Courses Descriptions 2024

 

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 is the number of courses within that theme.

1. Active Classes (ACT)Back to top
Ladies Badminton (ACT12a)

Northern Ladies Badminton Association are a volunteer group of ladies who have been playing social and competition badminton since 1973. Monday afternoons is a social/coaching clinic for new members. Afternoon tea is provided afterwards for those who would like to stay. Age and experience no limit. The cost is free for the first visit and $5 for the next sessions. All equipment is supplied initially but you need to wear appropriate footwear. For more information, please contact Michelle Rowsell by phone (0417 669 269) or email (michellerowsell49@gmail.com).

When: Mondays, 1-3pm; starting 5th February
Where: Diamond Creek Community Centre
Leader: Michelle Rowsell

A Simple Introduction to Ballroom Dancing (ACT13a)

In this class you will learn some basic dance steps in various styles. Then the class will develop some simple routines which can be used at a dinner dance, a big band night or other unstructured music events. Ideally participants should have leather-soled shoes and, if possible, go with a partner.

When: Fridays, 1.30-3pm; not running in term 2
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Peter Griffiths, Rita Chew

Golf for Fun – 9 Holes (ACT01a and ACT01b)

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

When: Tee off at 8am or 11.50am on both Fridays (ACT01b) and Tuesdays (ACT01a) starting week beginning 5th February
Where: Yarrambat Golf Club
Leader: Alan Clayton, Michael Bull

Golf Workshop for Beginners (ACT02b)

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 Nillumbik U3A but the participants are expected to provide their own equipment, golf balls, and pay for the greens whenever it is necessary. Some golf clubs are available for renting and those interested should contact Abe by email (abekelabora@hotmail.com).

When: Wednesdays, 1-3pm; not running in term 2
Where: Plenty Views Golf Park
Leader: Abe Kelabora, Accredited Community Golf Instructor

Local Bicycle Track Cycling (ACT10a)

Using off-road, shared path routes to cycle for about 1½ to two hours from Eltham. Since the routes are shared with other users, speeds will generally be limited to about 15-18 km/hr. Electric bikes are welcome. The distance covered tends to be about 20-30km, but shorter options are often available, with a common meeting point for coffee.

Typical routes are to Hurstbridge, Beasley’s Nursery, Ruffey Lake Park or Heidelberg, with coffee along the way or on the way back to Eltham.

When: Thursdays, starting 9am; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Library, unless advised otherwise in weekly email
Leader: John Arneaud, John Earle

Outdoor Exercise – Andrew Pocket Park (ACT14b)

Nillumbik Council has partnered with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to create age–friendly outdoor spaces specifically designed for older people to use and enjoy. The park features a range of outdoor equipment designed for older people to help improve their balance, strength, functional movement, joint range of motion and mobility.

Nillumbik U3A is providing a short course to introduce, guide and support members on how to use this park for optimum benefit and risk free enjoyment. The class size will be limited to 8 people with 2 trainers. To get the most benefit from the course, attendance at all of the 5 classes is preferable. No matter your level of fitness, this program can be adapted to people of all abilities. There are also progressions available when members are ready for the next stage. Go along and enjoy exercising outside with like-minded members.

NOTE: this is not a continuation of term 1, but a new class.

When: Mondays, 9.30-10.30am; starting 22nd April for 5 weeks
Where: Andrew Pocket Park
Leader: Carole Meade, Karenne Lack

Social Tennis (ACT03a)

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. No coaching provided.

When: Thursdays, 9.15-11.15am; starting 8th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Ankie Box, Pam Griffith

Table Tennis (ACT04a)

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 7th February
Where: Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
Leader: Veronica Petersen, Tony Lee

Try Lawn Bowls (ACT05a)

This class is for beginners and others who want to try out bowls. U3A players 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.

When: Fridays, 10.30am-noon; starting 9th February
Where: Eltham Bowling Club
Leader: Ros Camera

Slow and Steady Walking Group (ACT06a)

Are you happy moving at a slow and steady pace? This group is best suited for those getting into (or back into) walking trails, those with some limitations that don’t allow them to go full throttle or those who just prefer to take it slow and steady and enjoy the scenery. BYO chair and morning tea.

