Courses Descriptions 2022

 

Click any of the 12 themed links immediately below to go to the course descriptions for that theme. The number in brackets after each theme ink is the number of courses within that theme.

Download a printable copy of the descriptions (pdf).

1. Active ClassesBack to top
Golf for Fun – 9 Holes (AMR50a and AMR50b)

Social golf for fun and fitness. 9 holes. BYO golf clubs. Green fees apply.

When: 9.30am-noon, Fridays(AMR50a) and Tuesdays (AMR50b)
Where: Yarrambat Golf Club
Leader: Alan Clayton

Golf Workshop for Beginners (AMR71a)

Golf is one of the few games which can be played and enjoyed until you are really old. The only ability required is walking, because golf is essentially walking. So, if you want to play golf well, you need to start by learning some of the basics of golf. This course of workshops are designed for: (1) those who have never played golf before and want to take up this game now; and (2) those who are currently playing golf but have never been taught, and so they are playing games that make them unhappy. There will be 5 workshops of 2 hours duration each, to be followed by an actual 9 hole game of golf guided by the teacher.

Workshops are provided free-of-charge to members of U3A but the participants are expected to provide their own equipment, golf balls, and pay for the greens whenever it is necessary. Unless Covid-19 conditions change, it will not be possible to rent golf clubs from the Pro-Shop.

Read more detail.

When: Wednesdays, 1-3pm; starting 9th February
Where: Yarrambat Golf Club
Leader: Abe Kelabora, Accredited Community Golf Instructor

Social Tennis (AMR62a)

Go and enjoy a social hit of tennis. Take a racquet and wear appropriate tennis footwear e.g. no ripple sole shoes. All abilities welcome.

When: Thursdays, 9.15-11.15am; starting 10th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Ankie Box, Pam Griffith

Table Tennis (AMR37a)

If you would like to play social games of table tennis, this is the class for you. There will be no teaching, no competition, just having a good time.

When: Wednesdays, 1.30-3pm; starting 9th February
Where: Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
Leader: Tony Lee

Gentle Walking Group (AMR57a)

This group is for 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 flat, well-made tracks away from the sound of traffic and will be around an hour duration, followed by coffee and chat, either BYO or at a nearby café. Various locations between Hurstbridge and Westerfolds Park.

When: Mondays, 9.30-11am
Where: various
Leader: Pam Griffith, Val Wilkie

Walking Group, Local (AMR14a)

A great way to start the week. You are invited to join our friendly walking group on Monday mornings. 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 café. Any suggestions for new walks are welcome.

When: Mondays, 9.30-11.30am
Where: various
Leader: Kay Bichard, Graham Clarke, Karen Coulson, Sue Bowles and Gillian Essex

2. Art and CraftBack to top
All Things Art Play (AMR80a)

Have you ever wanted to share in experimenting or playing with different art mediums? Maybe combine mediums and see what develops? Here’s your chance!

Art play your way and share it with others. Use any number of mediums or techniques and see where the art takes you!

Please take coloured pencils and paper to the first class. Purchase of some equipment and supplies will be required and discussed in the first class.

When: Wednesdays, 1-3pm; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Wendy Price, Gayle Considine

Acquiring Art Skills (AMR81a)

This is the continuation of our previous art class titled Painting and Drawing, and will initially be led by tutor Brenda Smith. It will appeal to those who wish to learn the basics of pencil and fineliner drawing, painting in a range of mediums such as watercolour, acrylics and oil. Guest tutors will provide focussed sessions – Dennis Smedley on perspective, Judy Vizzari on life drawing, Leanne Ipsen on acrylic painting, Colleen Hall on oil painting and Rachel Brak will offer occasional guided visits to Heidi Gallery of Modern Art.

