INTEREST GROUPS

Our Interest Groups are an excellent way to meet and bond with fellow ODUMCA members. 
We currently have 13 Interest Groups that fall into 8 different categories.

 

Fun with a Purpose!

Our Interest Groups enable us to have fun as we spend time playing games, reading books, dining out,

walking with friends and touring fascinating locations both on and off campus.  
Donations to our
Educational Endowment help to fulfill an important aspect of our purpose and can be paid
annually,
monthly or as often as you wish during the year. 

 

Our Interest Group Director is Marshall McClure. For questions please contact her at marshallmcclure@cox.net 

All other contact information is password protected under the Membership tab across the top of our website. 

Just click the Membership tab and then click Membership Directory. 
At this point, members will need to use the password.

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Monday

Book Club

2nd – 12:30p

Larchmont Library

 

 

Tuesday

Book Clubs

2nd – 1:00p

3rd – 12:30p

Locations Vary

 

Hand & Foot

2nd – 1:00-3:00p

Landings Clubhouse

Hand & Foot

1st & 3rd - 1:00-3:00p

Locations Vary

Chick Flicks (movies): Days, Times and Locations vary

Walk with Friends, Times and Locations vary.

Wednesday

Book Club

1st – 7:00p

Locations Vary

Out-to-Lunch

2nd – 11:30a-1:00p

Locations Vary

Thursday

Mah Jongg

2nd & 4th – 10:00a-3:00p

Norfolk Yacht & Country Club

Mah Jongg

1st & 3rd – 11:00a-3:00p

The Landings Clubhouse

 

Tea for Two

3rd – Afternoons

Locations Vary

Friday

OPEN

Saturday

OPEN

Various Weekends

Beers & Cheers

3:00-5:00p

Maker's Craft Brewery

 

 

BOOK CLUBS

 

We offer four Book Clubs; one evening and three daytime.  Each group meets once per month at either 7:00pm or early afternoons from

September – June, locations vary.  We have also added Zoom meetings into the mix.

1st Wednesdays 7:00pm

Paula Cook, Leader & Contact    

The next meeting is September 7th.  The 2021-22 list of titles and authors includes:  Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami,

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, Heat by Bill Buford, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.

2nd Mondays 12:30pm

Carolyn Akers, Leader & Contact  

This is our Non-Fiction group.  The next meeting is September 12th.  The 2021-22 list of titles and

authors includes:  John Adams by David McCullough, The Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder,

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, A Higher Call by Adam Makos, Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta, MD.

 
2nd Tuesdays: 1:00pm

Kay Dahl, Leader & Contact    

The next meeting is September 13th.  The 2021-22 list of titles and authors includes:  Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan,

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Ann Fowler,  Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythelll,

A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.

3rd Tuesdays 12:30pm    

Judy Homsher, Leader & Contact    

The next meeting is September 20th.  The 2021-22 list of titles and  authors includes:  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan,

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman,

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

MAH JONGG

We offer 2 Mah Jongg groups, both of which play a loosely variant version of Wright-Patterson rules.

Knowing how to play the game is essential so if you’re interested in learning how to play the

ODUMCA way, contact the leader of your chosen group.  The purchase of our book of rules

is also required, $20.

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Kim Beebe, Leader & Contact    

Norfolk Yacht & Country Club is the location. We usually have 3 tables of 4-players.

At 12:00pm we break for lunch which you purchase at the venue.  After lunching on the Lafayette River,

an afternoon of gameplay & fun continues until at least 3:00 pm.

 

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11am – 3:00 pm

Sugar (Eleanor) Bradshaw, Leader & Contact    

The Landings Club House, 957 Bolling Avenue, Norfolk, is the location. The players enjoy a morning of playing the game,

then early afternoon break for lunch; each player brings her lunch & beverage.  A day of fun & games is enjoyed by all.

Due to limited space, the first 8 to RSVP will play.  All others will be added to a waiting list for that day's game.

BEERS & CHEERS​​​​ 

Various weekends throughout the month, 3pm

Lishena Thompson & Al King, Co-Leaders 

Based on the best weekend weather forecast, this group of beer lovers picks a day to gather at Maker's Craft Brewery,

23rd & Church Streets, Norfolk.  Maker's has a large, completely fenced , beautifully landscaped outdoor patio with lots

of comfortable chairs, tables with umbrellas.  Many of us bring our husbands or significant others to enjoy a lovely and

relaxing afternoon together.  Live music and food truck(s) are onsite.

 

HAND & FOOT CANASTA

2nd Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Betty Denniston, Leader & Contact   

The Landings at Bolling Square, Club House,
957  Bolling Avenue, Norfolk

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Laurie White, Leader & Contact

Locations Vary

Hand & Foot is usually played by two pairs of partners who work together to create books that contain at least

seven like-value cards; aka, a Canasta.   Six standard decks are used so having a 6-deck card shuffler is a real plus. 

Come and play Hand & Foot the ODUMCA way.

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OUT-TO-LUNCH BUNCH

 

2nd Wednesdays, 11:30am 

Jonna-Dawn Walker, Leader & Contact   

Each month we look forward to enjoying a delicious lunch together at one of the areas restaurants or cafes. 
Some of us decide to skip breakfast on the days that we gather for lunch so we get started a little bit early. 

Recently we have gathered at Surf Riders, Le Yaka, Mermaid Winery, Abuelo's.

Reservations make it possible for us to book large groups.  Whenever possible, we chose a location with

outdoor seating.  Indoors or inside, we have a wonderful time together!

 

TEA FOR TWO​​​​

 

3rd Thursdays, Afternoons

Kate Melhuish, Leader and Contact  

Pause once-a-month for a Tea Party featuring formally set tables, a variety of teas, savories & sweets and stimulating conversation. 

This group meets at elegant Tea Rooms throughout Hampton Roads.  Occasionally a member hosts an event at her home.

 

Recently, the group has gathered for Afternoon Tea at Café Stella, The Cavalier, Norfolk Yacht & Country Club.  We've also had an event catered by La Brioche, Norfolk, that was hosted by one of the members.

 

WALK WITH FRIENDS

Various dates and locations (weather permitting)

Sarah Ford, Leader & Contact    

If you enjoy getting outside to enjoying a brisk walk with friends, this is the Interest Group for you.  We’ve hiked the Elizabeth River Trail, toured the Virginia Zoo, walked through First Landings State Park and meandered around  Norfolk Botanical Garden.  We meet in a nearby parking area

and then begin our walk as a group.  Afterwards, you guessed it, we stop for snacks and beverages before heading home.

CHICK FLICKS

Various dates and locations / Usually Matinees

Nancy Tatterson, Leader & Contact   

Let’s spend the afternoon at the movies followed by a review session over snacks & beverages. 

We frequently attend matinees at the Naro, Regal MacArthur Center Stadium 18 and

other movie houses throughout Hampton Roads.

 

Downton Abby, Eyes of Tammy Faye, No Time to Die, Westside Story, Death On The Nile

are a few of the movies we've enjoyed together.