When: Fridays, 10-11.30am; 1 hour walking followed by BYO morning tea and chat; starting 9th February
Where: various walking tracks, gentle gradient and mostly sealed
Leaders: Aileen Jones

Gentle Walking Group (ACT07a)

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; starting 15th January
Where: various
Leader: Pam Griffith, Val Wilkie

Walking Group, Local (ACT08a)

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; starting 5th February
Where: various
Leader: Kay Bichard, Sue Bowles, Graham Clarke, Neil Taylor, Jenny Taylor, Reg Venn and Thais Venn

2. Art and Craft (ART)Back to top
Acquiring Art Skills (ART01a)

Introduction to art skills, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Exploring drawing, painting with watercolour, and acrylic paints. Observing and enjoying art styles and gaining support from the class.

When: Thursdays, 11am-1pm; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Joan Denison, Kathy Allan

Applying Art Skills (ART02a)

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 8th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Leanne Ipsen

Art (ART03a)

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 7th February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Valerie Osborne, Lorraine Hussey

Beginner’s Watercolour Painting Course (ART15a)

Embark on a journey of artistic expression designed to ignite your creativity and boost your confidence.  You will join a fun and supportive environment to explore the beautiful world of watercolour.

With a focus on experimentation and playful exploration, you’ll discover your unique style while gaining the skills and confidence to bring your imagination to life on paper. Unleash your inner artist in a welcoming community of fellow learners. No prior experience required — just a willingness to embrace the joy of painting with watercolours!

Requirements: 

  • Sketch book for practice and planning.
  • Pencil and eraser.
  • A4 watercolour pad.
  • Watercolour paint brushes.
  • Watercolour paints.
  • Water container.
  • Plastic plate or palette.

When: Fridays, 9.30-11.30am; starting 26th April
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Valerie Laver

Craft, Conversation and Afternoon Tea (ART04a)

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 9th February
Where: Hurstbridge Bowling Club
Leader: Cheryl Winstanley, Ann Pisarevsky

Exploring Art Skills(ART13a)

Create your own art journal, using a wide variety of old and new techniques. Develop, and gain confidence in, your artistic abilities in a sharing and co-operative environment.

Suitable for all skill levels.

Equipment list :
A4 watercolour pad (Anko from Kmart is good).
Black fineliner pen.
Coloured pencils and pens.
Scissors.

When: Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Kathy Allen

Mosaic Trinket Box Decorating (ART16a)

Have some fun and learn how to decorate with mosaics. All materials supplied.

Classes will be held every second Wednesday.

When: Wednesdays, 11am-12.30pm; 5 sessions on April 24; May 8 & 22; and June 5 & 19
Where: Bunnings at Eltham
Leader: Lisa Attrill

Zany Zentangles (ART14a)

Zentangle is an art form where you create beautiful images by drawing patterns. If you draw dots, lines, simple curves, S curves and orbs then you can create a zentangle. These patterns we call tangles.

Zentangle is easy, fun and relaxing but most of all there are no mistakes when you draw. Zentangle presents a sequence that enables you to put pen to paper and get immediate results.

Requirements are an unlined small notebook, a fine black pen and a black lead pencil. More details to be given upon enrolment.

When: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Margaret Hart

Zentangles and Mandala (ART05a)


Zentangles –  If you can doodle, this class is for you. ZEN (mindfulness) + TANGLES (doodles) = Zentangles. This class is an exciting, relaxing and addictive pastime which awakens the artist within, even if you think you can’t draw. This is a cooperative group where we learn, share ideas and creativity.

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, 1-3pm; starting 6th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Gayle Considine, Jenni Bull, Wendy Price

3. Book Groups (BKG)Back to top
PagebyPage Book Group (BKG06a)

Read and discuss books in a friendly, relaxed space. You will read a new book each month, supplied by the Eltham library.

When: Mondays, 1-2.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Monday, including school holidays; starting 19th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Denise Ferguson

2nd Tuesday Book Group (BKG01a)

Meets at 10.15. Tutor’s house Lower Plenty.

