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Interest Groups

Organized and led by volunteer members, these groups meet around a specific topic or interest on a regular basis (weekly or monthly) during the academic year. Group size may range from 5 to 30 participants.


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After Hours

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After Hours is a group for Harvard Neighbors members who are interested in participating in fun activities outside of working hours. We provide opportunities to gather on weeknights for events such as game nights, movies, or dinner and drinks, as well as occasional weekend day-trips in or around the Boston area.

Art Explorations

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We encourage participants to express their creative ideas by exploring different forms of art, and by using a variety of art materials.

Community Service and Outreach

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The Community Service and Outreach is active in improving the Cambridge community, catering to the at-risk and in-need populations of the area. The focus of this group is to provide volunteers and support for local non-profits, programs, and organizations that seek to better the greater Harvard community. We will also create our own projects and programs to improve the Cambridge community. The projects will capitalize on what Harvard Neighbors does best: Being a good neighbor. 

Cultural Traditions

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We welcome everyone from all over the world. Our goals are for participants to form lasting friendships and to enjoy the rich bounty of our unique cultures.

English Conversation Practice

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Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced speaker, we offer multiple groups where you can practice the English language in an informal conversational setting.

French Book Club

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We discuss classic and contemporary works of fiction in French. Our friendly and stimulating meetings are enhanced by refreshments.

French Conversation

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We welcome franco-phones and intermediate, advanced and native French speakers.

Harvard Neighbors Board

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The Harvard Neighbors Board is consisted of elected members of the organization. Elections are held once a year at the Annual Meeting.

Infant & Toddler Playgroup

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Infant & Toddler Playgroup invites parents with infants and toddlers (0-3 years) meet to share friendship, experiences and activities.

Italian Conversation

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We welcome speakers of Italian with some proficiency, as well as native speakers to enjoy sociability and conversation.

Japanese Conversation

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The Japanese Culture Group holds Japanese Conversation classes once a month.
We welcome every Harvard Neighbor member of native origin or non native-Japanese speaker with some proficiency to enjoy a conversation and to understand and recognize the differences of every culture, along relaxing with tea and sweets!

Knitting for Everyone

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Join us every Tuesday from 12-1 during and spend time with people who share a love for fiber.

Living Green

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Living Green - DIY “green” products for you and your home.
You will learn how to make natural beauty products and household cleaners. We will share ideas, recipes and you will go home with samples to try for yourself.
This group will discuss the ideas and prepare the samples of Green household cleaners, and natural beauty products such as laundry detergent, furniture polish, Marseille Soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm, bath-fizzies etc.

Group leader, Irina Brandina, was teaching Green Line workshops for last 4 years, to more than 300 people.

Lunchtime Book Group

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This group reads fiction and non-fiction, recent publications and classics, almost all available in paperback.

MIT Women’s Chorale

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MIT Women's Chorale (directed by Kevin Galie) encourages you to explore your musical side! The chorale's repertoire covers a wide range of styles, including both secular and sacred.

Out and About

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Out and About takes you on fun, informative outings in and around Harvard, Cambridge and the Boston area. Occasionally, we will take you to a Harvard Treasure or on an insider tour generally not available to the public.

Spanish and Latin American Culture and Cinema

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The Spanish and Latin American Culture and Cinema members enjoy a monthly viewing of Spanish and Latin American films followed by a discussion/conversation in Spanish.

Telling Lives: Memoir Writing

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What's past is prologue! Join our long-running supportive memoir writing group to help you set down in print some of your life's chapters.

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