Activity 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 19 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. Please e-mail any questions to sectionclub@gmail.com

Sections

Adventure

Bus or carpool trips to stimulating points of interest in the Bay Area and surrounding counties. Open to spouses and friends. Does not meet every month. Third Wednesday, all day.

Art of Basketry 

Focuses on making functional or decorative fiber sculptures with a variety of materials using basket-making techniques.  All are welcome - from beginner to experienced participant.  Second Monday, 1:30–4 p.m.

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 six to 10, with occasional all-member events. Hosting rotates, and each host sets the date and assigns recipes.

Book Discussion

Members vote on their book choice, and a volunteer leads the discussion with interesting background information. Completing the book is not necessary to enjoy the discussion. First Friday, 1 p.m.

Drama

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, and so on. 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

Speakers and programs on many aspects of French life and culture. French spoken. First Tuesday, 1:30 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.

Movies

Meets for a movie late on Saturday afternoon, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant or member's home for conversation abou the film. Third Saturday.

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 a new member of last year and then new members will take over, hosting and chairing irregularly scheduled meetings.  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.

Spanish

Meets for coffee and dessert, sometimes for lunch at members’ homes, or we take a field trip to a place of interest. Spanish and English are spoken.  Second Thursday, 1 - 3 p.m.      

Tennis

Open to all members of the Section Club.  Members play on Channing Courts weekdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Drop-in play on Mondays Fridays. Pre-arranged foursomes, Tuesdays through Thursdays, often needing substitutes. Contact chair for info on parking.

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

Meets in members’ homes for a bag lunch and dessert and to share feedback on your own poems, novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs. Several subsections have formed. First Monday, 12:30–3:30 p.m.