How long do we spend talking about the book each month? Usually longer when we don’t like the book! Really until we do not have anything more to say, generally about an hour, after which we have a cup of tea/çoffee and biscuit.

That presents an opportunity for a chat about any of the latest/greatest books we might have read individually and can recommend.

Due to family commitments/illness three people have had to withdraw, would three new people like to join us for the start of 2024?

When: Tuesdays, 10.15am-12.15pm; monthly on the 2nd Tuesday; starting 13th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Susan Lloyd

Last Tuesday Book Club (BKG02a)

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 27th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: April Edwards

Last Wednesday Book Club (BKG03a)

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 28th February
Where: Eltham Library
Leader: Wendy Haszler, Kate Rodgers

3rd Thursday Book Group (BKG04a)

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, 1.30-3pm; monthly on the 3rd Thursday; starting 15th February
Where: Shillinglaw Cottage
Leader: Laraine Hussey

Books @ Bridges (BKG05a)

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 1st February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Chris Raverty

Soul Food (BKG07a)

A good book invites us to engage with it or, in the words of Elbert Hubbar, “I do not read a book, I hold a conversation with the author.” Conventions such as plot, genre, characterisation and theme, whilst of significant importance, are subservient to the overall aim of being inspired by the language and ideas that resonate with the group’s diverse life experiences – ‘triggers’ if you wish. Class members will be invited to share their ideas in a trusting, convivial, accommodating environment. Emma Thompson puts it best when she said “I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them“.

When: Thursdays, 10-11.30am; monthly on the 1st Thursday; starting 7th March
Where: Shillinglaw Cottage
Leader: Noel Butterfield

4. Brain Activities (BAC)Back to top
Card Afternoon (BAC01a)

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 9th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion terms 1 and 4; Lower Eltham Cricket Club terms 2 and 3.
Leader: Walter Delaney, Mike Rich

Cards at Panton Hill (BAC10a)

Have fun together socially while playing various card games and exercise your brain. They will cover a variety of card games, including canasta (+ bolivia), 500, bridge, May I, Hearts and skip bo, and will also be open to other suggestions.

When: Mondays, 12.45-3.15pm; starting 5th February
Where: Panton Hill Tennis Club
Leader: Ankie Box, Maureen Meaney

Cryptic Crosswords (BAC02a)

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. Beginners welcome, assistance provided.

When: Mondays, 2.30-4pm; starting 5th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Margaret Deakes

Mahjong – Morning (BAC03a)

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-noon; starting 6th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Maree Papworth

Mahjong – Afternoon (BAC04a)

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 9th January
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Lyn Frazer

Mind Games (BAC05a)

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 6th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Maureen Meaney

Thinking Bridge (BAC06a)

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, 11.30am-1.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Diamond Creek Living and Learning Centre
Leader: Lucille Sadler, Gerard Hale

Trivia and Other Pursuits (BAC07a)

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, 3-4.30pm; start 8th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Noel Butterfield

5. Discussion groups (DGP)Back to top
Discussion Group – Current Affairs (DGP01a)

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 8th February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Brian McLean

Discussion Group – Current Affairs 2 (DGP02a)

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 7th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Alan Clayton, Mike Payne

Environmental Discussion Group – Monthly (DGP03a)

Life on our planet is in crisis due to the lifestyles of humans. In this discussion group, you 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: Mondays, 10-11.30am; monthly on the 4th Monday; starting 26th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Margit Alm

Guest Speakers (DGP06a)

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 go when the topic is of particular interest to you. The topics will be announced to all members via the U3A newsletter.

When: Wednesdays, 9.30-11.30am; alternate weeks, starting 2nd week of each term
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Pam Griffith

Film Appreciation Group (DGP10a)

This group will view a movie together before holding a brief discussion. The theme for the first two terms will be movies with a strong focus on witty dialogue. This will include both recent and classic movies.

