CHATHAM-HARWICH NEWCOMERS CLUB 

 

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To sign up for Club Activities: 1. Go to your Profile Page,  2. Click "Edit Profile"  3. Scroll down and check off the activity boxes of interest,  3. Click "Save".  Note there are three activities that require a second step to participate: Mah Jongg, Book Groups-Women, and Men's Cooking.  Refer to those pages below  for details.  

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MAH JONGG - LEADER: Paula Sweeney
Plan to play Mah Jongg once a month at the Harwich Community Center  

SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES: 9/13, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13, 1/17, 2/14, 3/13, 4/17, & 5/15. 

Walk in and play anytime between 12:00-3:00.  No lessons will be given. If interested in learning to play, come  watch and see what Mah Jongg is about.


ANYTHING BUT BRIDGE - LEADERS: Janet and Richard Kaiser
Small groups of participants play a variety of board and card games.  "Anything But bridge" Game Night is held on the FIRST THURSDAY  of each month, October through June at the Harwich Community Center. Remember some of the games you played with your parents?  Social time follows the activity. 
  
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 Biking Fall 2019 - LEADERS: Dave & Carol Legendre, Bob & Barbra Piantedosi, Brian & Patty Paradee, Charlie Walkley  

The biking group consists of men and women of all ages and biking skills. We generally ride on Monday mornings from 10 to noon. Post ride lunch is a popular option. We go on casual bike rides throughout the Cape and  beyond.  Once a month we may schedule an extra credit ride which usually involves off Cape travel and a longer  time commitment. We also conduct monthly "Howl  At The Moon" rides which take place during the full moon along the Cape Cod Canal.  Weekly pre-ride announcements will inform riders of meeting point, distance and degree of difficulty of each ride.  Participants are required to wear bike helmets and have bikes in good working condition. 

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 BOOK GROUPS - WOMEN - LEADER: Mary Ann Harward, Deborah Goldberg 
Hello Ladies.   If you are interested in joining a new Women's  book club, you are cordially invited to attend our annual organizational meeting scheduled on Thursday, September  20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room  4 at the Harwich Community Center.    At this meeting we will organize and form new book club groups. Attending this meeting is not mandatory but is highly recommended.   You will be able  to participate in selecting the day and time of a book club most convenient for you.  Availability of a book club  after the organizational meeting may be limited.  If you cannot attend, please contact me.  I will assist you in joining one of the already formed book groups.

Book groups are generally composed of five to ten members and group meeting  times, places and book choices are flexible and are decided by the members of the individual groups.   Most groups meet monthly to discuss their current book title and share their impressions of the story and the writing.  This common love of reading and the many perspectives, reactions and experiences that members share with one another often lead to wonderful friendships - all within a relaxed atmosphere.   It has been said that opening a book can take you to another world;  joining  a book group can provide you with laughter and company on the journey!

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 BOOK CLUB - MEN  - LEADER: Harold Gabriel
If you enjoy reading books of many flavors, but also seek the opportunity to review and exchange thoughts and ideas that relate to the book's content and author’s intent,  please join us.  We are a small group of eight to ten   men.  We spend a good part of every meeting discussing what is going on in our lives, what is going on around us and our personal experiences.  It is a good way to  get to know a small group of men better.  Please sign up and enjoy the mental stimulation. 


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 BOWLING - LEADERS: Sue and Norm Carpenter, Kay Benaroch, Carol Legendre 
Bowling starts September 25 and continues through May.  We meet every Tuesday Evening at 5:30 at the Orleans Bowling Alley.  We usually bowl two strings.  Bowlers of every ability are welcome.  Following Bowling you can choose from four or five restaurants to go out to dinner.  Bowling is a great way to meet new people and establish new contacts. Arrive by 5:15 to check in and pay for bowling and shoes.

