Activity Groups

Activity Groups

The IWCR Activity groups cover a variety of interests – we hope you find something that you enjoy!  If you would like to join any of the groups, you can reach out to board.iwcr@gmail.com, or respond when the announcements are sent to members by email.

If you have an interest and would like to find other like minded club members to join you, we always welcome new activity groups in new areas, and new times! Please reach out to Catherine, at vicepresident.iwcr@gmail.com.  Catherine will support coordinators in getting the group up and running, with sharing knowledge how others have done it, helping with communication, and answering questions you may have.

Activity Groups

Active Status

Coordinator

Additional Notes

Handicraft Group

Active

Eva Sesemann

Meets Ad Hoc – email invitation sent to members prior to each meeting.
We make handicrafts for sale at the Bazaar, based on previous years demand, and new ideas. We meet in Eva’s home, and learn and do different sewing and handicraft activities.

Babies & Toddlers

Active

Kate Grymak

Meets meet every second Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30 pm.

Plans include:

🏠host the group at home,🎬 visit cinemas, theaters,  🦒 go to the zoo, 🏖 walk on the beach, 🍗 many picnics in the different parks,  🏛 visit museums for kids, 🚂 one day train travel (for example to  Skriveri), 🚢 go by ship, 🍽 visit restaurants with the children’s  corner, 🍭try to hand make healthy sweets, 🏊🏻‍ pool and SPA, different playgrounds.

Pre-school/school English playgroup

Active

Sophie Griffiths

We meet weekly throughout the year, to give our kids the chance to play with other kids from around the world.  The parents get the chance to socialize and chat. All are welcome – this group is allows both members and non-members to join.  Typically we meet on Friday afternoons from 3pm onwards (often following up with dinner nearby!). Time and location are sent out via a whatsapp group. If you’d like to be added to the group, reach out by email.

Running Club

Active

Katy Jacobi Sophie Griffiths

Runners meet twice per week, Tuesday mornings on Kipsala, and Thursday mornings in the center. Members can request to be added to the mailing list to keep up with updates on time/location/races.

Bible Group

Active

Agnès Lubloy

The group meets regularly, time and location is announced to those on the groups mailing list. In case of interest, members can get in contact by email.

Book Club #1

Active

Ulla Poulsen

The book club #1 meets monthly, and has ~10 members.  When a place opens in the group, an email will be sent to members to invite a new member to take that place.

In case of interest, a second book club can be started. Members can get in contact by email.

Mah Jong Group

Non-Active

Eva Sesemann

Group does not currently meet regularly,  but in case of interest, please reach out by email.

Choir/Singing Group

Non-Active

TBC

Looking for a coordinator!  Group was active until about 1 year ago, and has willing members – just needs a coordinator!

Golf Society

Active

Sophie Griffiths

Planned to start in the summer of 2018!

Cooking Group

Non-active

TBC

Bridge Group

Non- Active

TBC

 

Language Groups

The IWCR currently has 4 active language groups for members, in English, French, Latvian and Spanish.  The groups are generally a combination of native speakers, and those learning the language. If you’re interested in joining any of these groups, members can reach out to board.iwcr@gmail.com to be connected, or respond when the monthly announcements come by email.

If there are members interested in starting a conversation group for another language, or a group in the evenings for any language, please reach out to Catherine, at vicepresident.iwcr@gmail.com.  Catherine will support coordinators in getting the group up and running, with sharing knowledge how others have done it, helping with communication, and answering questions you may have.  

Language Groups

Active? Coordinator

Information

English Conversation Active Katy Jacobi Meets Ad Hoc – email invitation sent to all members prior to each meeting with registration details.   

This club is for anyone who wants to practice using their English and improve their vocabulary.  All levels are welcome. We have fun with activities on different topics and enjoy some tasty treats at the same time.    

French Conversation Active Laure Stinge, Aurélie Guéroux et Delphine Auvergne We meet approximately once a month usually on Friday mornings at our places or in a cafe.  Email invitation sent to all members prior to each meeting with registration details. Sometimes we’re cooking (for events like Christmas bazaar or just for us), chatting , talking about different topics.  All levels are welcome. We’re usually 5 to 7 people.
Latvian Language Conversation group Active Catherine Weenink Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at a cafe in Riga centre.   Email invitation sent to all members prior to each meeting with registration details. The group is targeted at those with at least a basic understanding of Latvian (e.g. have attended a basic Latvian course already).    We converse in Latvian, drink coffee, and maybe eat a light meal. The conversation hovers around the chosen topic, but also covers other current topics, advice, etc. We try to be strict about sticking to Latvian, but also have some explanation in English, about confirming vocab and grammar, or more complicated topics, if needed.
Spanish Conversation Active Monica Ussia Meets every 2 weeks for lunch in different locations usually on Tuesdays at 13.00. Location is announced to those on the groups mailing list.  Members can request to be added to the mailing list.