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Gainesville Newcomers Club

Gainesville Newcomers Club Interest Groups

Antiques Explorers

This group meets monthly and is on the hunt for treasures visiting shops in Gainesville and in towns in the surrounding area. Starting out in the morning, there is a stop for lunch before afternoon shopping and a return home mid-afternoon.

Books & Bites (Evening Book Group)

Have a taste for a really good book or like to sink your teeth into and lose yourself in a juicy novel? Join us the 2nd Tuesday night of each month at 6:30 pm for Books N’ Bites where we will dig into a different book (selected with input from group members) from a variety of genres each month. To spice things up a bit, we will also complement our book talks with beverages and aperitifs fitting to the theme of each book, either at a participant’s home or local eatery.

Borrower’s Boutique

You can borrow items for your grandchildren's visit (i.e. Pac N Play, highchair, stroller, etc.) and also items for rehabilitation (i.e. wheelchair, cane, walker, shower chair, commode, etc.) for visiting elderly or for your own recuperation.

Bridge (Ladies)

Ladies Bridge Group meets on the third Monday of the month (second Monday in November and December) from 10:30-2:30 pm.


Bunco meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Panera Bread on Dawsonville Hwy, and sign up is open year round.

Casual Dining In

Each month from January through April, a host and her guest have a dinner party for total of 8 people. Each month the dinner party is hosted in a different member’s home and is a different group of 8, so you will always be meeting new people. Each member must host once during the season.  The host provides the main course, and the other guests bring side dishes.  

Sign up occurs annually in September and October. All members of the group are invited to both the Kickoff Party at the end of October / early November and the End of Year Party in May.  Participation is limited to 24 couples.   You must sign up each year, and you must commit to the entire season.

Christmas on Green Street

CHRISTMAS ON GREEN STREET is a one-night event held each year on the first Sunday in December. It is sponsored by the City of Gainesville and has become a tradition with Newcomers. Members dress in Edwardian costumes and participate in the Annual parade.

Crafty Queens

Crafty queens will meet on the fourth (4th) Tuesday each month (except November and December - alternate days will be scheduled if interest exists).  Time and location to be announced monthly.  This Interest Group will focus primarily on paper crafting (scrapbooking and card making) but hopes to teach and showcase a new skill every few months (ex: quilling, calligraphy, art journaling, stamping techniques, bow making, genealogy documentation, etc.).  Join us and indulge your inner "crafty queen"!

Dominoes/Mexican Train

Jump on the train the first Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Panera Bread on Dawsonville Highway.


Gardeners’ day is the first Wednesday of the month.  They visit area nurseries, potteries, public gardens, flower shows, and each other’s gardens.

Hand and Foot Canasta (Couples)

Couples Hand & Foot meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes.

Hand & Foot Canasta (Ladies)

Ladies H&F Canasta group plays at 1:00 in the afternoon on the third Thursday of the month.

Health and Wellness

Meetings will be held monthly in the evening with locations and times TBA. Our goal is to provide information and experiences to members to help them improve their overall health.   We'll cover topics such as Diet, Nutrition, Physical Fitness (what's right for your body), Sleep, Stress management, supplement and vitamin info, what to do in emergency situations when you're waiting for the ambulance, blood sugar management, hormones/menopause and more

Ladies Night Out

This group meets once a month rotating evenings of the week.  Our activities vary but are mostly fun, high energy gatherings for ladies who like a little adventure.  Expect anything from craft nights to murder mystery parties, or from relaxed dinner out to escape rooms and scavenger hunts.



Hike the trails of local, state, and national parks in the area on the third Tuesday of the month from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Jet Ski

Members meet for a group ride starting the third Thursday in May through the last Thursday in August with a break for lunch or dinner.

Lunch Bunch

Get to know fellow members and sample the fare at area restaurants on the second Tuesday of each month.


Morning Coffee

Visit with friends at Sweet Magnolia’s CafĂ© and Bakery (located on the Square) from 9:30a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members.  Bring your beverage of choice or purchase coffee at Sweet Magnolias. Join us for lively conversation and a great start to your day.

Partners Bridge

This is a new group that welcomes GNC bridge players and their spouses, significant others or partners to play at 1:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  GNC members may wish to sign up as a team “couple”.  Registration will be in pairs. We invite players who need a bit of a refresher with the newest bidding rules and conventions as well as seasoned players who enjoy playing.


This Group meets almost every Friday at 10:00 a.m. in members’ homes, breaks for lunch and continues play. New players welcome, and we're happy to teach the game! 


RV Adventurers

The RV Adventurers is a new group for people who travel and camp in recreation vehicles.  We will have speakers and field trips to learn more about RV's.  Camping trips will be planned. 

Singles ~ Meet & Eat

For Single Ladies who enjoy dining out and sharing some laughs and a good time!  We meet the third Thursday of each month, usually for early dinner, but occasionally for lunch.  Come join us as we seek to discover excellent and fun eateries! 


Sharing Sunday Afternoons

This monthly informal social gathering meets at member’s homes.  Always on a Sunday 3:00-5:00 with food and drink. Spouses/Significant Other are encouraged to attend.  It’s an opportunity for them to meet others with similar interests. We encourage single ladies too! 

Hostess provides:  Ice, cups, plates and utensils

Guests provide:  Appetizer to share and their choice of beverage


Theater and Movies

Enjoy a movie or live theater with the group. This year Jen will be arranging for group members to go to the movies with her and Debbie will be handling the outings to live theater performances. 

Warm Up America

This group knits and crochets afghans for the Red Cross, baby items for Newborns in Need, and scarves and hats for the homeless in Gainesville.  They meet the third Tuesday morning of the month.


Wine Explorers

Wine lovers visit area wineries and tasting rooms monthly.

Writers Group

The Writers Group is a supportive writers’ critique group that encourages writers of all experience levels and genres. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at various locations from 10 a.m. - noon.

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