When: Thursdays, 11am-1pm; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Brenda Smith, Leanne Ipsen

Applying Art Skills (AMR82a)

This is a class for those who have been part of our Painting and Drawing Group previously and plus those with some art experience who wish to sketch and paint with the company and inspiration of others but without specific tuition. There will be occasional sessions organised in pen and ink, lino cuts and printing, en plein air painting sessions, visits to galleries such as sketching at the National Gallery or visiting local galleries including TarraWarra.

When: Thursdays, 2-4pm; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Leanne Ipsen

Art (AMR02a)

This class is practical drawing, painting and collage are backed by a general introduction to all aspects of art appreciation, and complemented by occasional visits to galleries, film and theatre.

When: Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30pm; starting 9th February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Valerie Osborne, Lorraine Hussey

Craft, Conversation and Afternoon Tea (AMR05a)

Do you have any unfinished projects? Would you like to create something new and make friends & contacts along the way? Go and join our friendly, social group whose members happily share ideas, skills, work on their own craft projects or begin something new with the support of others. Enjoy a chat and afternoon tea along the way.

When: Fridays, 1.30-3.30pm; starting 11th February
Where: Hurstbridge Bowling Club
Leader: Cheryl Winstanley

Zentangles and Mandala (AMR55a)

Zentangles – an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing repeated, structured contained patterns.

Mandala – there are many definitions, but they are usually circular, colourful, detailed geometric patterns or designs.

This class is 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.

This is a collaborative group with all members sharing experiences and learning.

Requirements: an un-lined notebook, black pens of various thickness, pencil, eraser, ruler and compass. Coloured pens and pencils are optional, but useful. More details to be given upon enrolment.

When: Tuesdays, 1.15-2.45pm; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Gayle Considine, Roma O’Callaghan, Terry Spottiswood

3. Book GroupsBack to top
2nd Tuesday Book Group (LIT27a)

The Second Tuesday Book Group meets once a month, including during school holidays. Books are supplied by the library but there is an opportunity for discussion and/or reading of other books.

When: Tuesdays, 10.15am-12.15pm; monthly on the 2nd Tuesday; starting 8th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Susan Lloyd

Last Tuesday Book Club (LIT06a)

A different book will be read and discussed each month. The Eltham Library will provide the books.

When: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm; monthly on the last Tuesday; starting 22nd February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: April Edwards

Last Wednesday Book Club (LIT18a)

A different book will be read and discussed each month. The Eltham Library will provide the books.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; monthly on the last Wednesday; starting 23rd February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Wendy Haszler

3rd Thursday Book Group (LIT26a)

The Third Thursday Book Group will read and discuss a different book each month. The Eltham Library will provide the books. The course will run each month February to December, including school holidays.

When: Thursdays, 2-3.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Thursday; starting 17th February
Where: Eltham Library
Leader: Laraine Hussey

Books @ Bridges (LIT14a)

Join them in the pleasant surrounds of Hurstbridge to have a coffee and chat about the book of the month. Books will be provided by the library via the Hurstbridge Hub. They are a friendly small group looking for new members.

When: Thursdays, 3-4.30pm; monthly on the 1st Thursday; starting 3rd February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Chris Raverty

4. Brain ActivitiesBack to top
Card Afternoon (AMR47a)

The aim of the class is to enjoy playing cards with pleasant company. Beginners, experienced but rusty, and regular players are all welcome. So far they have played 500, Solo, and Bolivia (a form of Canasta) but are also open to other suggestions.

When: Fridays, 1.30-3.30pm; starting 11th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Graeme Russell

Cryptic Crosswords (AMR30a)

In this course, participants will explore and practise the art of cryptic crosswords. For beginners, you will 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.

When: Mondays, 2.30-4pm; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Louise Currie

Mahjong – Morning (AMR66a)

This group will provide a relaxed environment where participants can play the game with people of similar interest and ability. During Term 1, beginners will be welcomed to join the group and will be provided with guidance through (Western) rules and helped to become familiar with this style of Mahjong. During Terms 2, 3 and 4, this individual assistance will not be available.

