Courses Descriptions A-Z – 2020

 
Note that all of our face-to-face classes are currently in abeyance because of Covid-19.  See the timetable for classes held via email or video conference.
1st Thursday Book Club (LIT14a)

This club meets in Hurstbridge on the first Thursday of each month excluding those that fall in U3A vacations. We prefer to choose books without the restraint of library sets so members will need to buy or borrow a book for each time we meet.

When: Thursdays, 3-4.30pm; monthly on the 1st Thursday; starting 6th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Lynne Stevens-Chappel

2nd Tuesday Book Group (LIT27a)

The Second Tuesday Book Group meets in the Eltham Library once a month, including school holidays. Books 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 11th February
Where: Eltham Library
Leader: Susan Lloyd

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 20th February
Where: Eltham Library
Leader: Wendy Hames

Art (AMR02a)

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 5th February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: Valerie Osborne

Astronomy and Cosmology (SCH25a)

How does it all fit together? Welcome to optimistic big history. Big bang to big brain: our awesome cosmic pedigree. Be wowed by deep space and time, our local night sky (stellarium), Einstein’s relativity and time dilation, quantum origins, multiverse, ongoing creation of galaxies, stars, planets, asteroids, comets, life, brain and mind. Earth’s history, climate, sustainability limits. Great visuals and notes. Enjoy! Detailed course notes available ($10) – optional.

When: Tuesdays, 2.30-4pm; first term only; starting 4th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: John O’Connor

Card Afternoon (AMR47a)

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

When: Fridays, 2-4pm; starting 7th February
Where: Lower Eltham Cricket Club
Leader: Graeme Russell

Ch’i-Kung Gentle Exercise (AMR10a)

Flowing, gentle movement exercises integrated with breathing, suited to seniors’ needs, and guidance and practice of meditative and healing principles to balance exercising with rest and assimilation. Enjoyable traditional 5 Animals Movements cycle, and introduction to the art of Tai-chi. Movements are quiet and slow to facilitate awareness – no fast moving or pressure.

When: Wednesdays, noon-1pm; starting 5th February
Where: Metzner Hall, Eltham
Leader: Beverley Milne

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, we workshop submitted pieces and provide constructive directions and ideas for improvement. OK, we laugh a lot as well, and sometimes we cry, but that is also the point — we trust and respect each other. It doesn’t matter where you feel you are in the journey of writing, just beginning, experienced or somewhere in between, because you will find insights offered into style, structure, content and presentation. Did I mention we laugh a lot?

When: Fridays, 9-11am; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Susan Lloyd, April Edwards

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? Come 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 7th February
Where: Hurstbridge Bowling Club
Leader: Cheryl Winstanley

Creative Writing (Hurstbridge) (LIT17a)

This course will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of writing, helping participants turn their good idea into a ripping yarn. Topics to be covered include choosing the right form for your idea, maintaining dramatic tension, creating vibrant description and more.

Rebecca Hayman has written several adult novels, one of which was short-listed for the Vogel Award in 2000. She has also won several awards for her children’s stories and most recently published a children’s first chapter book Orsom’s Good Idea in collaboration with her daughters. Rebecca’s most recent novel is The Fraught Ambitions of a Man. A (very) short version of the story won the local section of the Nillumbik-based Alan Marshall Short-story Award 2015.

When: Fridays, 10am-noon; starting 7th February
Where: Hurstbridge Community Hub
Leader: Rebecca Hayman

Cryptic Crosswords (AMR30a)

In this course, participants will explore and practise the art of cryptic crosswords. For beginners, we’ll start with the basics, learning how to recognise and unravel the different types of clues and work towards being able to solve The Age puzzle. For those with a bit more experience who’d like to improve their skills, or for competent solvers who’d like to solve together with others, all levels of puzzles and solving assistance can be provided.

When: Mondays, 3.30-5pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Eltham Living & Learning Centre (Pavilion)
Leader: Louise Currie

Dining Out (TAS07a)

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

Cost: we hope to find venues that will provide menus around $40-45 for two courses. Hopefully BYO.