When: Tuesdays, 4.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; starting 20th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Karen Redrup

Philosophy Now (DGP07a)

The course does not require any prior knowledge as discussion material will be provided. The format will be questions included in prior circulated notes on various topics. The supporting course material will be taken from various sources and Philosophy Now to include a wide range of subjects and the various philosopher’s perspectives.

Consequently, topics can cover a wide spectrum of discussions as to how we see ourselves, existentialism, living the good life, finding meaning in life, love, beauty and liberty. The format will be relaxed and friendly and on a fortnightly basis to ensure that there is plenty of time to read the material circulated beforehand and to facilitate discussions on the questions raised.

When: Thursdays, 3.30-5pm; starting fortnightly from 15th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Lindsay Byrnes

6. Food and Wine (FDW)Back to top
Dining Out (FDW01a)

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 $45-60 for two courses. Hopefully BYO.

When: Wednesdays, 7-8.30pm; monthly on the last Wednesday; starting 28nd February
Where: various
Leader: Madeleine Jackson, Keith Jackson

Luncheon Group (FDW02a)

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, noon-2pm; monthly on the 2nd Friday; starting 9th February
Where: various
Leader: Val Sandeman, Carole Maher

Wine Appreciation – Introduction (FDW03b)

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 your palate 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. Each week, you will share 4 bottles. Participants will be rostered, under Karen’s direction, to bring the wines.

Many people who take this class may want to continue to more advanced wine studies. Karen’s two other continuing classes are full and unlikely to have places for newcomers so she encourages participants in this Intro class to subsequently form their own advanced classes for wine and food matching and winery visits. Karen is happy to advise.

When: Mondays, 1.30-3pm; Term 2 only, for 7 weeks starting 6th May
Where: private residence, Eltham
Leader: Karen Coulston

All Things Wine & Food (FDW04a) – 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 (TAS10/FDW03) as a requirement for this group.

When: Wednesdays noon-2pm; monthly on the 4th Wednesday; starting 24th January
Where: various
Leader: Dave Chambers

The Grape Escape (FDW05a) – note prerequisite

Their aim is to continue to increase your knowledge of wine and winemaking. They will be planning to visit both boutique and larger wineries. Day trips using a community bus will allow them to include some of the regional wine areas. We also do have wine merchants in our local area who are happy to share their knowledge, so some tastings will be organised with them. A focus of the group is food pairing, which could include lunches, dinners, picnics, markets and a variety of restaurants. By visiting various wine production areas, you will be able to learn how the environment (soil, sun, rain and terrain) affects the grapes and the flavours and types of wine. You will need to also have completed Karen’s Wine Appreciation – Introduction (TAS10/FDW03) as a requirement for this group.

Life is too short to drink bad wine.

When: Fridays – time will vary depending on venue; monthly on the 3rd Friday; starting 16th February
Where: various
Leader: Patricia Butcher, Cath Bauman

Wine and Food Lunch Group (FDW06a) – note prerequisite

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 (TAS10/FDW03) class previously.

When: Tuesdays, 12.30-2.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; starting 20th February
Where: private residence, Yarrambat
Leader: Karen Coulston

Wine Tour Group (FDW07a) – note prerequisite

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 (TAS10/FDW03) class previously.

When: Thursdays, starting 9am and for the full day; monthly on the 3rd Thursday; starting 15th February
Where: various
Leader: Karen Coulston

7. History (HST)Back to top
Family History Workshop (HST01a)

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 8th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Jane Davies

Jacobites, Ramses II and more (HST08a & HST08b)

Jacobites (4 weeks). The ‘Jacobites’ were supporters of the exiled Stuart English King James II (Latin: Jacobus), who was unceremoniously thrown out of England in 1688 in favour of his daughter Mary and her husband. The Jacobite movement was strong in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Within 60 years after the placing William & Mary on the throne, 5 attempts were made to restore the exiled Stuarts to the throne.

La Brea Tar Pits (1 week). Right in the middle of Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits are one of the world’s most famous fossil locations where more than 100 excavations have taken place. The Tar Pits provide a complete record of different plants & animals that have lived in the L.A. Basin between 50,000 years ago and today.

