clendening, artist

Movie Matinee  1st Tuesday, 4:30-ish

Convenor:  June Gleason

Members who opt for the Tuesday afternoon movie group are in for some fine entertainment. In fact, CFUW movie watchers sometimes fill a whole row at our local Landmark Theatre in the Kanata Centrum! We usually attend the third Tuesday of the month.  Preferred start time is 4:30-5:00 p.m. but this is not always possible.

Dinner out afterwards is always an option, not planned in advance, but that's the way we like it! E-mails to the list of members expressing an interest go out a couple of days in advance to provide information on the chosen feature and the time to gather, so do consider adding your name.

National Mah-Jongg - Thursday 1 p.m. all year
Co-Convenors: Loraine Drewell & Martha Klump

Mah-Jongg (or "Maajh") is a fascinating rummy-like game that is played with tiles. It is a game of skill, strategy and calculation, that also includes an element of chance. Originating in China supposedly around the time of Confucius, it has evolved so that there are at least eighty versions of Mah-Jongg played by various cultures. Mah Jongg falls into two broad categories: National (American/Jewish) Mah-Jongg and Classical (Chinese) Mah-Jongg.

CFUW/Kanata members play National Mah-Jongg, which uses a card of Standard Hands against which ideally four players per square table play the game with 152 tiles. Several members now own Mah-Jongg sets that they bring to all the games.

Members are very enthusiastic so Mah Jongg games are scheduled each week year round, with the rare cancellation. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, the games are currently held in the Bistro Room at Stonehaven Manor. Members take turns hosting the games either there or in their homes, from 1:00 p.m. to ~ 4:30 p.m. with a break somewhere between 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for tea and a snack. We carpool whenever we can.

Outings - 3rd Wednesday 1:00 p.m.
Convenor: TBD

The type of outing, meeting date and time are all confirmed by the convenors a few weeks in advance of the event. Scheduling may vary, depending on the activity and the weather. Whenever it is convenient, members carpool to the outings which are varied and interesting. Past activities have included:
  • Bank of Canada Tour; special exhibit: "Fakes and Forgeries : Yesterday and Today."
  • Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
  • Signature Craft Fair at the Congress Centre
  • Manotick Christmas Outing
  • Chocolate demonstration at Stubbe Chocolates & More
  • Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Walking Tour of Aylmer
  • Tour of a lottery home

Come and join us with your suggestions for some engaging local ventures.

Travel Talk - Last Wednesday of the month 7:00 p.m.
Convenor:  Jeanie Biro

Travel talk provides an opportunity for members to share their own travel experiences and to learn about places that others have visited. The group will exchange travel tips and ideas and just have fun "touring" the world without leaving home.

Sept 20:  Newfoundland

October 25:  

November 29:

January 31:

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