Post European contact – the impact of white settlement

 

Speaker: Dr Gary Presland, historian & Australian archaeologist, and author of First People: The Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Central Victoria.

The hall will be open at 1:15pm to view a display on Early Eltham Shire 1830 onwards. The Eltham Book Shop will have a table of books for sale including Gary Presland’s book.

Organised by St Margaret’s Do Justice Group.

Driver Education for over 55s

 

4 weekly sessions starting Friday, 16th April.

Being able to continue to drive is a key factor in supporting independence as we get older.

Driver Education for over 55s

 

4 weekly sessions starting Monday, 3rd May.

Being able to continue to drive is a key factor in supporting independence as we get older.

Seniors social lunch

 

Enjoy a 2 course meal with friends and neighbours with live entertainment from Ben Clarke.

Eltham Orchestras’ variety concert

 

In their first performance for over a year, The Eltham Orchestras’ variety concert will feature the orchestra itself, orchestra strings and beginner strings.

Ross Garnaut on change after the pandemic

 

Ross Garnaut’s latest book, Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession sieves through the current devastation and sees an opportunity for revolutionary change. By homing in on our potential for being a renewable superpower, Garnaut argues that Australia has the potential to re-set its economy, build a successful future, and be a symbol for the kind of environmentally conscious world that we all need.

Book by phone (9438 8700).

Climate in crisis: what can be done?

 

Local decision makers from all levels of government will present and then answer questions. The speakers will include Nillumbik Shire Councillors, state government MP, and federal representatives.

Biggest Morning Tea

 

We will once again be part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, an annual Cancer Council fund raising event. This will be a great opportunity to socialise with other U3A members and will also raise funds to go towards research and provide support for people with cancer and their loved ones. All that is required on the day is for you come along with some cash (yes, cash please!) to donate to this worthy cause. There’ll be a cuppa, some nibbles provided by U3A and lots of friendly company.

Book your place by emailing to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

For those unable to attend but who would like to make a donation, you can place some money in an envelope marked The Biggest Morning Tea and drop it into the Office (whilst it is open) or into the letterbox on the outside wall (at other times).

Lighthouses and the Coldstream Guards

 

Many people wonder what it would be like to live on a lighthouse and what sorts of people chose that lifestyle. U3A member June Rushton will begin her talk with the story of her father and his time as a Coldstream Guard, the oldest, continuously serving, regular regiment in the British Army. As part of the Household Division, one of its principal roles is the protection of the monarchy. She will then tell how her family moved to Australia and ended up as a lighthouse family living on Bruny Island, Swan Island and Cape Sorrell before transferring over to Victorian stations at Wilsons Promontory, Cape Otway and Cape Nelson.

Book your place by emailing to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

Eltham Football Club Good Friday game

 

The local footy season starts on Good Friday, 2nd April and Eltham Football Club, with whom we share the Eltham Central Pavilion, are playing at home against Greensborough-based St Marys. There will be several games on the day but the main game will start at 2.10pm.

It would be great if a group of us could go along to watch the game. It only costs $10 and food and drinks will be available (plus, we are told, a bouncy castle!). I (Guy), for one, will be going. If you would like to join me, Email me.

Defibrillator and CPR training

 

We have recently acquired some defibrillators and three of these machines will be installed at the Eltham Central Pavilion, the Eltham Guide Hall and Diamond Creek Senior Citizens. These machines can save lives but only if, when the emergency arises, people know how to use them. They are not difficult to use but you need to know how. We have therefore organised some training sessions for our membership.

Health provider Bolton Clarke representative Raquel will be giving a talk and demo on how to use the defibrillator and other CPR matters.

Book your place by emailing our course coordinator (coordinator@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

People, personalities and preferences

 

Why do some of your family, friends and members of the local club you belong to, think, act and participate quite differently to you? As individuals, we are all different and are either born with, or develop, certain preferred ways of thinking and acting. None are right or wrong, just different. When communicating with people, it is helpful to understand which words and responses work better than others.

This presentation will be given by U3A members Kelvin and Beverly Spiller. It will assist you in gaining a better understanding of your own and others’ personal preferences for how information is taken in and decisions are made, and will provide you with a different way of thinking about how others interact with you, you with them and they with one another.

Book your place by emailing to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

Eltham pioneers and families

 

This presentation will be given by Jim Connor of the Eltham Historical Society. One dictionary definition of a pioneer is a colonist, explorer or settler of a new land or region, an innovator or developer of something new. Many people in many ways contributed to the establishment of the area we know as Eltham and their pioneering activities helped develop the town and the region. This presentation will look at some of the notable Eltham ‘pioneers’, both during the early days and in later times.

