Activities

 



Activities are based on members interests.   You may join any activity that interests you - no limit!   Events currently offered in alphabetical order:

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

This is an opportunity to meet in member’s homes and spend time working on artwork and crafts like knitting, crocheting, beading, jewelry making, needlepoint, or any project easily transported and held in one's lap.  It is an opportunity to share ideas, material sources, suggestions and the company of like crafters to become re-inspired and help solve project problems.

The group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month from 10:00am till noon. Sometimes lunch follows and there may be opportunities for special projects or fieldtrips.


BOOK CLUBS

We have several Book Clubs that get together once a month in a member's home with lively discussions on books selected by members of each group. Each club has a chairperson. Book clubs are limited so that they can meet in member’s homes and have good discussions.  If you are interested in joining a book club, you will be placed in one if there is an available spot or added to a waitlist until a spot becomes available. If there are enough interested members, a new club will be formed.  There is no cost.  More information, including who to contact can be found on the Activities Calendar.


BOWLING

Bowlers of all abilities are welcome to break out or rent those shoes and grab your favorite bowling ball for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun. Members meet at the Fiesta Bowl at River and Oracle from 1:00 to about 3:00 PM on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from September through May. Cost is determined by the venue.

 

BRIDGE

You have a choice of Luncheon, Marathon or Couples Marathon Bridge. Bridge is limited to those who already know how to play. More information, including who to contact if interested in playing, can be found on the Activities Calendar on the website.


BUNCO

Bunco is a fun, easy to learn dice game that is also a great social event.  All you need to be able to do is roll the dice. There are several ways to join a group. There are groups that play each month together at member’s homes.  A new group of 12 players can be formed whenever there is enough interest. Members also can sign up to meet at Oro Valley Community Center on the second Thursday of every month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. More information and who to contact can be found on the Activity Calendar. 

 

CANASTA

Canasta games are held several times a month for 3 hrs. in the afternoon.  Canasta is limited to those who already know how to play.  More information, including who to contact if interested in playing, can be found on the Activities Calendar on the website. If you would like to learn how to play, please contact the Activities Coordinator who can schedule classes.


CLOGGING

Clog dancing is a type of tap dancing derived from the Irish & Scottish dances and really developed in the Appalachians in the US.  If you have clogged before, please join us.  If you would like to learn, please contact the Activities Coordinator.  There is a fee for this activity.

 

COFFEES

Coffees are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the home of one of our members. These gatherings provide an opportunity for both old and new members to become better acquainted. Coffees are usually 2 hours in length, and the registration number is determined by the coffee hostess. The hostess provides her home, beverages (coffee, juice, and water), and plates, cups, and forks. There are two co-hostesses each month who provide small snacks. The social hour is followed by a group discussion. Coffee Hours provide a great opportunity for new members to learn about The Newcomers Club and upcoming events. There is no cost to attend.

 

DESERT GARDENERS

We live in the one of the most unique environments in the world -- the Sonoran Desert. I'm sure you've noticed that gardening is different here! Learn more about what plants can be grown here and how to take care of your garden. We'll visit nurseries and garden venues, and get advice from local gardening experts on creating and maintaining beautiful desert gardens. We meet once a month. Cost will depend on the venue.


DINE OUT

Each month a restaurant is selected and reservations are made at some of Tucson’s best restaurants.  Both singles and couples attend this event so it is a great opportunity for spouses to get to know each other. Generally, the group orders off of the menu and pays with separate checks although sometimes the restaurant offers a limited or set menu and price. This will be noted in the event description.

 

GALIVANTERS

We take day trips to visit local points of interest such as the University of Arizona, HF Coors pottery factory, art museums, etc.  They are generally held once a month depending on the activity and can last 2-4 hrs. Events that are held in the morning are usually followed by an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant. Cost is determined by the venue. Lunch is paid for via separate checks. Carpooling is generally arranged and encouraged.

 

GOLF

The Intermediate golf group is open to all members who have some experience at the game of golf. We also have couples golf once a month. At the end of season, there is a group dinner and awards. More information, including who to contact if interested in playing can be found on the Activities Calendar.

 

HAND AND FOOT

This is a friendly card game similar to Canasta.  Players meet at a member’s home once a week for 3 hrs. in the afternoon.  New players are always welcome and you can learn it in one session.  (Wine is also regularly served). There is no cost.

 

HIKER CHICKS

Each hike has an interesting destination, view, or something to see along the way. This is a great way to get to know the local parks and trails. Hiking is a very social activity with lots of chatting while on the trail and during snack/rest stops. All of the hikes in Tucson, even the easiest ones, involve some hill climbing, rocks on the trail and often stream crossings.  Many women set a personal goal for their hiking experience and quite a few have later taken family and friends on their favorite hikes.  

