Summer is here, and we have plenty of activities to get us out enjoying the summer city and the countryside!
Get Out and Explore
Friday, 9 June We will enjoy the beauty of the Botanical Garden, now in full bloom. This is also our last chance to visit the Art Nouveau Mediterranean Greenhouse, which was built many years ago and will be closed soon for restoration during the next two years.
Friday, June 16 Get a good inside view of the pink parliament house (the Landtag) of Brandenburg, with a guided tour of this spectacular work of rebuilding in the center of Potsdam.
Wednesday, June 21 A visit to the Allied Museum will bring political and military history to life. The museum focuses on the roles of the Western Allies (US, France and Britain) in Germany—particularly Berlin—between 1945 and 1994, and their contribution to liberty
in Berlin during the Cold War era.
Wednesday, June 28
In 2017 an art boulevard was officially opened as a joint project of the communities Hohen Neuendorf and Birkenwerder in Brandenburg, on the northwest border of Berlin. We will have an exclusive tour of the open-air sculpture gallery by the head of the project.
Food, Drink, and Friends
Thursday, 1 June The Business Lunch group will meet at the Midtown Grill, which was inspired by classic American steakhouses. The open show kitchen prepares delicious steaks as well as vegetarian and fish dishes.
Tuesday 14 June Enjoy a variety of lunch choices with fresh ingredients at the Arema Restaurant, in a beautifully restored building from the 1890s.
The Cook In and Dine Out Group plans to volunteer with the Berliner Tafel, sorting rescued food and packing food bags for the needy.
Books and Films
Wednesday, 14 June The Biographies Book Group will meet to discuss Free: Coming of Age at the End of History. by Lea Ypi. This is a moving and funny account of how a young girl (now a noted political scientist at the London School of Economics) comes to terms with the changes taking place around her in post-Stalinist Albania in the 1990s.
Monday, 26 June The Afternoon Book Group meets by Zoom to discuss The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O‘Farrell, a historical novel set in the sixteenth century and based on the life of Lucrezia de’ Medici, was married off at the age of 13 to the Duke of Ferrara, as a last-minute substitute for her older sister, Maria, who died just before the wedding.
On a mutually convenient date, the Science Group will discuss Greg Jenner’s much-praised book, A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Daily Life From the Stone Age to the Phone Age. A perfect summer read, entertaining and informative. The Film Buffs Group meets on an ad hoc basis, at times convenient to participants.
Stay Fit With Walking Groups
Saturday, 10 June A hike around six of Tempelhof’s diverse and beautiful parks: Marienhöhe, Alboinplatz, Bosepark, Lehnepark, Alter Park, and Franckepark.
Wednesday 14 June A walk along the Tegeler Fließ in northern Berlin—a beautiful wetland nature reserve—with a visit to important members of the maintenance staff: the Asian water buffaloes whose graving keeps the area from being overgrown by invasive shrubs.
Every Wednesday A walk around Schlachtensee.
Every Thursday A walk around Tiergarten (except 1 June at Gärten der Welt).
Crafts, Languages, and Games
Want to brush up your language skills, or relax with crafts and games? Plenty of opportunities here!
Monday, 12 and 26 June English Speakers
Tuesday, 13 and 27 June German Speakers
Wednesday, 28 June French speakers
At a mutually convenient time, the Spanish Speakers Group will see the film Adios Buenos Aires, about a tango band trying to keep their heads above water in Buenos Aires during the curency crisis of 2001.
The Club has multiple Mah Jong groups that play regularly, as well as a crafts group that meets at participants’ convenience.