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NVN's Small Groups provide members with opportunities to Connect, Engage and Thrive together. 

Our Small Groups provide members with many opportunities to socialize, share interests and learn together. Each of the groups listed below has been formed by our members and is sustained by their active participation. We encourage prospective members to sample our Small Groups and find which ones are a good fit for your schedule and interests. 

Prospective members are invited to try any NVN activity up to three times before joining. 

If you are interested in attending a Small Group to try it out, please contact the coordinator listed below before attending. Several groups are still meeting virtually and a Zoom link will be shared by the coordinator.

If you have a general question about our Small Groups, please reach out to our Small Groups Coordinators:

Nettie Scott

Claire Robinson


As you'll see below, our Small Groups are divided into two categories: Neighborly Groups and Interest Groups.

Following CDC guidance, NVN has recently shared revised guidelines for gatherings. Please click here to read our new guidelines.


Neighborly Groups

NVN's Neighborly Groups consist of ten to twelve members who want to get to know each other better and support one another. The friendships formed in Neighborly Groups are deeply valued by our members. Some groups meet weekly, every other week, or monthly. There are currently four active groups who meet regularly. More groups can be formed to accomodate additional members.

For more info about NVN's Neighborly Group, please contact Nettie Scott or Claire Robinson, NVN's Small Groups Coordinators.


Interest Groups

Please visit our Calendar for the most up-to-date weekly schedules and meeting locations for the following groups, as changes sometimes do occur.


Monday Coffee/Lunch - Weekly on Monday, 12:30-2:00 pm – In person

Contacts: Luci Schoenfeld Stroiman & Elayne Blender


Wednesday Morning Men’s Meet-Up – Weekly on Wednesday, 12:15 pm – In person

Contacts: Richard Heiberger & Bob Harris 


Friday Morning Cup-a-Joe - Weekly on Friday, 9:30-10:30 am – On Zoom

Contact: Richard Heiberger


Saturday Socials - Weekly on Saturday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm – In person

Contact: Barbara Adolphe 


Book Discussion Group – Monthly on 3rd Thursday, 3:00 pm – On Zoom

See a list of the books we've read.

Contact: Dori Persinotti & Marie Lachat  


Embracing Loss – Monthly on 2nd Thursday, 3:30 pm – In person

Participants who have suffered a significant loss find comfort and support with others who have had a similar experience in this informal group. If you are new to this group, please contact the group coordinator .to make sure it's a good fit for you.

Contact: Lois Kauffman  


Film Discussions and Potlucks – Monthly on 3rd Monday evening – In-person and on Zoom

Participants select two films for the month, watch them on their own, and then gather for a potluck dinner and discussion in the homes of NVN members or on Zoom.

Contact: Faye Ross


Gardening Group – Biweekly on Monday, 4:00 pm – Currently meeting on Zoom

NVN gardeners meet biweekly either in members' gardens or by Zoom to share gardening knowledge, experience and resources.

Contact: Nettie Scott, 215-753-2642 (landline)


Photography Group - Monthly on 2nd Thursday, 2:30 pm - Currently meeting on Zoom

Participants meet monthly to share knowledge and experience and give support to NVN members interested in the field of photography.

Contact: Elizabeth “Taddy” Dawson, 215-836-5353,


Social Justice Book Group - Biweekly on Friday, 2:30 pm – On Zoom

Participants meet biweekly on Fridays at 2:30 pm on Zoom, with a movie discussion in between each book.

Contact: Leonard Nakamura


Walking Group – Weekly on Wednesday, 10:00 am – In-person

Walkers meet weekly at 10:00 am at Morris Arboretum, as weather permits.

Contacts: Myra Leysorek & Norine Berenz


Tuesday Afternoon Walks – Weekly on Tuesday, 1:00 pm – In-person

Walkers meet at 1:00 pm sharp at Valley Green Inn on Forbidden Drive, as weather permits. Please contact coordinator to be added to the email list for weather updates.

Contact: Fran Gilmore