Ramses II (4 weeks). known as Ramesses the Great (c1303 BCE-1213 BCE), he was the 3rd ruler of the 19th Dynasty. He’s often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, which itself was the most powerful period of ancient Egypt.

Lady Dai (1 week). The ancient Chinese noblewoman Xin Zhui (Lady Dai) is the most perfectly preserved mummy in the world. Even after 2,200 years, the mummy of the ancient Chinese noblewoman remains so well-preserved that there’s hair on her head and blood in her veins.

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 on either Monday or Thursday and then attend that class.

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 on either Monday or Thursday and then attend that class.

When: Mondays, 10-11.30am; Term 2 only; starting 22nd April
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Class code: HST08a

AND

When: Thursdays, 11.30am-1pm; Term 2 only; starting 2nd May (no class on 25 April)
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Class code: HST08b

8. Languages (LAN)Back 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 majority of the materials used during the course will be taken from various sources freely available on the Internet eg Youtube.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Damien L’Huillier

French – Café and Chat (LAN23a)

This is an opportunity to practise French conversation over a cup of coffee for those who already have some proficiency in the French language. It is not a class suitable for beginners.

When: Thursdays, 9.30-11am; starting 8th February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Christine Crowle

French – Intermediate Conversation Tuesday (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: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 6th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lucille Sadler. Anne Nonneman

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; term 2 classes starting 31 May (no classes 26 April – 24 May)
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: Tuesdays, 10-11am; starting 23rd April
Where: Eltham Living and Learning – Training room
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 5th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Jan Taylor

Italian for Absolute Beginners (LAN24a)

If you like the sound of Italian and would like to learn to say more than “ciao!”, come along and learn the basics in a friendly, informal group. We will focus on building vocabulary to give confidence in reading, understanding, pronunciation and basic conversation on some common topics. Our class text is, ” Italian Made Simple” by Cristina Mazzoni (available online).

When: Thursdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Living and Learning – Training room
Leader: Lyn Comar

Spoken Italian (LAN28a)

This course will suit people who have either completed studying, or are still studying, Italian. You will be listening to native (Italian speakers), watching video clips, reading from many different sources, dictation and conversation between ourselves, and occasional guests.

When: Mondays, noon-1.30pm; starting 5th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Bill Naim, Judy Zapparoni

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; class not currently running due to low enrolments.
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Bill Naim, Judy Zapparoni

Latin for Novices (LAN29a)

Join the thousands of people here and all over the world who want to learn this language and get to know the culture that existed in one of the greatest empires that ever existed on earth. Not only will you learn about Latin, you will also get to know better our own language of English. The classes are conducted as both learning and discussing the above aspects.

When: Tuesdays, 11am-noon; starting 23rd April
Where: Eltham Living and Learning – Training room
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

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, 10-11am; starting 8th 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, 11am-noon; starting 8th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

Reading Latin Poetry (LAN26a)

You will focus on reading extracts from Virgil’s Aeneid Books 1-6, and some of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Some relevant grammar and brief translations into Latin will be included. At least 2 years of Latin study, with reasonable understanding of the main declensions, conjunctions, conjugations and syntax will be necessary for this course.

When: Mondays, 2-3.30pm; starting 5th 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, 10am-noon; starting 6th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Vincent Schultz, Joe Barker

Spanish – Post beginners (LAN27a)

This class aims to increase your comprehension of Spanish. 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, and reading from many different sources.

The course will use online systems that are designed to provide you with the ability to use and understand familiar Spanish expressions and phrases in order to satisfy simple daily needs. Grammatical themes will complement the acquired vocabulary and provide a framework for further verbal skills development.

It is not a conversational Spanish class.

When: Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 6th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: 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, 9-10.30am; starting 8th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Carlos Serrano

9. Literature (LIT)Back to top
Ancient Studies (LIT32a)

The Aeneid Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles

Literature and Myth, Fate and Destiny, Empire and Pax Romana

The Aeneid was written by the Roman poet Virgil between 29 and 19 BCE during the regime of the first Roman emperor Augustus, 63BCE-14CE. It is a is a Latin epic poem that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who fled the fall of Troy and travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans.

