Nillumbik U3A Courses - A to Z
Course leader: Graeme Russell
The aim of the class is to enjoy playing cards with pleasant company. Beginners, experienced but rusty - and regular players are welcome. So far we have played 500, Solo, and Bolivia(a form of Canasta) – we’re open to other suggestions.
Ch'i Kung Gentle Exercise
Course leader: Beverley Milne
Flowing, gentle movement exercises integrated with breathing, suited to seniors' needs, and guidance and practice of meditative and healing principles to balance exercising with rest and assimilation. Enjoyable traditional 5 Animals Movements cycle, and introduction to the art of Tai-chi. Movements are quiet and slow to facilitate awareness -no fast moving or pressure.
Course leader: Alan Cuthbertson
This course will be an opportunity to explore the issue of Climate Change. This will be free ranging, covering some theory and history, then exploring whether we have reached a Climate Emergency and the exploration of Tipping points – things that can lead to runaway climate change. We will discuss the solutions offered by the Beyond Zero Emissions organisation, the options when it comes to storage and how much storage do we need. We will look at changes that will be needed in the electrical network and end up with discussion on Home energy efficiency.
Collaborative Writers' Workshop
Course leader: Susan Lloyd & April Edwards
Are you looking for a class to improve your creative writing skills? This class does just that and in a relaxed and friendly environment. In each class we workshop submitted pieces and provide constructive directions and ideas for improvement. OK, we laugh a lot as well, and sometimes we cry, but that is also the point — we trust and respect each other. It doesn’t matter where you feel you are in the journey of writing, just beginning, experienced or somewhere in between, because you will find insights offered into style, structure, content and presentation. Did I mention we laugh a lot?
Creative Writing (Hurstbridge)
Course leader: Rebecca Hayman
Following the success of our course Creative Writing, we are pleased to also offer a new and exciting course from Term 1, 2016 which will be led by award-winning writer Rebecca Hayman. This course will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of writing, helping participants turn their good idea into a ripping yarn. Topics to be covered include choosing the right form for your idea, maintaining dramatic tension, creating vibrant description and more.
Rebecca has written several adult novels, one of which was short-listed for the Vogel Award in 2000. She has also won several awards for her children's stories and most recently published a children’s first chapter book "Orsom’s Good Idea" in collaboration with her daughters. Rebecca’s most recent novel is "The Fraught Ambitions of a Man." A (very) short version of the story won the local section of the Nillumbik-based Alan Marshall Short-story Award 2015.
Course leader: Louise Currie & Frank Camera
In this course participants will explore and practise the art of cryptic crosswords. For beginners we’ll start with the basics, learning how to recognise and unravel the different types of clues and work towards being able to solve The Age puzzle. For those with a bit more experience who’d like to improve their skills, or for competent solvers who’d like to solve together with others, all levels of puzzles and solving assistance can be provided.
Course leader: Gail Clayton & Alan Clayton
Purpose: For any U3A members (family or friends) to gather together over a meal at a different local venue each month. (Diamond Creek, Eltham, Greensborough, Templestowe areas).
Dates: The last Wednesday of each month.
Time: 7 pm, Venues: To be decided .
Cost: We hope to find venues that will provide menus around $30-35 for two courses. Hopefully BYO
Discussion Group - Current Affairs
Course leader: Brian Mclean
We live in interesting times and are constantly confronted with issues and events which disturb, infuriate, amuse or concern us. We generally suggest a topic to be prepared for the following week. Participants are invited to bring news items, book reviews, editorials and any other articles of interest to discuss.
Discussion Group - Current Affairs 2
Course leader: Alan Clayton
Due to popularity of our current affairs discussion group in Hurstbridge with places wait listed we are offering a second discussion group in Eltham. The general format would cover group discussion of events, issues, and people in the news. This could include issues of social, economic and the broad political sphere locally and internationally.
Dreamtime to the Present: Our Aboriginal Story
Course leader: Robin Gardner
Rob will be supported by Jan Aitken, Anne Kane, Gloria Wallace and Guests
This course will start from the beginning of Aboriginal settlement in Australia 65,000 years ago.
