Wednesdays Meetings and member-led Interest Groups are both great ways to meet other spouses and partners. Our Interest Groups are created, organized and run by members for members, and are usually free of charge. Many interest groups have forums that you can access on MIT FamilyNet, our online community.
From February to May and September to December, these weekly meetings are organized by the staff for the spouses and partners of MIT students, scholars, staff and faculty. Childcare is provided. Each meeting revolves around a specific topic or activity. We invite speakers from campus, the community, or our group to share their expertise; we visit interesting places in Boston; we socialize around art and fitness. Find upcoming meeting topics on our calendar.
The meetings take place in the Eastgate Penthouse on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm unless otherwise noted on the calendar. A volunteer will be available to open the door for you in the lobby between 3-3:30 p.m. Presentations begin at 3:30 P.M. All members are welcome at any meeting, but we all know that plans can change at the last minute. This meeting is a good place to meet representatives of our interest groups and to get to know more about our activities. There are usually 15-25 people at each meeting. Babies and children are welcome in our meetings, and free optional childcare is available in the Eastgate playroom during our meetings. Learn more about our Babysitting Service.
See currently scheduled groups and meetings on our calendar.
Our current interest groups are created by members and include a book club, cooking club, parent-child groups, and cultural encounters with the Japanese tea ceremony, Argentine tango, and Middle Eastern dance. In general childcare is not provided by interest groups, but some groups plan kid-friendly events. If you’re not sure if an event is kid-friendly, ask a group leader. To sign up for an interest group, please contact the group leader or contact Jennifer Recklet Tassi, the Program Manager, at 617-253-1614 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t see what you’re looking for? You can create your own interest group. We'll help you get started!
We're a very sociable group. The food & conversation are as important to us as the books. New members are always welcome. Come meet us even if you haven't read the book! We read a variety of books- from classics to pop novels. Members will suggest book to read and the final selection is decided by a group vote. Meeting dates and times can vary depending upon everyone's schedules, though we usually meet on the second or third Monday of the month from 8pm to 10ish. Meetings can take place at local coffee shops, restaurants, or at a member's home. Any members who have questions regarding bringing children to the meeting, please contact Kathleen for more information. Join the Book Group on MIT FamilyNet, our online community, and Facebook! Kathleen Sullivan at kathleensullivan at hotmail dot com
The MIT spouses&partners cooking group is for any MIT member who has a love and passion for food and cooking. All our members are of varied skill level of cooking and share a common interest in food of different regions and culture. MIT spouses&partners cooking club is an open club. We welcome all MIT members who are interested in food and cooking to come together to share their culinary knowledge and passion. Members of the cooking club share expenses of purchasing ingredients. The cooking club does not meet during the summer. Join the cooking group on MIT FamilyNet, our online community.
All knitters and beginners are welcome! Learn how to knit and share this hobby with others. Children are welcome at our meetings. For more information, contact Majda Tanovic.
Middle Eastern Dance
Are you fascinated by the diversity of expression of this perhaps oldest and most feminine of dance forms? Come try it out Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00.
To join, contact Loni Butera at (617) 491-5657, or by e-mail.
Parent - Child Groups
MIT spouses&partners sponsors a number of member-led parent-child groups.
Moms-to-be: This group meets regularly. Catch up, chat, and meet other expectant women. Led by MIT community members.
New Moms Group: A peer-led group for moms of babies who are newborns up to one year old. Bring your baby and watch everyone grow!
BabyNet Play Group: This is a joyful playgroup where MIT parents and children find a space to play, sing and read stories together. Is also a great way to meet other parents and for your children to play and interact socially. Children from infancy to toddlerhood are welcome. We bring the toys, imagination and open hearts for singing. Come along with your children and have fun with us.
Japanese Tea Ceremony Lessons
Japanese Tea Ceremony is the Japanese traditional way of serving and drinking tea.
New students are welcome at any time during the semester. Each student will receive individual instruction based on his or her level of experience. The best way to learn the ceremony is to attend lessons on a regular basis. You can also get a tea ceremony certificate from Kyoto Urasenke (School of Tea) of Japan. Mrs. Wada will also teach Ryuurei (seated at a table, rather than kneeling on the floor).
If interested, you are welcome to observe a class and to speak with Mrs. Wada about the lesson.
Argentine Tango Classes
Taught by Simonida Cekovic-Vuletic
Experience the wistfulness, sensuality and sophistication of Argentine Tango! This is the original form of tango that developed in Argentina in the early 20th century. Its elegant and graceful leg movements, subtlety, and aesthetic appeal are nowadays treasured by numerous tangueros around the world.
Simonida started her career as Argentine tango teacher, performer and choreographer in San Francisco. She has intensely studied tango in Buenos Aires exploring different styles with various world famous teachers, like Carlos Gavito and Gustavo Naveira. In addition to teaching group tango classes, workshops and private lessons, she has performed in various tango events in the US. A regular tango teacher in the Boston and Cambridge area. Previous training in ballet. In her teaching and performing, Simonida emphasizes delicacies of the feet placement, adornments, elegance, long lines, sensuality, and dramatic expression through contrast between dynamic moves and pauses.
Find upcoming classes on our calendar.