Interest Groups

Our Branch’s interest groups reflect AAUW’s commitment to lifelong learning. They encourage ongoing intellectual growth and long-lasting friendships.  Contact  the group’s coordinator to join a group or for more information. For current meeting information, refer to the Ashland AAUW Vision newsletter. Interest Group Chair: Sylvie Whitman

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on in-person meetings, many groups have chosen to suspend meeting for the foreseeable future, are meeting by Zoom, or in small groups as permitted by public health guidelines. Some groups are currently full due to size limitations and are not accepting additional members.

 Book Groups

Brain Books: Discuss books on the human brain and mind written for a general audience. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Ashland Library; open to public. Currently meeting via Zoom, 4th Tuesday, 1:30–3:30 pm. Sandra Coyner

Daytime Fiction: Meet in members’ homes to discuss books chosen by the group. 3rd Wednesday, 1 pm. Colleen Patrick-Riley

Monday Evening Books: Meet in members’ homes to discuss books chosen by the group. 2nd Monday, 7 pm. Shannon Stuver


Day Nonfiction: Read and discuss fascinating books on historical or current topics at the homes of members. 1st Wednesday, 1 pm. Linda Lipkind

Evening Nonfiction: Meet to read a variety of well-written works of nonfiction on a diverse range of subjects, both contemporary and historical. 3rd Wednesday, 7 pm. Ellen Fowler

Thursday Evening Mystery: Mystery lovers welcome. 2nd Thursday, 7 pm. Esther Stone

 Music and Play Lovers

Musicals: Watch videos of classic musicals and share appetizers and wine at home of Ed Perkins. 3rd Monday, 4:30 pm. Diane Novak

Opera: Watch an opera on DVD and enjoy refreshments and wine at home of Ed Perkins. 1st Tuesday, 4 pm. Nancy Kramarenko

Play Reading: Members read aloud OSF 2018 season plays (non-Shakespeare) and other choices. Focus is on theater and social gathering. 4th Friday, 4 pm. Annette Lewis

Shakespeare at OSF:  2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12:30pm.  Peggy Audibert

 Dining, Games, Knitting, and Genealogy

Potluck Dinners: A great opportunity to meet other members for a casual  dinner. Meets 4–6 times a year. Elaine Sweet.

Board Games: The hostess chooses the game(s). We play Scrabble most frequently, but other games have included Fact or Crap, Upwords, Taboo, Pit, Dixit, Cranium. 4th Wednesday, 7–9 pm, at members’ homes. Sylvie Whitman 

Genealogy: Explore family history and share with other members. 4th Thursday, Jackson County Genealogy Library, 1–3 pm. Linda Lipkind

Knitters & Stitchers: Work on knitting or other stitchery projects and share ideas. Knitters and stitchers of all levels are invited to participate, and instruction and help are always available if needed. 2nd Thursday, 1 pm. Peggy Audibert