Join an Interest Group and enjoy the friendship and activities that it provides. All groups are open to both UW Faculty Auxiliary and UW Retirement Association members.  For more  information  about any of these groups please contact the Interest Group Chair.

  • ANTIQUES: We invite guest speakers to members' homes or go out on excursions. We welcome new members interested in collectibles. 4th Wednesday, 10:30 am

  • BOOK DISCUSSION The group selects both fiction and non-fiction books that have some depth. After background research a volunteer reviewer opens the group's discussion. 3rd Monday, 9:30 am

  • BOOK DISCUSSION,  COUPLES : Meets for book discussion and a light dinner about every two months. We read fiction and nonfiction and rotate book selection and leading the discussion. Sunday, 6:00-9:00 pm

  • BRIDGE, Evening: Meeting in members' homes, the group plays low key social duplicate bridge , similar to party bridge. 2nd Friday, 7:30 pm

  • BRIDGE, DAY DUPLICATE: We meet at the Inglewood Country Club for social duplicate bridge and lunch. 1st Wednesday, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE, FRENCH:  Meets twice a month for French conversation and lunch. Discussion centers on French newspaper articles and topics of general interest. Monday, 12:30 pm

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE, GERMAN: The German-speaking group talks about everything and meets in members' homes. 3rd Thursday, 2:30 pm

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE, ITALIAN: The Italian group talks on topics of general interest that range widely with speaking, reading and sometimes writing, always in Italian. 2nd Tuesday, 3:30
  • GALLERY GOERS: We go to galleries or museums with a docent or audio guide. Before or after the tour we have lunch in a nearby restaurant. 4th Wednesday,

  • GOURMET - DAYTIME:  Gourmet cooks enjoy small lunches in members' homes. There are usually two cooks per meal. 3rd Tuesday , 12:30 pm

  • HIKING:  TUESDAY TREKKERS:  We've been out walking, hiking and cross-country skiing on a weekly basis since 1971. Hikes are 5-10 miles, in the mountains or closer to Seattle, depending on the weather. Tuesday, year around

  • INTERNATIONAL DINING:  Group meets in restaurants and homes for good food and conversation.  1st Sunday evening

  • INTERNATIONAL LIVING AND SHARING:  Different aspects of cultures are shared, focusing on a particular subject (e.g., Japanese calligraphy), experience (living / travel in a country), or just socializing. 2nd Thursday, 1:30 pm

  • Opera and More - To be Arranged
  • RECORDER PLAYING: Beginning to intermediate players. A good chance to play with others who haven't practiced a lot but want some motivation to do so. 2nd Tuesday, 1 pm
  • SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Members are Scandinavians living or visiting in Seattle. The group visits places of interest, lunches at fine restaurants, or meets at members' homes. 2nd Wednesday, 11 am
  • SEATTLE-SEATTLE:  The group takes interesting and educational outings in Seattle and throughout the region. Great for newcomers and those who want to learn about the area. 3rd Wednesday, 9 am

  • SKIING: CROSS COUNTRY :   During the winter season the group goes by car to Stevens Pass or Snoqualmie. We go for the day and take packed lunches. Tuesday (seasonal)

  • STITCHERY: The group meets in members' homes. We knit, do needle point, and other stitchery projects while enjoying each other's company. 4th Tuesday, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • NORTHEND STITCHERY:  Members do various types of stitchery, including cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, quilting, garment making and mending. We meet in members' homes. 1st Thursday, 10 am

  • THEATER BUFFS:  Meets in members' homes to hear reviews and discuss local productions. Hosting and reviewing rotate. 2nd Thursday, 10 am

  • VIDEO MOVIE AND DISCUSSION: See a movie on video following dinner at the University of Washington Club and then join a discussion of the film. TBA
  • VISITING FACULTY HOUSING SERVICE: Members staff service that assists new and visiting UW faculty with housing needs. Donations by users provide major funding for UWFA scholarships. Weekdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm


  • BIRDING:  Half or full day field trips to local and more distant areas, by car or charter bus.  A few of us are accomplished birders, but most are learners. 3rd Thursday, TBA

  • BOOK REVIEW: A member review a current, best-selling book, followed bydiscussion, questions and answers to bring more understanding of the book. Refreshments. 2nd Friday, 1:30 pm

  • BRIDGE: We meet at the University of Washington Club to play contract bridge. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and there is a range of playing levels among participants. 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm.

  • COMPUTER CLUB: This interest group is for hose who want to consider, discuss and get help with home computers. In addition to presentations, we are used as a drop-in computer help center. We meet at the University House in Wallingford where we have internet access. Program updates come by email via UWRA's e-digest.

  • FIRST THURSDAY TALKS: Socialize over coffee and cookies, then hear  a guest speaker on contemporary social issues. Meetings are at the University House in Wallingford. Free underground parking available. Call UWRA office for upcoming program. (206-543-8600)

  • NOVICE GENEALOGY GROUP:  This group is transitioning to new leadership Fall 2011. Share your interests, questions and fun of discovery in researching your family ancestors.

  • HI-LITES GARDEN CLUB: Participants bring lunches; hostess provides dessert. The program after lunch features a speaker and/or a slide presentation on gardens or gardening. 1st Tuesday, 12 pm

  • TRAVELOGUE SERIES: Meets in the University of Washington Club for easy armchair traveling. Speakers present an hour-long slide show and share their travel adventures from around the world.  Themed dinners at 5:45 pm option by reservation, at clost. UW Club members contact UW Club: others dine through arrangement with member friends. 3rd Wednesday, 7:15 pm

  • WALKING: NORTH SEATTLE: An ideal way to meet new people or renew old acquaintances. We walk (not stroll) a three mile loop along Lake Washington for about one hour. Every Wednesday, 9 am