When: Wednesdays, 7-8.30pm; monthly on the last Wednesday; starting 26th February
Where: various
Leader:  Madeleine Jackson, Keith Jackson

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. As the course aims at informed discussion, research and background to each topic is 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 6th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Brian McLean

Discussion Group – Current Affairs 2 (SOC11a)

Current affairs discussion group covering group discussion of events, issues, and people in the news. This could include issues of social, economic and the broad political sphere locally and internationally.

When: Wednesdays, 2-3.30pm; starting 5th February
Where: Eltham Living & Learning Centre (Art Studio 2)
Leader: Alan Clayton

The Egyptian 18th Dynasty & McCarthyism

The Egyptian 18th Dynasty (5 weeks) Egypt in the 18th dynasty became a world power; the empire expanded, unheard of prosperity & so much scandal! The royal mother/son clash of Hatshepsut & Tuthmosis III, the radical change in religious beliefs & neglect under Akhenaten, as well as the mystery king Semenkhkare, the boy king Tutankhamun all ruled as Egypt began to fall to pieces. McCarthyism – ‘Reds Under The Bed’ (4 weeks) Sen. Joseph McCarthy orchestrated a series of investigations & hearings late 1940s into the 1950s in an effort to expose supposed communist infiltration of the US government. He failed to make a plausible case against anyone, but his cleverly presented accusations, indiscriminate allegations, on the basis of unsubstantiated charges ruined the lives of many innocent people.

When: Thursdays, 11.30-1pm; starting 23 July
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Jane Davies

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 3rd Wednesday; starting 19th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Margit Alm

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 & 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 we 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 6th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Jane Davies

First Nations – Improving our Understanding (HGT55a)

The course will start from the beginning of Aboriginal Settlement in Australia some 65,000 years ago (or was it 115,000 years ago). We will consider and seek to understand some of their social systems, governance, organisation, agriculture, economy, language, art and spirituality. This will be followed by the First Contacts with foreigners, settlement, smallpox and diseases, explorers, adaption and changes to society right up to the current Treaty and political developments. Each week, there will be a focus on a topic with either speakers, guests, a variety of media or an excursion. Participants will be invited to research, participate, share, reflect and discuss. The sessions will be coordinated by Rob Gardner, Jan Aitken, Helen Bostock, Hilary Peake and guests.

When: Mondays, 3.15-4.45pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Robin Gardner, Jan Aitken

French Films (AMR27a)

An evening to enjoy the delights of French movies. There will be comedies, tragedies and love, of course, as only the French can do. All films are subtitled in English and you are welcome to bring your own beverages and canapes if you wish.

When: Mondays, 7-9pm; monthly on the 3rd Monday; starting 17th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Debra Forbes

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 5th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Damien L’Huillier

French – Intermediate Conversation Thursday (LAN01a)

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: Thursdays, 9-10.30am; starting 6th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Lucille Sadler

French – Intermediate Conversation Wednesday (LAN17a)

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 5th February
Where: Diamond Creek Living & Learning Centre
Leader: Lucille Sadler

French – Intermediate Friday (LAN18a)

This class aims to increase your comprehension of French, both spoken and written. Classes 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, puzzles in French (crossword, trivia).

When: Fridays, 1-2.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lucille Sadler

French – Intermediate Monday (LAN02a)

French conversation intermediate through to formal French with grammar. Please read course details here.

When: Mondays, 12.45-2.15pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Steve Gilbert

French – Upper Intermediate (LAN03a)

Bavarder, converser, lire avec grammaire (chat, converse, read with French grammar). It’s much easier to pick up a second language like French due to the similarity of words with English (see Cognates). This course in intended for those who have some prior experience and require to strengthen it. If you wish to speak fluently and comprehend French, this is the course for you, with the aid of Schaum’s French Grammar.

When: Mondays, 2.30-4pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Bill Naim

Gentle Walking Group (AMR57a)

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 an hour duration, followed by a visit to a nearby cafe. Various locations between Hurstbridge and Westerfolds Park.

When: Mondays, 9.30-11am; starting 3rd February
Where: various
Leader: Pam Griffith

Golf for Fun – 9 Holes (AMR50a)

Social golf for fun and fitness – 9 holes BYO golf clubs, Green Fees Apply at Yarrambat Golf.

