Interest Groups

Interest groups provide opportunities for Guild members to form new friendships and build stronger bonds with longtime friends while doing something one enjoys.  Some groups meet in the daytime while others may meet in the evening.  The type of group is only limited by the willingness of a member to coordinate the group.  We are always looking for new things to do and ways to share our interests with one another.  If you have a general question about an existing or new group, click here to send an email

Book Club

Coordinators: Cecilia Caton  (Click here to contact Cecilia) and Shelley Melvin (Click here to contact Shelley)

Also known as the “Rowdy Readers,” this group meets in members’ homes on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 am for a lively and informative discussion.  Books are selected based on recommendations from group members.  Traditionally, lunch at a nearby restaurant follows the meeting.


February Book Club will be “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, host TBD.

March Book Club will be “Normal People” by Sally Rooney, host TBD.

Book Club

Book Club

Adventure Group

Coordinators: Pam Beck (Click here to contact Pam) and Kim Horsburgh (Click here to contact Kim)

Each month, we gather for an adventure that has included kayaking, walking and hiking, tours of parks, backstage at the theater, tours of the Harn and Cade Museums, and cooking demos.  The sky is the limit for this group!


The February adventure will be held on February 12th from 10-12 at Hammer & Stain, 6450 Archer Road, Gainesville, FL. This is a creative art studio with many DIY projects such as wine or coffee holders, picture frames, door hangers, signs, or trays. Lunch to follow at Linda Visa Mexican Restaurant.

Marjorie Kinnen Rawlings

Marjorie Kinnen Rawlings State Park

The Yearling

The Yearling Restaurant


Movie Goers

Coordinators:  Darlene Cappello (Click here to contact Darlene) and Arlene D’Alli (Click here to contact Arlene)

This well-attended group meets monthly to enjoy one of the latest featured films.  Afterwards, anyone interested can go to a local restaurant to discuss the movie.

Contact Darlene for more information or to add your name to the email list.  Check the calendar for the next meeting date and time!

The Movie Goers saw Knives Out on January 29th. It was a whodunit with an A-list cast. It elevates from being a murder mystery to a thriller with a comedic style.


Downton Abbey

Move Goers See Downton Abbey

Let’s Try It! Lunch Group

Coordinators:  Lynn Newman (Click here to contact Lynn) and Kathy Mlandinich (Click here to contact Kathy)

This casual lunch with friends at a local restaurant chosen by a different member each month.  It is a good way to try out new venues and spend time with friends, both new and old.

Contact Lynn to get on the email list to find out about the next lunch adventure.


The next lunch is on February 10th @ 12:30 pm at Ichiban Sushi, 4928 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville. Please email Kathy Mladinich if you plan to attend. We will need an accurate head count.


Let’s Try It! Lunch Group