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 MEN'S COOKING - LEADER: Charlie Moeder

We have six groups of men gathering once per month to enjoy an evening meal at a rotating host home to participate in comradery, good food and friendly discussion.  Men's cooking is not intended to be a gourmet or wine tasting group.  The host cooks the entrée and remaining members prepare other parts of the meal (appetizers, side dishes, salads and desserts.)  The host is also responsible for coordinating beverages (wine, soft drinks, coffee, etc.) that the group prefers.  The monthly dinner schedule is determined by each group which typically has six to eight members.  Sign-ups for the full season are in September and require a commitment to be a reasonably frequent attendee.

To join in on the fun please do two things:

1. Go to your Profile Page and click "Edit Profile". Scroll down and check off the box for Men's Cooking, then be sure to click "Save" to record your update.


2. Contact club leader: Charlie Moeder by email at Chasmoeder@moeder.name to be added to a group.

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 CORN HOLE TOSS - LEADERS: Carol and Dave Legendre
Cornhole is a bag toss game played by both men and women  on Monday afternoon from 3-5 PM. No special skills required.   Come and have fun. Weather permitting, we play at Brooks Park in Harwich,  During the winter months play is at the Harwich  Community Center. The group usually dines out after play at a local restaurant.

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 CROSS COUNTRY SKIING - LEADER: Don Kolp 
There is snow on the golf course, bike trails or beaches, these hardy souls push off in delight.  Watch your email for announcement of time and location.


 FINE DINING - LEADERS: Margaret Tompsett, Mike Tompsett, Connie Begley, Tom Begley

 There is the need, and it doesn't have to be a birthday or  anniversary, to experience some of the Cape’s fine

 restaurants. Locations are carefully chosen and prices  are prearranged to avoid surprises. Watch your email

 and announcements at the General Meetings for details.

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 FALL THEATER/DINNER - LEADER: Diane Karel
An Annual Club Special Event - This is a wonderful Fall Theater/Dinner event that starts with the Theater in the afternoon and Dinner in the evening.  We are most appreciative of Diane Karel's willingness to arrange this unique event. To attend you will need to register and pay through CHNC's event process. This event typically opens for registration in September - watch your email for the announcement. 
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 GOLF, MEN - LEADER: Joe Zahka 
Golfers meet at Seaside Links in Chatham on Tuesday and Thursday at Harwichport.  Tee time is 9:30 am in Spring and Fall and 8:30 am in the Summer.  Skill level is irrelevant.  Attitude and good golf jokes add to the enjoyment.

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 GOLF, WOMEN - LEADER -  Joanne Henry, Pam Cronin, Carolyn Murphy
The Women's Golf Group plays at the Chatham Seaside Links golf course on Wednesday mornings, April through October.  Tee time and updates are communicated through emails.  Occasional field trips may be offered to other Cape courses.  All levels of players are welcome. Keeping score is optional.

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 HIKING HIGHLIGHTS - LEADER: Mark McGrath
 Hiking Highlights will have six hikes in  both the spring and fall. The hikes will be somewhat easy with a distance of less than  three miles in 1.5 hours.  Most hikes will have  a theme with brief talks along the way. 

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 INDIVIDUAL MEMBER GROUP - LEADER: Susan Carpenter 

This is a group of like minded people (married, single, widowed, etc.,) who forge out on their own to do fun things! There are many reasons that people find themselves attending CHNC events and activities on their own; marital status is not relevant. The focus of this group is  on people getting to know others while having some fun. We meet three times over the first four months of the "CHNC" year (September to December) it's enriching to expand your social network and to come up with new ideas for some fun activities.  Join us!

Questions?   Contact Susan Carpenter at sjnacarpenter@hotmail.com

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 IN-HOME DINING - LEADERS: Karen Thompson, Charlie Moeder 
In-Home Dining allows Newcomers the opportunity to forge new friends in the relaxed setting of another member’s home. Hosting rotates among group members . Typically there is one hosting responsibility and three  other home visits. Members have responsibility for each  dinner. Dinners are in November, January, March  and May.   The schedule is set for the 2018-19 year.  So if you are joining after Oct 15 contact 
capekaren40@gmail.com and we will do our best to fit you in for the remainder of the year.

