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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.

While some groups are still on hiatus, many have resumed in-person meetings 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 on UCLA campus. Open to new members. Fourth Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. Email Sheila Mann

Thousand Oaks Book Club - meeting in person, open to new members. Second Thursdays, 10 a.m. Email Diane McCaustland

San Fernando Retiree 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, open to new members. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., Canoga Park. Email Karen Fond

Scrabble: Intermediate - Meeting in person at the Faculty Club. First Thursdays, 1:15 p.m., UCLA. Email Kathleen Olson

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Hiking Group - Hikes are mostly in the LA area, with a varied schedule. See announcements for upcoming hikes in the bimonthly ERRC newsletter and email announcements. Participants are required to register for each hike through the link provided in the announcement. The hike registration link is also available on the home page of the Retirees' website at  



Cooking Class - On hiatus. Videos are available on the Cooking Group page. 

Stage curtainsPlay Reading 

Play Reading Group - open to new members as readers or "audience." Meeting via Zoom, hopes to move back to in-person meetings at the Faculty Club in April. Email Rochelle Caballero  and tell her you saw this UCLARA website notice. 

Upcoming Plays:

March 9, Master Class by David Pownall

April 13, My Cousin Rachel by Diana Morgan (from the novel by Daphne du Maurier)

Plays subject to change. 

Trip planning with maps, brochuresTravel

Travel Adventures Group. Planning for group trips (cruises, train trips, wineries,  etc.) in 2023 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

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

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