The AWC Berlin Newsletter

The Bear FactsApril 2019


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Stop everything and grab your calendar! Ok, now go to Friday, April 5th. Does your calendar say, Auction of Talents? NO?! My goodness, it's good that we're having this conversation. You almost missed AWC's big party. Come drink, snack and chat your way through the evening, while we auction off all the fantastic events you've seen featured on Facebook and in the catalog. Bring a partner or guest, or come solo and we'll all be there to greet you. Shoot an email to before the price goes up on April 1.

Whew, now that we've taken care of that, we can relax and peruse the rest of the newsletter. Whichever activities you join these coming weeks, you are likely to see one or two new faces. What an easy opportunity to brighten your day and strengthen our club by introducing yourself and connecting with another fantastic women in Berlin. 

The second half of April may be a bit quiet on our calendar as many of us enjoy a Spring Break. Whether you'll enjoy time away or here in our exciting city, I look forward to hearing your stories afterwards.

Love, Janel

Janel Schermerhorn
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin


Welcome, New Members!

Catherine Bollet Mazur

Karla Leegard

Kaylin Bittner

Xiuzhi Wang

Kristy Kropat

Victoria Wright

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!  In the meantime, if you are not already a member of our private members only Facebook group, please request to join AWC Berlin Members Only PRIVATE for casual exchanges among AWC members. 

Are You A Dog Person?

NEW ACTIVITY: Member, Danielle Sander, is has set up a monthly Grunewald dog walk. Come grab some fresh air, while you and your dog make new friends. Don't have a dog, but like to walk and talk? You're welcome to join.   


Calling All Members!

Every aspect of our club is made possible by members volunteering their time. Volunteering for the club is a great way to get to know other members, to help the club, and to have a say in how things are done! Can you help at one event? Can you commit to a couple hours a week? Do you have interesting contacts or ideas for activities? We have a job for you. Please email Janel at 

Are you an artist like Member Beata Tenberg-Spang in the photo above with her ceramic creations and painting by AWC member Deborah Roderick? Are you one of our many talented Writers? A Performer? Baker?

Then come show us your talents at the 2nd AWC Members' Showcase! May 18 & 19, 2019. Who wants to participate? Let us know!  

More details to come here in the AWC calendar. 


April 2019
Calendar of Events

Daytime Activities


Wednesday, April 10th, 2:00pm-3:30pm 

Bröhan MuseumSchlossstrasse 1a 14059 Berlin

Cost:  12-15 depending on number of attendees


The exhibition "From Arts and Crafts to the Bauhaus: Art and Design - A New Unity!" is a clarifying overview of German design history working within the framework of the jubilee program celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus as it relates to the Euro-wide emergence of modernism. Highlights include furniture, graphic design, metal art, ceramics, painting and much more.

The exhibition will show how the Bauhaus was influenced by other concepts and how difficult it was to develop an independent formal language from its wide range of positions.  

See event here in AWC calendar.


Tuesday, April 30th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Emi Bevacqua's Home, in Zehlendorf


This month we'll discuss The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Bring along fruit or a snack to share. Emi will provide coffee and something baked.

From Goodreads: "Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It's the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past. This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice."

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.


Tuesday, April 30th, 12:00-2:00pm

Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Cost: €4-8 depending


This photography exhibit focuses on the early work of noted German photographer Stefan Moses. His extensive photoreportage throughout Germany, Israel, Great Britain and Chile evidences an innate sociological understanding as well as his unmistakable photographic style. Moses photos chronicle the “exotic” land of Germany – a country that was trying to reinvent itself through reconstruction and the economic miracle after a period of terror and war. This exhibition also includes examples from his famous portrait series. 

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.

Recurring Daytime Activities


Mondays, Apr 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 

10:00am - 12:00pm

Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175, Dahlem)


Come join us for weekly German conversation over coffee in a safe and judgement-free environment. We always have a good time! Usually we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers. Please check the AWC Facebook page or email before heading over, to make sure that someone will be there.  

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 


Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Thursdays: 12:00pm-2:00pm

April 1st, 4th, 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th and 29th 


Join us for tennis – from beginners to advanced.  Our beginners group has lessons with an instructor while intermediate/advanced players play round-robins. You are welcome to contact our Tennis coordinators for more information.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 


Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 10:00am-12:30pm

Cost: 8 wks/€100


Join this diverse group of writers, whether you're a novice or a seasoned professional. No previous experience necessary!! 

At our weekly gatherings, we apply various writing prompts as springboards to unlock and unleash our authentic voices, and share these writings in an atmosphere of trust and deep listening. Uncover the building blocks of good storytelling and discover the seeds of fuller, more developed pieces - from memoir to fiction. If you've never taken the class before, your first one is free.  

See event here in AWC calendar.


Friday, April 5th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 (U7/U3 stop)

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly “Coffee Chat” from 10:30 to 12:00.

Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.

 here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Wednesday, April 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Barcomi’s Deli at  Sophie-Gips-Höfe, 2. Hof, Sophienstr. 21, 10178 Berlin


Kaffee Klatsch Ost is our Eastside coffee chat. Stop by to catch up with old AWC friends or even meet new neighbors. If possible please let Rose know you're coming ahead of time, otherwise feel free to just show up last minute to enjoy a cup of coffee with good company. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.


Friday, April 12th, 10:30am

Goldhahn & Sampson, 

Wilmersdorfer Straße 102/103, Charlottenburg


Our Travel Group meets monthly to share their passion for seeing the world. This month the travel gurus will focus on Spring Getaways. If you are interested, join us!

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

 Evening Activities


Friday, April 5th, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Prachtwerk, Ganghoferstrasse 2 
Berlin, 12043

Cost:  20 


The Auction of Talents is our biggest fundraising event of the year for our 2019 charity, JACK Berlin.

The event is open to members, partners and guests of members, and is not to be missed!  Even if you're not able to attend the event in person, you can still participate by proxy! 

When you arrive, you will receive a bidding paddle, drinks, and a light appetizer buffet. Bid on a slot for the service, experience or event you want: dinner parties featuring authentic, international cuisine, daytime member-sponsored workshops, a red-hot cocktail party, Deutsches Theater tickets, a local cruise on the Wannsee or the Havel or Neue Venice, an art tour, and much much more!  There will be a silent auction as well. Cash payments and IBAN transfers will be accepted the night of the event. The complete online auction catalog is here: AWC Auction of Talents Catalog - 2019 .pdf

And for more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.   

Recurring Evening Activities


Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Claudia Tessier's at Berlin 10179


We’ll be discussing John Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath. Open to AWC Berlin members only (non-members may attend once prior to joining).

Please bring a light snack to share. Claudia will provide wine and water. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. When RSVPing ask for the address if needed!


Thursday, April 11th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Ronald McDonald House at Seestrasse 28 
Berlin, 13353 


Every quarter, we cook dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Berlin (RMDH). The house provides housing for out-of-town parents and siblings of patients at the nearby Charité hospital. We grocery shop, cook and serve for sometimes up to 50 people. Come help out at this fun and worthwhile community service event. RSVP to Chris and Debbie, or send them any questions about how it works.


For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 


Friday, April 12th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Diwein at Metzer Straße 2, Berlin 10405
Cost: €20 per person

An evening of Puglia in Berlin! Come enjoy wines and food tastings from the south of Italy. Diwein promises us an introduction to the home of Primitivo, with wine and food pairings followed by an "aperitif" atmosphere so we'll have the opportunity to relax and talk more afterwards. 

This event is open to partners/friends, but there is a 20 person limit total. 

Click here to see event in the AWC calendar.


Thursday, April 25th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

La Bigoudène Crêperie at Zionskirchstr. 28 
Berlin, 10119


Oooh la la!  We travel to Brittany in the west of France for this month’s Girl’s Night Out! Join us at La Bigoudène Crêperie for an authentic Breton meal: hearty gallettes, sweet crepes, and, of course, some cider to wash it all down! La Bigoudène has been here in Berlin since 2012 and prides itself on quality ingredients served in a traditional atmosphere.

Click here to see it in the AWC calendar.

 Weekend Activities


Sunday, April 28th, 1:15pm-3:00pm

Meet outside the Chalet Suisse at Clayallee 99, Im Jagen 5, 14195 Berlin


Dogs can run free off leash!  Let’s do a casual walk and talk together in true German tradition. Spouses, Families, and of course Pets are welcome! Danielle and her adorable schnauzer are organizing this monthly on 4th Sundays going forward. And please note that pets are welcome but not mandatory, so if you're a dog-and-walk lover without a dog, this is the activity for you!

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.


View the AWC April Calendar


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We are a vibrant group of women of all ages and our members come from not only the USA but from other countries around the world. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join!


FAWCO Update

The five-member delegation who attended the FAWCO Biennial conference in Edinburgh, Scotland from March 21-24 looks forward to reporting back to the membership what was learned from the experience at the May General Meeting.

Summer Opportunity for teenage girls, ages 14-17. FAWCO Youth Team supports the summer leadership camp in July at The Eleanor Roosevelt Center in New York.  More information at  

Questions? Contact your FAWCO representative, Karen Castellon.

AWC Berlin Facebook Policy

The AWC Berlin Private Members Only Facebook group is open to current members only and is a casual, respectful and friendly forum for member announcements (for example, babies! weddings!, etc.), discussion, information and questions regarding AWC-related topics and/or life in Berlin. 

  • Only authorized AWC Berlin events that are already listed on the AWC calendar (website) can be created as an event in our Facebook group.

  • Please do not post charity donation requests or political items not related to the AWC Berlin.

  • You are invited to let us know about your business, but please limit commercial, self-promotional posts to Mondays and be sure to preface your post with MARKETING MONDAY. No comments are allowed on these posts.

  • When in doubt, please contact Janel at

Thank you for your cooperation!

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