When: Fridays, 9.30am-noon; starting 7th February
Where: Yarrambat Golf Club
Leader: Alan Clayton

Golf for Fun – 9 Holes (AMR50b)

Social golf for fun and fitness – 9 holes BYO golf clubs, Green Fees Apply at Yarrambat Golf.

When: Tuesdays, 9.30am-noon; starting 4th February
Where: Yarrambat Golf Club
Leader: Alan Clayton

Italian (LAN11a)

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

You many need to purchase some texts.

When: Fridays, 2.45-4.15pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
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. Join Rob to begin speaking, reading and writing Japanese and learn about some of the fascinating aspects of Japanese society, culture, customs and history. Come and share his passion and accept the challenge of learning this intriguing language. 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 4th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Rob Rankin

Jazz Appreciation (AMR31a)

Starting with the premise that there is no such thing as ‘our kind of jazz’, we are wide open to research any music and musicians whom you enjoy and bring to our attention. We will include information about festivals and gigs around Melbourne, coordinate trips 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.

We also include as ‘practical classes’ within our syllabus, monthly live jazz events, that we conduct in partnership with the Eltham Bowling Club, for the benefit and enjoyment of jazz lovers in the Nillumbik Community. We 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 we mingle and mix– around some quality reds!

When: Mondays, 4.15-6.15pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: John Crichton

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 25th February
Where: Eltham Library
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 26th February
Where: Eltham Library
Leader: Margaret Halford

Latin – Advanced (LAN09a)

John provides an introduction to the Latin of the classics and encourages understanding of Latin proverbs, legal and church Latin and the role of this ‘dead’ language in fashioning modern linguistics. ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ – a healthy mind in a healthy body – could almost be the U3A motto.

When: Thursdays, 1.15-2.45pm; starting 6th February
Where: Lions Club Room, Eltham
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 class that John offers.

When: Thursdays, 11am-12.30pm; starting 6th February
Where: Lions Club Room, Eltham
Leader: John Stuyfbergen

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 and Breakthroughs, are presented each year. Otherwise we cycle through 3+ years of topics with new ones added each year. The first topic for 2020 is the history of South Africa.

When: Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 4th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Andrew Leopold

Line Dancing (AMR63a)

Line dancing for beginners, all welcome. Please wear comfortable shoes with leather or plastic soles.

When: Wednesdays, 1-2pm; starting 5th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Elaine Bateman

Love for Food – Cooking Class (TAS13a)

Do you love trying new food? Then you and me are on the same page. Having cooked and experimented over the last ten years, I now love cooking for, and with, others. I have discovered many new recipes from different parts of the world and have also invented several. If you are interested on taking a food journey where we will cook together and chit chat and then dive in together to enjoy the delicious food. Great class for socialising over a meal! Cuisine: multiple. Food: vegetarian. Recipes per class: 4. Cost: $3 per recipe.

When: Saturdays, 11am-1pm; first term only; starting 8th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Vasundhara Kandpal

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. We use the book The Mahjong Player’s Companion by Thompson and Maloney for our rules. Players with a knowledge of Mahjong are welcome

When: Tuesdays, 2-5pm; starting 4th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lyn Frazer

Mahjong – Morning (AMR66a)

The Tuesday Morning Mahjong group will provide a very relaxed environment where participants can play the game with people of similar interest and ability. During term 1 2020 beginners will be welcomed to join the group. They 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 4th February
Where: Lions Club Room, Eltham
Leader: Ken Wing Jan

Metaphysics (SOC03a)

This is a general metaphysics class about who we are – roots, kingdoms and evolution of consciousness, and the purposes of our being. We study the major dimensions (planes) of our planetary system, subtle anatomy – the nature and functions of the aura and chakras (mainly human), energy movements and energy protection – preventing drainage. We examine our lives and relationships in the light of the rhythms of life, the law of karma (that we reap what we sow), and processes of incarnation and reincarnation in human life and experience as we evolve. Notes provided.

The course deals with universal laws and processes, and religious teachings are discussed where of interest. Requirements: an open mind, notebook and folder.