This will be our first ‘live’ presentation since the start of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Note that it has a different start time (1pm) than our previous Zoom presentations.

Book your place by emailing to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

Defibrillator and CPR training

 

We have recently acquired some defibrillators and three of these machines will be installed at the Eltham Central Pavilion, the Eltham Guide Hall and Diamond Creek Senior Citizens. These machines can save lives but only if, when the emergency arises, people know how to use them. They are not difficult to use but you need to know how. We have therefore organised some training sessions for our membership.

Health provider Bolton Clarke representative Raquel will be giving a talk and demo on how to use the defibrillator and other CPR matters.

Book your place by emailing our course coordinator (coordinator@nillumbiku3a.org.au).

Seniors play day

 

The Lions Club of Eltham are having two more ‘seniors play days’, one on Wednesday, 14th April and the other on Saturday, 24th April. In each case, there will be a morning session 10-11.30am and an afternoon session 12.30-2pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The Lions Club noticed during the Covid lockdown that many of our seniors have found it difficult to cope with Zoom and Skype. So they thought that it would be nice to have a morning tea, where seniors could come along with their phones, tablets or laptops and try using their video software under the watchful eye of a mentor. This will all be done in a friendly and supportive environment which is designed to help everybody get a basic feel for these programs.

To register as either a participant or as a mentor, go to their website and click the link of the relevant session.

The Lions Club has partnered with Nillumbik Council, Nillumbik U3A, healthAbility and the Living & Learning Centre to bring this event to fruition.

Seniors play day

 

The Lions Club of Eltham are having two more ‘seniors play days’, one on Wednesday, 14th April and the other on Saturday, 24th April. In each case, there will be a morning session 10-11.30am and an afternoon session 12.30-2pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The Lions Club noticed during the Covid lockdown that many of our seniors have found it difficult to cope with Zoom and Skype. So they thought that it would be nice to have a morning tea, where seniors could come along with their phones, tablets or laptops and try using their video software under the watchful eye of a mentor. This will all be done in a friendly and supportive environment which is designed to help everybody get a basic feel for these programs.

To register as either a participant or as a mentor, go to their website and click the link of the relevant session.

The Lions Club has partnered with Nillumbik Council, Nillumbik U3A, healthAbility and the Living & Learning Centre to bring this event to fruition.

How the Melbourne Map was made

 

This talk will be given by Melinda Clarke. Melinda is the driving force behind The Melbourne Map website, which includes illustrated maps of Melbourne in both 1991 and 2019.

Listen to Melinda to understand how the illustrated maps were produced. She will explain the project, beginning with the idea’s conception and publication of the first illustrated map back in 1991. She will share the trials and tribulations of bringing the project to fruition from research, design, crowd funding, publishing and product development.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

2019 map of Melbourne 1991 map of Melbourne

Why do ants work together in colonies?

 

A talk by Guy Palmer, our tutor on evolution and genetics.

Most animals are selfish most of the time. Even when it looks like they are working together, this is often just a byproduct of their selfishness. For example, when zebra or fish are attacked and group together in tight packs, this is actually simply because each animal is trying to get into the middle of the pack, where they will be safe.

But ants (and bees) are different. They live in colonies and individual ants act to benefit the colony rather than themselves. Here is one example: the vast majority of ants in a colony are fertile but they choose not to have children, instead spending their time and resources looking after the children of the queen ant.

In this talk, Guy will discuss why ants act to benefit their colony rather than themselves. Here are a few clues. 1) When animals do cooperate, it is usually because they are related to each other. 2) Most ants are female. 3) The genetics of ants are different than the genetics of most animals.

Guy will also discuss the consequent achievements of ant colonies, including as childminders, builders, farmers and fighters.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Rural noir: before and after The Dry

 

Jane Harper’s The Dry re-introduced the world to Australian rural crime fiction. Join Fiona Malcolm as she discusses the best (and rest) of this exciting sub-genre of crime fiction. Discover new authors, new towns and some amazing scenery as you travel around outback Australia between the pages of the books.

This will be the second talk given by Fiona. Fiona moved into public libraries 30 something years ago where she shared her love of crime fiction with all and sundry. She can’t remember when she didn’t want to be a librarian. From the moment she saw Batman on TV (Adam West version) and discovered that Batgirl was a librarian, her future was sealed. What could be better? Librarian by day, crime fighter by night. Fiona started work at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library in March 2020, just in time to close the library due to Covid-19.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Desert island crime fiction

 

What crime novel would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island? Fiona Malcolm will kick things off with some of her ‘must take’ and most re-read crime novels. Then it is your turn. Tell us about your ‘must take’ or most re-read crime novel or sit back and listen to what others have enjoyed.

