Newcomers frequently ask me where they can find new friends and a good place to start is the Columbia Newcomer’s Club. The Columbia Newcomer’s Club is open to both new residents and those who have lived in Columbia for many years. The group is comprised of about 150 women and a handful of brave men who attend a variety of interest groups. Most of the attendees at daytime events are fun people who are generally retired or stay-at-home spouses. The evening activities feature some of those same people, along with those from the working crowd.
Catch a film with the Movie Buffs, learn how to knit in Needle Talk, discover new forests with the Hiking Group or throw some cards at Bridge. Events that a bit more man-friendly include the Guys & Dolls Happy Hour and the Saturday evening wine tasting. Two of my favorite interest groups are the monthly luncheon and the walking group – I figure they sort of counter-balance each other!
The monthly luncheon always falls on the second Thursday of the month. About 40 ladies gather for a great meal and a presentation by a local expert. The next monthly luncheon will be on October 13 at Jack’s Gourmet and features a librarian with the Columbia Public Library, talking about new good reads. Cost for the luncheon is $12.
The walking group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the MKT trailhead off of Forum Drive (katy-corner to Wilson’s Fitness South). Between two and ten of us head out of the parking lot at 8am sharp, walking and chatting as fast as our feet will take us, before we loop back to the parking lot at 9am. Come join us!