ADULTS – BLACKHAWK AFFINITY GROUPS
Important Notice: Blackhawk Affinity Groups (BAGS) are moving to The Table and this web page will soon disappear. Many groups are already listed on The Table — Blackhawk’s online community that allows you to connect with others with similar interests. Click here to learn more about The Table and how to find and join affinity groups. If you don’t find a group for your area of interest, consider starting your own!
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Are you looking for a way to connect around Blackhawk? Would you like to get to know other people who enjoy some of the same kinds of things you do? A Blackhawk Affinity Group (BAG) could be for you! A BAG is simply an organized opportunity to meet others with a common interest. Anyone can participate – BAGS welcome friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Just click on a name from the list below to learn more about any of the affinity groups.
If your particular area of interest is not on the list, consider starting a BAG of your own! If you are interested in starting a new BAG and becoming the Point Person, fill out the BAG Interest Form. If you are the Point Person for an existing BAG and need to update your group’s information, please complete the Bag Update Form.
Questions? Contact Carmen Boyd.
Do you play an acoustic instrument? Guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin? Join us in playing acoustic instruments and singing together. We hope to encourage one another and learn how to play in front of an audience and together. We meet on Tuesday evenings at Blackhawk, beginning in September.
Contact: Jim Southard
The Adoption Community BAG provides fellowship, encouragement and resources to current adoptive families, families in the adoption process and those who are interested in adoption. Our monthly meetings combine pizza and fellowship (kids included) and a discussion/prayer time to inform and encourage the adults. Please join us to connect around some wonderful stories of God’s care for orphans. We meet monthly on Friday evenings, with an occasional Saturday recreational event just for fun.
Contact: Ellen Blust
The focus of the group is to spend time with others who have an appreciation for the arts. We’ll send out announcements for various live events in the area including art exhibits (e.g. Gallery Night in Madison; Warhol in Milwaukee at the MAM), independent films (Sundance), plays, live music performances, etc. As most artists know, it can be more fun to go to these events with other artists, musicians, writers, actors, etc.
Anyone is encouraged to sign up for the email list and check it out. When you receive an email about an event, you can respond if you want to come. If we need to buy tickets in advance, you’ll receive ticket information and we’ll meet in the lobby.
Anyone is welcome to join the fun – invite a friend!
Please join us on September 16, where tapas will be served and cool ideas will be the main course. Please bring three possible events that we could do this year to the table. Let’s make this year absolutely unforgettable as we explore together!
Contact: Laura Gallagher
The group will meet monthly on a Friday or Saturday night, starting in our home in February 2013.
Contact Cyndi Fine.
Families with preschool and grade school children gather once a month for a game night in homes.
This is a night for adults to connect and play games while children make new friends, too.
Meeting 6:30 pm one Saturday a month, October to May, in the Madison area.
Contact: Heather Gassman
Fish the local lakes on a 16′ boat with the guys. Fishing dates and lake locations are open. Please join us for some fishing until freeze up.
Contact: Don Nydam
Challenging dishes shared in homes. We will meet about once a month. The dinners are open to couples, singles, anyone who likes to cook, and of course, eat! Menus are selected by the host(s) and everyone is assigned a recipe to bring, with the hosts preparing the main dish. For those who enjoy taking on some more challenging dishes in the kitchen and planning more complex menus – not just your everyday type of fare.
Contact: Gail Braier
Yoga has been described as a physical practice that can be beneficial to the mind, body and spirit. As Christ-following yoga practitioners, we would like to build a community where the yoga postures can be practiced and taught in a Christ-honoring way. We will teach a 60 minute yoga class which will include an active flowing combination of strengthening and stretching poses that encourage you to stay safe and feel challenged and successful. This class is open to all ages and physical activity levels.
Dates: We typically meet the second Thursday of each month. Please contact Rachel Reinhart to receive information about our next session.
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Blackhawk Brader Way, Room 161
Contact Rachel Reinhart for details. MK Martin will be the co-leader for the group.
Are you interested in living more sustainably and reducing your eco-footprint? Do you want to ‘green’ your lifestyle and build community along the way? EnAct encourages people to form green teams to help participants make changes in their daily lives and conserve energy, save water, waste less, drive less and eat well. We are hoping to form some green teams at Blackhawk as a way to promote environmental stewardship. If you are interested in getting involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to makes some changes for the better and an interest in living more sustainably!