When: Tuesdays, 10am-11.30; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Maree Papworth

Mahjong – Afternoon (AMR11a)

Join the fun and 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. They use the book The Mahjong Player’s Companion by Thompson and Maloney for their rules. Any players with a knowledge of Mahjong are welcome. Those new to Mahjong should complete a full term of Morning (Beginners) Classes (see above) before being considered for the more advanced Afternoon Mahjong Group.

When: Tuesdays, 1-4pm; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Lyn Frazer

Mind Games (AMR13a)

The group enjoys an extensive range of activities aimed to keep the mind alert. A stimulating assortment of board games, card games, quizzes and puzzles are undertaken in both small and full group activities and always with considerable social interaction.

When: Tuesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 8th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Maureen Meaney

Thinking Bridge (AMR59a)

This course designed for players who feel their play is not improving. You will look at more advanced plays and use of deduction and inference in ‘reading the cards’. A prerequisite for the course is that participants have played competitive duplicate.

When: Wednesdays, 11.15am-1.15pm; starting 9th February
Where: Diamond Creek Living and Learning Centre
Leader: Lucille Sadler

Trivia and Other Pursuits (AMR77a)

Ever thought of having fun and increasing your general knowledge at the same time? Trivia and Other Pursuits will afford you that opportunity! It’s all about having fun in an entertaining and non-judgmental setting. Possible (emphasis on possible) games may include: ‘who am I?’ ‘what am I?’, hangman, charades, Nillumbik trivia, ‘who wants to be a millionaire? Millionaire Hot Seat’, ‘who’s who in the movies’ and ‘who’s who in politics’. Members will be able to ‘work’ in teams as well as providing their own resources. Look, it’s all about a bit of fun with the spin-off of keeping our minds in mint condition.

When: Thursdays, 10-11.30am; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Noel Butterfield

5. Discussion groupsBack to top
Discussion Group – Current Affairs (SOC01a)

We live in interesting times and are constantly confronted with issues and events which concern, disturb, infuriate or even amuse us. These issues and events can be both local or international, and can be complex and ongoing or over within the 24 hour news cycle. This course aims at informed discussion, with research and background to each topic usually prepared by the course leader, and presented using visual material taken from a variety of internet sources, before discussion. The group is also encouraged to suggest topics that they are either passionate about or wish to gain a greater understanding of.

When: Thursdays, 1.15-2.45pm; starting 10th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Brian McLean

Discussion Group – Current Affairs 2 (SOC11a)

This is a current affairs discussion group covering group discussion of events, issues, and people in the news. This subject matter will include issues of social, economic and the broad political sphere locally and internationally.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Alan Clayton

Environmental Discussion Group – Monthly (SCH34a)

Life on our planet is in crisis due to the lifestyles of humans. In this discussion group, we will examine all the issues – from global warming, to species extinction, to overpopulation and more – impacting on our world, how we got there and what we can do to help restore the natural balance.

When: Wednesdays, 10-11.30am; monthly on the 4th Wednesday; starting 23th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Margit Alm

Fourth Monday film Discussion Group (AMR28a)

Join them in watching a film selected by the members, followed by a discussion.

When: Mondays, 7-9.15pm; monthly on the 4th Monday; starting 28th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Pam Griffith

Guest Speakers (SOC16a)

A range of guest speakers will be invited to provide a presentation, followed by questions and coffee. You can enrol in the series and go every time or just register (via the office) and just go when the topic is of particular interest to you. The topics will be announced to all members via the U3A newsletter.

Term 1 2022 speakers:

Feb 16 Graham Parslow Vintage radios
Mar 2 Gillian Essex Grandmothers for Refugees
Mar 16 Jim Connor Old Eltham Courthouse restoration
Mar 30 Fiona Malcolm topic tbc

When: Wednesdays, 10-11.30am; alternate weeks – February 16; March 2, 16, 30
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Pam Griffith, Cath Bauman

Philosophy Now (PAP11a)

Topics will be taken from ‘New Philosopher’ and ‘Philosophy Now’ but will be varied depending upon interest to the group. Envisaged subjects can range from history and obstinacy, how we see ourselves, existentialism and the philosophy of labour. Other envisaged topics include questions about our reality, truth and shifting perspectives in modernity.