This talk will be given by Fiona Malcolm. Fiona moved into public libraries 30 something years ago where she shared her love of crime fiction with all and sundry. She can’t remember when she didn’t want to be a librarian. From the moment she saw Batman on TV (Adam West version) and discovered that Batgirl was a librarian, her future was sealed. What could be better? Librarian by day, crime fighter by night. Fiona started work at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library in March 2020, just in time to close the library due to Covid-19.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

My story, by Louis Roller

 

Louis Roller was born in Paris of Jewish parents three months before the fall of Paris to the Nazis. Despite life-threatening events and many near-misses, Louis survived the holocaust and arrived in Australia in 1947. He was the first refugee seen at the primary school he went to, had no English and was highly traumatised. Despite all this, Louis has managed to have a successful academic career in pharmacy and medicine. This talk will focus on Louis’ journey from hunted untermensch to successful academic.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Music therapy and ageing

 

This talk will be given by Zara Thompson. It will provide an overview of how and why music can be useful to health and wellbeing and finish with some experiential music activities to demonstrate how music can impact mood and physical health.

Zara is a registered Music Therapist working with children and adults with disabilities and people seeking asylum. She also facilitates the Musical Memories Choir for people living with dementia and their family and friends. She is currently completing a PhD through the National Music Therapy Research Unit at the University of Melbourne and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about music for health and wellbeing at any age or ability.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Eltham’s muddy history

 

This talk will be given by Jim Connor of the Eltham Historical Society. Jim will explore the history of using earth to create various types of structures, extending from early days up to the more recent use of mud bricks for housing in Eltham and the surrounding area. Jim guarantees that you will experience a muddy journey, without even getting any dirt on your hands!

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Hair (not the musical)

 

Louis Roller will discuss the subject of hair, specifically human hair, its structure, functions and hair problems. He will also irreverently look at hair fashions.

Louis is our expert on all things pharmaceutical and gave a variety of presentations to us via Zoom last year.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

What do your blood test results mean?

 

This talk will be given by Louis Roller, our expert on all things pharmaceutical.

The results of laboratory tests performed on body fluids such as blood and urine are commonly used to screen for disease, diagnose disease, assess disease severity, monitor disease progression and determine the effectiveness of drug treatment. This presentation will cover some common laboratory tests in terms of their clinical uses, how they relate to disease pathophysiology, and how to correctly interpret test results.

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

An introduction to modern art

 

This talk will be given by Guy Palmer, tutor of our History of Modern Art course.

The date most commonly identified as marking the birth of ‘modern art’ is 1863, the year that Manet exhibited his painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe in the Salon des Refusés in Paris. Manet was one of a group of friends who came to be known as the Impressionists, with Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Degas being the most famous of the other members of the group.

In the 50 or so years following the impressionists, there were all sorts of movements/groups who took modern art in a variety of interesting directions, including a number of ‘post-impressionists’ (Cezanne, van Gogh et al), Fauvism (Matisse, Derain et al), Expressionism (Kirchner, Kandinsky et al) and Cubism (Picasso, Braque et al). Between the two world wars came Dadaism and Surrealism. Then, after the second world war, the USA became the focal point of new artistic movements (Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, etc).

In this talk, Guy will briefly run through all this history, discussing how the styles of the various movements differed, and illustrating with lots of paintings..

Register your interest by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). You will then be sent the relevant Zoom link to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Disease and medicine in Shakespearean plays

 

Louis Roller, our expert on all things pharmaceutical, is giving another talk, but this time via Zoom. Just before Covid-19 struck, Louis gave a talk on You and your medicines, which was well received. This time he will present on disease and medicine in Shakespearean plays.

If you would like to be part of the Zoom audience, please register your interest via email to the office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). The relevant Zoom link will then be sent to your email address (the one registered with U3A) 24-36 hours before the event.

Bunnings sausage sizzle

 

Our first ever Sunday Bunnings sausage sizzle! Why not go along and chat to our hardworking cooks, perhaps also buying a sausage?

Navigating your Aged Care journey

 

A panel of Aged Care speakers will provide the information to assist you in preparing to navigate your own, or your loved ones, journey through the Aged Care system. The information and advice will cover: home care packages, assessing options, searching for services, understanding & covering costs, estate planning and property management.

Open Cellars Weekend

 

On both 20th and 21st of June.

Visit any or all of the family-owned wineries in Nillumbik, each with an individual style, where the grapes are hand-picked and hand-crushed by family and friends in the traditional style, with wines developed on site. This is a chance to sample wines at wineries not always open to the public. You will also find food to complement the wine, as well as live music and artworks from local artists at some venues. There is no entry fee, or tasting fee, at any of the venues.

