14th November 2021

Ranches Ladies Newsletter

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Good morning Ranches Ladies.

Now the temperature and humidity have dropped, we hope you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. You could join the Walking, Hiking or Gardening Circles if you have time.

Hope you have a great week whatever you have planned.

Tuesday Mornings

We are currently meeting on Tuesday mornings at Larte Restaurant in Studio One Hotel, Studio City (across the roundabout from the back entrance of Arabian Ranches 1) from 10.30am- 12pm for coffee and chat, as well as new memberships and renewals.

We hope to be able to restart our social and cultural programme as soon as possible. Stay tuned for details.

Our website is http://www.arabianranchesladies.com and you can find us on FB and Instagram as Ranches Ladies

To join the Ranches Ladies Whatsapp group if you are a member, please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com

If you have any items for the newsletter please send to ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Christmas Bazaar

Mark your calendar for the Christmas Bazaar on Thursday 25th November, 3-10pm at Sustainable City.

More details to follow. Don’t miss it!

International Christmas Coffee Morning

Carole is hosting an International Christmas Coffee morning on Tuesday 7th December. A great chance to meet friends, old and new, and share festive food and traditions. Please email ranches.ladies@gmail.com if you would like to attend, or to volunteer to help set up on the day.

RL Circles News

Click here for the latest Circles Calendar

Trips and Excursions

Last week, a group of Ranches Ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch at Just Vegan in Jumeirah. The restaurant staff were fantastic, and all had a good time. Do visit Just Vegan when you get a chance- it’s not just for vegans!


There will be more trips in the coming months. Check on this newsletter or the RL WhatsApp group.

Current Circles Activities

New – Scottish Dancing Circle

New – Bridge Circle

The Bridge circle, led by Manju, are meeting to play on Thursdays at 11am.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies at gmail.com if interested.

New – Mosaics Circle

The Mosaics Circle, led by Ayesha, will restart on Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm, from 10 Nov if there are enough ladies, in Green Community East, DIP.

To join or for more details, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com 

Intermediate Spanish Circle

Manoly is restarting the Intermediate Spanish Circle, once a week on Mondays at 5.30pm.

Email circles.ranches.ladies if you would like to join.

New – Jewellery Clinic Circle

Ranches Ladies president and jewellery designer, Hayet Zerelli, is running a jewellery clinic circle once a month.

Bring along your old jewellery – beads, silver, gold etc. – that you no longer wear and Hayet will advise or help you change it into something you will wear again.

The next jewellery clinic will be on Wednesday 24th November, 11am-1pm (date changed from that previously announced)

Please contact Hayet for the venue and more details: WhatsApp +971506277713 or email hayetzerelli@gmail.com


Beginners Arabic Circle

Would you like to learn Arabic?

The Beginners Arabic Circle, led by Rana Nazer, will be meeting on Thursday 12.45 – 1.45pm. Location to be confirmed.

If interested please email  circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Mahjongg Monday Circle

The Mahjongg Monday Circle are meeting to play on Mondays from 10am to 1pm, upstairs in Shakespeare and Co, Arabian Ranches 1.

Please contact Sharon for more information. Email: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Mahjongg Tuesday Circle

A second group, led by Supriya, meet to play ATF Mahjongg on Tuesdays 11am-1pm, email circles.rances.ladies@gmail.com for more information

Poetry Circle

The poetry circle are meeting once a month on Monday afternoons, to share and discuss poems on a theme. The next meeting is on Monday 29th November, 2pm, and the theme is travel.

If you are interested in joining the poetry circle, please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Yoga Circle

Mariana is teaching yoga. The days have changed to Sundays and Thursdays from 8.30am. The format is 60 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes for tea and snacks.

Contact circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Quilters Circle

Ranches Ladies Quilters are a group within Ranches Ladies who love creating with quilting, sewing and embroidery.

Monthly meetings are on the third Sunday of the month, currently via Zoom until further notice. There will be various activities, including inviting local and international quilting experts, to share their work and teach different techniques.

Upcoming activities in November:
18th & 22nd Nov – we have a workshop on a free styling and spiraling technique by Mel Beach, an internationally acclaimed American quilter.
21st Nov – our monthly meeting

For more information, contact Vidhya at thequilterscircle@gmail.com

French Circle

For those who know some basic French but would like to improve and learn more, join the French Circle on Sundays from 10am. The venue varies.

To find out more, email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Art Circle

The Art Circle, led by Rajul, meet on Thursday mornings to learn new techniques and create beautiful paintings. The venue may vary.

If you would like to join them please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Literary Lunch Circle

The Literary Lunch Circle meet on the third Monday of the month for lunch to discuss a book they have read.

The book for November will be Nala’s World by Dean Nicholson, a heartwarming true story of a life-changing friendship between a man and his rescue cat, Nala, as they adventure together on a bike journey around the world.It will be discussed on 15th November.

All are welcome.

To find out more, please email Karen: circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Book Circle

The Book Circle meets on the third Sunday of each month at 10am to discuss a book which everyone has read prior to the meeting.

The book for November is ‘Away With The Penguins’ by Hazel Prior, a warm-hearted, funny, life-affirming tale about ageing, human kindness, old-fashioned values and protecting our planet. It will be discussed on 21st November.

The planned book for December is ‘The Beauty of Living Twice’ by Sharon Stone.

All are welcome.

Contact Jackie on circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more details

Walking Fitness Circle

The walking circle have restarted now that the weather is less hot. We meet at 7.30am outside Arabian Ranches 1 retail centre main entrance. We walk for approximately one hour at a moderate, but not too slow pace, stopping back at the retail centre for coffee afterwards.

No special equipment required – just normal trainers, maybe a cap or hat and a small bottle of water.

Please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Gardening Circle

The gardening circle are also planning to get outside in the garden from this month onwards. What better way to beat the COVID blues than seeing new life springing up! 

Our program usually includes visits to nurseries, interesting gardens and parks and occasionally talks by circle members on various aspects of gardening. 

We also share gardening information and sometimes photos of our successes! Whether you have green fingers or not, everyone is welcome.   

Email Jackie at circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to find out more.

Cinema Circle

The cinema circle are meeting to watch a movie on Monday mornings (time depends on the film). We usually meet at Vox cinema, Mall of the Emirates (provided there’s something good to see!) and follow the film with coffee and cake/lunch.

To find out more:

email: ranchesladiescinema@gmail.com

or circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Shanghai Circle

The Shanghai Circle are meeting from 2-4pm on Wednesdays, led by Supriya. If you would like to join them, please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

International Lunch Circle

The International Lunch Circle are meeting for an Indian Vegetarian Lunch on Sunday 28th November at 12.15pm at Rajul’s house in Arabian Ranches.

There are no places left, but please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list, or to volunteer to host or help for the next lunch in January.

Hiking Circle

The hiking circle made their first hike last week to Al Rabi peak. If you would like to join them on future hikes please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

Circles coming soon!

Pilates Circle

Juliane from Optimal Fitness has offered to teach a pilates class but she needs to get an idea of interest first. It will probably be on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons at 2pm. Please email Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for more information.

Lunching Out Circle

Would you like to meet other Ranches Ladies for lunch once a month? We need a volunteer to organise the Lunching Out Circle, so that this can re-start. 

If interested please email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com

If you have a different hobby or interest and would like to start a new circle, please let us know.

Email circles.ranches.ladies@gmail.com for information on any circles.


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