Please note: We have begun to carefully transition back to our new home at the Hub for our classes, according to the relevant COVID-19 guidelines. This involves trialing a hybrid model of class involvement - as far as possible we will simultaneously present our face to face classes with Zoom video conferencing.
We aim to ensure that as many of our members as possible are able to participate and still feel safe!
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 (for classes that have resumed)
Note: You must enrol in a course before attending.
No courses or activities on today. However, you may be interested in these upcoming events...
20LIT004: The Issues Book Club
Mon 6th Jul, starting at: 09:00 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Zoom
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 6th Jul, 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.
20LIT002: English Language & Literature
Mon 6th Jul, 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.
20DIS002: Current Affairs
Mon 6th Jul, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Zoom
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 6th Jul, 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.
20CRA005: Working with Wood
Mon 6th Jul, 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.
Mon 6th Jul, 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!
20EXE002: Table Tennis
Tue 7th Jul, 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.
20LIT003: The Beauty Of Our Language
Tue 7th Jul, starting at: 10:00 AM
Leader: Mac Craig, Venue: Zoom
Immerse yourself in the beauty of language composed by some of our best poets and writers of prose. Experience the bliss that comes from the sublime use of language. This course aims to send you home feeling wonderfully relaxed.
20MUS001: Musicians Sharing Group
Tue 7th Jul, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Gaye Dunstan, Venue: Zoom
Do you delight in the making of music? This monthly 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.
The Hills Hub Pen Pal Project matches an older person in the Hills with a Grade 5 student to exchange letters over a 6 month period (commencing August 2020). Participants will be provided with basic stationery and postage stamps to write 6 letters (one letter/month). An afternoon tea will also be held at the Hills
As we begin to carefully transition back to the Hub for our meetings we are working to ensure that as many of our members as possible are able to participate and still feel safe. To that end we are going to begin a hybrid model of class involvement. As far as possible we will be simultaneously