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Artistic Adventures, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies

Groups that cater to your special interests
163 Members
A group for members who are interested in all types of craftwork that want to meet and share creative ideas. Gatherings may be a member’s home or at local venues. Crafts include but are not limited to: knitting, art, flower arranging and more.
Coordinator: Ann Murphy
165 Members
An art-centered activity where Newcomers can view art of the region including visits to public art spaces and installations, museums, and artists galleries. Some activities will be self-guided, and some will be organized around a speaker or docent-led tour. Come discover all the great art that NoCo has to offer!
Coordinator: Sheri G Emerick

Book Clubs

Discussions of books selected by members
116 Members
Monthly afternoon gatherings for women who enjoy reading and making new friends. We meet in members' homes.
Coordinator: Margi Roehr
143 Members
An evening gathering of book-loving women who love to read a variety of books and enjoy discussing them over a glass of wine or other beverage.
Coordinator: Tanya Mayfield
44 Members
Lit Happens is a coed reading group that meets every other month to discuss a fiction or nonfiction book and share a love of reading.
Coordinator: Lisa A Priebe
15 Members
Literary Legends is a coed book club that meets every other month in members' homes to discuss literary classics. Please join us if you love classic literature or want to discover what makes a book a classic and why these books have withstood the test of time. It's a great way to share your love of reading and meet new friends.
Coordinator: Lynn Kloss


114 Members
This group meets monthly at a local restaurant. Open to all women newcomers.
Coordinator: Pat Hennessey
87 Members
This group is primarily for women that live north of Horsetooth Rd to be able to socialize, however all women are welcome to attend. We meet at different restaurants in Fort Collins that serve breakfast -- a good way to introduce you to the range of eating opportunities here.
Coordinator: Patti A Hill
75 Members
This group is primarily for women that live south of Horsetooth Rd to be able to socialize, however all women are welcome to attend.
Coordinator: Anne Underwood

Food and Drink

212 Members
We will usually meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday but may occasionally meet on a Friday. We will try new bars and restaurants as well as some more established places. Group size will be determined by the venue chosen but won’t normally exceed 15 people. When weather permits, we will look for venues with patios, beer gardens, or outdoor seating. The event is open to all Newcomers who register, and attendees will pay their own tab for food and beverages. Please drink responsibly and arrange for transportation as needed.
Coordinator: Jack Renshaw
44 Members
This group is for those who enjoy entertaining at home and wish to explore eating vegetarian food. Each host may choose the number of invitees and prepare a main dish and provide beverages. Attendees can bring sides based on the theme (if any) chosen by the host. After each registration the coordinator will email contact information to people who have signed up. As well as providing vegetarian food, participants should be willing to accommodate any other food restrictions of those in the group such as gluten free, dairy free, etc.
Coordinator: Jennifer S Tyler
174 Members
Fort Collins has an ever expanding collection of breweries; this group intends to explore them all-one microbrewery at a time!!!
Coordinator: Skinny Hanlon
64 Members
This is for couples who enjoy entertaining in their homes. Registrants are broken up into smaller groups of 3-4 couples. Each month over a 3-4 month period you will attend a monthly dinner in each other's homes. Every couple takes a turn hosting one time during the 3-4 months. Depending on the timing, registrants may have to wait a while before the next session begins. The coordinators will email you with all the information once you sign up. This is a great way to really get to know fellow Newcomers!
Coordinator: Lisa M Carp
116 Members
Let’s meet for a leisurely late lunch and share info about this great area in which we’ve landed. It’s a great way to meet other newcomers and make new friends! We will meet at a different restaurant each month. Each newcomer takes care of their own bill.
Coordinator: Lisa Gunter
97 Members
We get together monthly and visit over breakfast and/or coffee. The discussion topics will be whatever interests the group, but we will avoid politics. We meet on the second Thursday and the last Friday of the month. Seating is limited and registration is required. We ask that members register for no more than one breakfast per month to allow more men to participate.
Coordinator: Al Underwood
142 Members
We host wine tasting events as a great way to meet people and talk a little bit about wine. We have two types of events. Either a small wine tasting gathering of 8 ~ 12 people at someone’s house or larger social events of 20+ people at an external venue. We try to pick a fun theme for each tasting. The cost for the events varies from $25~$30 per person. Note: External events often require prepayment through an external reservation system.
Coordinator: James B Maguire
63 Members
Ladies Do Lunch is open to all active women of the Ft. Collins Newcomer Club. Once a month a themed potluck will be hosted in a member's home. Participants will contribute a food dish to share, according to the theme of that event. A quiet setting provides Newcomers a chance to get to know each other better.
Coordinator: Jeanne Dorr


43 Members
Get together at a member's home and play the card game “Canasta”. Bring an appetizer or snack to share and a beverage for yourself. Make new friends. If you are new to this card game we will teach you how. Audience: Anyone is welcome. We can teach you if you haven’t played Canasta. Must have tables of 4, no more than 8 people total. Play, socialize, enjoy.
Coordinator: Lynette M Bianchi
93 Members
This group usually meets on the first or second Friday of the month. We play a variety of board or card games. You are welcome to bring your favorite game or come and play one of ours. Please bring a snack to share and a beverage for yourself. Singles and couples are welcome.
Coordinator: Kathleen Lipscomb
44 Members
Hand & Foot is the interactive Midwestern card game similar to Rummy. Hand & Foot can be played as partners or singles. Usually takes about 3+ hours of play. Each player is dealt two sets of cards, the Hand and the Foot. The object of the game is to be the first to get rid of all your cards by forming melds and your team has the most points. There are a number of variations of this game. We’ll settle on a Midwestern version.
Coordinator: Lynette M Bianchi
76 Members
Ladies Bunco is an easy dice game. No skill required! Please bring a snack or dessert to share and a beverage for yourself.
Coordinator: Lisa Gunter


