Your YUWO newsletter includes signup forms, reservation deadlines, and program information for all YUWO-sponsored activities. Please check this website or your newsletter for specific information about activity groups that meet on a regular (i.e., monthly) basis as well as special activities or events.

Many of our YUWO activity groups meet on a regular, monthly (or more often) basis, and are not listed below. For a complete list of all YUWO activities, their meeting times, and contact information, please see our Activities page.

April 2016

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Wednesdays, Mar. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, Apr. 20, Apr. 27
Spring Study Group
"Yale and New Haven" Architectural Preservation, Restoration, and Sustainability"
10:30 pm
West Campus Conference Center

Yale and New Haven are humming with interesting and innovative building projects, from preserving historic buildings to designing new ones and everything in between. In this series leading architects and members of the Yale community will discuss their work.

  • March 23: Colin Caplan – Historic Preservation in New Haven
  • March 30: Jim Vlock, Alan Organschi, and Adam Hopfner – The Jim Vlock First Year Building Project
  • April 6: Mark Simon – Kroon Hall: Yale University’s Greenest Building
  • April 20: Constance Clement – Conserving Louis Kahn’s Center for British Art
  • April 27: William Moore – “How Did They Do That?” – The joys of solving difficult problems on a Yale building project

The series is open to YUWO members and their guests. The fee is $65.00 per person. Tickets are not available for individual lectures. All proceeds go to YUWO’s Scholarship Fund. (For registration questions, please e-mail Judy Miller or call her at 203-589-8335.)

Click here to download the reservation form.

Tuesday, April 12 & Tuesday, April 26
1:30 pm

Needlers will meet at the home of Pam Field in Hamden. On Tuesday, April 26 at 1:30 pm, we will meet at the home of Dinny Wakerley in Hamden. You are invited to bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Dinny at 203-624-9343 or at for additional information and/or directions.

Saturday, April 17
2 pm

The Scrabble Group will be meeting in the spring on Sunday afternoons: April 17, May 15, and June 12. (Please note the April and May date changes.) The Group always meets at 2:00 pm and is usually finished by 4:00.

For questions, please call Louise FitzSimons at 203-782-0913. Her email is

Tuesday, April 26
Lunch and Learn
11:45 am, Yale Visitor Center (149 Elm Street)
"The Environment and Making a Documentary Film"

Ann Johnson Prum, Emmy Award winning director and film maker (ecology and nature) will join us to talk about “The Environment and Making a Documentary Film.”

If you will bring a sandwich, we will have coffee, tea, fruit, and cookies. No reservations are necessary.
Questions? Contact Nina at 203-624-0574 or

May 2016

Wednesday, May 4
New Haven Lawn Club
11:30 am

Our speaker for the YUWO Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon will be Dr. Elizabeth H. Bradley of Yale’s School of Public Health. Her topic will be “The Paradox of American Health Care: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less.” Dr. Bradley is a recognized expert in global health care.

She holds a BA from Harvard, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Yale in health economics and policy. She is currently the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy at Yale’s School of Public Health, the Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, as well as Master of Branford College.

Click here for a reservation form.

Art Aficionados
"Everything is Dada" - Yale Art Gallery

You did not miss this tour! Sally Fern is rescheduling the guided tour of the Yale Art Gallery’s current exhibit, “Everything Is Dada.” She has requested that the tour be during the first few weeks of May. If you signed up for the previous tour, you are on the list and Sally will contact you with the new date. If you did not sign up for the previous tour and would like to join the tour of Everything Is Dada, please call or email Sally.

Her contact information is or 203-488-0555. She will respond to all messages.

Tuesday, May 10
Bus Trip to the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

After a six-year renovation, the redesigned Harvard Art Museums opened in November of 2014. Architect Renzo Piano joined the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museums with glass and metal additions, enhancing the “Italian piazza” Courtyard and adding new sky-lighted levels, an Art Study Center, a 300-seat auditorium, a café, and elevators. There are now three levels of exhibits to explore which cover the art of the world from ancient to contemporary times. The architect called his design “a glazed lantern,” as it joined together earlier Georgian brick with modern glass and metal. In addition, since Harvard’s famous Glass Flowers installation is currently closed for renovation, we will visit a smaller exhibit of glass flowers on the 2nd floor of Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. Our bus will take us there at 3:00 pm for a short visit. We will head home at 3:45 pm.

