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.
21EXE006: Bushwalking 2
Mon 12th Apr, 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.
21LIT003: English Language & Literature
Mon 12th Apr, 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.
21DIS001: Australia and World History
Mon 12th Apr, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Hybrid Hub MP 2
For over 10 years I have been taking Australian History at U3A. This year we have the option to explore:
1. A history of the world. This includes major events that made an impact on the lives of people, nations and the progress of the world.
2. U3A have developed a program for teaching Australian indigenous history pre-1788. We now have resources to provide everyone insights and understandings of the long (50,000 plus) years of the First Australians.
3. Current developments or happening in Australian History.
Participants will have the opportunity to decide on topics within this program.
Mon 12th Apr, 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!
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