Special Interests

We are OPEN! 

We offer a variety of interested-based groups and programs for our members. The groups and programs are an excellent way to meet people with similar interests while engaging in an activity you love! 

Special Interests are available for members only. 

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Park and Play: Bumper Bingo! 

Wednesday | June 2 & 16 | 1 - 3 p.m.

$1 per card | Must arrive by 12:30 pm to purchase cards  

Starting in June Bumper BINGO we will be inside of The Branch Connection. Our loyal bingo caller will be here to call out your numbers. Come enjoy the fun with your friends and be sure to let us know when you have a BINGO! Call 972.919.8740 to register. Please remember to bring money bingo to purchase a bingo card. 


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Experiencing Brain Fog? Thinkabilities is here to help!

Mondays | 9 a.m. | Free

Free | Instructor: Anna Abner

Do you find that your brain is a little foggy from the COVID-19 pandemic and isolation? Our Thinkabilities program can help with brain-challenging activities and homework worksheets. Register by calling 972.919.8740.


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Shared Moments 

Mondays | June 14 & 28 | 10:15 a.m. 

Free | Leader, Fred Williams

What’s your story? In this group, you will have the opportunity to hear others recall and share life memories as well as share your own. All are welcome! Register below or by calling 972-919-8740.

Also on Zoom


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Book Club LIVE or on ZOOM

Come meet kindred book lovers, as they discuss the reading of a different book each month. Also on Zoom for those not wanting to meet in person. Register by calling 972.919.8740.

Free | Leader: Bernard McDonnell

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance

Monday | June 14 | 1 p.m. 

Vance writes about his upbringing, family history of poverty, and low-paying physical jobs in Middletown, Ohio that have since disappeared or worsened today.  


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Photo Club

Wednesdays | May 26, June 9 & 23 | 1 p.m.

Free | Instructor: Deborah Hutchins

Location: The Branch Connection

Come and share your love of photography. Learn some basic photography techniques, go out and take pictures and then view your pictures with the group with slideshows. Anyone with a camera or smartphone camera is welcome!  


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An Exercise in Critical Thinking; Conversations in Neglected History

Fridays | 9:30 a.m.

Location: The Branch Connection  Also on Zoom  

The heart of historical study is both a SCIENCE and an Art. To be interesting, facts must be accompanied by compelling storytelling. All too often 'official versions' limit our understanding of history. You are welcome to enjoy our guest speakers and join in our lively discussions. You can register using the links below or by calling 972-919-8740.

DateTopicPresenter
May 14Construction ProjectsJeanette
May 21Mini TopicsJesse Spurway
May 28 Texas Convention 1836
Kevin Malcolm
June 4World History of CommunicationTommy Thompson
June 11Women and PresidencyJesse Spurway
June 18Shopping TrendsDelores Jefferson
June 25History of Ft. McKavettRhett Kearns

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Free Tuesday Night Trivia on Facebook Live

Play along in our Tuesday Trivia challenge. You don’t have to be a whiz kid to join us, just love to have fun! The winner receives a free pizza, delivered right to your door.

May 25 | 6 p.m. | Category: Music

These general music questions cover everything from artists' deaths, album release years, band member names and more. It's full of fun questions that cover a wide range of music trivia. 

June 29 | 6 p.m. | Category: Toys and Games

This challenge is about board games and other games people love to play. It covers children and adult games and other sorts of game trivia.

Monthly Facebook Link


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Garden Group through Zoom.

Landscape 101

Wednesday | June 16 | 10 a.m. 

Free | Speaker: Lois Diggs, Dallas County Master Gardener

Learn about xeriscape, waterwise, invasive species and the best plants for Hardiness Zone 8A. 

Only on Zoom


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Random Acts of Kindness  

The Random Acts of Kindness Group does many amazing things - like collecting and giving food and supplies to those in need. You can get involved by donating items monthly; just drive by the front door of The Branch Connection and drop off the needed items. 

Mosaic Family Services

Thursday | June 10 | 11 a.m.

We are collecting shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste & brushes, wash cloths, body lotion, pantry items, gently used twin bedding, and feminine products. Please drop off your donations by June 9.

Line Dancing

Whatever your level may be, come learn to Line Dance step-by-step with Instructor, Karen Aubrey. Registration required.

Lo BeginnerTuesdays12:30 p.m.Monthly Fee: $10
Hi BeginnerTuesdays2 p.m.Monthly Fee: $10
ImproverWednesdays10 a.m.Monthly Fee: $14


Open Mah Jongg

Wednesdays | 1 p.m. | Free 

Join us for a friendly game of American Mah Jongg. We welcome experienced players as well as those newer to the game, for casual, non-competitive play.

 

Chair Volleyball

Mondays & Thursdays | 1 p.m. | Free

Chari Volleyball involves physical activity, social interactions, competition, and most of all, lots of laughs! Join us!


Texas Hold 'em

Thursdays | June 17 | 1 p.m. | Free 

Sponsor: Oak Street Health

Know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em! Join us each month for this competitive poker game.


Wii Bowling

Wednesdays | Free

Grab your team of two or more players and compete together against other team. Register your team at the front desk, or let us know and we'll try to put a team together with you.


Intermediate/Advanced Table Tennis

Fridays | 2:30 p.m. | Free

Improve your skills with members who range from recreational players to elite players who compete in local and national tournaments year round. Excellence and sportsmanship is promoted in a safe and friendly environment. 


Mountain Dulcimer Lessons

Tuesdays | 10 a.m. | Free

Free | Instructor: Donna Shelton

Bring your dulcimer and learn to play this instrument better by practicing in a small group weekly.