Visit www.enactwi.org for more information.
Contact: Kayla Baake
Exploring trails and natural settings of southern Wisconsin. We meet on select Saturday mornings and enjoy fellowship and the beauty of God’s creation. No experience or equipment needed.
Contact: Steve Fine
The Men’s Chorus BAG is meeting Monday nights at 7 pm at church. We have had about 16 to 20 men participating, and have sung at various venues in the greater Madison area. We welcome any men who like to sing. Having a fantastic voice is not a pre-requisite. We have great fellowship in a very non-threatening environment. Interested men should feel free to come and “test the water” before making a commitment. Cost is free.
Contact: Robert Ames
Moms! Need a break? Enjoy fun monthly activities with a group of fellow moms. Gatherings are typically scheduled in the evenings or weekends, about once a month. These events are sponsored by the Blackhawk Titus Group (Moms of preschoolers) but all moms are welcome. We also meet in the Blackhawk Gym every other Thursday, 9-11 am, for a play date.
Contact: Nikki Winterberg to RSVP or for details.
Mothers and daughters of girls ages 8-12 years meet and talk about our favorite books. Books are from all genres and the content will build the character of the young girls. We meet once a month in a local coffee shop or participant’s home.
Contact: Claire Falk Wells
Learn about unique cultures, social movements and international affairs by watching meaningful yet entertaining movies and documentaries. If you love watching movies and discovering more about our world, this group is for you! Examples of movies we will watch include: Hotel Rwanda, Cry Freedom, City of God. Group meetings are the first Friday of each month.
Contact: Efosa Ojomo
Do you like the outdoors? How about camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting, snowboarding/skiing? If so, then you’ll want to be a part of the Blackhawk Outdoor Club. The group coordinator will ensure that at least one event/activity is scheduled each season. All group members are encouraged to coordinate events/activities as well.
Contact: Emilie Shields
This group is about growing as a photographer. Whether from the first time picking up a camera or a already a pro. We are a group of folks wanting to better themselves at photography and share information/help each other out. We generally meet for a workshop/review the second Saturday of the month. We then network with each other to go out and shoot during the rest of the month. There is a Challenge based on the workshop, if you wish, to give you purpose for the month. Then we meet again the second Saturday to review the photos and the cycle starts over. All ages, levels, digital or film.
Log in to Facebook, then in the search bar at the top, type “Blackhawk Photo Group.”
Join the group.
Enjoy playing Ping-Pong? Then come and play with others in this fun sport! We have everyone from “experts” (people playing in leagues), to those who haven’t played in 15 years, to those just wanting to improve their game. Everyone’s welcome! NOTE: meeting date/times are currently in flux, so let us know your interest and what works best for you!
Contact co-leaders Jing Ning and Daniel Yang here.
The goal is to get together and encourage one another in our fitness goals while running/walking. All ages, speeds and experience are welcome. Truly, come as you are!
Contact Paul Riley for details.
S.O.S. (Singles Over Sixty) meets the second Wednesday of each month for Coffee-Time. Fish Fry Friday is the last Friday of each month. The Gastronomical Tour of the World takes the group to a different Ethnic Lunch each month. This is a congenial group of men and women who enjoy having someone to share dinner or a movie, a play, lunch or anything else we might find that the group thinks would be fun! Any Single Over 60 who attends Blackhawk is very welcome to join this group!
We meet Thursdays from 7-10 pm in the church gym for co-ed pick-up volleyball. The goal is for the group to have a social element and be friendly and welcoming to non-church folks, as well as help people improve their volleyball skills.
Contact: Brian Hart
The Blackhawk Book Club for women (BBC) meets once a month, usually on the fourth Monday evening, 7-8:30 pm, in a different home each month. At our August meeting we bring suggestions and vote on books for the whole year. We don’t meet in December.
Many of the books we read are fiction, the majority not by Christian writers, but we also read some non-fiction and some Christian books. Newcomers are welcome at any time. Contact Alison Haworth for more information or to be added to the email list for news and updates.
List of books read in the past 17+ years
Contact: Alison Haworth
Wanna write good? Our writers group may be able to help you. We’re a mix of generations, genders and genres who meet monthly to share our writing dreams and goals with each other. Whether you’re interested in poetry, fiction, short stories, newsletters, inspirational materials or technical writing, we will encourage you on your writing journey. Join us!
Contact: Shelley Soceka