When: Fridays, 10.30am-noon; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Living & Learning Centre
Leader: Beverley Milne

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 4th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Maureen Meaney

Mindfulness and Meditation for a more valued and enjoyable life (AMR58a)

Mindfulness is bringing your attention to the present in a kind, non-judgmental way allowing things to be as they are. Witnessing painful thoughts by concentrating on the present can result in such thoughts losing their power to distress us as we begin to realize that we are not totally our thoughts. If thoughts were who we are, how would we be able to observe them? Mindfulness underlines the difference between our brain and mind, and allows us to be more accepting and open more fully to the here and now, as they are, not as our mind says it should be. This type of practise has been well documented to reduce stress and worry. Hope you will join us to learn to practise Mindfulness and Meditation and to generate beneficial discussions.

When: Tuesdays, 10-11am; starting 4th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Nola Marshall

Modern Greek for 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 come for the pure pleasure of it.

When: Wednesdays, 9.30-11am; starting 5th February
Where: Lions Club Room, Eltham
Leader: Jan Taylor

Music Tutti (AMR06a)

It’s seriously fun. Join us for a musical journey through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post Romantic, and 20th Century periods of music history. The instruction and participation embraces specific periods and individual composers, their life stories and trials. Occasional visiting artists and guest presenters are featured, all under the baton of a seasoned professional tutor. Be entertained, informed and enjoy the music.

When: Thursdays, 10.45am-12.15pm; starting 6th February
Where: Bridges, Hurstbridge
Leader: Maree Krohn, Bob Stubbings

Painting and Drawing (AMR18a)

With the help of an established artist participants will learn and develop their skills in painting and drawing using a range of mediums

When: Thursdays, 3.30-5.30pm; starting 6th February
Where: Eltham High School
Leader: Leanne Ipsen

Philosophy Now (PAP10b)

Topics can be chosen from the 2 influential publications Philosophy Now and New Philosophy, on the basis of group consensus. Some envisaged future topics include philosophising using Nietzsche’s hammer, the concept of eternal recurrence and his vision of beyond good and evil as they relate to today’s world.

A comparison of the others of his era such as Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky and Kafka could also be included in the discussions.

When: Thursdays, 2-3.30pm; Third term only; starting 23 July
Where: Hurstbridge Community Hub
Leader: Lindsay Byrnes

Play Readings – Monthly (AMR65a)

Commencing in 2020 the group will meet at 2pm on the third Tuesday of each month. The primary activity will be reading plays aloud, with different roles read by individual group members. Each session will run for 90 minutes, including a short break. The first play will be selected by the facilitator, after which plays will be selected by group consensus. Sometimes the group will read a large part of a single play, and in other cases more than one short play may be read.

When: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm; monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; starting 18th February
Where: Diamond Creek Senior Citizens Centre
Leader: Lynne Stevens-Chappel

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, his students refer to it as their “therapy session” for good reason. The class will read a poem and then go where the whim takes you. Emphasis is invariably on where the work leads – anecdotes from the past, present and future are triggered by the works. The atmosphere is accepting and congenial. The time really does fly or as Andrew Marvell would say “at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”.

Though poems may not be studied in chronological order a lot of ground is covered: Keats, Hardy, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Auden and the Australian poets – Owen, Slessor, Wright, Murray, Paterson, Lawson etc.

Class members are encouraged to do ‘presentations’ or talk about a liked poem and it’s context. These are some of the most memorable sessions – no coercion, no expectations.

When: Wednesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 5th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Noel Butterfield, Susan Lloyd

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 we play is varied with an emphasis on classical recorder works, generally in three or four part harmony. New members are most welcome, and although wide experience is not necessary, an ability to read music and keep time is required. The ability to play more than one type of recorder, for example, alto and tenor, or tenor and descant, would also be a great advantage – and we are always on the lookout for bass players!

A small outlay for sheet music may be required.

