Activities

These are just a few of the Activities that we at Newcomers provide for our members!  CONTACT US for Activity details and more information.

Coffees
Get-acquainted Coffees are held monthly throughout the entire year on the third Thursday of each month at a local facility large enough to meet the needs of our membership. The location and time, usually 10:00 a.m., are announced in the Newsletter. To defray expenses, attending members are asked to donate $2.00 at the door.

Luncheons
Luncheon meetings are held the first Thursday of each month (except January, July and August) at local restaurants and venues selected by Luncheon Directors. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is served at noon followed by a business meeting and program. Luncheon details are in the monthly Newsletter as are reservation forms.
Special Luncheon Events
Brown Bag Lunch: A Brown Bag lunch is held on the first Thursday in August at one of the local parks. This is our casual bring your own lunch picnic during the summer.

Charity Auction: A Live and Silent Auction is held at the November luncheon meeting to fund the Club’s contributions to local charities. Auction items are donated by members and may be craft items, baked goods, that lovely serving dish you haven’t used in years or whatever other unique items members wish to contribute.

Special Activity Groups
All members are welcome and encouraged to join any of the activity groups they find of interest. Most groups meet in members’ homes. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please call the Activity Leader of that group for information. Please contact the Activity Director if you have a special interest and would like to start a new group. The Club Newsletter contains details about the activities as well as any requirements such as reservations, supplies, etc.

Afternoon Tea
Friendly gathering of ladies who enjoy a cup of tea and fun. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in members’ homes and fun excursions around the area.

Art in the Park
Artists at any skill level using various media get together to paint and sketch at outside locations during mild weather months, or go to galleries and museums during the winter months. Meets on various days, depending on the weather.

As The Page Turns
This reading group meets on the 1st Friday of each month and differs from the Read and Share groups in that this group reads an assigned book each month rather than individual selections.

Bowling
This non-competitive recreational group meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to bowl a few games. Members pay for their own lane rental and equipment. Spouses are invited to participate. Late afternoon refreshments at a nearby restaurant often follow for those who want to continue the fun.

Crafts
Meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday morning to work on either a planned craft project or various personal crafts. Generally meets at a members’ home or at a business to take a class. This group is open to anyone who wishes to participate. We usually follow the craft time with lunch.

Dine-Outs
Social gatherings open to all members, spouses and friends. They are held monthly during the months of September through June at a Salem area restaurant. Single members are encouraged to bring a friend if they wish. Various participating members, under the guidance of the Dine-Out Activity Leader, selects the restaurant, makes the arrangements, provides information for the Newsletter, and host the event.

Dinner for Six
This activity involves small groups who plan and prepare dinner each month.  The hosting couple prepares the main course, and the other members bring the appetizer, salads, and desserts.  Single members can “pair up” to participate.  Dinners are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, with the groups being rotated every four months to share dinners with different people.

Discussion
This group meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August). The discussions are based on the Great Decisions Briefing Book chapters, which cover global topics such as climate change, foreign policy, and energy independence. Meetings take place at members’ homes, or at a local business.

Girls Night Out
Meets once a month for dinner and/or late afternoon or early evening movie or other performance. This event does not have a regular meeting day or time, and the Activity Leader will take care not to schedule meetings in conflict with other activities.

Grape Escape
This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and is devoted to learning the fine aspects of wine tasting.  This group meets either in members’ homes or at wineries to taste selected types of wines. Tasting fees apply, and spouses and partners are welcomed.

Junkets
Day trips to interesting places in or near Salem, and usually includes lunch. The junkets are a means of getting to know the area and provide enjoyable socializing. Does not have a regular day and time as these are usually of longer duration than regular activities. Details are provided in the monthly Newsletters.

Read & Share
Meets monthly on the 1st Monday morning of the month. It is an informal, open-ended group. There is no assigned reading, and the group meets at the homes of the participants.

Salad Sisters
At Salad Sisters you will find good food, good cheer, and always interesting, frequently funny conversation. Meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at one of the members’ homes or a local facility. Participants bring a  salad or dessert. This popular group fills up fast, and space is sometimes limited.

Stitch & Bitch
These groups meet on Tuesday afternoons at members’ homes to enjoy handwork, conversation, and companionship. Creative talents are not necessary to join one of these groups.

Table Games
There are several open and established card or dice groups:

  • Bridge Couples – meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening
  • Bridge Ladies – There are two separate ladies groups who meet on the 1st Monday, and 4th Monday of each month. New groups are formed as needed.
  • Pinochle Couples – Two groups meet once a month. The 2nd Friday group meets in the evening and the 4th Friday group meets in the afternoon.
  • Pinochle Ladies – Two groups who meet once a month on either the 1st Wednesday or the 3rd Friday afternoons.
  • Bunco – Two groups who meet once a month at a member’s home on either the 2nd Monday or 3rd Monday afternoons.

Saturday Social
Couples and singles who meet monthly in members’ homes for hors d’oeuvres and a favorite wine on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. A small donation is collected at the door to defray host expenses.