We will learn about their social systems and organisation, language, agriculture and art and the spirituality that imbued this. Each week there will be a focus topic with either guest speakers, a variety of media or an excursion. Participants will be invited to learn, reflect and discuss.
Resources will be listed for each week and further reading encouraged.
Evolution according to Charles Darwin
Course leader: Guy Palmer
In these classes, we will do a tour of evolutionary theory, starting from what Charles Darwin actually said on the subject. We will cover both natural selection and sexual selection. We will discuss what he based his theories on, what he concluded, the problems with his theories and alternative theories. We will also discuss where these theories now stand in the 21st Century: which parts remain central to modern thinking, which parts have been modified and extended, and which parts remain controversial.
In addition, each week, we will have a least one interesting titbit. Some of these will relate to Darwin (e.g. his work on coral reefs, barnacles, earthworms and plants), whilst others will relate to evolutionary oddities (e.g. in axolotls, squirrel monkeys and termites).
Family History Workshop
Course leader: Jane Davies
Would you like to find out how to start tracing your family history? Have you fallen victim to those Ancestry ads on TV, got some information on your family tree but now come to a brick wall? Do you have a World War I soldier in the family & want to find out details of their service? Are there a collection of interesting family stories you’d like to find the truth about? Or would you just like to exchange ideas about researching your family history with other people who have the same ‘bug’? Or develop family history research skills? If so, come along & we can workshop through all of the above, learn how to get the best from online databases such as Ancestry & where to find free online family history resources.
First Thursday Book Club
Course leader: Lynne Stevens-Chappel
Following the success of the Book Club in Eltham we have decided to try one in Hurstbridge. The coordinators prefer to choose books without the restraint of library sets so members will need to buy or borrow a book a month.
The course will run each month February to December, including school holidays.
French - Intermediate (conversation) THURSDAY
Remember High School French? Do you want to brush up the language for your trip overseas? Do you just want to practise and enrich 'votre Francais' for the fun of it? Well here is your chance. Some knowledge of the language would be beneficial.
French III MONDAY
Course leader: Bill Naim
Bavarder, converser, lire et parfoit chanter avec Bill. Chat, converse, read & sometimes sing with Bill If you wish to speak and understand French this is the course for you. Some elementary (SPOKEN) knowledge of French would be helpful. If you can manage to do the following you're halfway in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1RvCib-0Zg
Course leader: Marg Dawdy
A gentle exercise program that incorporates aerobic, strength using resistance bands, stretching, coordination, balance and agility in a fun way. Please wear loose comfortable clothing, training shoes and bring water to drink.
Gentle Walking Group
Course leader: Pam Griffith
Anyone interested in joining a group of slower walkers who can enjoy the outdoors in the safety and security of others. Walks will take place in a variety of places on well made tracks away from the sound of traffic and will be 30 minutes - to an hour, followed by a visit to a nearby cafe. Evening walks during daylight saving would be an option.
Various locations between Hurstbridge and Westerfolds Park.
Italian for Beginners
Course leader: Bill Naim
Italian conversation for beginners, although some prior knowledge would be beneficial (or brush up on what you already know).
Translation: Conversazione italiana per principianti, anche se alcune conoscenze precedenti sarebbero utili (o reimparare ciò che già sapete).
Japanese Language & Culture
Course leader: Rob Rankin
This course is for all members who have an interest in Japan or plan to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Join Rob to begin speaking, reading and writing Japanese and learn about some of the fascinating aspects of Japanese society, culture, customs and history. Come and share his passion and accept the challenge of learning this intriguing language.
Course leader: John Crichton
We start with the premise that there is no such thing as 'our kind of jazz', and we are wide open to research any music and musicians whom you enjoy and bring to our attention,
We will include information about festivals and gigs around Melbourne, coordinate trips and bring in band leaders and musicians as guest speakers and we will also continue to develop contacts as we find them – notably to date the Australian Jazz Museum and the Classic Jazz Course at U3A Epsom and Ewell in London. We will continue to look for guest speakers who can increase our knowledge of local and international jazz as well as looking for opportunities to hear live jazz. Expect the unexpected although much will remain the same including our mingle and mix around some quality red.
