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Interest Groups

Do you have a hobby to pursue, a talent to discover, or a game to master? Join a UCLARA interest group to connect with other members who share your interests. Volunteer-led groups include book clubs, board and card games, play reading, travel and cooking.

In March 2020 many groups went on hiatus until it’s safe to meet again face to face. A few groups were able to adapt to Zoom. Some groups resumed in-person meetings in fall 2021 and others are in the planning stages. 

If a group has an opening for new members, you’ll see contact information.

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Book Clubs

Campus Book Club - meeting via Zoom. Open to new members. Fourth Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. Email Pat Lotker 

Thousand Oaks Book Club - meeting in person, open to new members. 2nd Thursdays, 10 a.m. Email Pat Lotker 

San Fernando Retiree Book Club - meeting via Zoom

Ventura Book Club - meeting via Zoom

Brentwood Book Club - meeting via Zoom

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Board and Card Games

Intermediate Bridge - on hiatus. Third Thursdays, 11:45 a.m., UCLA. Email Mary Petersen  

Canasta - on hiatus.

Mah Jongg: West L.A. - meeting but has no openings.

Mah Jongg: Valley Intermediate - meeting in person in Canoga Park, open to new members. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., Canoga Park. Email Pat Lotker

Scrabble: Intermediate - on hiatus. Hoping to meet when the Faculty Club re-opens. First Thursdays, 1:15 p.m., UCLA. Email Hallie Masler



Cooking Class - Currently via video, hoping to resume in person. See announcements in the ERRC Update. Recent videos are available on the Cooking Group page.  Email Judy Deutsch

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Hiking Group - on hiatus, planning to resume in 2022. See announcements in the ERRC Update. Most hikes in the LA area, schedule varies. Email Elizabeth Juncosa

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Play Reading 

Play Reading Group - meeting via Zoom - open to new members as readers or "audience." Email Rochelle Caballero  

Login is at 7 p.m. Upcoming schedule: 

  • Thursday, May 12, The Petrified Forest by Robert E. Sherwood
  • Thursday, June 9, Spotlight on Noel Coward

Plays subject to change

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Travel Adventures Group. Planning for group trips (cruises, train trips, wineries,  etc.) in 2022 and beyond. See announcements in the ERRC Update and on the Travel page. Email Dolores Dyer

ERRC Update

For the latest group announcements, subscribe to the twice-monthly emails of the Emeriti/Retiree Relations Center (ERRC). Open to all UCLA retirees and emeriti. Sign up now.

Starting a New Interest Group

Want to start a new group? There is always room for more and the possibilities are endless: photography, movies, chess, social happy hour, golf and much more. Starting a group is easy. Just follow the instructions in the UCLARA Interest Group Start-up Guide

Questions about existing groups or about starting a group? Email Maggie McGinley, UCLARA Interest Groups chair. Include your name, contact information and details about an interest group you would like to see formed.

Email the Retirees Association at UCLARA@ucla.edu

Or phone the UCLA Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center at 310-825-7456

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