When: Thursdays, 3.30-5pm; starting 10th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Lindsay Byrnes

6. Food and WineBack to top
Dining Out (TAS07a)

Purpose: for any U3A members (family or friends) to gather together over a meal at a different local venue each month in the Diamond Creek, Eltham, Greensborough and Templestowe areas.

Cost: they try to find venues that will provide menus around $45-50 for two courses. Hopefully BYO.

When: Wednesdays, 7-8.30pm; monthly on the last Wednesday; starting 23rd February
Where: various
Leader: Madeleine Jackson, Keith Jackson

Luncheon Group (TAS14a)

They are a social group where members can get to know each other and enjoy conversation over lunch. In addition, they will explore a variety of eating venues during the year in outer Nillumbik.

When: Fridays, 12-2pm; monthly on the 2nd Friday; starting 11th February
Where: various
Leader: Val Sandeman, Carole Maher

Wine Appreciation – Introduction (TAS10a)

This course will be a happy/tasty/educational blend of art and science, a repeat of the introductory course run previously. You will discuss different wine styles and how they are made. Back to basics, you will look at what you taste and smell in wine and what ‘balance’ means in quality wine. You will smell and taste basic wine components and educate our palates as you learn to appreciate the magic of wine composition. The great thing is that no one is ever wrong in what they say about wine – we each appreciate different facets – but one session will be spent on wine faults. Each week, you will share 4 bottles. Participants will be rostered, under Karen’s direction, to bring the wines.

When: Mondays, 1.30-3pm; Term 1 only; starting 7th February
Where: private residence, Yarrambat
Leader: Karen Coulston

All Things Wine & Food (TAS15a) – note prerequisite

You are what you eat, eat well. The title is deliberately vague. Do you know the difference between a Bordeaux and a Claret. You may explore why you prefer cold over hot smoked salmon. Where is the rat in ratatouille?

The class will sometimes tour and taste at a Winery, on occasion having lunch at that Winery. Picnics in the wide open air may include a billabong or a place by a river. It is about food and wine and how it is made, mostly lunch but will also be occasionally a special dinner. You may be underground in a wine cellar or seated at your dining table for a more formal lunch. Food and wine matching will be a focus and Karen Coulston has agreed to offer her expertise. You will need to also have completed Karen’s Wine Appreciation – Introduction (TAS10a) as a requirement for this group.

When: Wednesdays 12-2pm; monthly on the 4th Wednesday; starting 26th January
Where: various
Leader: Dave Chambers

Wine and Food Lunch Group – note prerequisite (TAS12a)

This is an ongoing wine appreciation group which has evolved into wine and food matching around the lunch table. They plan their meals carefully with thought to the proposed theme. The table is usually fully booked but if you want to join the waiting list you are required to have attended Karen’s Wine Appreciation – Introduction (TAS10a) class previously.

When: Tuesdays, 12.30-2.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; starting 15th February
Where: private residence, Yarrambat
Leader: Karen Coulston

Wine Tour Group – note prerequisite (TAS06a)

This is an ongoing wine appreciation group which has evolved into a winery tour group. They take the community bus to different wine regions, usually making a cultural or environmental visit before visiting two wineries for lunch and wine tastings. The bus is usually full but if you want to join the waiting list you are required to have attended Karen’s Wine Appreciation – Introduction (TAS10a) class previously.

When: Thursdays, starting 9am and for the full day; monthly on the 3rd Thursday; starting 17th February
Where: various
Leader: Karen Coulston

7. HistoryBack to top
Ancient Studies: Gods and The Human Experience (LIT32a)

You will explore ancient literature to see how ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean region understood people, both as individuals and as social beings. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between humans and their gods. The main focus, which is by no means exclusive, will be on Classical Greece and Greek Tragedy.

