Oceanids Logo bw

Interest Groups

Interest Groups are the backbone of our Oceanids organization.  They are here to meet the many varied needs of UC San Diego families, especially those new to our campus and community.  If you don't find an activity you would like to participate in, please contact the Interest Group Coordinator, Judy Vacquier, jvacq@sbcglobal.net.  If five or more Oceanids wish to start a new group, please let her know so we can inform other members.  All we ask is that your members be Oceanids. If you are not yet a member of Oceanids, please consider joining us by contacting Mary Cutchin, marycutchin@yahoo.com or by submitting a membership form. (For specific activities for the current month, consult the current newsletter.)

  Avi Set Birders Book Group Cafe Espanol
Cafe Francais Cinema Soiree Day Bridge
Evening Bridge German Kaffeeklatsch Gracious Aging
  Gourmet Group Hiking In & Around SD
  Museum Friends Moveable Feast I Moveable Feast II
  Photo Digerati Piano and Chamber Soiree  
  Sounding Board Wednesday Coffee  
  Wine Tasting I Wine Tasting II Wits II
       

We will be highlighting our various Interest Groups throughout this year, with brief descriptions and happenings, as well as pictures.  A new group will be added, so check the site often.  Check us out at:  InterestHighlights.htm

 

Avi Set Birders                                                                        Top

Contacts:  Liz Winant, lwinant@gmail.com

Our birding group meets promptly at 8am, the second Monday of each month during the academic year.  The La Jolla group will meet at the corner of Dunaway Drive and Glenwick Place in La Jolla.  For North County birders, please contact one of the above names for meeting location.  Birders carpool from these locations to sites around the county.  Members will be called or e-mailed.

Book Group                                                                              Top

Contacts:  Janet Goff, janetrgoff@hotmail.com, Liz Winant, lwinant@gmail.com

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am for chatting and 10:00am for review.  Everyone is welcome; we are happy to greet new members who like to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and who value good writing and a lively discussion.  Please join us!

Cafe Espanol                                                                           Top

Contact:  Beate Menzel, jrblmenzel@sbcglobal.net , Vicky Lindblade, vlindblade@mac.com

This conversation group is designed for fluent Spanish speakers who wish to keep up their Spanish and learn new vocabulary.  We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm. One hour of conversation and one hour of reading aloud and group discussion.  We will also try Scrabble in Spanish!  Please contact us for more information.

Cafe Francais                                                                          Top

Contacts:  Hulya Saygin, hulyasaygin@yahoo.com

French speakers at various levels of fluency are welcome into this group, which meets monthly at members' homes to practice the language.  Please contact us for more information.

Cinema Soiree                                                                          Top

Contact:  Roswitha Enright, renright@ucsd.edu

The group meets at a designated home on the second Sunday of each month (all year long) at 7pm for socializing; movie discussion starts at 7:30pm sharp.  Light refreshments will be served.  You will be contacted by e-mail about which movie to see and where to meet.  For more information, please contact Roswitha.

Day Bridge                                                                                Top

Contact:  Beate Menzel, jrblmenzel@sbcglobal.net

We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month all year long at various members' homes.  We start at 10am and usually end at 3pm.  Everyone brings her/his own lunch.  The hostess will provide drinks.  Please contact us for more information.

Evening Bridge                                                                         Top

Contact:  Barbara Bank, bbank@ucsd.edu

Evening Bridge for couples meet at 7:00pm on the fourth Saturday of the month all year long at members' homes.  If you wish to play on a regular basis, or just occasionally, please contact Barbara.

German Kaffeeklatsch                                                             Top

Contact:  Roswitha Enright, renright@ucsd.edu

This group is for beginners and experienced German speakers alike.  Guaranteed no pressure.  Just come on the third Tuesday at 3pm and have a good time.  Only German is spoken.  If you would like to join, please contact Roswitha.

Gourmet Group                                                                        Top

Contact:  Susan Starr, susanstarr1@gmail.com

This is a group for those who like to try cooking new things.  We meet several times a year, at members' homes, and each person brings an assigned dish or course.  Please contact us for more information.

