AUP General Activities
In a typical month we sponsor 8 to 14 events. What variety!
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|General Meetings||Out To Eat||Local Travel|
|Special Interest Groups||House Parties||Events Calendar|
- What makes us different from other singles groups is that we sponsor general meetings on the second Monday of the month in a Spring Series (March-June) and a Fall Series (September-November) at a central location (Oakland). Usually we have a speaker or some participation activity. The topics have ranged from intellectual things such as historical talks, to practical things such as preventing identity theft or getting rid of clutter, to fun things such as dance lessons or sessions about dating and relationships.
- We love to go out and eat and try new places. We schedule monthly “Out and About Dinners” at a variety of restaurants in different parts of the city or suburbs. General procedure is separate checks with cocktails at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30 PM.
We love to dance. Our most elegant and largest event of the year is our Holiday Dinner Dance in December at a local country club. We usually have attendance numbering 85-90 and we encourage our gentlemen to extend their dance invitations to all the ladies present. In addition, we periodically schedule informal events at places that offer dancing. Some even feature lessons!
We also usually have a monthly get together we call “happy hour” where we meet and socialize at different popular spots and enjoy great beverages and appetizers in late afternoon.
- We love sports and outdoor events. We like back yard picnics as well as those in a park. And almost every summer we enjoy a baseball game together. Every winter usually includes a Super Bowl Party.
We love to go to local places together. Naturally we have attended the Science Center, Phipps Botanical Conservatory, the Aviary, and the Senator Heinz Regional History Center. During the sultry summer months we like to gather and enjoy music at the First Friday at Frick concerts. Pittsburgh is certainly filled with musical, theater, and other fine arts groups or cultural venues from which to choose.
We have three special interest groups that meet about once a month in someone’s home. First is the Video Discussion Group that views a movie together. This experience generates some interesting questions and discussion. And of course everyone brings a little snack to share. The size of the group varies from 10 to 20, depending on the size of the hostess’ TV viewing room. So reserve early!
The second special interest sub-group is called TEG, Thought Exchange Group, that meets monthly for intellectual discussions of interests and issues they select and share. If you want to have a meaty discussion with other people or exchange views on deeper philosophical issues, this is the place.
The third group is for those who want to expand and widen their interests. We have our Book Discussion Group. Members of this sub-group take turns hostessing as well as selecting and leading the discussion about a chosen book. Selections range from modern novels to the classics and extend to many areas of non-fiction, from biographies, to humor, to self-help. Come let the group grow YOU!
But most of all we love our house parties. About once a month, one of our members graciously volunteers to open his or her home to us. Parties are usually attended by 25-50 people, depending on the capacity of the hostess. The event can vary from a Sunday brunch to a catered pig roast to a Halloween party complete with costumes and games. Sometimes the card or bridge players gather after the dinner. And of course the conversationalists are always in play.
Club costs are very reasonable. Annual dues are only $30-$36 a year. Event costs are minimal, with many activities requiring no cash, others such as general meetings costing only $5 or bring a snack instead. Many house events are pot luck with everyone bringing a side dish or appetizer or dessert. WHAT MARVELOUS FEASTS THESE EVENTS TURN OUT TO BE! On other occasions such as the Greek Food Gala the cost is a little more, such as $6 – $10, when the participants do not bring any food and the hostess does it all. Some events such as big picnics in public parks may involve catered food that costs more.
As you can see, we plan a wide variety of programs not only to please everyone’s personal interests, but also we hope you will expand your interests as well. It’s always fun to learn something you didn’t know before! Our events are open to all singles, so you are welcome to attend any club functions before deciding to join. We invite you to bring along one or more single friends. All we ask is that you notify the host or hostess in advance, especially for restaurants or house parties where seating may be limited.
Please check the calendar on our Events page or the current abridged copy of our AUP Newsletter for detailed information on events we have planned for this month. Since we do not normally publish the personal phone numbers or directions to the homes of individual host/hostess on this website we ask that you obtain these critical details by calling the AUP HOTLINE (412-734-8445) and leave your name, phone, and mailing address so that we can put you in touch with a member who will help you attend the function you are interested in.
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