Roanoke Valley Branch Interest Groups

In addition to the programs presented at our monthly meetings held at the Community Room at Tanglewood Mall, our branch offers other opportunities for our members to connect. The Roanoke Valley Branch of AAUW encompasses several interest groups, including a monthly book clubs, a theater group, and a safari group. If you would like to be included in one or more of these interest groups, contact the respective coordinator. For more information about each group, click the links below.

Afternoon Book Group | Epicurean Lunch Group | Theater Group | Safari Group |

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Co Coordinators: Melody Blankenship (540-556-7971) and/or Heddie Sumner (540-884-2256)

Unless otherwise noted in blue, all meetings will be at the Tanglewood Mall Community Room next to the elevator on the upper level. Meetings will be at 2:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.  Call the coordinator if you have questions.

2018-2019 Reading List

September 18, 2018 Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African


Author: Trevor Noah

Reviewer: Heddie Sumner


October 16, 2018 Title: A Light in the Wilderness

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick

Reviewer: Beth Ann Rossi


November 13, 2018* Title: The Gilded Years

Author: Karin Tanabe

Reviewer: Barbara Craig

*This is not the usual 3rd Tuesday due to proximity of Thanksgiving Day.


December 18, 2018 Title: Clara and Mr. Tiffany

Author: Susan Vreeland

Reviewer: Jerry Craig


January 15, 2019 Title: The Orchard House

Author: Lucinda Riley

Reviewer: TBA


February 19, 2019 Title: The Women in the Castle

Author: Jessica Shattuck

Reviewer: Nancy Occor


March 19, 2019 Title: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewer: Melody Blankenship


April 16, 2019 Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author: David Grann

Reviewer: Peggy Shifflett


May 21, 2019 Title:Lilac Girls

Author: Martha Hall Kelly

Reviewer: Beth Ann Rossi


June 18, 2019 Title: America’s First Daughter

Author: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Reviewer: Vicky Piper


July 16, 2019 Title: The Female Persuasion

Author: Meg Wolitzer

Reviewer: Melody Blankenship


August 20, 2019 Title: The Last Chinese Chef

Author: Nicole Money

Reviewer: Barbara Craig


September 17, 2019 Title: Britt-Marie Was Here

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewer: Heddie Sumner

Click here for past book group lists:
Morning: 2015-20162014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012
Afternoon: 2015-20162014-2015 | 2013-2014
Evening: 2013-2014  | 2012-2013  | 2011-2012

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Epicurean Lunches

Coordinators: Marilyn Hubbard (343-6838) and Kathy Ward (728-0160)

The Epicurean lunch group provides an opportunity for members to get better acquainted while checking out various restaurants around the Roanoke Valley. The day of week will vary but the time is always 11:30 a.m.   Any changes will be published in the monthly newsletter. Members are asked to please RSVP to one of the coordinators preferably no later than the day before the luncheon. Telephone numbers are provided for each restaurant so that members with dietary needs can contact the restaurant directly.


September 17, 2018 Second Helpings Hours: M-F 8am-3pm

(Monday) 1502 Williamson Road Telephone: 491 9409 Roanoke

October 15, 2018 Lew’s Restaurant Hours: Daily 11am-10pm

(Monday) 7707 Williamson Road Telephone: 563-5332 Roanoke

November 16, 2018 Wildflour Hours: M-Sat 11am-9pm

(Friday) 1212 4th Street Telephone: 343-4543 Roanoke

December 10, 2018 Pete’s Deli Hours: Daily 8 am-8pm

(Monday) 1347 Towne Square Blvd. NW Telephone: 563-2851 Roanoke

January 15, 2019 Montano’s Hours: M-Sat 10am-10pm

(Tuesday) 3733 Franklin Road Telephone: 344-8960 Roanoke

February 15, 2019 Remini’s Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

(Friday) 4210 Brambleton Ave Telephone: 400-0306 Roanoke

March 18, 2019 Carlos Restaurant Hours: M-F 11:30-2pm

(Monday) 4167 Electric Road (Lunch hours) Telephone: 776-1117 Roanoke

April 12, 2019 Hollywood’s Hours: M-Sat 11am-10pm

(Friday) 7770 Williamson Road Telephone: 362-1812 Roanoke

May 21, 2019 Bellacino’s Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

(Tuesday) 4373 Starkey Road Telephone: 989-2009 Roanoke

June 14, 2019 Blue Apron Hours: T-Sat 11:30am-2pm

(Friday) 210 E Main Street (Lunch hours) Telephone: 375-0055 Salem

July 22, 2019 To Be Announced

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img_groups_theaterTHEATER GROUP

Coordinator: Gloria Elliott (384-0428)

Our Theater Group attends local performing arts events, primarily those presented by Roanoke College, Hollins University, Showtimers, The Attic, and MMT.


Contact the coordinator for details.

Click here for past plays attended by the Theater Group

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img_groups_safariSAFARI GROUP

June 1, 2019

THE MOTON MUSEUM – Farmville, Virginia

Formerly the Robert Russa Moton High School, now a National Historic Landmark and Museum – the student birthplace of America’s Civil Rights Movement. Contact Pat Hales for more Information.

Past trips include:

  • Hopkins Gap with lunch at Turner Hams: learn more about Appalachia country with this inspirational and educational trip to Hopkins Gap which will include lunch at Turner Hams and a visit to the Dayton Markets.
  • Southwest Virginia: historical Saltville, VA, Museum of the Middle Appalachians, lunch at Heartwood in Abingdon and a Barter Theater production of “Mary Poppins”.
  • Poplar Forest & Liberty Station: Thomas Jefferson enjoyed “the solitude of a hermit” at his year-round retreat near Lynchburg, Virginia”. Experience the history, restoration and events at Jefferson’s second home.
  • “Bluff, Bridge, and Canal” – Buchanan: The quiet town of Buchanan is full of history. We learned the origins of the Kanawha Canal; walked across the James River on the old wooden foot bridge; visited a railroad dining car that is now a B & B; took a scenic drive to Button’s Bluff to see the railroad tracks that go through a mountain, and more.
  • “Dig, Mold Construct” – Blue Ridge: Our tour included Boxley Quarries – the quarry is a mini Grand Canyon and one day will be reclaimed as a lake; General Shale where we toured the plant, peeked into the kiln, and were surprised at the many different “recipes” for brick; Central Water’s water treatment plant in Hardy.

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Coordinator: Barbara Craig

Formed last year, the Diversity Interest Group provides on-going opportunities for interested members to read, think about, discuss, and experience diversity-related issues and activities in a safe and supportive environment.

What: Group activities include discussions of diversity-related articles;

These are experiential activities on diversity issues; sharing and discussing personally

experienced diversity-related incidents; and planning support for Branch diversity

program meetings.

Where: Barbara Craig hosts the group at her home, 2620 Turnberry Road, Salem (near Lewis-Gale Hospital).

When: The group meets monthly on a Saturday afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

Those attending each meeting decide the specific date for the following month’s  meeting. For more information on each month’s date, see the Branch Newsletter, website, and emails, or contact Barbara at, or 989-1379.