Please note: We have begun 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.
Note: You must enrol in a course before attending.
No courses or activities on today. However, you may be interested in these upcoming events...
21EXE006: Bushwalking 2
Mon 17th May, starting at: 09:00 AM
Leader: Dot Radings, Venue: Various
The bushwalking group will meet in various locations, as advised by the tutor, every Monday at 9.00, 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.
21LIT003: English Language & Literature
Mon 17th May, starting at: 10:00 AM
Leader: Kay Craig, Venue: Kallista
The first hour is used to discuss media reports, read and evaluate articles or short stories, or to read and discuss poetry. We also look at words, their derivations, and how language changes over time. We also discuss member's current reading material. In the second hour, we read and discuss a book or play chosen for the duration of a term.
21DIS002: Current Affairs
Mon 17th May, 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.
21SOC001: Cinema Classics
Mon 17th May, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Dale Allen, Venue: Gemco
Cinema Classics is a group that meets monthly to view a movie of interest, usually, a movie produced some time between 1930s - 60s although on special occasions we do view more recent movies. The program consists of a first half featuring a selection of short films which may include a cartoon, or perhaps a serial from the 40s - 50s.
21CRA005: Working with Wood
Mon 17th May, 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 17th May, 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 17th May, 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 18th May, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Norma Pugh, 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.
21MUS001: Musicians Sharing Group
Tue 18th May, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Gaye Dunstan, Venue: Hills Hub Arts Space
Do you delight in the making of music? This weekly gathering aims to give musicians a chance to perform for and with each other in a non-threatening environment. Both individual and small group performances will be encouraged. Whether you have recently started playing for the first time or are picking up after a long break this may be what you have been looking for.
21DIS004: Genealogy (advanced)
Tue 18th May, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Hilary Thomas, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
Advanced Genealogy is for those with research experience, including an understanding of Civil Registration, Census, Parish Registers, Probate etc. Participants must be computer literate. This is a friendly discussion group, aiming to share research problems, to learn how to access new records and releases, and to learn how to handle DNA results. The class focusses on helping each other. The course aims to visit Record Offices and Libraries, time permitting.
We have now (Wednesday 5th May) completed the collection of survey responses to the Survey. Many thanks to all the members who took the time to submit their responses.We have what might be called a “statistically relevant” number of responses – now we move on to a review of those responses, along with analysis and
Sadly we will no longer have Ellen, who has been our “PlaceMaker”, at the Hub to guide and assist us. Cardinia Council is advertising for a replacement. In the meantime we have been assured that there will be someone from the Shire at the Hub every day to open and close the building within business