Activities & Interests

General Meetings

AWAR has a celebrated history of monthly general meetings at select venues with outstanding guest speakers. Ambassadors, artists, authors, doctors, economists, journalists, movie stars, and professors have spoken to our members on a wide range of important, stimulating, or sometimes just amusing subjects. Usually a luncheon, they also take different formats in relation to the program.

Neighborhood Morning Coffee

Hosted by an AWAR member, these free monthly gatherings give us a chance to see our friends and meet new ones, too. Whether we meet in a city apartment or in a country garden setting, just the right atmosphere is created to enjoy our time together. We bring a sweet or savoury for the table and inevitably leave with a new recipe, a new friend or both!

Wine & Cheese Evenings

Wine and cheese are an important part of the art of Italian culture and cuisine. These casual evenings feature members proposing their favorites. Husbands and partners often join the congenial company for a relaxed night out among friends.

Gala Events

Community-wide gala events are organized each year to raise funds for our community service and scholarship programs. Held at some of Rome's most exclusive venues, these evenings provide a rewarding combination of elegant enjoyment and community benefit. A theme characterizes the events. Some of those held in the past include Moonlight and Roses, Roman Holiday, Secret Garden, Sentimental Journey, Support the Children, and Power of Flowers.

Other Activities

ABC's of Drawing  
The ABC's of Drawing is based on the famous Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain method for those who don't know how to draw and think they could never learn. Taught by an established AWAR artist, it meets weekly for 10 weeks.

Advanced Cooking
We will explore, in depth, recipes and cooking techniques using a test kitchen format. Join us if you have a solid culinary knowledge and want to take your skills to a higher level. Once per month.

AWAR Entrepreneurs
AWAR Entrepreneurs is a monthly meeting for experienced, new, and aspiring business owners. With the aim of creating a network of support for each other, women can share experiences and offer advice relating to running a business in and/or from Rome. Each month a new talking point or speaker will be introduced.

Burraco is a very popular card game, rather like Canasta, played all over Italy by all ages, for pleasure or competitively in tournaments, and there are many website for playing online. Games are reguarly organized as fund raisers for charity. AWAR's group plays purely for enjoyment, at a charming boutique hotel, twice a month on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Creative Writing Group
A group of members who enjoy writing -- all genres welcome, poetry, novels, short stories, etc. -- meet to discuss each other's works in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. New members are very welcome. Usually meets once a month on a Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the home of the activity's coordinator.

Ex Libris
The Ex Libris Book Club meets once a month in the center of Rome. The reading list is chosen by the group and includes prize-winning titles, books that have received good reviews or that are pertinent to the moment, plus the occasional classic. Each month there is a short informational presentation about the book and the author before general discussion. 

Girl Scouts of the USA
The premier leadership experience for girls, Girl Scouts, is available in Rome to girls from kindergarten through high school. Troops are established at a number of international schools. The Rome Girl Scout calendar offers activities that capture the indomitable spirit of today's girls and provides the chance to make new friendships that will last a lifetime. Opportunities for adult volunteers.

Great Writers Series
Brush up on your Shakespeare? Catch up on Keats? AWAR is privileged to have a lecturer, Professor Rory Stuart, actor, director and scholar whose lectures on the world's greatest writers are riveting performances.

Two to three hour walks and hikes, mostly in country settings. Our aim is to finish up near a trattoria to enjoy a delicious meal! Anyone with reasonable stamina will be comfortable participating. The goal is exercise, fresh air, gorgeous views, good company and good food.  Once per month.

Italian Conversation Breakfast
The Italian Conversation Breakfast group helps you exercise your Italian in person in the best coffee shops in Rome. Participants enjoy the setting and the chance to see friends whilst practicing Italian and picking up insights into the language and the culture. 

Italian Glamour
The aim of this activity group is to provide special opportunities for AWAR members to learn, experience and enjoy the history, style, beauty and secrets of Italian Glamour. The group will visit Italian ateliers and meet with designers and fashion communication experts.

Opera Appreciation
Led by a Juilliard maestro, opera enthusiasts preview the operas being performed at the Rome Opera House by viewing a DVD and discussing it, and also learn about the Rome production.

Join us if you love photography and want to expand your creative and technical knowledge. We will go on adventures photographing the urban environment and landscape in and around Rome. Specific themes, like food photography will also be explored. Once per month. Note: Even if you use an iPhone or other smart phone for your photography that's fine too!

Quilting and Crafts
A monthly get together, usually at a member's home, to explore the arts of quilting, knitting and beading -- sometimes there is a crossover between these handcraft arts. All levels welcome as members share their know how with other members. Attendees will be alerted to a variety of craft outlets, hobby shows, vendors and Italian-organized events relative to creative arts in Rome.

A fun Scrabble get together, meets once a month to play, socialize and enjoy a potluck meal. Significant others welcome, space limited to 12 participants.

Wine Appreciation
Led by an accredited sommelier, the evenings begin with a short power-point presentation on a wine topic followed by a wine tasting, usually 4 wines related to the selected topic. An opportunity to learn about and taste wines of excellent quality in an enjoyable social setting among friends.

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