When: Mondays, 11am-12.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Carole Waldron

Family History Workshop (HGT22a)

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 and 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 and you can workshop through all of the above, learn how to get the best from online databases such as Ancestry and where to find free online family history resources.

When: Thursdays, 9.45-11.15am; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Jane Davies

First Nations – Improving our Understanding (HGT55a)

Each week is a standalone topic so it is not essential to have done previous courses.

They will focus on current issues and topics which attract Aboriginal activism and concern. These matters always have their roots in the history of relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. They will therefore range back and forth from the deep past to the present and anywhere in between. They use films and YouTube entries to listen to Aboriginal voices. Where it is possible, they have visits from Aboriginal speakers and also from Non-Indigenous people who have worked in Aboriginal communities and services. They also have a visit to a nearby site of interest each term and also hope to organise a longer distant visit during the year. Class involvement is encouraged.

When: Mondays, 3-4.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Jan Aitken, Gillian Essex, Jan Mackenzie, Helen Bostock

Life-changing Events in History (HGT25a)

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 & Breakthroughs, are presented each year. Otherwise, they cycle through 3+ years of topics with new ones added each year. The first topic for 2022 is A History of Russia and then according to class wishes, A History of Italy or other topics.

When: Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 8th February
Where: Initially via email; may return to Old Eltham Courthouse later
Leader: Andrew Leopold

Richard the Lionheart (4 weeks) and The Pre-Raphaelite “Brotherhood” (5 weeks) (Monday HGT60a and Thursday HGT60b)

Richard the Lionheart (4 weeks). He was King of England 1189-1199 but he spent just 6 months in the country. A great military leader and warrior, commander of his own army at age 16, he spent his adult life in combat either against rebellious nobles or on Crusade in the Holy Land. He regarded his kingdom as a source of revenue to support his armies. However, he is remembered as the iconic ‘Lionheart’.

The Pre-Raphaelite ‘Brotherhood’ (5 weeks). The Pre-Raphaelites, a group of English painters, poets and art critics, were founded 1848 by a 7-member ‘Brotherhood’ seeking to return to the detail, intense colours and complex compositions of Renaissance Italian art. They rejected the approaches adopted by artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. The group were noted for their magical romantic themes, use of mythology and depiction of idealised worlds.

Leader: Jane Davies

Note that this class will be repeated twice a week to allow more people to attend; please ensure that you enrol in the correct class either Monday or Thursday and then attend that class as numbers are still limited in all venues.

When: Mondays, 10-11.30am; Term 1 only; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Class code: HGT58a

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When: Thursdays 11.30am-1pm; Term 1 only; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Class code: HGT58b

8. LanguagesBack to top
French – Post Beginners (LAN19a)

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.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 9th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Damien L’Huillier

French – Café and Chat (LAN23a)

This is an opportunity to practice French conversation over a cup of coffee.

When: Thursdays, 9-10.30am; starting 10th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Eve Scopes

French – Intermediate Tuesday (LAN02a)

This course will cover French conversation intermediate through to formal French with grammar. Read more detail.

When: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Lucille Sadler

French – Intermediate Conversation Wednesday (LAN17a)

This course is for students who have completed some years of U3A French or are at that level wishing to strengthen their conversational use of the language.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 9th February
Where: Diamond Creek Living and Learning Centre
Leader: Lucille Sadler

French – Intermediate Friday (LAN18a)

This class aims to increase your comprehension of French, both spoken and written. Each class will have a short grammar refresh followed by at least two other activities from the following: listening to native speakers, watching video clips, reading from many different sources (classic literature, modern novels, newspapers, magazines), French songs (ranging from opera to rap and everything in between), the occasional short dictation, and puzzles in French (crossword, trivia).