Lao Tzu "Tao Te Ching" - Study & Discussion
Course leader: Beverley Milne
We study this ancient Chinese handbook of basic philosophy so profoundly clear and relevant to all Ages, relating its wisdom to modern life and global conditions using the Witter Bynner translation - PDF text on internet. Lao Tzu was a contemporary of Confucius c. 2500 BCE.
John provides an introduction to the Latin of the classics and encourages understanding of Latin proverbs, legal and church Latin and the role of this ‘dead’ language in fashioning modern linguistics. ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ – a healthy mind in a healthy body – could almost be the U3A motto.
Latin for Beginners
This is an introductory course for the many of our members who want to gain an understanding of the language that has been used down the centuries in our early educational and legal institutes. It will prepare students to join the more advanced Latin class that John offers.
Life-changing Events in History
Course leader: Andrew Leopold
A blend of information and discussion on independent topics from history and science.
Some topics such as: Innovations That Have Changed the World, and Medical Discoveries and Breakthroughs, are presented each year.
Otherwise, we cycle through 3+ years of topics, with new ones added each year. The first topic for 2019 is History of India.
Course leader: Lyn Frazer
Join the fun and learn to play Mahjong, a game that originated in China during the nineteenth century. It is a commonly played game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance. The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. Experienced players and beginners all welcome.
Mindfulness & Meditation for a more valued and enjoyable life
Course leader: Nola Marshall
Mindfulness is bringing your attention to the present in a kind, non judgmental way allowing things to be as they are. Witnessing painful thoughts by concentrating on the present can result in such thoughts losing their power to distress us as we begin to realize that we are not totally our thoughts.
If thoughts were who we are, how would we be able to observe them? Mindfulness underlines the difference between our brain and mind, and allows us to be more accepting and open more fully to the here and now, as they are, not as our mind says it should be.This type of practise has been well documented to reduce stress and worry. Hope you will join us to learn to practise Mindfulness and Meditation and to generate beneficial discussions.
Course leader: Maree Krohn & Bob Stubbings
IT’S SERIOUSLY FUN...
Join us for a musical journey through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post Romantic, and 20th Century periods of music history.
The instruction and participation embraces specific periods and individual composers, their life stories and trials.
Occasional visiting artists and guest presenters are featured, all under the baton of seasoned professional tutor – Maree Krohn.
Be entertained, informed and enjoy the music every Thursday at Hurstbridge; 10:45 am.
ORIGINS: Myths and Narratives: Homer and the Trojan War
Course leader: Carole Waldron
During this course we will read and discuss the Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer . The Iliad tells of the last stage of the ten year siege of Troy and the events and passions that influenced this significant conflict. As we encounter the Wrath of Achilles, we will experience the early narratives that provided some of the structural roots of Western Thought and Western Culture.
Our journey back into early memories will also include a discussion of the interaction between the Mediterranean societies and the Near Eastern and Indo European cultures.
The text we will use is the translation by Robert Fagles; Introduction and Notes by Bernard Knox Publisher Penguin Books Ltd ISBN13 9780140275360 :Revised Edition
Poetry through the ages
Course leader: Noel Butterfield
If you have ever wanted to enjoy the rich and diverse world that is poetry or even write your own poetry then this could be the class for you.
Noel has run this class for Darebin U3A for the past eight years, his students refer to it as their “therapy session” for good reason. The class will read a poem and then go where the whim takes you. Emphasis is invariably on where the work leads - anecdotes from the past, present and future are triggered by the works. The atmosphere is accepting and congenial. The time really does fly or as Andrew Marvell would say “ at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near:”
Though poems may not be studied in chronological order a lot of ground is covered: Keats, Hardy, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Auden and the Australian poets - Owen, Slessor, Wright, Murray, Paterson, Lawson etc.