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FIBER ARTS - LEADER: Kate Mason  
The Group will meet Tuesday ‘s through August from 10:00 a.m.-noon on the second floor of the Chatham Community Center.
All experience levels are welcome, including those who would like to learn a new skill.
Fiber Arts include, but are not limited to: Knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, twining, weaving, cross stitching, embroidering, rug hooking, locker hooking, crewel, tablet weaving, lace making, and appliqué.
All Participants must provide their own materials.

        
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MORNING GLORIES - women's breakfast group

 LEADERS - Anne Briggs & Denise McClung 

      Join our women’s breakfast group for lively discussions, sharing, fellowship, and yummy goodies! 

   Once a month a limited number (based on space) of women will meet at a determined location.  Participation will be on a first                 response basis for each month’s reservation/invitation.   Each monthly participant will be responsible for their own bill,                       taxes and tip.  Confirmation of participation will be sent to the first respondents filling the limited spaces each month.  Carpooling will be encouraged due to the amount of parking spaces at various restaurants.  

                                                                     We look forward to a fun and rewarding year!


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 MOVIE NIGHT  - LEADER: Susan Dennen  
Lights, Camera Action. Join us for a movie and dinner. Sign up for this activity and we will send you an email with details of Movie Nights a week in advance.     
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 PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP - LEADER: Mark Dennen 

This is a group for all levels of photographers - from using your SmartPhone to full-frame DSLR.  A combination of strolling and photography -  Once a month (or so) we get together at a Cape Cod location to capture the beauty of this area on a digital format.  Members will take turns planning and leading these strolls.   Every other month (or so) we get together inside to share our work and watch a Master Photographer video.

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 POKER - LEADERS  TBD
 Newcomers poker for men and women———for those who  want to learn and others who already know how to play….let us know your interest….are you looking for a weekly or monthly  game……we are open to your thoughts……..poker hands….highest to lowest…..royal flush; straight flush; four of a kind; full house; flush; straight; three of a kind; two pair; pair; high card
       

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 WINTER CAPE HIKES - LEADERS - Pat Sarantis, Bob Sarantis We are fortunate to have Pat Sarantis lead us on most of our Winter Hikes.  Pat is an  experienced and knowledgeable hiker.  Winter Hikes offer members the opportunity to get outdoors in the cold weather, breathe fresh air, get some exercise and visit fascinating Cape landscapes.  Our destinations can be anywhere between Sandwich or Mashpee to Provincetown.  The hikes last 2 hours  and cover approximately 4 to 5 miles.  The pace is moderate to moderate-brisk on wooded paths, sand roads and beaches. 

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 WOMEN'S FASHION FROLICS - LEADERS - Janine Scott; Mary Brunelle; Kim Breen; Susan Hollis, Judi Clifford
Join the Fashion Frolickers and spend the day with like-minded Fashionably-Fixated-Females as we frolic here or there. Every frolic will be fashion focused, but there will be lots of variety. We may visit a museum that’s hosting a fashion exhibit, we may shop-hop in an area on or off-cape, or.... Lunch will be involved along the way or at the end of every frolic. We may picnic or we may gather at a restaurant (a prize will be awarded for the best bargain purchase at the end of a shop-hop!). Carpools will leave from exit 10 or a bus may be chartered for the group. No experience required, because we can convert anyone into a Lover of Fashion!

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 WOMEN'S GOURMET - LEADERS - Ellen Andrews, Donna Coveney, Susan Chorey, Deborah Giso, Deb Jenkins, Marylou Macaluso, Celeste Mahoney, Diane Pereira, Anne O'Brien
Join us as we experience a road trip one bite at a time with WOMEN'S GOURMET.   Live, laugh and learn with new friends and old as we travel the roads of Cape Cod and beyond.  We will visit a variety of restaurants, shops and tour historical and cultural sights.   As Julia Child said, "People who love to eat are always the best people." 

