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There is no shortage of resident-run activity groups and social clubs at Covenant Woods. You’ll find dozens of often creatively named groups to join: the Billiards Bunch (pool sharks), the Creeky Crooners (chorus), the Pencil Pushers (adult coloring), and the Knit Wits (knitting) or Sew-N-Sews (sewing). Or start your own club (and give it a fun name).
And if you enjoy a good party, you’ll have plenty to choose from – residents throw them all the time.
Apple Answers- This group focuses on using Apple products, for example iPhones and iPads. This support group will cover “Tips and Tricks” and functions. Attendees’ are encouraged to bring their devices and questions will drive the learning. This group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM in the Treetops.
Billiards- This group meets on Fridays at 1:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Billiard Room. No sign up required (The Manor).
BINGO- This gathering is open to all and is played on the last Saturday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor). There are donated prizes for winners.
Book Discussion Group- Share your interest in literature and participate in a facilitated book discussion on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM in Centerpointe Club Room (The Manor). Books are available on loan from the Pamunkey Regional Library.
Canasta- Come to learn and play Canasta on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM or on Saturdays at 1:30-3:30 PM in Treetops (3rd Floor, The Lodge). It’s suggested to call ahead to ensure that they have room for more players.
Choral Group- Make a joyful noise with the resident choral group. Tuesdays at 2:00 PM September – May in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor).
Clothing Repair Workshop- The Clothing Repair group offers a clothing workshop for folks needing minor repairs. The workshops are the 1st Friday of each month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Creative Arts Studio.
The Cloud Crowd- Join in conversations about personal computer use, technology current events and issues, and using your technology devices for greater enjoyment. Group meets the first Thursday each month at 3:15 PM in Tree Tops.
Computer Cadre’- This group assists other residents with computer and printer problems. If you’re able to share your technical experience with others, one-on-one, to resolve issues with Windows or Mac computers, printers, tablets, network connections, and phones, please join the Cadre’. You do not need to be an expert to volunteer with the Cadre’. This group meets only as needed.
Creaky Crooners (Men’s Glee Club)- All men who like to sing are invited to join the group every Saturday at 11:00 AM in the Commons. We will be singing familiar songs.
Duplicate Bridge- Instruction and friendly partners await you. This group meets on Thursdays from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM in The Commons. Call Richard Haas first to ensure that they have room for more players.
Friday Night Movie- Enjoy popcorn and a feature film on Fridays at 7:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor). Movie listings are located in the back inside cover of Connections.
Game Night- Bring a friend and your own game or play one of ours. Game Night is every Thursdays
from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor). Light Refreshments served.
Golf Interest Group- Join others to play local courses on Wednesdays or go to the driving range. Participants provide their own transportation and pay own greens fees.
Great Decisions- Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Our group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 AM -12 PM in The Commons from January through June (with July and August off) and concludes in September and October. The top eight timely challenges to U.S. foreign policy will be discussed using a briefing book and video prepared by the Foreign Policy Association and class materials prepared by the resident contacts. Sessions will be highlighted by guest speakers with expertise in the specific policy area from area colleges and universities. After an organizational meeting in September announcing the topics for the year, enrollment (with class fee) closes October 30.
Half Soles – Get your walking shoes ready for a nice walk around campus. This group meets at the Manor Lobby at 9:00 AM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. They walk around campus and if the weather is bad, they sometimes even walk the halls at Covenant Woods.
Hand & Foot- Come play this canasta-style card game with your neighbors. This group meets every Wednesday at 1:30 PM in The Commons. It’s suggested to call Jill Wallof before joining the group.
History Study Group- Share your interest in history with other residents. Guest speakers will facilitate discussions on historical topics, military history and more on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM in The Commons and on Channel 971.
Holey Soles (Walking Group)- Tie on your walking shoes and join in on destination walking treks. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9:00 AM, departs from The Manor lobby. Monthly excursions are posted on the mail room bulletin boards. Transportation is on your own or with a group.
Hoop Golf – Try your skills at using a golf club to hit a wiffle ball into a hula hoop “hole.” If you have clubs, please bring them. Clubs can be furnished if you do not have your own. The 9-hoop “hole” course will be set up on the grass near the bocce ball courts on Tuesdays at 9:15AM.
Knit Wits (Knitting & Hand-craft Group)- Bring your knitting and hand-craft projects and join in great conversation. Mondays at 10:00 AM in Centerpointe Club Room (The Manor).
Living Out Loud- This group is designed to give all women who are interested in an opportunity to discuss how we are feeling and how we are working to find solutions to the feelings of isolation and sadness. This interest group has multiple small groups of residents that meet on different days and time each week. These dates and time slots include every Monday at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM in Treetops and every Tuesday at 9AM and 10AM in Treetops. Please make sure to contact the resident leader to sign up before attending a time slot.
Mahjong- Join others to play western rules Chinese tile game. This group meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. Group meets in Treetops.
Men’s Second Half Group (Christian Mens’ Fellowship)- This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9:00 AM in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor).
Open Studio (Painting Group)- Enjoy painting weekly in natural light with other artists. Painters provide own supplies. This group meets on Mondays at 1:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (The Manor).
Party Bridge- Social and party bridge groups meet at various times and locations on campus. Party Bridge meets the 1st and 3rd Monday at 1:00 PM in the Club Room at Centerpointe (The Manor). Contact Ann Sydnor to get on the sub list or for names to form a new table.
Pencil Pushers (Adult Coloring)- Coloring is not just for kids. Enjoy an afternoon of creativity and conversation every Friday at 1:00 PM in Tree Tops (3rd floor, The Lodge). Supplies are provided until you acquire your own.
Pickleball- No experience needed for this paddle and ball fitness activity. All skill levels are invited to play at Shady Grove UMC, Wednesdays 9:30 AM-11:30 AM. Participants provide their own transportation and equipment.
Pottery Interest Group- This interest group meets in the Pottery Studio at a variety of times/dates. Look in the Connections to see if the group has any upcoming classes. This group is for residents that have taken at least one pottery class.
“Seek & Find” (Women’s Bible Study)- All women are welcome to participate in this Christian Women’s Bible study group as we explore our faith through facilitated discussions. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 1:30 PM in The Club Room. Curriculum fees apply and vary depending on the study. Group meets September – May.
Sew & Sews (Quilting Group)- Many hands make light work. This group gathers to make quilts for area hospitals and outreach ministries. Fridays at 10:00 AM in the Craft Room. On the first Friday of every month this group offers help with clothing mending. (The Manor—Lower Level).
Streaming Using Roku – This group meets to learn more about Roku functions. They discuss which apps are free and which are by subscriptions. Members are encouraged to bring questions. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM in the Treetops.
Temari- This group meets every Tuesday at 12:30 PM in Treetops. This group is for residents that have a base knowledge of making Temari balls.
Watercolor Class- Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Wednesdays, 10:00 AM—12:00 PM, from September-May in the Craft Room (The Manor- Lower Level).
“If you can’t find some way to keep yourself busy here, you’ve got a problem.”
Robert S., resident
Take a walk with the Holey Soles, dine with ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out), or visit one of many community clubs. Residents would love to get to know you.