Class members are encouraged to do “presentations” or talk about a liked poem and it’s context. These are some of the most memorable sessions - no coercion, no expectations.
Course leader: Helen Gillies
The recorder group, now in its fifth year, is one of the longest running groups in the Nillumbik U3A. The music we play is varied with an emphasis on classical recorder works, generally in three or four part harmony. New members are most welcome, and although wide experience is not necessary, an ability to read music and keep time is required. The ability to play more than one type of recorder, for example, alto and tenor, or tenor and descant, would also be a great advantage – and we are always on the lookout for bass players!
A small outlay for sheet music may be required.
Course leader: Noel Butterfield
To introduce a class entitled " Shakespeare Rocks " Shakespeare is simply the greatest poet and dramatist of all time . His truths are universal and resonate with the many themes that seek to explore insights into the human condition . Shakespeare is as relevant today as he was in the C16 and C17 . John Bell says it best - " We must not allow Shakespeare to become simply a lovely antique ". I have taught English and English Literature for 35 years and thus feel highly qualified to embark on this voyage . We will read and discuss from a diverse range of works- the "Tragedies" " The comedies " and the sonnets [ he published in excess of 55 sonnets ] Some people may feel daunted by reading Shakespeare - don't be - I vow to make our classes transparent and accessible to all . The course can be enhanced by relevant DVD's and theatre outings.
The format will be - discussion , the play readings as the main focus, enjoyable, meaningful dialogue that seeks to place Shakespeare's relevance in our contemporary social settings . Surely Macbeth's vaulting ambition "strikes a chord with the leadership coups that characterize the behaviour of major political parties in Australia.
Singing for Fun
Course leader: Lyn Colenso
Sing-a-long just for the fun of singing. We sing when we feel good, and we sing to uplift our spirits. And what fun when we can sing with others who just love to sing too (even under the shower). You need no musical training, nor do you need to audition. Lyn will take you on a fun journey of songs, ranging from Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Abba, Liza Minelli, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Carole King, plus requests. Lyric sheets will be provided.
Course leader: Renato Deschamps
Spanish is the official language in 20 countries and approximately 470 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin Chinese (and above English) in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide.
The course is delivered in Spanish and some prior basic knowledge of the language is an advantage. During class we cover different topics including culture, literature, travel, music and current affairs among others. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible by speaking in Spanish, reading, writing, translating, doing short presentations, etc.
The recommended textbooks for this course are Easy Spanish Step-By-Step and Advanced Spanish Step-By-Step by B. Bregstein and published by McGraw-Hill.
Spanish for Travellers
Course leader: Vincent Schultz
Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 22 countries and approximately 470 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin Chinese (and above English) in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide?
In my course you will learn a basic vocabulary and understand simple phrases - i.e. Saying hello and goodbye, introducing yourself, telling the time, etc.
Starting French WEDNESDAY
Course leader: Roger Barnard
This course will suit people who have studied French for 2 years at school. The aim will be to get students to a standard where they will be able, if on holiday in France, to understand simple spoken French and to be able to make themselves understood in shops, hotels etc. The course will be done with the aid of a BBC studies book.
Course leader: Tony Lee
If you would like to play social games of table tennis this is the fitness class for you. There will be no teaching, no competition, just having a good time. Two tables available. 12 persons rotate on and off the table. Each person plays an aggregate of 1hr. and watches on for an aggregate of 30 minutes interspersed through the session.
Tai Chi Practise Group
Course leader: Lilia Deschamps, Karen Neal
Tai Chi is a gentle exercise particularly suited to seniors who like to keep their bodies in shape and it can have a positive effect on mind and body. The slow, smooth and continuous movements are aimed to improve the internal and external strength and balance.
Technology User Group
Course leader: Rob Rankin
Technology Users, that's all of us really. This forum will discuss all developments past, present and future in digital technology (and some analogue) for home, recreation, business, be it for serious use or just plain fun.
