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Interest Groups

One of the benefits of membership in Arbor West Neighbors is the opportunity to participate in one or more interest groups. Each group has its own coordinator(s) who set the meeting times and locations.

If you have an idea for a new interest group we will help you with the start-up process. Contact Bill Peterman for more information.

Mix of Minds Discussion and Learning Group

This group meets monthly to discuss thought-provoking articles from any source. Articles and questions are chosen by group members on a rotating basis.

Second Monday of each month 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.


Phyllis Rubin  708-846-6168

Movie Group

This popular activity is offered at watch parties in member's homes, including popcorn and followed by discussion.

Afternoons or evenings, usually on Wednesdays.  



Walking Groups

The AWN Ramblers is a group for energetic, active over-50 walkers who walk in a nearby forest preserve.

Walk monthly


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Theater Going Group

This group is for people interested in seeing plays together. After a play is selected, each person buys their own ticket with senior discount. Typically the group meets after the performance for a brief discussion. Carpools are arranged as needed.


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Fiber Arts Group This group meets twice monthly to knit, crochet, appliqué, finger weave, mend, embroider, or other textile projects. First and third Fridays of each month 1 – 3p.m. Coordinators: Denise Poncher 630-484-1924 Bonnie Jordan 708-383-4367

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Arts and Crafts Days

This group meets ccasionally to create greeting cards and pictures using Marion's vast collection of decorative paper and watercolors. Contact Marion for dates.


      Marion Sirefman 

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Arbor West Neighbors

Arbor West Neighbors (AWN) is a grassroots organization of neighbors in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin connected to support and enrich aging through community building and advocacy. Our mission is to empower adults to thrive as we age in community. 


Our vision is to build a multi-ethnic, multicultural community where all older adults are valued, age with dignity, and enjoy opportunities for growth and engagement. 

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with over 120 members. 

About Us

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