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 8th Mar, 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.
21DIS001: Australia and World History
Mon 8th Mar, 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 8th Mar, 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 9th Mar, 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.
Tue 9th Mar, starting at: 10:00 AM
Leader: Keith Purdie, Venue: Hybrid Hub T1 2
We discuss a wide range of philosophical issues and the thought of major philosophers from the ancient Greeks to our own times. Notes are distributed for pre-reading prior to each session. Classes consist of lecture and/or video input with ample time for discussion, including how the philosophy under consideration relates to our lives today. No formal background in philosophy is required only curiosity and openness to new ideas.
21MUS001: Musicians Sharing Group
Tue 9th Mar, 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.
21EXE002: Line Dancing For Beginners (1)
Tue 9th Mar, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Kathy Smith, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1 2 3
Line Dancing for beginners! Expect some gentle exercise, all kinds of music, and lots of laughs. A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps. Research has shown that dancing is really good for older adults - improving strength, cardiovascular health and muscle function, as well as increasing balance, co-ordination and memory.
Tue 9th Mar, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Norma Pugh, Venue: Hills Hub T2
Scrabble is a word game which does wonders for your spelling and vocabulary. You don't have to be an expert. Beginners are very welcome!
21LIT001: Book Group
Tue 9th Mar, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Jill Lightfoot, Venue: Hybrid Hub T1
Book group members read one book per month. They are chosen from Casey Cardinia Library's extensive sets of books for groups. We are required to submit a list of thirty titles each year with the library deciding which set we receive each month. Rarely do we all like or dislike a book and this leads to many interesting discussions, followed by afternoon tea.
21LAN002: German for Beginners
Tue 9th Mar, starting at: 05:00 PM
Leader: John Maguire, Venue: Hills Hub T1
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!
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
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