As promised, the Connections Movie Night group will be getting together to go see "Brokeback Mountain" now that it has finally come to town. If you'd like to join us for the matinee next Sun. Jan. 15th, please see details below.
Also, there are a number of other small groups gathering this week and next, I hope you'll consider checking one or more out this month. Newcomers are welcome to all groups anytime so why not make it a New Year's resolution to set aside that fear of venturing out alone...and come join us this month, we look forward to meeting you!
JANUARY CONNECTIONS GATHERINGS
All groups are always open to new members.
NEW GROUP! Restaurant Tour, Tues. Jan. 10, 7pm
Cafe Z, 1705 S. First Ave., Iowa City
Come check out a new restaurant each month, beginning with Cafe Z near Sycamore
Mall. For more info: Contact Steph at stephenie.hogan@... or (319)
NEW GROUP! Business Lunch Bunch, Wed. Jan. 11, 11:30am-1pm
The Cottage Bakery and Cafe, 14 S. Linn St., Iowa City
The new “lunch bunch” for business folks kicks off a new year. Order from the
line and join others in the upstairs meeting room. RSVPs are encouraged, but not
required. To RSVP or for more info: Contact Mark at masigns@... or (319)
Updated! BONUS 'Movie Night' Gathering, Sun. Jan. 15, 2:45pm
The Connections Movie Night group will be heading to the 3:10pm showing of "Brokeback Mountain" next Sun. Jan. 15th. If you'd like to join us, please meet Karen (look for a redhead with a purple scarf) and others at 2:45pm that afternoon outside the box office for the Sycamore 12 Theater, 670 Sycamore St., Iowa City. If you need a ride or would like more info, please contact Karen at 319-530-5731 or karen-haslett@...
Updated! Spiritual Seekers, Sun. Jan. 15, 7-8:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., Iowa City
This meeting will be a special session open to ALL Connections' members interested in serving the broader Iowa City area community. At the Sun. Jan 15th meeting, we'll receive training required to become volunteers in the homeless overflow shelter sites. Then we'll sign up to serve for an overnight shift in one of the church locations, providing transportation, assistance and overnight supervision. For more info: Contact John at john-harper@...
or (319) 351-9263.
NEW GROUP! Outdoor Recreation and Nature Group, Tues. Jan. 17, 5:30pm
For anyone interested in the outdoors, all experience levels welcome. This
organizational meeting will address ideas for future camping, backpacking, canoe
or kayak trips, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, bird watching and things
of that nature. The group also may schedule evening talks on environmental
awareness, field biology, etc. For more info and meeting location, please
contact Sandra at Sandra9359@....
Third Tuesday Night Out, Tues. Jan. 17, 7 pm
Men’s night at Donnelly’s Pub (non-smoking), 110 E. College St., Iowa City
Women’s night at Devotay, 117 N. Linn St., Iowa City
Connections’ casual evening of food, drinks and fun, held every third Tuesday of
the month. Feel free to attend the gathering of your choice. For more info:
Contact Carlton Blackburn at carltonbburn@... or (319) 341-0195.
NEW GROUP! Chess Players, Wed. Jan. 18, 6:30pm
The Java House, 211 E. Washington St., Iowa City
Like to play chess? Here’s a new opportunity to join others who do.
For more info: Contact Scott at sstreff@...
or (319) 351-9309.
Connections Cards and Games, Thurs. Jan. 19, 6 pm
Old Capitol Public House and Brew Works, 525 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
Another evening of fun, games provided. If you’ve got a favorite selection, feel
free to bring it along. For more info: Contact Rory at rory_brown@... or
Connections Movie Night, Sat. Jan. 21, 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
On Sat. Jan. 21st, we'll gather for our regular 'movie night' back at the “Green Room” at First Baptist Church to relax with
a good movie and good company. Pop, popcorn and a choice of films will be available—suggestions are welcome. Feel free to bring floor pillows for more comfy seating. For more info: Contact Karen at karen-haslett@... or (319) 530-5731.
Connections Cooking, January date and location TBA
The cooking group reports that its December cookie bake was a blast—they plan to
do it again next year. They’re finalizing plans for a progressive dinner in
January, with more information coming in January. For February, they hope to
organize a forum-style cooking lesson. “We’re hoping a brave soul will
demonstrate cooking a dish before a group,” organizers write. Date, time and
details will be announced. For more info: Contact Matthew at matthewmcgraw1979@...
More new groups are forming!
A few folks have offered to lead the following new groups. Please contact them
if you’re interested in joining.
*A golf group—Anyone interested in carpooling to an indoor driving range in
Des Moines, then grabbing dinner or a drink should e-mail Tobey at
blairstownfarrier@.... Also, contact Tobey if you’re interested in playing
darts instead of golf this winter.
*Trans-Connections—Anyone interested in being part of a regular gathering for
transgender persons can contact Sandra at Sandra9359@....
Want to start a group?
If you’re interested in starting another group, please let us know by e-mailing
your proposed idea to the Connections Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.