When: Mondays at 11am-12.30pm; starting 5th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Carole Waldron

Reading the Greats (LIT37a)

Homer: The Iliad. (Robert Fagles translation)

Together, you will read and discuss, in translation, the great literary works which have provided the origins of literary tradition.

When: Thursdays, 12.30-2pm; starting 2nd May (no classes on 25th April)
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Carole Waldron

Creative Writers’ Workshop (LIT24a)

Maybe it’s time to stop procrastinating and start your creative writing journey with a group that trust and respect each other: who laugh together, weep together and, understand the frustrations and uncertainties of producing a narrative.

Our aim is to encourage and support the individual with positive crits and helpful tips on style, structure and content whilst respecting that any changes are at the writer’s discretion.

We encourage different genres and each week an optional topic is given. The groups’ various skills and abilities create a wonderful kaleidoscope of imaginative stories and it’s here that you have the opportunity to share your heartfelt, exciting or adventurous tales with fellow wordsmiths.

Hope to see you soon.

When: Fridays, 9.30-11.30am; starting 9th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: April Edwards, Sue Lloyd

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 9th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: June Rushton

U3A Writing Workshop (LIT35a)

This group aims to encourage and support your writing, whatever the genre. Group members should formulate a project they want to work on. In actualizing a project, group members will also develop skills, ponder technical issues related to their project, and confront moments of writer’s block. All of this occurs in an environment where we take pleasure in learning together and spending time in careful, respectful consideration of each other’s work. The leader is there to help facilitate how the group functions (if needed) as well as being passionate about writing. Different sources will be drawn upon as needed to hone members’ writing and project management skills.

When: Thursdays, 10am-noon; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Jan Taylor

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 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
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 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Noel Butterfield, John Robertson

Shakespeare on Zoom (LIT34a)

Interested in Shakespeare? Your last contact was at school but now you’d like to learn more? You’ve loved Shakespeare all your life and can’t get enough? Whatever your level and experience, this is a class for anyone with an interest in the Bard.

In our class, we obviously spend most of our time on Shakespeare’s plays, generally covering one play each term. After an introduction, we watch a film version of the play to get the feel of it. Then we spend 3-5 weeks reading through the play with all rôles shared amongst the class participants. Only by reading aloud can you fully appreciate the beauty and power of Shakespeare’s language. Along the way, we discuss the themes and context of the plays and their relevance in the modern world.

Through the use of videos, we hear from experts and learn the wider picture: about Shakespeare himself, the Globe theatre, how the plays were originally pronounced, and other interesting topics. And of course we don’t forget the sonnets, 154 of them, worthy of study in their own right.

This class is conducted over Zoom. Because a larger screen is easier on the eyes, especially now we’re getting older, it’s preferable to use a computer, either a desktop or a laptop. However, some participants do use a tablet (iPad or Android) while a few have even used their phones on occasions! People like Zoom for various reasons: some people have problems of mobility, transport or distance; some people have health issues; and some just like the comfort of their own homes. You’re not familiar or not sure about Zoom? No worries – we’ll help you get up to speed.

So if you’re at all interested, give it a go! Your life will be richer for it!

When: Tuesdays, 2-4pm; starting 6th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Chris Livingstone

10. Music (MUS)Back to top
Choir / Singing group (MUS06a)

The group welcomes anyone who loves singing, or is a musician, who can hold a tune given some practice. Their repertoire will be a mixed genre of popular songs and some light classics dependent upon the input of the group. During the year we hold concerts/community singalongs to provide entertainment to St Vincent’s Aged Care at Eltham and U3A social events. It’s a lot of fun.

When: alternate Saturdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 17th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lindsay Byrnes, Bill Naim

Diamond Valley Big Band (MUS05a)

This is a rehearsal band in the traditional 17-piece (+vocalists) format, playing swing era jazz classics. They play for personal improvement and enjoyment of this style of music. The band provides around 4 events per year for extended participation by other members of U3A and/or the public. Musicians joining this group will need to supply their own instruments and have the right level of experience. Entry is by interview and acceptance is limited to filling vacancies in traditional ‘seats’ in the Big Band configuration for each section – rhythm, saxes, trumpets and trombones.

