Social Activities

       

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Willowbend is a vibrant and gracious community. Residents have rich and widely varied interests and life experiences. A focal point of the community is the wide range of social activities encouraged by the Board of Directors and enjoyed by many throughout the year. Wherever your interests lie, you’ll find warm and welcoming neighbors and friends.

Following is a profile of regular activities in the community and contact information:


Book Clubs
An afternoon group meets at 1.30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.
Contact: Susie Hess at shess220@gmail.com or 718-429-5237
An evening group meets at 7.00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.
Contact: Joyce Cekander at joycekander@yahoo.com or 941-993-2625
Books, selected by the hostess of the month who leads the discussion, are usually contemporary fiction.
Knitting/Crochet Group
The group meets approximately every two weeks to share ideas and help one another with projects. The group has all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
Contact: Melody Jakubiak at melodyjakubiak@yahoo.com
Ladies Breakfasts
The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Contact: Barbara Wichowski at barwich29@msn.com or 973-202-2086 or Roseann Santiago at bigmamarosie58@gmail.com or cell 941-451-1308 (home 941-918-9843)
Ladies Lunches
The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Roseann Santiago at bigmamarosie58@gmail.com or cell 941-451-1308 (home 941-918-9843)
Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg groups meet weekly at various times. Meetings rotate among members’ homes. Meeting days, times, and frequency are flexible. Alberta Alese is available to give lessons to people who want to learn how to play.
Contact: Alberta Alese at uslifer@gmail.com
Men's Lunches
Men's lunch group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Sam Hess at samhess@wiredtotheworld.net or 718-541-9604
Social Committee
The social committee holds social events throughout the year for residents.
Contact: Joyce Cekander at joycekander@yahoo.com or 941-993-2625 or Roseann Santiago at bigmamarosie58@gmail.com, cell 941-451-1303 or home 941-918-9843
Water Aerobics
This group meets at the community pool, Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. during the winter and 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. during the summer.
Contact Linda Delaney at linda11@yahoo.com or 941-870-4481
Wine Tasting
Wine tastings are held on the second Saturday of the month, October through May. The host for the month provides the venue and selects the wines to be tasted. Since the events are held in the hosts' homes, participants take turns hosting the events. Guests bring an appetizer or dessert to share. At the end of the evening, the cost of the wine is divided among those attending.
Contact: Joyce Cekander at joycekander@yahoo.com or 941-993-2625