Any computer, tablet or phone operating systems, software, hardware, networks, TV and audio-visual, security, video, cloud applications and storage. Come with your questions, suggestions, electronic toys, gadgets to share with others
The First Chinese Emperor & His Army Of Terracotta Warriors (4 weeks)
Course leader: Jane Davies
The First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi unified & developed the country we now know as China, the oldest surviving political entity in the world. On his death, for over 2,000 years, an underground army of mysterious life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded his tomb until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.
Anglo-Saxon Britain & The Search for King Arthur 5 weeks
The core myths of the Britons centre on the stories based on the life & exploits of King Arthur against the Saxon ‘invaders’ during the so called ‘Dark Ages’. These stories are some of the most enduring in Britain's history, spanning centuries. The biggest problem in attempting to uncover the ‘real’ King Arthur is the lack of reliable, contemporary source material. So how much truth is there in the story & were the Saxons really such ‘bad guys’?
Course designed for players who feel their play is not improving. We will look at more advanced plays and use of deduction and inference in "reading the cards".
NOTE: A prerequisite for the course is that participants play competitive duplicate.
Third Tuesday Film Discussion Group
Course leader: Pam Griffith
We may choose to see the film together or individually and will decide the next one at the discussion group. Suggestions are very welcome. Some months we may watch a film at the Hurstbridge Hub and have a discussion afterwards. Participants will be given plenty of notice each month about the upcoming film.
Try Lawn Bowls
Course leader: Ros Camera
Beginners and others who want to try out bowls. U3A player new to the group will pay no extra fee for the term but returning U3A players will be required to pay $4 a week green fee to the bowls club. U3A players who are also EBC Club members will pay no extra fee.
Tuning in to Opera
Course leader: Lyn Richards & Tom Richards
Do you puzzle at the passion some people feel for opera? Or do you want to find others who share that passion? This course brings a variety of experience in and around opera, for beginners and buffs, doubters and divas, low and high brows. Its website, at http://opera.prettyhill.org, is updated weekly during the course, with new resources and online performances.
Like opera, its content varies, providing a feast for the senses! Sessions combine learning, listening, DVD viewing, discussion and reflection on drama, music, acting, singing and theatrical staging. We collaboratively study the varied work of particular composers, viewing their operas to compare productions and the different presentations of major roles by great singers, we discuss topics across operas and tune in to their themes. Our programs are scheduled to fit with live or live in HD film performances in Melbourne for those who wish to attend them.
Course leader: Robin Gardner
A GREAT WAY TO START THE WEEK
You are invited to join our friendly walking group on Monday mornings. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our district, discover some new areas and work at our fitness at the same time. Walks usually last for an hour to 90 minutes, followed by a visit to a nearby cafe. Rob Gardner welcomes any suggestions for new walks.
For further information contact Rob on email@example.com
Course leader: Amanda Owen
Yoga for EVERY BODY. The main course served is breath-centred postures and mindfulness, promoting ease of movement and comfort in the body by mobilising stiff joints, relaxing tight muscles and revitalising from the inside out. The main course comes with with a sprinkling of yoga philosophy. The dessert is relaxation. The class is friendly (with a cup of tea afterwards!) and takes place in a beautiful studio with breathtaking views. Amanda can modify any posture according to the individual, so the class is appropriate for experienced and beginners in yoga. You do not have to be strong or flexible to do yoga - all you need to be able to do is BREATHE!
Zen Tangles & Mandala Design
Course leader: Lyn Colenso
Art Doodling. An exciting, relaxing and addictive pastime which awakens the artist within you even if you can’t draw. Before you know it you are creating wonderful unique patterns like fine lacework or bold interpretations of your unique expression. The journey begins but has no end to possibility.
Students need an unlined notebook like a small diary: Size approx 15cms x 21cms. Important to be plain white paper no lines. Three black Unipen or Artline pens size .5 and .8 and 1.00, and HB lead pencil and rubber. These can be bought at Officeworks or Victorian Artist Supplies opposite The Courthouse