When: Mondays, 1-3pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Allwood House, Hurstbridge
Leader: June Downs

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. Shakespeare is as relevant today as he was in the C16 and C17. John Bell says it best – “We must not allow Shakespeare to become simply a lovely antique “. I have taught English and English Literature for 35 years and thus feel highly qualified to embark on this voyage. We will read and discuss from a diverse range of works- the ‘tragedies’, the ‘comedies’ and the sonnets [he published in excess of 55 sonnets]. Some people may feel daunted by reading Shakespeare – don’t be – I vow to make our classes transparent and accessible to all. The course can be enhanced by relevant DVD’s and theatre outings.

The format will be – discussion, the play readings as the main focus, enjoyable, meaningful dialogue that seeks to place Shakespeare’s relevance in our contemporary social settings. Surely Macbeth’s vaulting ambition “strikes a chord with the leadership coups that characterise the behaviour of major political parties in Australia.

When: Wednesdays, noon-1.30pm; starting 5th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Noel Butterfield, John Robertson

Singing for Fun (AMR54a)

Sing-a-long just for the fun of singing. We sing when we feel good, and we sing to uplift our spirits. And what fun when we can sing with others who just love to sing too (even under the shower). You need no musical training, nor do you need to audition. Lyn will take you on a fun journey of songs, ranging from Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Abba, Liza Minelli, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Carole King, plus requests. Lyric sheets will be provided.

When: Wednesdays, 10-11.30am; starting 5th February
Where: Lower Eltham Cricket Club
Leader: Lyn Colenso

Social Tennis (AMR62a)

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

When: Thursdays, 9.15-11.15am; starting 6th February
Where: Wattle Glen Tennis Centre
Leader: Ankie Box, Pam Griffith

Spanish – Advanced (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, 10am-noon; starting 6th February
Where: Hurstbridge Community Hub
Leader: Renato Deschamps

Spanish for Travellers (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 our course Spanish for Beginners you will learn a basic vocabulary and understand simple phrases – i.e. 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 4th February
Where: Hurstbridge Community Hub
Leader: Vincent Schultz

Table Tennis (AMR37a)

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

When: Fridays, 1.30-3pm; starting 7th February
Where: Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre
Leader: Tony Lee

Tai Chi Practise Group – Part 1 Beginners (AMR68a)

Tai Chi Practice Group – Part 1 Beginners, is suited to people who want to start learning and practicing the first part of the Tai Chi forms for arthritis. The Tai Chi forms are gentle, slow, smooth and continuous movements aimed to aid the internal and external strength and balance.

When: Thursdays, 12 noon-12.45pm; starting 6th February
Where: Lower Eltham Cricket Club
Leader: Lilia Deschamps

Tai Chi Practise Group – Part 2 (AMR69a)

Tai Chi Practice Group – Part 2, is for people who are familiar with Tai Chi Part 1 and who want to continue practicing and learn Part 2 of Tai Chi for arthritis.  Continuous learning and practice of new Tai Chi forms can have a positive effect on the body and mind balance and aid the overall wellbeing.

When: Thursdays, 1-1.45pm; starting 6th February
Where: Lower Eltham Cricket Club
Leader: Lilia Deschamps, Judy Vizzari

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

When: Mondays, 9.15-10.45am; starting 3rd February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Rob Rankin, Stuart Winstanley

The Age of Alexander: Plutarch (LIT28a)

This selection of ten biographies from the Parallel Lives of Plutarch spans the period from the start of the fourth century BC to the early third century BC. Text: The Age of Alexander, Ten Greek Lives by Plutarch. Translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert & Timothy E Duff. Penguin Classics: ISBN 978-0-140-44935-8

When: Mondays, 11am-12.30pm; starting 3rd February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Carole Waldron

The Sound of Musicals (AMR61a)

This is a very relaxed informal class. More of a get together to appreciate the wonderful musicals from the 50’s to present day. We will watch a musical dvd followed by a casual discussion over a cup of tea. If you have a love of musicals come along and sit back relax and enjoy in a relaxed surroundings.

When: Mondays, 12.30-2.30pm; starting 3rd February
Where: private residence
Leader: Sue Brenkovich

Thinking Bridge – note prerequisite (AMR59a)

Course designed for players who feel their play is not improving. We will look at more advanced plays and use of deduction and inference in “reading the cards”. A prerequisite for the course is that participants play competitive duplicate.

