Please note: As from July 9, we will be in lockdown again due to COVID-19. We will be unable to run any face to face classes for at least the next 6 weeks. As far as possible we will continue classes using technology such as Zoom video conferencing wherever possible.
We are, however, pleased to announce that we will be extending your 2020 membership into 2021. That means that if you have paid your annual subscription for 2020, you won't have to pay again next 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.
20LIT002: English Language & Literature
Mon 28th Sep, starting at: 10:00 AM
Leader: Kay Craig, Venue: Class Suspended
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.
20DIS001: Australian History
Mon 28th Sep, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Zoom
This course explores developments in Australian History through course notes, films, and discussions based on members' particular interests. Indigenous Societies 70,000 years ago, Willem Janszoon 1606, James Cook 1770, Federation 1901, Multiculturalism.
Mon 28th Sep, starting at: 03:30 PM
Leader: Robert Knighton, Venue: Zoom
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!
Are you wondering where to go to get information that you can trust about the COVID 19 virus? This Department of Health and Human Services web page provides a wealth of information. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19 Many people are finding the lockdown and their anxiety about the virus difficult to handle. On this web page you will find
How do I wear a mask correctly? (surgical mask – single use) Before putting on the mask, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser that is made up of over 60% alcohol. Check for defects in the mask, such as tears or broken loops. Position