Lunch is on your own. The small Art Museum café is next to the Courtyard; Harvard Square is a block away. Cost of $70.00 includes bus travel, driver’s tip and admissions to the Harvard Art Museums and the Museum of Natural History.

Click here for full details and reservation form.

Tuesday, May 10 and May 24
1:30 pm

On Tuesday, May 10 at 1:30 pm, we will meet at the Medad Stone Tavern in Guilford with Winnie Seibert as our hostess. Our second May get-together will be on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:30 pm but the venue has not yet been identified.

You are invited to bring your projects, or mending, or to come for the conversation. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Dinny Wakerley at 203-624-9343 or for additional information and/or directions.

Thursday, May 12
Exploring Yale and New Haven - Hill Museum of Arts, New Haven
10:30 am

Join us for a visit to the Hill Museum of Arts located in the Hill section of New Haven. This Museum is in the old Hull Brewery Carriage House, located at 210 West Street, New Haven (West Street runs between Congress and Davenport Avenues). There is a fenced parking lot across the street from the Museum.

The artist / architect Krikko Obbott, who was born in Nigeria, has renovated the building to have ceilings high enough for his large-scale pencil drawings of cityscapes – Chicago, Boston, New York, New Haven and others. Krikko, also a musician, usually plays a sound track of his own compositions during museum hours.

Contact: Anne Schenck at or 203-787-3705 or Emly McDiarmid at or 203-640-1035.

Saturday, May 15 & Saturday, June 19 (note June date change)
2 pm

Louise FitzSimons, Scrabble Group Coordinator, is happy to report that the Scrabble Group will be meeting this spring on Sunday afternoons:  May 15, and June 19. (Please note the June date change.) The Group always meets at 2:00 pm and is usually finished by 4:00. The Group will not meet over the summer but looks forward
to welcoming all Scrabble fans in the fall.

For questions, please call Louise at 203-782-0913. Her email is

Tuesdays, May 24, May 31, and June 7
Evening Film Series – Spring  2016 – “A Voice of Her Own”
6:30 pm

Cathy Burgard reports that due to the enthusiastic response to our Fall Film Series, we will again offer an Evening Film Series in the late spring. We hope it will provide the opportunity for members who work during the day to meet and share a stimulating program.

The series will be held at Best Video in Hamden on three consecutive Tuesday evenings:  May 24, May 31, and
June 7 at 6:30. Chairperson Judith Lynch will lead a short discussion after each film.

The theme of the films is “A Voice of Her Own” and will focus on women, who through their strength, courage, and determination, overcome daunting obstacles to finding their true selves. Exact titles and a sign-up sheet will be included in the April Newsletter. There will be a $20 fee for the entire series. Guests are welcome!

Click here to register.

May 20
Hiking Group
Westwoods Preserve, Guilford

On Friday, May 20th at 10:00 am, YUWO hikers will meet for a morning hike to Lost Lake in Guilford’s
Westwoods Preserve.  Contact Patty Pollard at 203-481-2766 or to sign up.

Friday, May 27
Exploring Yale and New Haven - Amistad High School, New Haven
8 am

Join us for a tour of Amistad High School, located at 580 Dixwell Avenue (between Ford and East Hazel Streets) in New Haven. This school has shown remarkable progress in closing the achievement gap for New Haven students. In fact, for the past 6 years, 100% of its graduates have been admitted to college.

YUWO members will have a chance to tour the school, talk personally with several of this year’s about-to-be graduates, and learn from Dacia Toll, the founder of this college-preparatory charter school how much the school has accomplished and what its continuing challenges are.

We’ll meet at the school no later than 8:00 am. On street parking is available on the west side of Dixwell, directly in front of the school. Coffee and donuts will be served on your arrival. There is no space limit but please let us know if you are planning to attend so that they can provide adequate refreshments.

Contact: Anne Schenck at or 203-787-3705 or Emly McDiarmid at or 203-640-1035.

Coming in the Fall of 2016 …


Tuesday, September 13
Opening Wine & Cheese at the Greenberg Center
4:30 to 6 pm



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