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 WOODWORKERS - LEADER - Steve Patzman This group is open to both women and men. The purpose of The group is to learn new woodworking skills from each other and to design and build needed  wood items for civic organizations and selected non-profits. The group is fortunate to have very skilled individuals who have facilitated a number of  wonderful projects. No tools required.     

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 KAYAKING - LEADER: Bob Ralls

One day each week in the summer we paddle our kayaks on a planned route through the beautiful rivers, bays, and ponds of Cape Cod.  Trips are usually two to three hours long at a moderate pace, often with a lunch/swim break on a beach part-way through.  On many trips we pass through conservation areas with a variety of birds and wildlife.  If you are just starting out we can help you get equipped.  Come join us for fun in the sun, and you might even forget that you are also getting some exercise!

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 PING PONG - LEADER: Arun Taneja

Call it ping pong or call it table tennis, come join us. The group will meet every Thursday from 10AM to 12 Noon, at the Harwich Community Center.  Edit your profile and check off the “Ping Pong” box (click Save) to sign up. Contact Arun if you have questions (arun.taneja@tanejagroup.com).

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
 CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP - LEADER - Cynthia Taft Bayerl 

To join (or quit) this group, please email: currentevents23@gmail.com 

This group welcomes all viewpoints no matter your political affiliation. Discussions are held in a respectful atmosphere of a non-partisanship discussion of current events. This year we will try a mix of themes and their impact on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the NE region, our nation and internationally. Topics could include local (ex: waste and drinking water, affordable housing, affordable and accessible food, environment, impact of national policies and funding on Cape Cods healthcare including mental health and substance abuse services); state (opioid crisis, education, condition of roads); and national issues (ex: environment, health care, Medicaid and Medicare, immigration, and voting rights) and international (ex: food and water quality, healthcare, voting rights, nuclear powers).

To empower the group, we would like discussion group members to consider stepping up to co-chair one meeting. We welcome suggested topics and ask that all members contribute a question per topic, so that we have a nice mix of your interests. The group will develop a topic for each month’s agenda prior to each meeting.

Meetings: are held the THIRD Thursday of the month

Click here to see the schedule and list of topics:  Current Events Topics

Location: Eldredge Library in Chatham (lower conference room) from 2:00-4:00 PM


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 Curling
The Charles Moore Ice Arena in Orleans is introducing Curling, the hottest winter Olympic sport,  to the Lower Cape starting the week of September 24th. Instructional clinics are being offered with opportunity to join league play starting Oct 21st. Curlers stay active on the ice well into their nineties as the sport has adapted the delivery of the stone to a standing position for those who cannot bend down.  Contact the Lower Cape Curling Club of Charles Moore Arena in Orleans to get involved 508-680-6592.

 TAI CHI - LEADER -  Gerry McDowell 
First Class is on Thursday, September 27th beginning 11:00am
T'ai-chi ch'uan is a centuries old Chinese martial art exercise, today practiced largely because the movements enhance the flow of intrinsic energy or ch'i, which the Chinese believe maintains good health.  From October through June, class meets on Thursdays at the Chatham Community Center at 11:00 am.  Class is 45 minutes long and there is no charge.  During July and August class meets on Tuesdays at 8:00 am in Chatham's Chase Park (lower section). If you want to participate, simply show up before one of the sessions and enroll.

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 SENIOR SOFTBALL - Cape Cod Senior Softball League 
Anyone age 50 or older is eligible to apply and to play in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.  Go to www.capecodseniorsoftball.com > new player information to view details and to apply online. 

Questions can be directed to:  Terry Moran Phone: 508-951-0802  Email: terrymoran71@comcast.net

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 SENIOR VOLLEYBALL
Harwich Rec Volleyball League for Seniors 55+.  Games are every Tuesday and Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Harwich Community Center.  Players must have intermediate volleyball skills with the ability to perform underhand serves, pass, and keep the ball in play. Rules are more relaxed to accommodate the reality of senior skill levels and games are played with the “one bounce” rule, allowing the ball to bounce once on each side during play.  Contact Ray Sacramone 508-432-4718 or rkftd@comcast.net to join (or quit).

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