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A local Mah Jonng group – including, from left, Judith Campbell, Eve Stanfill, Martha Patton and Mary Anne Tessaro, right – meets at 11 a.m. Mondays at the St. John Methodist Church fellowship hall for weekly games. They began meeting locally three years ago to play the game, which is similar to rummy but uses tiles. According to the National Mah Jongg League website, the game originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius, but for club members, “it's a very interesting, enjoyable game that takes a lot of thought,” Stanfill said. Tessaro agreed. “It helps keep our brain moving,” she said.