Level 1: Hikes go for short distances on the easiest trails in the area, usually 2-5 miles and generally up to about 550' elevation gains and a pace to allow everyone to keep up with the group.  

Level 2: These hikes are a little more difficult as they go 3-5 miles and have higher elevation gains, generally 300-800'.   They are an opportunity to see new terrain and vistas and advance your hiking capabilities if you feel ready for more.  These hikes go at the same pace as Level 1 with as many rest stops as needed.

Level 3:  These more difficult hikes are a minimum of 5 miles with up to 800' elevation gain.  A major difference in level 3 is that the pace is significantly faster - what we call an exercise pace, with few rest stops (about 30 min/mile). 

Level 4: These strenuous hikes are usually 5-9 miles (3-5 hr) hikes with higher elevation gains (1000' or more) which means steeper climbs.  These also tend to have more rocky terrain and narrow paths.  The pace is relatively fast (30 minutes/mile).

Each event has details on equipment requirements, carpooling, parking, etc.

 

JOLLY HOUR

Once a month our members enjoy a social evening at the home of a member. They are usually held on Friday evenings beginning around 6.  Each attendee brings his or her own beverage and an appetizer or dessert to share. Singles and couples are invited. It is a great event for spouses to get to meet other people and socialize.  There is no cost.


LADIES NIGHT OUT

A Happy Hour is held at a Tucson restaurant, which features afternoon specials on drinks and appetizers.  It is usually held to a limited number of member registrations and they tend to fill up fast.  This is a great, casual way to meet other members in a small group setting.  Cost is based on the venue, ordering off of the menu and separate checks.

 

LINE DANCING

Participants learn and practice a variety of dance steps.The Line Dancing intermediate class precedes the beginner class on Friday mornings.  No dance or prior experience is required for the beginner class.  The cost of the teacher and dance studio is divided evenly among the participants on a monthly basis.

 

LUNCHEONS 

The second Wednesday of each month, a luncheon is organized at area restaurants or country clubs. The luncheon includes a brief business meeting and is followed by a speaker or program. The menu is determined by the venue and the committee.  Payment is required at the time of registration.  The luncheons are usually 2-3 hours long, depending on the speaker or program. Venues are chosen so that the luncheons have no registration limit.  They are a great way to meet new people and reconnect with friends you may not see at other events.


MAH JONGG

Mahjongg games are usually held two times a month in the morning.  Mahjongg is limited to those who already know how to play.  More information, including who to contact if interested in playing, can be found on the Activities Calendar on the website.  Occasionally, Mahjongg classes have been offered.

 

MUSEUM TOURS

We will have a docent-led tour of a local museum each month, followed by a happy hour to discuss the interesting displays and things we learned.  Museum Tours are generally a two hour tour but some locations will involve longer times.  This is another great activity for spouses to join members. Cost is determined by the venue.


QUILTING AND MEMORY MAKERS

Memory Makers is a group of Newcomers who enjoy quilting and needle work. The group meets once a month, on the first Monday of the month, at a member's home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There is no cost.


Volunteer to Read at Casa de los Ninos

We have a volunteer reading time on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Casa del Ninos to read with children.  Many of the children will be 3-5 years old, or you can choose to read to and rock a newborn.  Once you need the joy on the faces of the children, you will want to go back again and again.


MEET ME

Meet Me’s are everything else! (that is, anything that members want to do that doesn’t fall into any of the above categories). A Meet Me can be a movie, concert, play, lecture or anything else that you would like to do and invite others along for the fun.   Meet Me's can be arranged by any member. There is a form on the website that needs to be completed and sent to the Activities Coordinator, who will load it onto the calendar and open it up for sign-up.  Meet Me’s are one-time events.

If the activity will continue, it will be added to the calendar as a recurring event.


EVENTS PREVIOUSLY OFFERED BUT NOT CURRENTLY ON THE SCHEDULE

Please contact the Activities Coordinator or President if you are interested in leading one of these groups

  

Birding

Learn about local birds and their habitats on a walking tour with binoculars at various locations around Tucson. Cost is determined by the venue (i.e. park admission).


TASTING AND SHARING RECIPES

This is an opportunity to taste and share new recipes.  Each month there is a different theme and members prepare a dish to share and bring along the recipe.  This is a great way to try new recipes and go home with new meal ideas.  The recipes will be shared on the Newcomers website.  There is no cost.

 

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 P.O. Box 35426

 Tucson, AZ 85740-5426

 Phone:  520-343-5049


 General Club Inquiries:  tucson.newcomers@gmail.com


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