Gracious Aging                                                                         Top

Contact:  Stephanie Freeman

This group meets the first Monday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House, 7380 Eads Avenue, La Jolla from 1 to 3pm to discuss various topics from the perspective of life-long experience.  This group has participants from Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Germany and the US, and travel and history are frequent topics  Friends bring snacks to share and tea is served.  All  friends over 80 are welcome.  Please contact us for more information.  

Hiking In and Around San Diego County                               Top

Contact:  Roswitha Enright, renright@ucsd.edu

We meet at 8:30am on the second Saturday of each month from October to May or June at the La Jolla Village Shopping Center parking lot and carpool to the starting point of the hike.  Bring a lunch, plenty of fluids, sturdy shoes and sun protection!  Friends and family are invited.  Contact Roswitha the week before the hike if you would like to join us.

Moveable Feast I                                                                     Top

Contact:  Liz Fong Wills, ludditelizfongwills@gmail.com

This dining out group is currently at capacity.  If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please contact Liz.

Moveable Feast II                                                                    Top

Contacts:  Mary Cutchin, marycutchin@yahoo.com

This group meets every other month for drinks at a member's house.  From there we carpool to the restaurant.  Please contact Mary for information and reservations.

Museum Friends                                                                      Top

Contact:  TBA

This group meets on a somewhat irregular basis to visit museums in and around San Diego.   Upcoming trips will be posted on the Oceanids list serve.  Check your newsletter as well.

Photo Digerati                                                                          Top

Contact:  Jane Takahashi, jtakahashi@san.rr.com

We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday from 1 to 4pm of each month.  This group is for all who are interested in learning more about digital photography. The 1st meeting is at the Pavilion, 2nd will involve outdoor picture taking.

Piano and Chamber Soiree                                                      Top

Contact:  Judy Vacquier, jvacq@sbcglobal.net

This interest group is for amateurs who need a motivation to practice and want to perform in a relaxed, fun setting among friends.  We welcome piano, chamber instruments and voice, classical, jazz and popular music, solos and ensembles.  We usually meet on the third or fourth Sunday at 4pm.  Please contact Judy for more information

Sounding Board                                                                       Top

Contact:  Jan Ouren, jouren@san.rr.com

Oceanids and friends of the University meet at the Faculty Club, convene in a specially designated room to eat lunch and listen to fascinating speakers, usually on the first Thursday of the month.  We meet for lunch at 12pm, the speaker is introduced at 12:20 and is over by 1:15pm.  You can be sure of a lively discussion.  Please visit Sounding Board for more details. 

Wednesday Coffee                                                                  Top

Contacts:  Georgina Sham, gbsham@gmail.com, Mary Woo, mwoonew@gmail.com, Jennie Chin, enjien1@hotmail.com

Come join the social group of Oceanids, Friends, newcomers, postdocs, students and their children for activities at the International Center every Wednesday, 10am to 12 noon.  You'll make friends and learn strange and wonderful American customs as well as that of other nations. 

Then, visit the Kitchen Exchange where newcomers can rent kitchen, household and baby equipment for a small fee.  Contact:  Liz Fong-Wills, ludditelizfongwills@gmail.com

Wine Tasting I                                                                          Top

Contact:  Elizabeth Smith, egsmith99@hotmail.com

Exploring the taste sensations of a new wine or an old vintage, this group meets the third Friday monthly.  Members rotate as hosts. This group is now open to new members.  Please contact Elizabeth for more information.

Wine Tasting II                                                                        Top

Contact:  Barbara Scholz, bscholz@hotmail.com

We meet monthly.  Members rotate as hosts.  The cost for wine and food is shared among the people attending, approximately $8 - $10 per person.  Please contact Barbara for more information.

WITS II                                                                                     Top

Contacts:  Bev Douglas, jddouglas@ucsd.edu

We meet the 4th Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm - 5pm, at various members' homes all year long.  We study companies using the NAIC stock investment guides in order to increase our financial understand and competence.  Come visit us!  Contact us for more information.