ACTIVITY GROUPS AND COURSES – AUTUMN 2021
All activities and courses will be organized in compliance with the applicable Corona restrictions. This means that all groups must ensure that the rules for social distancing and other Corona restrictions are followed. Leaders may limit the number of participants for certain groups and activities.
International Forum Activity Groups are formed when one member or a group of members get together and organise an activity. No payment is required, and the activities are open to all members depending on availability. Are you interested? See the contact information below.
If you are interested in an activity that is full, sign up anyway, as there may be cancellations. If you have problems joining an activity because it is full, please contact Gunnel Anita Solheim, as we might consider forming new groups.
Contact: Gunnel Anita Solheim, firstname.lastname@example.org or mob.: 404 80 944.
The Norwegian Conversation Group (norsk samtalegruppe).
Because of the pandemic, there are no Norwegian Conversation gatherings for the time being.
This is a group of twenty ladies from India, Colombia, Indonesia, Russia, Peru, Germany, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hungary and Norway. We meet once a month in each other’s homes. The intention of the group is to practise speaking Norwegian in an informal setting and to share experiences and interests in our daily life. We have all levels of proficiency.
There is no homework, since the main point is to come together and have fun. The hostess decides if she wants to serve a light lunch or just coffee and biscuits (or cake) after the practice session. We usually meet on Fridays at 11:00. You are very welcome to join us once the restrictions to gatherings are eased!
NCG plans to start again in September. The first meeting will be at Tukthuset restaurant, listening to the history of the place and at the same time being able to keep the social distance. This makes it possible for many members to come together, before beginning to meet in each other’s homes. Time will show how the covid regulations will be later in the fall.
DRAMA READING GROUP
In the year 2020-2021 gatherings have not been possible due to the pandemic. We await new instructions from the authorities as to when we can meet again.
The drama readings are held once a month in a member’s home. The plays chosen are both old and new. The dates for the readings are flexible and usually decided a month in advance depending on how many can attend on a certain date. A light lunch will be served between acts.
The meetings in the autumn 2021 will start in October.
Contact: Suzanne Garman-Vik, email: email@example.com or mob.: 464 60 813
INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB I
The gatherings are held on the third Wednesday of the month, either on Zoom or, Corona permitting, in members’ homes, in which case the hostess serves a light lunch. We read and discuss books, usually a novel from worldwide literature, chosen by the group.
The BOOK GROUP I is meetings in person now. All the ladies were very happy to see each other after such a long time. We are 15 members.
We will be reading the following books:
AUGUST 18th – “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
SEPTEMBER 15 -“ Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart
OCTOBER 20 -“ Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
NOVEMBER 17 – “ The Republic of False Truths “ by Alaa Al Aswany and S. R. Fellowes
JANUARY 19 – “Track Changes “ by Sayed Kashwa.
Contact: Dorota Steensland, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
mob.: 991 57 006
INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB II
The same objectives as those of the International Book Club I. The gatherings take place once a month.
We are very happy to be able to see each other again and to meet in person for our discussions of the selected book. We continue to meet on the second Thursday of every month and take turn to host the meeting with a simple lunch. There is an opening for a new member.
The program for the autumn is an eclectic collection of contemporary novels:
> 19 August: Ella Dove “Five steps to happiness”.
> 16 September: Ian McEwan “Saturday”
> 14 October : Bernadine Evarito “Girl, Woman, Other”
> > 11 November: Douglas Stewart “Shuggie Bain”
> 9 December: Magda Szabo “The Door”
Contact: Signe Lise Howell, email: email@example.com
COOKING GROUP I
Cooking Group 1 has been up and running for many years, I have notes backdating to 1996. Some of the ladies are still in our group, since we are an international group, some are leaving and new are attending. As we rotate between each other’s private homes there will be limited space most times.
Contact: Liss Laan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: 66 84 83 42 or mob.: 906 10 922
MONDAY DUPLICATE BRIDGE
MONDAY DUPLICATE BRIDGE
We play at Ris Church and the Bridge started the 23 of August and will continue every Monday this Autumn, 2021.
Contact: Kirsten Whist, email: email@example.com or mob.: 902 01 478.
MONTHLY WEDNESDAY BRIDGE GROUP
We generally meet on the second or third Wednesday of the month, depending on the holidays. We are usually 8 or 12 players, on occasion 16. We play duplicate bridge and enjoy a light lunch afterwards.
The first session will be on the 3rd Wednesday of September.
Contact: Ida Tschudi Heilemann, mob.: 400 40 846
Kerstin Pettersen will send an e-mail to the group members and inform them of the first walk of autumn 2021.Walking is great exercise and fun for those who like the outdoors. If you are interested, please send Kerstin your mobile number and email address.
Contact: Kerstin Petersen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mob.: 924 25 315
SWIMMING AT LYSEBU
The Danish Cultural Centre at Voksenkollen is now open again and members of the International Forum will be most welcome to swim at Lysebu and only have to show their IF membership card at the front desk. The fee being NOK 100.- per visit. This is not a group activity as such, but IF members can use this great, newly renovated facility as a group or individually.
The swimming facilities are open to IF members all weekdays. (While Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for guests at the hotel).
OBS! Members must now make a reservation beforehand, due to the Covid-19 regulations. Telephone: 21511000.
Contact: Anita Solheim, email: email@example.com or
mob.: 404 80 944
Learn how to use your photos creatively and to organise them so that you can find them easily. Beginners, skilled amateurs and professionals are all equally welcome. The idea is to have a “workshop” once a month where we share our knowledge and skills in handling digital photos.
Don’t let your beautiful shots and precious memories get lost among thousands of other pictures on your computer. Organise your photos so that you can find them easily and use them to make beautiful, personalised cards or picture collages for yourself and for friends.
Subjects range from making greeting cards and collages; importing and organizing photos on the computer; printing photos; scanning old photos from prints or from positive or negative film and basic photographic techniques such as composition, depth of field etc. and taking and editing photos with your mobile telephone.
The group meets on average once a month on a Monday from 12:00 – 15:00. If you are interested, please contact the leader of the Activities Committee, via the Office.
This is a group for amateur photographers. No special qualifications are required, just an interest in learning about digital photography. We organise 6-8 workshops annually.
The first “Photo safari” in the autumn, 2021 will be at Frognerparken Tuesday September 14 at 12.00. We meet at the main gate to the park. As it has proved to be useful to discuss the pictures we have taken on zoom, we will continue using Zoom for this purpose. The workshops will be at Gunnel Anita’s home from 12.30 – 15 o’clock.
Contact: Anita Solheim, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
mob.: 404 80 944.
The International Forum Courses are organised by members who teach or lead a course for a fee. (Contact details may be obtained via the International Forum Office.)
Individual courses tailored to your needs. Refresher courses for conversation – all levels. There is no charge for preliminary test to determine your level of proficiency in English conversation or grammar before taking a course.
Contact: Soo Lan Höegh Henrichsen M.C.S.D (Graduate of Liverpool University, Teachers College), email: email@example.com, tel.: 992 34 083
Address: Grønnegate 12, 0350 Oslo
TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN ROSE PAINTING
Rose painting (‘rosemaling’) is a traditional Norwegian folk art which goes back to the 1700s and which is still alive in many parts of the country. Morning and evening courses can be organized for large or small groups.
Contact: Vivian Grieg Teisner, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mob.: 452 40 394