Hooray!! We are back at the Hills Hub with face-to-face classes for 2022!
(Please note that you will need to be fully vaccinated to participate in our classes.)
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...
22EXE001: Bushwalking (Mondays)
Mon 31st Jan, starting at: 09:00 AM
Leader: Dot Radings, Venue: Various
The bushwalking group will meet in various starting locations, as advised by the tutor, every Monday at 9.00. Walks will generally be somewhere in the areas of Lysterfield, Mt Dandenong and Gembrook, Berwick, and Pakenham. Expect to walk about 6-8 km each week. Each walk takes from 90 to 120 minutes. There will be some rough and steep tracks. Reasonable fitness required. The leader will carry a basic first aid kit. There are no walks in school holidays, days of Total Fire Ban and very rainy days.
22LIT004: English Language & Literature
Mon 31st Jan, 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.
22EXE003: Table Tennis (Tuesdays)
Tue 1st 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.
22MUS001: Musicians Sharing Group
Tue 1st Feb, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Gaye Dunstan, Venue: Evergreens
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. Robyn Sorensen, who is the other tutor for the group, arranges music for the specific mix of
instruments we play and leads the group playing. We encourage all instrumentalists to join us.
22DIS004: Genealogy (Beginners)
Tue 1st Feb, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Hilary Thomas, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
Genealogy Beginners will cover various record keeping methods, civil registration, census, parish registers, probate, DNA, and on-line records. This course aims to have some library and Public Record Office visits. Requirements: Laptop or Tablet, Notebook. Participants must be Computer Literate. Beginners to start at the beginning of the year.
22LAN001: German for Beginners
Tue 1st Feb, starting at: 05:00 PM
Leader: John Maguire, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
Make your next European trip so much more enjoyable! Learn basic German conversation in a friendly, supportive and relaxed atmosphere! As a component of the course, you will also discover aspects of German culture and history. Whether you are completely new to German, the first language of over a hundred million Europeans, or have some previous knowledge, you will feel 'Willkommen' (welcome) in this class!
22EXE002: Bushwalking (Wednesdays)
Wed 2nd Feb, starting at: 09:00 AM
Leader: Dot Radings, Venue: Various
The bushwalking group will meet in various starting locations, as advised by the tutor, every Wednesday at 9.00. Walks will generally be somewhere in the areas of Lysterfield, Mt Dandenong and Gembrook, Berwick, and Pakenham. Expect to walk about 6-8 km each week. Each walk takes from 90 to 120 Minutes. There will be some rough and steep tracks. Reasonable fitness required. The leader will carry a basic first aid kit. There are no walks in school holidays, days of Total Fire Ban and very rainy days.
22ART008: Seven Centuries of Music
Wed 2nd Feb, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Eddie Vaughan, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
This course explores the development of Western music from the Late Middle Ages to the start of the Twentieth Century. It samples music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods and discusses how the social histories of those times influenced the music. The tutor, Edward Vaughan, PhD, M.A. lectured on Psychology and Social Science at Monash University for many years and held visiting fellowships at Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and a number of other overseas universities. He has not studied music formally, but has long been interested in the types of music featured in this course.
22ART002: Botanical Art
Wed 2nd Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Kay Craig, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1
This is a class where people interested in art, plants, and botany can learn to draw and paint plants in watercolour with botanical accuracy. Those taking part may be complete beginners or have some drawing or painting experience.
22ART004: Photography for Beginners
Wed 2nd Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Paul Bianco, Venue: Hills Hub MP 2
This course is aimed at budding photographers, no matter what type of camera or phone is used. It will cover the basic functions of cameras, photography and image jargon, basic understanding of exposure, use of programs other than Auto, use of built in flash, various types of photography and the all important camera to computer procedure.
Be aware that an on-going Photography program is also offered.
Would you like to learn how to make movies with your smart phone? In February 2022 Daniel Schultheis will be running weekend community workshops in Cardinia showing how to make films (filming and editing) using a smartphone.It’s called Smartphone Stories – it is open to all ages and free to participate, and no experience is
The UMAS system will reopen at 10:00am on Monday, 6th December, when you can re-enrol for classes in 2022, and pay your membership fee (still at the same incredible bargain rate of $40.00 per year).When you log in to re-enrol for 2022 via our website, you will be automatically prompted by the system to review your Membership Details. Only