When: Tuesdays, 8-10pm; starting 6th February
Where: Montmorency Community Church
Leader: Tony Lee, Rod Savage, Rod Evans

Jazz Appreciation (MUS01a)

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 they 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 5th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Crichton

Intermediate Recorder Group (MUS03a)

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 they are always on the lookout for bass players! A small outlay for sheet music may be required.

When: Mondays, 12.30-2pm; starting 5th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Club
Leader: June Downs

The Power of Music in Song Writing – Story Telling (MUS07a)

Participants involved in this practical course will create and make their own songs, writing your own lyrics and melodies. You will discover how to set your creation of text, poetry, or story narratives to music.

It is encouraged that you bring to the class your musical instrument and/or voice to assist in compositional endeavours, plus any recording devices such as mobile phones, tablets or laptops.

When: Fridays, noon-2pm; starting 3rd May (no class on 26th April)
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Gordon Gunn

Tuning into Opera (MUS04a)

Are you curious about operas and want to explore them in a friendly setting? Or not sure what opera offers to those who so passionately love it? Does it seem out of reach except for the wealthy? Or would you just enjoy a weekly opera fix in the relaxed company of others who relish theatre set to music?

Here’s your chance. Now in its 8th year, this course explores, critiques and just simply enjoys operas – lots of operas (and operettas), from a wide range of periods, styles, composers and performances. Like opera, the course is highly varied, as are our levels of knowledge of the subject. No skills required! Most members have no special expertise in music, let alone opera. They play selections or whole operas, stopping to discuss (as you can’t do in a theatre!) or to compare performances of a special song. They share prejudices and enthusiasms and knowledge. A session might concentrate on one opera, or on a theme across several, or compare different productions of classic pieces or performances of the great roles. A term may focus on operas by a particular composer, on a historical period, or on the way a subject is differently handled in operas. You can count on great performances, glorious singing, wonderful costumes, mad comedy, idiotic plots and of course, the occasional tragedy.

No preparation is necessary, but it’s always possible. A blog post every week offers basic info about the week’s session and links to more material or YouTube clips if you want to explore further. You can check out the 2023 blog here, and the blog posts for 2020 here, 2021 here and 2022 here.

They meet on Zoom, a fine platform for sharing ideas and performances, and helpful for members with distance or mobility issues. They get together for garden parties in good weather. Want to know more? Email them.

When: Fridays, 11am-1pm; starting 9th February
Where: via Zoom
Leader: Lyn Richards, Tom Richards

11. Science and Technology (SCT)Back to top
Technology User Group (SCT01a)

Join this group for in-depth discussions on the dynamic world of digital and analogue technologies, covering ground-breaking advancements in power generation and AI. Whether you’re interested in the latest home, recreational, or business tech, this platform fosters dialogue on cutting-edge developments shaping our future.

  • Engage in conversations about computer, tablet, and phone systems as well as software and hardware innovations
  • Explore emerging networks, TV and audio-visual systems, advanced security solutions, and the latest in cloud applications and storage
  • Share your ideas, queries, and showcase your electronic toys and gadgets

Let’s unlock the boundless potential of these emerging technologies together!

When: Mondays, 9.15-10.45am; starting 5th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Gerard Wood, Rob Rankin, Stuart Winstanley

A Smorgasbord of History and Science (SCT03a)

The first topic will be medical discoveries and breakthroughs. Other topics will be chosen by the group from a wide range of subjects.

When: Wednesdays, 11.30am-1pm; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Central Pavilion
Leader: Andrew Leopold

12. Well-being (WLB)Back to top
Celebrating Wisdom (WLB12a)

Celebrate different forms of wisdom – ancient, cultural, environmental, creative, intuitive, patriarchal, women’s, youthful, hard-won or home-spun, and how it shapes our behaviour, personality and lives.

