The GAI is home to groups for German-interested people of many different interests and ages. Some have been meeting for several years and others for just a few months. If you are interested in joining or starting a new group at the GAI, contact the main office at 651.222.7027. For current information on group activities, see the GAI newsletter or view the related links for the groups.
Children & Families
Spiel und Krabbelgruppe
This is a playgroup for German-speaking parents and grandparents and their children/grandchildren. They meet Friday mornings from 10am - noon. Contact Rebekah Jorgensen to find out where the playgroup meets and to be added to their contact list and Facebook group.
Kreuz & Quer
K&Q has two meetup locations for German conversation in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minneapolis meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Black Forest Inn restaurant. St. Paul meets on the third Thursday each month at The Glockenspiel restaurant. Join the K&Q Group list and opt in to receive updates by Email.
This club plays the traditional German card game Skat, thus the name Skat Club. They meet twice a month (the first and third Tuesday at 7 pm). Most players are advanced, but newcomers are always welcome and time will be taken to introduce anyone to this very social game. This is also a great opportunity to improve German-language skills with friendly people of various backgrounds. Contact Christian Engelbrecht for more information.
Der Deutsche Damenklub
This group serves as a support group for German-speaking women who have lived through World War II and/or dealt with post-war experiences in Europe. It meets the third Monday of the month at noon for a pot-luck lunch and conversation. Contact Helga Parnell at 651.457.1590 for more information.
Der Deutsche Sprachklub
This German Language Club meets the third Tuesday of the month from September to May at 7:30 pm at the GAI. Founded in 1979, Sprachklub offers GAI members an opportunity to speak German in an informal, congenial setting – regardless of level of proficiency. A variety of topics are presented and fluency ranges from a working knowledge of German to native speakers. For questions, contact Helga Parnell, 651.457.1590.
Monthly home-cooked luncheon featuring German food, conversation, and cultural programming takes place on the second Tuesday of each month. Please contact the GAI office to make reservations. Reservations must be received by the Friday prior to Stammtisch.
All singers are welcome to join this group; performances are given throughout the year. Practices are held at 7pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Dorothy Gitter-Uhler, 651.457.2338.
Twin Cities German Männerchor
This male chorus sings four-part harmony mostly in German. New members are welcome! Contact Roger Arent for information and rehearsal dates at 952.938.2534.
Burgenlander Bunch Genealogy Group
This group is for genealogy enthusiasts, especially those from the Burgenland region in Austria. For more information, please contact Charlie Deutsch.
Haus and Grounds
This group does exactly what its name says, takes care of the house and grounds of the GAI. Volunteers under the leadership of a core crew meet monthly to perform minor maintenance and repairs that are needed on the Institute campus. This includes anything from painting to weeding the GAI flower gardens. If you would like to help maintain the GAI facility, have a green thumb and/or are a real handy person, we need you! Contact Jim Gruetzman for more information or to volunteer.
If you are interested in joining a reading group which reads and discusses novels of moderate difficulty in German, Lesekreis is for you! The group meets the last Monday of each month at 1:30 pm in the GAI library. Please contact Nancy McGuiness at 651-739-4984, for more information.
Modelleisenbahngruppe (Germanic Model Trains)