Sections

Since 1927, the University Section Club has encouraged a sense of community on the Berkeley campus. Welcoming newcomers and reaching across departmental boundaries from all corners of the university, it has been a catalyst for friendship and for service. All members are invited to our club-wide events: Fall Reception, Winter Dinner, Beehive, Intercampus Open House, and Spring Fundraiser.

As its name suggests, the Sections or interest groups are the heart of the club.  Their number and activities are limited only by the imagination and energy of the members. At the moment there are 17 sections that mirror the richness of the Berkeley community. Section Club membership is required before joining an activity section.  Each section may assess its own fees.

Birding

Monthly outings to different habitats, from shorelines to hills, to observe birds and other interesting features. Bring lunch and water. No experience needed. First Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Bon Appétit

Themed dinner parties for groups of 6 to 10, with occasional all-member events. Hosting rotates, and each host sets the date and assigns recipes. Dinner costs are shared.

Book Discussion

Open to all members who love to read and discuss books. Lively discussions held every month, complimented with delicious refreshments. Meetings are held in members' homes. Our program runs October - April, culminating in May with a special restaurant luncheon featuring a noteworthy author/speaker. First Friday, 1 p.m. (except January).

Drama

Different plays performed in members’ homes following one rehearsal (without memorization). Each producer selects the plays and cast, and everyone pitches in to transport props, set up lights and chairs, provide food and wine, etc. Experience not required, only the desire to have fun and learn about theater and literature. Audience welcome. Fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m., September–October and January–April.

French

For lovers of French culture to enjoy speakers presenting topics in French on aspects of literature and life in countries where French is spoken. First Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

German

Programs on different aspects of contemporary life and cultural heritage in German-speaking countries. Meetings in both German and English. Third Tuesday, 2–4 p.m.

Italian

Lectures on different aspects of Italian life (art, literature, science, politics), followed by a delicious lunch of mainly Italian cuisine, where the exchange of ideas always shape and spice up our conversations. Second Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Participate in a gentle, five-centuries old practice with a focus on mindfulness. Takes place in a tatami-mat tea room. Enjoy a gathering which includes tea and sweets, art, nature, culture and the company of others. 6 meetings, 2nd Monday 10:00 a.am to 12:00 p.m.

Movies

Attend movies on big screens in darkened theatres in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. Selected movies are for the most part nonviolent and spark discussion over dinner. Third Thursday.

Music

Open to solo and group performers, as well as music listeners. Enjoy tea and concerts in members’ homes or join the chorus (with a professional conductor) that rehearses every Tuesday from 9:30–11:30 a.m. First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. except for 11:00 a.m. May meeting with luncheon.

Newcomers

A section just for members new to the Club.  The first meeting will be chaired by our past president and then new members will take over, hosting and chairing meetings to fit their schedule.  A chance to find out about sections, meet officers of the Club, and learn about special events and philanthropic activities.

 

Photography

Includes tips on strategies and techniques to improve your own photography, special visits by professional photographers, and fieldtrips to points of interest. First Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Sew and So

Provides a creative social setting to mend, sew, embroider, knit, or crochet together. Fourth Tuesday, 1:30 –3:30 p.m.

Tennis

Members play on Channing Courts. Drop-in play on Mondays and Fridays. Pre-arranged foursomes, Tuesdays through Thursdays, often needing substitutes. Parking available under the courts. Weekdays, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

UC Berkeley Art Museum

Meets four times a year for guided exhibition tours at the UC Berkeley Art Museum or a presentation at the Pacific Film Archives. Second Friday, 10–11 a.m.

Walking

Enjoy the mid-week solitude of nearby parks, hillsides, shorelines, and cityscapes. We’ll carpool to each trailhead. Bring lunch and water. Second Wednesday, 9 a.m.–early afternoon.

Writers’ Workshop

Meet monthly in members’ homes for a bag lunch and dessert. Read and receive feedback on our original works in progress: novels, memoirs, other non-fiction, poems, short stories, essays. Beginners as well as experienced writers are encourage to participate in a supportive environment. First Mondays, 12:30–3:30 p.m.