Newcomers & Friends

Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends Club

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Interested in meeting new people, getting involved in exciting activities, and supporting the mission of the YWCA? Whether you are a long time resident or new to the area, the Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends Club may be for you. With more than 180 members hailing from around the world, the Club welcomes women in many ways:

  • Monthly luncheons with interesting speakers (Fridays with Friends)
  • Monthly coffee groups (Social Coffees)
  • 30+ interest groups from hiking to book clubs and bridge — and everything in between
  • Summer picnic, holiday parties and much more!

The Newcomers & Friends Club is a great opportunity to meet new friends and share your interests with equally interesting women.

Lori Strauch-Grossman, President
Betty Dominick, Executive Co-Vice President
Paula Schlinger, Executive Co-Vice President
Cathy Rosen, Interest Groups Vice President
Louise Senior, Membership Vice President
Leslie Sullivan, General Communications
Linda Guida, Newsletter Co-Editor
Jaehyun Lee, Newsletter Co-Editor
Janet Perkins, Parliamentarian; Past President
Sarah Scanga, Recording Secretary
Patti Natale, Social Vice President
Ann Strootman, Treasurer

  • Fridays with Friends is held the second Friday of the month at the YWCA, Sept.-June, 12:00-2:00 pm. The meeting agenda includes welcoming new members, providing an overview and sign-up for monthly activities, and a guest speaker or activity. A light lunch is available for a nominal charge. Babes in arms are welcome at Friday with Friends
  • Social Coffees are held the third Thursday of the month, Sept. thru June, 9:30-11:00 am, in the cozy living room at Bramwell House.
  • Club Parties take place periodically and announced through the newsletter and listed on the org-wide calendar.

Interest Groups meet monthly or weekly and are the cornerstone of the Club. Our members determine our Interest Groups so if you think something is missing, start one!

Interest Group Meeting Time Brief Summary
Adventures in Dining 1st Saturday Evenings Explore some of the area’s finest and most historic restaurants such as Washington Crossing, Metro North, etc. Dutch Treat.
Books by Moonlight 4th Wednesday 7:30 PM Give your opinion at a relaxed evening book club, created especially for those who work during the day or prefer to meet in the evening.
Book Talk 3rd Tuesday 12:30 PM Read books and discuss them at member’s homes. Brown bag luncheon begins at 12 Noon, prior to discussion.
Brain Games Online Group Brain Games are an activity you can do any time that’s good for you! This is a group that does not require meetings, although we do meet seasonally for a Brain Games Happy Hour, Game Night or other event.
Breakfast Buddies By Arrangement Share restaurant outings on weekends with this family friendly group. Spouses and children welcome!
Bridge For all Levels- Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 2nd and 3rd Mondays Continuous learning at all level as we play throughout the year. This group is for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced players.
Bridge Round Robin By Arrangement This Bridge group is organized for the year in September.
East Meets West 2nd Monday 10:00 If you speak English as a second language, this special book club is for you! We read books aloud to improve English language skills, learn about American culture, and make friends.
Exploring Family History 4th Friday Begins at: 9:00 or 10:00 AM Explore your family history through genealogical research. This group visits local libraries to conduct research and shares tips and progress.
Favors Time Varies Sign up to do favors for other newcomers. Interest group chair will coordinate those in need with those who can help.
Global Insights 1st Monday, occasional Tuesday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Members share their knowledge of another country or part of the USA during monthly pot luck luncheons
Great Decisions 2nd & 4th Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM Discussions about materials developed and circulated by the American Foreign Policy Association. Group begins in January and space is limited.
Hatha Yoga Sunday TBD Hatha yoga practice led by a group member
Helping Hands Time Varies One project a month where we will perform some form of act of kindness whether it be working in a soup kitchen, food bank, animal shelter, senior citizen facility, school function, etc. Members will be encouraged to submit events in which we could be of help.
Hidden Treasures: New Jersey Cultural Activities Day/Time varies Explore the many wonderful theaters and museums throughout New Jersey
Hiking 1st Wednesday Hike 3-8 mile trails in NJ’s varied environments. Carpools arranged, and we BYO picnic or enjoy trailside restaurants.
Library Discoveries Tech Talk Online An on-line group where you can receive announcements about special library programs and get other interesting news from the Mercer County Library system
Mah Jongg 2nd and 4th Wednesdays Come learn and play the exciting game of Mah Jongg All levels welcome
Meditation Thursday Evenings TBD Enjoy a quiet evening of meditation with friends
Monday Walkers Mondays 8:00 or 9:00 Join us for a chat as we walk for exercise. Rain or shine- we walk inside when the weather is bad
Movie Mavens 1st Thursday Late morning/Afternoons Watch a movie in the late morning/ early afternoon. Lunch with good friends before or after the movies.
NYC and Beyond 3rd Wednesday Full Day This walking group travels via public transit and carpool to New York City or Philadelphia to explore neighborhoods together on foot, taking in sights, cultural institutions, and food.
Novel Discussions 2nd Thursday in October, November, March and April 7:00 p.m. This group will meet to discuss selected novels. We meet at Panera Bread. Arrive at 7:00 PM to have a bite to eat and socialize. Come at 7:30 PM to participate in our discussion.
Picnics in the Park Varies Enjoy an afternoon in the park with a pot luck picnic
Pins and Needles 2nd Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 PM Work on any needle project, from altering a pair of slacks to artistry with thread, beads, or fabric, in the congenial company of busy hands.
Pop-up Dinners With Chef Lydia Varies Sign up to receive invitations to join Chef Lydia for an evening of good food and company. Dates are spontaneous
Teen Talk 4th Wednesday 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Share concerns regarding teenaged children, talk about issues, and make suggestions.
Weekend Hikes By arrangement Enjoy an invigorating hike one weekend a month. Families are welcome
Wine Once In A While By Arrangement Saturday Evenings We meet about 5 times a year to sample wine selections in the comfort of members’ homes. Attendees bring appetizers to share and split the cost of the wine. For Couples and Singles.
Wise Women 1st & 3rd Fridays 1:00-3:00 PM Personal Growth and Sharing about mid-life issues

Register here. First select Princeton for site and then search “Newcomers