When: Wednesdays, 11.00am-1pm; starting 5th February (note: on the first Wednesday of each month, the class will start at noon rather than at 11.30am)
Where: Diamond Creek Living & Learning Centre
Leader: Lucille Sadler

Third Tuesday Film Discussion Group (AMR28a)

We may choose to see the film together or individually and will decide the next one at the discussion group. Suggestions are very welcome. Some months we may watch a film at the Hurstbridge Hub and have a discussion afterwards. Participants will be given plenty of notice each month about the upcoming film.

When: Tuesdays, 7-9.15pm; monthly on the 3rd Tuesday; starting 18th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Pam Griffith

Try Lawn Bowls (AMR60a)

Beginners and others who want to try out bowls. U3A player new to the group will pay no extra fee for the term but returning U3A players will be required to pay $4 a week green fee to the bowls club. U3A players who are also EBC Club members will pay no extra fee.

When: Fridays, 11am-12.30pm; starting 7th February
Where: Eltham Bowling Club
Leader: Ros Camera

Tuning in to 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’s highly varied. Each session combines learning, listening, DVD viewing, discussion and reflection on drama, music, acting, sets and costuming, productions and theatrical staging.

Each term has a theme. We may focus for example on opera sources, historical periods or styles or on particular composers. We celebrate our fifth year in 2020 with a first term on Puccini’s work, from La Bohème to Turandot with many less well-known operas between. We’ll compare different productions of the classic pieces and performances of the great roles.

Readings and links for listening are provided before each session in our online blog – visit it to see how our sessions unfold. The first three years of the course are still available at our 2016-8 website. Our programs are scheduled to fit with live or film performances in Melbourne for those who wish to attend them. We finish each term with a full opera indulgence, watching a whole opera and feasting on the music and a shared lunch.

When: Fridays, 11.15am-12.45pm; starting 7th February
Where: Old Eltham Courthouse
Leader: Lyn Richards, Tom Richards

Walking Group, Local (AMR14a)

A great way to start the week. You are invited to join our friendly walking group on Monday mornings. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our district, discover some new areas and work at our fitness at the same time. Walks usually last for an hour to 90 minutes, followed by a visit to a nearby cafe. Rob Gardner coordinates this group and welcomes any suggestions for new walks.

When: Mondays, 9.30-11.30am; starting 3rd February
Where: various
Leader: Robin Gardner, Graham Clark, Kay Bichard

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. We plan our 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 18th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Karen Coulston

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. We will discuss different wine styles and how they are made. Back to basics, we’ll look at what you taste and smell in wine and what “balance” means in quality wine. We will smell and taste basic wine components and educate our palates as we learn to appreciate the magic of wine composition. The great thing is no-one is ever wrong in what you say about wine – we each appreciate different facets – but one session will be spent on wine faults. Each week we will share 4 bottles. Participants will be rostered, under Karen’s direction, to bring the wines.

When: Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm; first two terms only; fortnightly, starting 13th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Karen Coulston

Wine Tour Group – note prerequisite (TAS06a)

This is an ongoing wine appreciation group which has evolved into a winery tour group. We 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 20th February
Where: various
Leader: Karen Coulston

Yoga (AMR53a)

Yoga for everybody. The main course served is breath-centred postures and mindfulness, promoting ease of movement and comfort in the body by mobilising stiff joints, relaxing tight muscles and revitalising from the inside out. The main course comes with 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 4th February
Where: private residence
Leader: Amanda Owen

Zen Tangles and Mandala Design (AMR55a)

Art doodling. An exciting, relaxing and addictive pastime which awakens the artist within you even if you can’t draw. Before you know it, you are creating wonderful unique patterns like fine lacework or bold interpretations of your unique expression. The journey begins but has no end to possibility.

Students need an unlined notebook like a small diary, size approx 15cms x 21cms. Important to be plain white paper no lines. Three black Unipen or Artline pens size .5 and .8 and 1.00, and HB lead pencil and rubber. Can be bought at Officeworks or even Victorian Artist Supplies opposite the Courthouse.

When: Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm; starting 4th February
Where: Lower Eltham Cricket Club
Leader: Gayle Considine, Roma O’Callaghan