Interest Groups

Interest Group Overview

 A complete, detailed listing of each activity and committee chairperson can be found in our Membership Directory and monthy newsletter.

Book Clubs

Newcomers offers two book clubs, one meets in the afternoon, the other in the evening at a members's home.  One book is selected each month to be discussed at the following meeting. Participate in lively, fun and interesting discussions.


Canasta is a card game using two decks of cards played with 8 to 12 players. There are currently two canasta groups to choose from: the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm; or the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am.  Both groups assemble at a member’s home.  Reservations are required.


There's no lack of conversation among our coffee drinkers who gather on the third Thursday of each month at 10:00am. This group travels to different local coffee spots and offers a wonderful opportunity for new and prospective members to make friends and discover more about the club.

Girls Night Out

This is a popular event open to all members who simply want to go out, eat, and enjoy a drink and some fun.  Don't stay in and be lonely when you could join us instead!

Guys & Dolls Happy Hour

This group is one where husbands are happy to be included.  Join us at a different local establishment each month on the first Thursday at 5:00 for appetizers and drinks of your choice along with friendly converation.

Hand & Foot

Hand and foot is a card game similar to Canasta.  It is not hard to learn and we have a lot of fun.  Partners are not necessary but is more fun if you have one.  Reservations are required.  We often meet at the Food Court in Columbia Mall and on occasion in someone's home.

Happy Hour Wine Tasting

Although this group mainly consists of women, men are certainly invited to attend.  This group meets the fourth Thursday at 4:00 PM every other month.  If attending, please bring a beverage of choice (wine, etc) and an appetizer or dessert.  Enjoy friendly conversation and get to know other members.  This group meets in members' homes.

Needle Talk

Knitters, crocheters, and all those interested in any type of needlework meet at Hy-Vee on Nifong every Tuesday from 9 until noon.

Lunch Bunch

Getting together with friends is always fun... but it is always better when there's food! Join the Lunch Bunch at 11:30am on the third Wednesday of each month. This informal group selects a different location each month. R.S.V.P.'s are appreciated.

Movie Fans

Join other local movie fans as you take in a new blockbuster. Members often visit a local restaurant prior to the movie. Members meet in the early afternoon on the first Wednesday of the month. Shows are usually at Hollywood or Forum Theater.

Monthly Luncheon Meetings

This is the central focus of our Columbia Newcomers & Neighbors Club - our regular monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month - where we can invite and make welcome individuals who are new to our community as well as our neighbors and established members.  It is an opportunity to visit different restaurants and enjoy brief programs on a wide variety of topics.  Reservations are usually necessary to assure smooth service.


The Metropolitan Opera Simulcast offers operas on Saturday afternoons in the winter and spring months.  This group meets to view and discuss the production.  A wonderful opportunity for opera lovers and those new to opera.


Scrabble is a board game.  This group meets in a member's home so reservations are required.  Come and have some fun with words.  It meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am.


As the name implies, this refers to special events and outings planning sporadically.  Watch the newsletter for announcements of day trips or local tours that you might find entertaining.

Walking Group

This is a group for people that enjoy being outdoors. Walking is excellent exercise - as your doctor has probably already told you! Join the Walking Group each Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am. Explore the famous MKT Nature and Fitness Trail. Meet at the lower parking lot off of Forum Blvd. Friendly canines are also welcome.

Wine Tasting
Who doesn't enjoy a party with friends? This is truly less about tasting and more about sharing the wine each guest brings along with sweet or savory finger foods - and along with (what else?) friendly conversation. This group gets together in members' homes, usually on the last Friday evening of alternating months, and welcomes the fellows in our lives.

Don't See My Group

Is your favorite adventure, game or pastime missing? We welcome new ideas. If you have a special interest that is not listed, please contact us with your idea. We would love to discuss the possibility of starting a new group!