Austin Branch Interest Groups

Whether your interests lie in reading books, checking out new restaurants, going on art tours, playing Bridge with friends, we may have an Interest Group that meets your needs. Check out the fun activities our members are involved with – you’re sure to find something that interests you. Note that new ideas are always welcome, with board approval.


Have an idea for a new group and at least 3 interested participants. Contact: Berta Lloyd

For more information and to contact the coordinator of an interest group, check the branch yearbook or write to

When:  Fourth or Fifth Wednesday of every month
Contact: Sharon Babot

Art lovers and art lover wannabe’s meet from September to May to explore Austin and environs from exhibits, museums, and studios to individual artists who oftentimes demonstrate the technique used in their creative process.


When: First Friday of every month
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Hyde Park Church of Christ, 43rd and Avenue B
Contact: Judy Reinhart

Group meets October through May, with a holiday brunch in December. Books represent members interests from Anne Patchett’s State of Wonder to Helen Rappaport’s The Romanoff Sisters: The Lost Loves of Nicholas and Alexander.

When: Third Tuesday of every month
Where: Time and location vary
Contact: Elaine Penn

Third Tuesday of the month September through May, but not December, you’ll find AAUW members enjoying a scrumptious lunch somewhere in the Austin area. This popular group likes everything from the upscale Arboretum restaurants to Airport Blvd. (Quality Seafood).

PEARS is not just for pairs; sometimes husbands and friends also enjoy the activities.

PEARS is not just for pairs; sometimes husbands and friends also enjoy the activities.

When: Days and times may vary
Contact: Milli Stecker

A couple’s group that gathers September through May to enjoy Austin’s many offerings from dinner and plays, lake cruises, holiday party, and Hill Country arts & crafts festivals and tours.




When: Third Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Home of hostess, unless otherwise assigned
Contact: Shirlene Justice

What a fun group! Meeting at member’s homes the women plan an evening highlighting a different country each month (September through May), serve a menu representative of that country and immerse themselves in its cultural flavor.

Three bridge groups offer bridge lovers a chance to play weekly or monthly.

Group A – Meets Weekly on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Elaine Penn
Group B – Meets 2nd Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Contact: Lynn Cooksey
Group C – Meets 4th Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.. ContactL Sara Ezell

When: Third Wednesday of every month
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Beverly Locklin

These members enjoy sharing time and ideas together while pursuing individual projects. They meet once a month September through May with a holiday lunch in December.

When:  Meets second Monday of each month
Time:  10:30 AM
Location:  TBD
Leader:  Linda Quintanilla

Read both fiction and non-fiction books


When: First Monday of every month
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: zoom meetings as necessary/Old Quarry Library
Contact: Mary Ellen Scribner

Meeting the first Monday, Sept through May, these book lovers tackle books such as The Man Who Saved the Union about Ulysses Grant as well as a variety of other fiction and nonfiction titles.

When: Fourth Tuesday
Time:  11:00 a.m.
Contact:  Pam Wolfe

We select “Themes” each month.  This helps us learn about different authors.

When: Second Monday of every month
Time: 10:30 a.m.
South Group Contact: Debbie Starr
Central Group Contact: Linda Quintanlla

Second Mondays find these AAUW members enjoying such titles as The Light Between the Oceans, by M.L. Stedman to Marie Curie and her daughter, Shelley Emling. They meet September through July.

When:   Hikes are twice a month alternating between Thursdays and Saturday.
Time: Start times vary depending upon the location and time of year. Days/dates subject to change depending upon weather.
Location:  Evites with details are sent to Hiking Group members about two weeks in advance.
Leader:   Roberta Coffin

Hikes are around the Austin area.

When:  Usually meets mid-month on Thursdays 7 PM or Saturday 4 PM per the host’s preference.
Time:   4-6 PM Sundays
Location:  Members host events at their home or an alternative location such as a winery.
Leader: Elaine Penn

Wine Tasters is led by a wine consultant/sommelier. Countries are identified and explored as well as the wine being tasted.  History and culture are discussed.