When: Wednesdays, 1 -2.30pm; One session June 5th
Where: private residence, Montmorency
Leader: Christine Lister

Mindfulness, Meditation and Qi Gong (WLB01a)

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. In this class, you will explore ways to calm your mind and feelings so that you have more control over your 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, Russ Harris, Brene Brown, Tara Brach, The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Glennon Doyle, Thich Nhat Hanh and more.

When: Tuesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 6th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Deb Di Meo, Bruce Byrne

Qigong Shibashi for Wellbeing (WLB08a)

This class will cover Shibashi, Tai Chi and Qigong forms of movement to optimise energy within the body, mind and spirit and maintain health and wellbeing. It will include ten minutes of balance movements.

When: Mondays, 1.30-2.30pm; starting  5th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Sue Brenkovich

Qi Gong for Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing (WLB10a)

As we age, we start to have problems with balance, concentration, movement, memory and general health. To help counteract these problems, this class will feature some ancient routines of Qi Gong, as well as the more recent sets of Shibashi. Each season, they will concentrate on a vital part of our body (e.g. Autumn is liver) for a focus on health, optimum bodily function and flow of Qi (energy). They will also include meditation, balance and movements to keep neurological pathways connected.

When: Thursdays, 9.30-10.30am; starting 8th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall
Leader: Jenni Bull, Liz Stanley

Tai Chi Practise Group – Wednesday (WLB02a)

Tai Chi is a flowing, elegant, non-aggressive form of Chinese martial art.

Participants in this class will enhance balance, fitness and well-being while they focus on Tai Chi movements and routines. Exercises are gentle, slow and continuous and a benefit is improved memory, breathing and fitness. This course is suitable for beginners and experienced participants and each person is encouraged to work within their own abilities to achieve internal calm and external strength. Some Shibashi routines will be incorporated into the program but Tai Chi will be our main focus.

When: Wednesdays, 9.30-10.30am; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Guide Hall, sessions will occur outdoors where practicable.
Leader: Kerry Bradford

Wiser driver (WLB3a)

This is a refresher course for responsible older drivers, sponsored by the Nillumbik Council. Join them for an informative, informal and friendly refresher course, to upgrade your knowledge and build on your experience to keep you driving safely.

There are 4 sessions of 2 hours each run over 4 consecutive weeks. Participants must commit to the 4 week course as required by VicRoads and the purchase of resources.

All sessions are run in an informal ‘tutorial’ type setting to encourage active participation in discussions and sharing of driving experiences.

Participants will receive a free copy of the latest edition of ‘The Road To Solo Driving Handbook’, which is the current book of Victorian Road Rules, plus a copy of the VicRoads Publication ‘Aging and safe driving – Am I still fit to drive?’

As part of the course, a Local VICPOL Traffic senior officer will visit and provide a brief presentation and do Q&A.

The course objective is to provide participants with:

  • up-to-date information on current Victorian Road Rules;
  • openly address any questions or concerns participants have about driving;
  • encourage participants to think about changes in their fitness or health that may impact their driving; and
  • an awareness of safer driving habits over the 4 week course.

If you want more info on the course content/delivery, contact: Heather Macmillan, Positive Ageing Officer, Heather.Macmillan@nillumbik.vic.gov.au, 03 9433 3345 or 0437 676 617.

When: Wednesdays, 12.30 – 2.30; Four (4) sessions on May 8, 15, 22, 29.
Participants must commit to the four week course.

Each 2 hour session breaks after an hour for a drink/toilet break. Council will provide some biscuits & tea/coffee.

Where:

8 & 15 May will be held at Hurstbridge Community Hub; Frank Nankervis Room, 50 Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge.
22 & 29 May will be held at Nillumbik Council Office, Civic Drive, Greensborough.  Meet at the Customer Service Desk.

Leader: Pam Griffith (organiser) on behalf of Nillumbik Council

Yoga (WLB04a)

This is yoga for everybody: 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. Yoga philosophy, breathing techniques (prānāyāma), meditation and relaxation are usually included.

The class is friendly 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 6th February (no classes from 27 May to 28 June) class resumes in term 3 – 22 July
Where: private residence, Cottles Bridge
Leader: Amanda Owen