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!

Check out the Event Calendar for schedules and location details!


                                           Book Club:

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 pre-selected 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.

                                           Café Français:

The Café Français group is continuing to meet on Fridays from 10-12 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.

                         “It’s Friday!”:

It is a 2x/month Friday night out very looked forward by our members. Locations changed for each meeting. We have been to Music night, Bowling and Dinner, etc.

                         Coffee Chat:

This informal group meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:30 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.

                                           Craft Group:

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 Meet-Up:

This group meets every 6-8 weeks to discover local restaurants. All restaurant suggestions are welcome.

                                           Tots Playgroup:

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.

                               Wine Nights:

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.

Community achievments


Open House Charity BlanketThe 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.