Enrolments for 2024 classes opened on Monday 4th December, 2023.
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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?
Are You a Third Ager?
Have you moved beyond the career-building or child-raising years and finally entered a phase when you can devote more time to yourself? Are you retired or semi retired?
Then U3A may be for you.
You might like to participate in some 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.
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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...
24EXE001: Bushwalking (Mondays)
Mon 26th 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 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.
This 4 week course is for beginners who may be interested in making their next cake, cupcake or biscuit come to life with a fondant topper. Working and colouring fondant will be explored as well as dabbling in different types of buttercream. This will be an informal group, where you can work on your own project after learning some basics.
24DIS001: Australian and World History
Mon 26th Feb, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Dick Bartley, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
The program will include significant events in world history, indigenous history, topical issues in Australian history and topics and input from participants.
24EXE003: Lawn Bowls
Mon 26th Feb, starting at: 01:00 PM
Leader: Robert Whimpey, Venue: Cockatoo Lawn Bowls
Would you like to play Lawn Bowls? Our new course is open to both beginners and experienced players, and is being held at the Cockatoo and District Bowls Club (2 McBride St, Cockatoo) on a weekly basis, every Monday afternoon. All equipment will be provided, and if you are a learner, there will be experienced bowlers there to help you! So come along and give it a try - fun and exercise for everyone!
24ART007: Introductory Calligraphy
Mon 26th Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Nola Bianco, Venue: Hills Hub MP 1
Have you ever wanted to begin making beautiful lettering? If so, an introductory calligraphy course is what you need. Learn how to use a broad nibbed, dip pen to write different scripts. Experiment with different ways to use your calligraphy skills to enhance an envelope, gift tags, a place card or maybe a small book. Enjoy learning a new skill. Lessons every fortnight during the school term.
24EXE005: Table Tennis (Tuesdays)
Tue 27th Feb, starting at: 09:30 AM
Leader: Ray Schmidt, 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.
Tue 27th Feb, starting at: 10:00 AM
Leader: Eddie Vaughan, Venue: Hills Hub T 1 2
This course explores a wide range of questions in Philosophy. Some questions go back centuries and remain unanswered, while others have emerged from recent scientific discoveries and social developments. Examples of the former ask what is meant by â€˜good governmentâ€™ or â€˜ethical conductâ€™, and examples of the latter include questions about social justice, genetic engineering, and what science reveals about the nature of reality. The course does not assume prior study of Philosophy, and welcomes class discussion and exchanges of opinion.
24MUS001: Musicians Sharing Group
Tue 27th Feb, starting at: 10:30 AM
Leader: Gaye Dunstan, Venue: Evergreens
Do you delight in making music by playing a musical instrument? This weekly gathering aims to give musicians a chance to perform for and with each other in a friendly and non-judgemental environment. Both individual and small group performances are encouraged, as well as participation in the whole group music. Whether you have recently started playing for the first time or are picking up an instrument after a long break this may be what you have been looking for. Anne Elizabeth, the second tutor for the group, arranges music for the specific mix of instruments present and leads the group playing. We encourage all instrumentalists to join us.
Tue 27th Feb, starting at: 01:30 PM
Leader: Robert Whimpey, Venue: Cockatoo Stadium
Pickleball is a fun paddle sport which you can learn in minutes and play for a lifetime. There is a net, paddles and a lightweight ball and you can play singles or doubles. Pickleball is lower impact than tennis and has features of table tennis and badminton. Young or older or in-between, you'll enjoy this game which can be competitive or just fun and social. Pickleball will keep you active without being too energetic. If you want to get involved in a fun, social and active game, Pickleball is for you!
24LAN001: German (Beginners and Intermediate)
Tue 27th 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!
The PAVED Festival is hit to return bigger and better in November this year under the banner PAVED, Performing And Visual arts in the Eastern Dandenongs. Visit the official website for extensive detail on the many events and activities . The annual festival held in Emerald since 2004, extends itself this year across five townships
Have you started your Advance Care Planning conversation? Do your family and friends know your future medical treatment wishes? Did you know that anyone over the age of 18, should document their end-of-life wishes, not just the elderly? The Victorian laws regarding end-of-life situations can seem complex, and making your preferences known to loved ones