Open House helps its members organize activities and Interest Groups that address members’ needs and interests. All members are encouraged to get involved! Why not join an Interest Group, help organize an event or party or even propose and lead a new Interest Group? As a volunteer organization, Open House depends on its members to help it flourish, so please get involved today!
Below you will find a description of our current Interest Groups and the contact information for each group. Our Interest Groups cover a wide area of interests, hobbies, and activities. Some meet regularly each week or month and some hold events seasonally. No matter which group suits your interests, you are sure to find a fun and diverse group of people who all speak English and enjoy (or are trying to enjoy) life in the beautiful French Alps!
The Open House Book Group meets once a month. This year, it included a group of 5 to 7 regular members. It consists of a discussion about a preselected book in English but selected from various international authors. The purpose of this group is to be able to get different views and perceptions about the book seen by the different members’ cultural background. The choice of books can be either fiction or nonfiction.
The Café Français group is continuing to meet on Fridays from 10-11:30 am. The group has had steady attendance throughout the year, averaging 6-9 people at each meeting. The location, originally Mel’s Café, changed mid-year to Brasserie la Natation. This group includes a varying range of French language levels.
Chill Out was replaced mid-year by a 1x/month Friday night out. Locations changed for each meeting.
This informal group meets every Tuesday morning from 10-11:30 am at Au Chardon Bleu. Weekly attendance averages 15 people. The purpose of this group is to welcome newcomers and to exchange stories, ideas and experiences about life in Grenoble. It is a place to meet other Open House members and board members who are often in attendance.
This group meets bi-weekly on Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 for coffee and crafts at the French Coffee Shop. This group has done several charity projects.
Lunch & Dinner Group:
This group meets every 6-8 weeks to discover local restaurants. All restaurant suggestions are welcome.
This group meets every Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 am at CLEF. There are 4 to 8 families coming every week. Each week a theme is decided and families bring theme-related toys or books to share.
The Wine Tasting met only during the first half of this year. Members bring a bottle of wine (to match the theme) and an appetizer to share. One evening included a professional sommelier. The board will be looking for a leader for the 2018-2019 year.
Do you have any other ideas to share?
Do you have an interest that is not represented here and that you would like to share? If so, why not start your own Interest Group? Contact us to share your ideas.
ACT OF KINDNESS: WOOL BLANKETS FOR THE PEOPLE IN NEED
The members of Open House Craft group posing with the wool blanket they made for charity. This large blanket was a group effort: with different squares made by different people from left over wool. The charity organization Resto du Coeur appreciated this international effort with people from nationalities from all over the world contributing to it. They loved the colors and said the blanket would go very quickly to someone who really needed it.This is not the first our attempt to help homeless people – OH Craft group also made two warm baby blankets earlier this year and donated to the families in need through the charity organizations.