Please note: We are looking forward to beginning this year back at the Emerald Hub with face -to-face classes! As far as possible we will continue hybrid classes using technology such as Zoom video conferencing wherever possible.
(Also a reminder that if you have paid your annual subscription for 2020, you won't have to pay again this year.)
Are you 50+ and retired or semi-retired?
Want to keep your brain and body active?
Want to develop new social networks?
Want to share your views on current affairs with others?
Membership is open to anyone who is 50+ and retired or no longer working full time, and interested in participating in any of our social, creative, educational, physical and leisure activities. Together we explore ideas and develop new interests and skills in a sociable and supportive environment.
For details about our current offerings and timetable, please feel free to explore our Courses. You can view our courses without having to join.
If you have an idea for another course, or wish to share your expertise or hobby by presenting one, our Course Coordinator would love to hear from you!
Prospective members Find out how to join U3A Emerald and enrol in courses via our Membership page.
Existing members Member login: enrol in a course or update your details.
Our tutors and course leaders, who are all volunteers, offer a wide-ranging program so there is sure to be something that attracts your interest. Our classes generally run from the beginning of February through to the end of November each year. One low annual membership fee of $40 entitles you to participate in as many of these courses as your time and interests allow.
Daily Events (Note that only Zoom classes are active for now)
Note: You must enrol in a course before attending.
No courses or activities on today. However, you may be interested in these upcoming events...
Thu 28th Jan, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Ray Schmidt, Venue: Hills Hub MP 3
Yoga is an old discipline from India. It is both spiritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation. It claims to improve health and happiness.
21LIT006: The Issues Book Club
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 09:00 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Hybrid Hub Meet Spac
The group selects a book, article or a film which examines a key current issue or one from the past. Participants provide their own copies, although bulk purchases will be investigated. Ongoing meeting times will be organised by the group at the first gathering.
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Pepe Pugh, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1
If it requires a needle (knitting or sewing type) this is your group! Knitting Cross Stitch Tapestry Embroidery and Crochet are all embraced. This is an informal group where you can work on your own projects. Dig out any unfinished projects that have been in a cupboard for years & bring them along. You don't have to be an expert. Beginners welcome.
21EXE006: Bushwalking 2
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Dot Radings, Venue: Various
The bushwalking group will meet in the carpark behind St Joseph's Church every Monday at 9.30, then will carpool to the start of the walk (about 20 min drive). Walks will generally be somewhere in the area between Lysterfield, Ferntree Gully, Mt Dandenong and Gembrook. Expect to walk about 6-8 km each week in a time of about 1 and a half hours. There will be some rough paths. The leader will carry a basic first aid kit.
21DIS002: Current Affairs
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Hybrid Hub MP 2
This class is not only about discussing current events but also to do some research into a topic. The intention is for the class to develop a list of topics that they would like to examine. Each participant to undertake some background reading and during class participation present and discuss the facts. Given we will from time to time discuss issues that people feel strongly about, the objective is to present various arguments which participants can consider. Hopefully, we can all learn more and become better informed about a current issue. We hope also to utilise various media options (radio interviews, Slow TV, iview) as a basis for input on various topics.
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Edith Colley, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1
Open to all who are interested in gardens/gardening. We visit gardens both private and public, discuss garden problems and invite guest speakers. With a shared interest, we find we enjoy each others company very much. This coming year we hope to share our own knowledge of gardens a little more.
21CRA005: Working with Wood
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Blythe Osborne, Venue: Community Workshop
You can take part in all of the following: 1. Make a toolbox for yourself. 2. Repair an item of furniture. 3. Design and make a bookshelf or any item of furniture. 4. Learn how to use power tools and hand tools safely for any other woodwork in the home. 5. Maintenance of hand tools & learn to keep them sharp & working.
21LIT004: Play Readings
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Peter Saunders, Venue: Hills Hub MP 2
Have you wished to be in a theatre play but never have? Now is your chance, without having to go to rehearsals. We will be reading aloud many types of plays, hoping to bring the characters and plot alive. No prior experience is needed, just enthusiasm. Participants can take a role to read or be part of the audience. At the end of the play there will be discussion about it.
The group leader, Peter Saunders, in a previous life, was very experienced in local theatre.
Mon 1st Feb, starting at: 03:30 PM
Leader: Robert Knighton, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1
Enjoy great social and mental stimulation by playing Bridge in a friendly environment! Both beginners and experts are welcome. If appropriate, lessons will be held separate from play sessions. Our emphasis is on enjoyment rather than intense competition, so come along and join us!
21EXE004: Table Tennis
Tue 2nd Feb, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Linda Andrews, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1 2 3
We are a very enthusiastic group of players whose aims are fitness and fun. We laugh as hard as we play. You don't have to play at Olympic standard to join us. Classes are held every Tuesday 9:30am-12:00 Noon & Friday 9:30am-12:00 Noon.
While the U3A Committee appreciates the enthusiasm members have for selecting their classes, it should be kept in mind that the U3A phone is staffed on a volunteer basis. Thus we would appreciate it if members could avoid making class or general queries by phone over weekends and holidays; as well as using discretion as
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Thank you to all our members who attended our Annual General Meeting via Zoom. Everything went very smoothly and we are ready to conclude 2020 and begin a new U3A year, hopefully with a return to face to face meetings when permitted. Existing members will be pleased to know that their 2020 subscriptions will roll