Special Interest Groups

Audio Book Exchange

Audio books are great for listening to when driving, walking or exercising. The audio book group will follow the format of the book exchange, only instead of exchanging a hard back book once a month we will be exchanging an audio book. We will be exchanging unabridged audio books in CD format. We will have signups at the fall brunch.

Book Exchange

Do you like reading best sellers, but don’t like library waiting lists and time restrictions or bookstore prices? Then the Book Exchange is for you. To join, buy a hardcover book from the current year’s best sellers list, either fiction or non-fiction. Your book will be rotated among the other Book Exchange members. You will receive a book on the first of each month and get your book back at the end of the year.


For bridge playing and congenial company, choose Tuesday Night Bridge with other AAUW members. We meet the third Tuesday of every month.

Cork ‘n Fork

Enjoy good food and friendly company; one Saturday a month, members get together with their culinary contribution, tailored to a particular theme suitable for the season and weather at different members’ homes.


Members of this group plan day trips to various locations – museums, gardens, art galleries, historical sites and other places of interest. Outings are planned by the group members. So, where do you want to go?

Fourth Friday Flicks

Once a month, on the Fourth Friday of each month, members of this group will meet at a theater–location and time to be announced via email–to enjoy a movie picked by the Monthly Organizer.  This group will be very email dependent as last minute changes in location and time may frequently occur.  The Organizer will change monthly, rotating through members of the group.

Games Night

We meet the first Saturday of the month at 7:30pm. A variety of games (board, dice, cards, etc.) are made available by the hostess, or by members bringing their own favorites. A friend or spouse is also welcome to attend. No skill is needed, except for the desire to have a fun evening!

Lunch Bunch

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 at a local restaurant for a casual lunch and conversation.


Twice a month, on the first Tuesday and the third Thursday, members gather to play Chinese mahjong, a game similar to gin rummy. Beginners can watch and learn until they feel comfortable enough to play.

Reading Society

Every third Monday at 7:30 pm, members meet at a predetermined home, with refreshments. A review of the book of the month starts the discussion.

Date Book Title & Author Hostess – Name & address Reviewer
Nov 19 Major Pettigrew’s Last StandHelen Simonson Cheri Ng Judy Geib
Dec 17 When Things Fall ApartPema Chodron Laurie Dennen
Jan 21, 2013 In the Garden of BeastsErick Larson Judy Geib Elaine Baldwin
Feb 18 The Light Between OceansM.L. Stedman Chris Burchik
March 18 Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens Arlene Addison Arlene Addison
April 15 Carter Beats the DevilGlen David Gold Anna Fehrenbach Marielle Boortz
May 20 Clara and Mr. TiffanySusan Freeland
June 17 The Sand Castle GirlChris Bohjalian
July 15 The Dog StarsPeter Heller Karen VanZino (?)
Aug 19 Beautiful RuinsJess Walters Elaine Baldwin
Sept 16 The Hummingbird’s DaughterLouis Urrea Judy Bracken
The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemmingway This is an extra that had the same # of votes if we want to fit it in somewhereJ


The Travel Group meets several times during the year. We share our travel experiences with fellow AAUW members, their spouses, partners and friends by means of an organized presentation. This group enjoys learning about new places and cultures and loves to socialize with fellow travel enthusiasts. All are welcome to join us.

Walking Group

Join your AAUW friends on a once-a-month hike at different locations in the East Bay. We meet at 9 a.m., usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at the Bollinger Park and Ride and car pool to the various exciting locations. Besides being in the healthy outdoors, we get to see lovely vistas and enjoy the company of old and new friends.

Date Hike City Distance Intensity
Oct. 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline – near the airport (’13 pg28) Oakland 2.5 mile loop Easy
Nov. 9 Martinez Regional Shoreline (’13 pg30) with Lunch MartinezLunch in Martinez 1 mile loop & walk downtown Easy
Dec. 7 Walk San Ramon Valley Blvd. from Bollinger to Forest Home Farms for Holiday Boutique San Ramon 5 miles round trip Easy
Jan. 18 Quarry Lakes (’13 pg 32) Fremont 2.1 mile loop Easy
Feb. 8 Del Valle: East Shore/Ridgeline/Squirrel Gulch Trails (’05 pg 18) Livermore 4.5 miles Moderate
March 15 Lafayette Reservoir Lafayette 3 miles Easy
April 12 Iron Horse Reg Trail – from Dublin Library to Village Green Park/ Alcosta Dublin 4.4 mile round trip Easy
May 10 Tassajara Creek (’08 pg 58) Dublin 3.4 miles Easy
June 21 Benicia Historical walk plus downtown shops with Lunch Benicia:Lunch in Benicia 2 – 3 miles Easy
July 19 Tilden (’13 pg 36) Berkeley 2.1 mile loop Easy to Moderate
Aug. 16 Hayward Regional Shoreline (‘08 p38) or Oyster Bay from this 2013 Hayward 4.5 miles Easy

Wanna go…but not by yourself?

If you are interested in a daytime movie, garden show/tour, exhibit, or whatever and the coordinator of this group will email the members to see if anyone else is interested in going with you.