When: Fridays, 1-2.30pm; starting 11th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lucille Sadler

Classical Greek(LAN22a)

This class is for anyone interested in learning to read Classical Greek, especially that of the first century. You will be gently introduced to the language and its grammar. Stories will be taken from the New Testament (no religion, no interpretation, just reading the texts), from Josephus and from the earlier Aesop, all stories most people may be familiar with. If you have never tried something new, now is the time.

When: Thursdays, 10-11am; starting 10th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

Modern Greek – Post Beginners (LAN21a)

This class will introduce you to the Modern Greek language. Greece is said to be the birthplace of the Western Civilization. Many English words have Greek roots, for example, ego, which comes from the Greek word εγώ (meaning I), and biology from the Greek words βίος (meaning life) and λόγια (meaning words) -> βιολογία. You will learn to speak and read basic Greek in a fun environment — helpful if you plan to travel to Greece one day. Otherwise, just join for the pure pleasure of it.

When: Mondays, 11am-12.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Jan Taylor

Italian for Absolute Beginners (LAN24a)

This course is for Italian beginners who can subsequently progress to understanding and speaking the language to our next course titled ‘PARLI ITALIANO?’. You may need to purchase some texts.

When: Fridays, 1-2.30pm; starting 11th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Bill Naim

Italian (LAN11a)

This course will suit people who have studied or experienced some Italian at school or through friends. The aim is to allow students who, if on holidays in Italy, will reasonably understand and speak the language. This course uses the aid of “Italian made simple” by Cristina Mazzoni.

You many need to purchase some texts.

When: Fridays, 2.45-4.15pm; starting 11th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Bill Naim

Japanese Language and Culture (LAN07a)

This course is for all members who have an interest in Japan or plan to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Begin speaking, reading and writing Japanese and learn about some of the fascinating aspects of Japanese society, culture, customs and history. Go and share Rob’s passion and accept the challenge of learning this intriguing language. Some familiarity with a computer is useful because Rob encourages ‘blended learning’, whereby class activities and discussions are supported by web-based activities.

When: Tuesdays, 1-2.30pm; starting 8th February
Where: Private residence, Montmorency
Leader: Rob Rankin

Latin for Beginners (LAN15a)

Go and join other people who are re-living Latin. Explore Roman culture, and learn and enjoy the language. At least 10 participants are needed so that they can enjoy learning and exchanging Roman cultural ideas.

When: Thursdays, 11am-noon; starting 10th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

Latin – Intermediate (LAN20a)

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 classes that John also offers.

When: Thursdays, noon-1pm; starting 10th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

Reading Latin Poetry (LAN26a)

You will focus on reading of some of Catullus’s poems and sections of Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2. Some relevant grammar and brief translations into Latin will be included. At least two years of Latin study, including reasonable understanding of the main declensions, conjugations and syntax, will be required for this course.

When: Mondays, 2-3.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Mary-Anne Anderson

Basic Spanish (LAN12a)

!Hola! Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 31 countries and approximately 567 million people speak Spanish as their first or native language, making it second only to Mandarin Chinese (and above English) in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide? In this course, you will learn a basic vocabulary and understand simple phrases – e.g. saying hello and goodbye, introducing yourself, telling the time, etc.

The recommended textbook for this course is Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary.

When: Tuesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 8th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Vincent Schultz, Joe Barker

Spanish – Advanced Conversation (LAN05a)

!Hola amigos! 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. Are you planning a trip to Mexico, Spain or Machu Picchu in Peru? Join our class Spanish Intermediate, learn beyond the basics and language skills to enjoy even more your holiday and also become familiar with the rich and vibrant culture of Spain and Latin America.

The recommended textbook for this course is Easy Spanish Step-By-Step by B. Bregstein – McGraw-Hill.