Outdoor activities
198 Members
Recreational biking monthly April-October in and around Fort Collins. The Easy Riders do shorter rides at an easy pace. We usually stop for brunch or lunch on these rides. No current coordinator.
68 Members
Recreational biking monthly in and around Fort Collins. The Grinders get more serious with longer and faster-paced rides. Lunch stops and stops at breweries have been known to happen on these rides. No current coordinator
29 Members
In the spirit of exercise and fun, we will try to get together weekly from May through October at one of the local 18-hole courses. Most times we will meet at Edora Park. The course is located at the end of Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins. Park in the parking lot on the right. This will be open to all members, and all levels of play are welcome. There is no cost to play.
Coordinator: Joe Fleming
253 Members
We hike year-round on most Wed mornings on regional hikes suited for beginning to intermediate level hikers. The trails are between 3 and 7 miles long and rated between easy and flat to moderately difficult with more elevation change and hilly terrain.
Coordinator: Leslie A Walker
195 Members
Get to know the parks and natural areas throughout Ft Collins with this monthly walking group that lasts about an hour or one mile. Surfaces are paved, gravel and some short single trek paths but do not include significant hills or elevation gains. This is a good start to walking the outdoors for those new to CO altitude or wanting less challenging hikes. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am with possible earlier starts in summer and later in winter. Parking and restrooms are available. There is no charge for the use of any of these areas. Registration will be limited to 20 people.
Coordinator: Lynne A Proctor
55 Members
Play golf Tuesday mornings April through October at Southridge with other men new to Fort Collins.
Coordinator: Ron J Cohen
123 Members
Monday hikes are scheduled most weeks. They range from moderate to challenging, typically 6-10 miles. In the winter many of our higher elevation hikes will be snowshoe hikes.
Coordinator: Ada Kan
47 Members
Whether you are new to golf or a regular player, come join us for 9 holes of golf and make new friendships.
Coordinator: Christie Wayment
64 Members
This group is for the player who is new to pickleball or has limited experience. The player typically views the game as a recreational activity and plays primarily for fun, sun, and low impact exercise. Unsure if this is for you, read More Info.
Coordinator: Holly Slyker
39 Members
A player in this group typically has some racquet/paddle sport (tennis, racquetball, or ping-pong) experience and has typically been playing pickleball for more than a year. The player is often competitive and views the game not only as good exercise, but wants to improve their skill level, so wants to play against more experienced players. This player may also take PB classes and compete in local tournaments at 3.25+ levels. Unsure if you fit? Read More Info.
Coordinator: Charles C Howard
6 Members
Sunday evening bowling at Chipper's Lanes Horsetooth is a fantastic opportunity to unwind and socialize with friends, old and new. Our aim is to create a welcoming environment regardless of gender or skill level. Join us for a 'strike' of camaraderie and good times!
Coordinator: Kristi Turchi


149 Members
Absolutely Lacking Intrinsic Value Entertainment: Make new friends socializing once a month over a casual lunch at a local deli.
Coordinator: Marguerite Matthews
311 Members
Events for all members or for new members.
Coordinator: Pat Hennessey
231 Members
Get together for a couple hours at a member's home and have fun meeting new folks. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a beverage for yourself. Make new friends and reunite with old ones!
Coordinator: Pamela P Novotny
307 Members
Find out why Fort Collins is a perennial favorite on those “Best places'' lists. Join us as we explore your new community and learn more about all the wonderful opportunities in Northern Colorado. Topics and activities will vary from month to month so check the calendar carefully.
Coordinator: Marilyn G Orbann
64 Members
The Singles Group plans a variety of activities for single adults to connect through happy hour, dinners, hiking, nature walks, attending local events, etc. Each newcomer takes care of their own bill
Coordinator: Barbara Gillick
161 Members
This group is for Newest Newcomers, those who joined the club in the current year or the past calendar year. The sole purpose of this group is to get to know others who have recently joined in a social setting. The group is open to both men and women, couples, and singles.
Coordinator: Pat Chamberlain
39 Members
Connect with other newcomers who share a love of travel, both domestic and abroad, while learning valuable travel resources and tips. Monthly meetings feature a wide variety of travel topics, ranging from talks by members about their personal travel adventures to presentations by invited travel professionals to discussions of best travel practices.
Coordinator: Nancy J Pearson

Volunteer Activities

97 Members
Every first Tuesday of the month, from 9-11:30 am, a crew of Newcomer volunteers works at the Food Bank of Larimer County. Volunteers should wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and layered, comfortable clothes to sort, bag, shelve, or otherwise prepare food for distribution. Some activities require wearing a hairnet or gloves, which will be provided. Our numbers are limited to 8 volunteers. If you are not on our list and are interested in volunteering, be sure to sign up on our Interest posting. Sign up on the Events Calendar.
Coordinator: Sarah Gaffney
86 Members
Wanted: FCNC members who want to swing a hammer, frame some walls, plumb a faucet, install cabinets and appliances, stroke a paintbrush, lay some tile and a house. Newcomers is collaborating with Ft. Collins Habitat for Humanity to build 48 homes at Harmony Cottages over the next several years. Our volunteer labor will be part of addressing the housing shortage, while engendering friendships with other Newcomers and community members.
Coordinator: Tom Strause