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Most of NVN's ongoing small groups are now 'up and running' on Zoom. For reasons of security and privacy, we are not publishing the Zoom invitation information publicly. If you want to join one of the Zoom sessions for the first time - either by video or phone - please contact the Zoom Host listed below at least 24 hours before the meeting time and ask to be put on the invitation list.

Zoom works best on larger screens, so if you have a choice, use a computer over a tablet, over a phone. Please make sure you device is on a stable surface for the comfort of fellow participants.

If you need a guide to participating in a Zoom session, you can download our NVN Participant's Guide - or go to for both written and video tutorials.

  • If you are joining using a computer, you will need to sign up for a free account at before the meeting.

  • If using a tablet or smartphone, you will need the Zoom app for your device.

  • If joining by telephone, you will only need the information sent to you by the host when you make the call to the designated number.

Monday Social Gathering on Zoom? 

There are open NVN Zoom social gatherings on Thursday mornings, Friday mornings and Friday late afternoons, to which all are welcome. It would be great to also have an open Zoom gathering on Mondays.

If you are able and willing to sponsor a Monday Zoom social gathering, please email Mary Lee Keane at Thanks!


This Week

Name of Group  |  Day  |  Date  |  Time  |  Zoom Host  |  Email for Zoom Host

Gardening  |  Mon  | Oct 26 |  4:00 PM  |  Nettie Scott  |


Men's MeetUp  |  Wed  |  Oct 28 |  12:15 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Rich Heiberger  |

Thursday Coffee  |  Thu  |  Oct 29  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Mary Lee Keane  |


Friday Coffee  |  Fri  |  Oct 30 |  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  |  Rich Heiberger  |


Virtual Happy Hour  |  Fri  |  Oct 30 |  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  |  New Contact: Sandi Cohen  |


Looking Ahead

Name of Group  |  Day  |  Date  |  Time  |  Zoom Host  |  Email for Zoom Host

Essay Readers* |  Mon  |  Nov 2 |  1:30 PM - 2:30+ PM  |  Dan Jones  |

Embracing Loss** | Thu  | Nov 12  |  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM  |  Dori Persinotti  |

NEW! Weekly Book Group*** | Fri | Nov 13 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM | Dori Persinotti  |

Film Groups**** |  Mon  |  Nov 16  |  7:30 PM - 9:00 PM  |  Faye Ross  |  See note below

Monthly Book Group***** |  Thu  |  Nov 19 |  3:00 PM -  4:00 PM  |  New Contact: Dori Persinotti  |

* Essay Readers - The group is continuing with the general topic of “The America We Need” with no specific reading assignments. There is a lot of good free material at We are an egalitarian reading and discussion group where each monthly discussion has its own topic and discussion leader. Dan Shanis invites anyone without computer access who has access to the print articles to call him at 215 753 2642 so he can explain the procedures to join by phone.

** Embracing Loss - currently meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. If you are new to this group, in addition to contacting the Zoom Host listed above, please contact the group coordinator, Lois Kauffman at to make sure it's a good fit for you.

*** Weekly Book Group - Reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson over several weeks. For more information, or to be added to the weekly book group email list, contact Dori Persinotti ( ).

**** Film Discussion - November Movies: My Octopus Teacher and Topkapi. Hosts Faye & Dan Ross or Karen Scott & Rupert Seals. Contact Faye directly to register: 215 247-8059, Note: participants see the films on their own before joining the Zoom discussion.

***** Monthly Book Group - November's book is Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. For more information, or to be added to the monthly book group email list, contact Dori Persinotti ( ) or Marie Lachat (

Hope to see you on Zoom!