When: Thursdays, 9.30-11am; starting 10th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Carlos Serrano

9. LiteratureBack to top
Collaborative Writers’ Workshop (LIT24a)

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, they will workshop submitted pieces and provide constructive directions and ideas for improvement. OK, they laugh a lot as well, and sometimes they cry, but that is also the point — they 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 we mention that they laugh a lot?

When: Fridays, 9-11am; starting 11th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Susan Lloyd, April Edwards

Hurstbridge Creative Writing Group (LIT17a)

Being able to express yourself using written expression is a skill or gift that exposes you to a wonderful form of artistic expression. Releasing your inner writer allows you so many options. You can record family history for future generations, you can reveal inner feelings via a character within your story or simply create options using your world of imagination to paint stories with words. It is a skill as well, a skill that requires additional knowledge, such as the correct use of punctuation or grammar.

This is a collaborative and eclectic group of people each with their own skills and abilities which, when combined, create a safe learning, stimulating and supportive environment for all levels of writing ability and interests. Go along and join in the fun, laughter and sometime tears, you will be very welcome.

When: Fridays, 10am-noon; starting 11th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: June Rushton, Eileen Goodall

Poetry Through the Ages (LIT21a)

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 and 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 them. 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 often some of the most memorable sessions – no coercion, no expectations.

When: Wednesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Noel Butterfield, Susan Lloyd

Shakespeare Rocks (LIT16a)

Shakespeare is simply the greatest poet and dramatist of all time. His truths are universal and resonates with the many themes that seek to explore insights into the human condition. He 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.” You 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 -the classes will be transparent and accessible to all. The course is sometimes 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 seem to characterise the behaviour of major political parties in Australia.

When: Wednesdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Noel Butterfield, John Robertson

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Jazz Appreciation (AMR31a)

Starting with the premise that there is no such thing as ‘our kind of jazz’, they are wide open to research any music and musicians whom you enjoy and bring to their attention. They will include information about festivals and gigs around Melbourne, coordinate trips to jazz events, bring in band leaders and musicians as guest speakers and develop contacts as we find them, notably the Australian Jazz Museum, the Jazz Improvisation Workshops and Jazz Clubs and venues.

They also include as ‘practical classes’ within our syllabus, monthly live jazz events, that they conduct in partnership with the Eltham Bowling Club, for the benefit and enjoyment of jazz lovers in the Nillumbik Community. They also maintain a liaison with music teachers in the secondary schools in the community to assist in fostering students within their schools’ music programmes, who have an interest in, or a flair for, music improvisation, i.e. the jazz musicians of the future.

Expect the unexpected, while you mingle and mix– around some quality reds!

When: Mondays, 4.15-6.15pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Crichton

Music Tutti (AMR06a)

There will be a variety of music documentaries and explorations of various styles of music. These will include: Music from Italy and France; Australian composers past and present; the great art of conducting in all its glory.
They are a congenial and friendly group and warmly welcome new members.

When: Thursdays, 10.45am-12.15pm; starting 10th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Maree Krohn, Robert Scopes

Recorder Group (AMR08a)

The recorder group has been running for a number of years now and is one of the longest running groups in the Nillumbik U3A. The music that they 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.

When: Mondays, 1-3pm; starting 7th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: June Downs, Gillian Essex

Tuning into Opera (AMR39a)

This course celebrates, explores, critiques and just simply enjoys operas – lots of operas, from a wide range of periods, styles, composers and performances. Like opera, it is highly varied, as are their levels of knowledge of the subject. No expertise required!

Each session combines discussion and debate with segments played to illustrate the productions, performances and staging. Sometimes, they concentrate on one opera, sometimes on a theme across several. A session might compare different productions of classic pieces or performances of the great roles. A term may focus on operas by a particular composer, or a historical period. (Spoiler alert: coming up is the wild variety of operas by Richard Strauss!)

For those who want background readings and links for listening, they post weekly to our online blog. The first three years of the course are still available at our 2016-8 website. COVID willing, they finish each term with a full opera indulgence, watching a whole opera and feasting on the music and a shared lunch.

When: Fridays, 11am-1pm; starting 11th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Lyn Richards, Tom Richards

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Making smarter use of your Android phone (CSC28a and CSC28b)

So, you have an Android phone but you basically only use it for phone calls and texts. You know that it can do much more, and you would like to use it to do much more, but you need help to move in this direction. How about using an electronic calendar which syncs with the calendars on your computer and other devices? Or being able to take photos and then send them to people? Or being able to send/receive emails on your phone as well as your computer? Would you like to change how your home screen looks and what it contains? Would you like to be able to move photos and songs between your phone and your computer? And what about the mysterious world of ‘apps’, nearly all of which are free? Would you like to monitor your electricity usage, or see the recent trends in local petrol prices, or track where your parcels are at, or identify plants that you see on the roadside or see what the weather will be doing over the rest of the day? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ then this is the course for you.

To help make the experiences more personal, the classes will be kept small and that is why we will be running two separate classes each week. Maybe we will split the participants of the two classes based on prior level of experience.

When: Thursdays, 1.30–3pm (CSC28a) and repeated 3.15–4.45pm (CSC28b); Term 1 only; starting 10th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Guy Palmer

Technology User Group (CSC22a)

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. Go with your questions, suggestions, electronic toys, gadgets to share with others.

When: Mondays, 9.15-10.45am; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Gerard Wood, Rob Rankin, Stuart Winstanley

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Mindfulness, meditation and Qi Gong (AMR74a)

By learning to focus the mind, we become better able to observe our own thoughts and feelings. We become aware of how out of control and easily distracted our thoughts have become.  We will explore ways to calm our minds and feelings so that we have more control over our reactions to life’s challenges.

During the class, you will do half an hour of Qi Gong exercises. Qi Gong is a series of gentle movements coordinated with the breath which are designed to manipulate the energy within the body, to promote self-healing, prevent disease, and increase longevity.

You will be guided through some meditations (no previous meditation experience needed), explore mindfulness techniques that you can use in your daily life to keep you in the present moment, and discuss a topic each week based on readings from Eckhart Tolle, Brené Brown, Thich Nhat Hanh, Glennon Doyle, Pema Chodron and more.

When: Tuesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Deb Di Meo, Bruce Byrne

Tai Chi Practise Group 1 – Beginners (AMR68a)

This beginners’ course will provide instruction for those who would like to learn Tai Chi and Shibashi-Qi Gong. These are two non-aggressive forms of Chinese martial arts which employ gentle, slow continuous movements coupled with deep breathing and assist students to achieve internal and external strength and balance whilst working within their own abilities. Additional benefits include heightened well-being after each session.

When: Wednesdays, 9.30-10.30am; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Judy Vizzari, Sue Brenkovich.

Tai Chi Practise Group 22 – Advanced (AMR69a)

This course is for people who are familiar with Tai Chi Sun Style and who want to continue practicing Tai Chi and Shibashi-Lohan Qi Gong forms. During the sessions, that will be outdoors, weather permitting, you will focus your breathing and quiet mind with slow, smooth and continuous movements to enhance your body and mind balance.

When: Thursdays, 9.30-10.30am; starting 10th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Lilia Deschamps, Sue Brenkovich.

Yoga (AMR53a)

This is yoga for everybody. The main course 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 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!

When: Tuesdays, 10.30am-noon; starting 8th February
Where: private residence, Cottles Bridge
Leader: Amanda Owen

Yoga for Fitness (AMR72a)

Fit or unfit, yogi or a beginner, this is a class for all of you who are keen to learn yoga and do something good for your body.

Every class will be a combination of meditation, breathing exercises and various yogic stretches. Slowly the class will move toward practicing asanas.

Go out, practice yoga in a group and feel the high collective energy. Bring your Yoga mat.

When: Fridays, 8-9am; starting 11th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Vasundhara Kandpal