The participating wineries usually include: Buttermans Track, Easthill Estate, Giammarino Wines, Hildebrand Ridge Organic Vineyard, Kings of Kangaroo Ground, Massaros, Nillumbik Estate, Panton Hill Vineyard & Winery, Punch, Shaws Road Winery, Wedgetail Estate and Yarrambat Estate Vineyard.

Incredible Edible Eltham – Winter vegetable planting workshop

 

It’s time to think about your Winter veggie planting. As a prelude to the early April Winter planting at the Incredible Edible Eltham planter boxes at the railway station and outside healthAbility, presenters Guy Palmer and Evan Gellert will discuss what could be planted and why. They will compare and contrast this with what they will be planting in their home veggie patches. The discussion will include broad beans, garlic, peas, brassicas, root vegetables and leafy greens, including particular considerations when growing some of these veggies. They will also demonstrate some of the tools that they use (soil blockers, temperature probes, etc). The history, and possible future, of Incredible Edible Eltham will be touched on.

Refreshments will be provided.

Click here to read about Incredible Edible Eltham.

Numbers are limited so please register.

Diamond Creek Rotary Spring Town Fair

 

The activities will include carnival rides, craft stalls, food stalls, sporting clubs, CFA Tug-O-War, novelty races, a light parade, live music, demonstrations, displays and presentations.

The fair also provides opportunity for community groups, such as schools, churches, sporting clubs to fund raise and to promote their activities.

Rotary Eltham Festival

 

This annual festival is a celebration of the Nillumbik community including its education, arts, music, sports and community scenes. It includes live music, food, more than 100 stalls, fireworks and much more.

Rotary Eltham Festival

 

This annual festival is a celebration of the Nillumbik community including its education, arts, music, sports and community scenes. It includes live music, food, more than 100 stalls, fireworks and much more.

On The Hill Festival

 

This annual festival celebrates the craft, writing, food and produce created locally. It includes live music, food and a variety of entertainment to suit the whole family.

Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

 

The Hurstbridge Wattle Festival has its roots firmly planted in our early rail history and is a celebration of our heritage, environment and community. Festival goers view the wattles in a blaze of glory along the Diamond Creek as they approach the township of Hurstbridge. As visitors stroll the main street, they enjoy an extensive array of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free.

Australian plants expo

 

A two-day event on 12th and 13th September by the Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra. Sales of native & indigenous plants, books on related subjects, native flower displays, environmental displays, talks, demonstrations, workshops, giftware and refreshments.

The plant sellers are likely to include APS Yarra Yarra growers, Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens nursery, Goldfields Revegetation nursery, La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery, Natural Plantscape nursery, Sunvalley Plants Nursery and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

Autumn plant sale

 

Organised by Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra, there will be sales of native and indigenous plants plus books.

The plant sellers will include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; Goldfield Revegetation Nursery; La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery; and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

Home Harvest Picnic

 

This will be the ninth annual home harvest picnic, where trained cooks produce a shared meal from homegrown produce. As well as the meal itself, there will be community stalls, music and family activities. You have three options:

  1. Register as a grower ($0): supply some of your homegrown produce and receive a prepared basket for you and up to three guests.
  2. Purchase a picnic basket ($10 per person).
  3. Bring your own picnic ($0).

Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival

 

This festival, held across three stages within Eltham, features a mixture of both established and up-and-coming jazz, blues and soul acts. As well as the music, there will be free children’s entertainment, gourmet foods and beverages. Read the program.

Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival

 

This festival, held across three stages within Eltham, features a mixture of both established and up-and-coming jazz, blues and soul acts. As well as the music, there will be free children’s entertainment, gourmet foods and beverages. Read the program.

Open Farm Day

 

Open Farm Day is your chance to visit working farms and meet local farmers. The activities will include farm tours, live demonstrations, farm animals and product tastings. The farms participating in 2019 included Apted’s Orchards (Arthurs Creek), Balashi Flowers (Doreen), Edendale Community Environment Farm (Eltham), Easthill Estate (Kangaroo Ground), Hildebrand Ridge Organic Vineyard (Cottles Bridge), Kings of Kangaroo Ground (Kangaroo Ground), Nillumbik Estate (Smiths Gully), Omaru Alpacas (Cottles Bridge), Shaws Road Winery (Arthurs Creek), Sugarloaf Produce (Strathewen), Turners Bakehouse Eatery (Mernda), Weeping Grevillea Nursery (Kangaroo Ground), Yarrambat Estate Vineyard (Yarrambat) and Yarra Valley Custom Meats (Dixons Creek).

AGM

 

The AGM is the most important meeting of the year for Nillumbik U3A members. By attending, you can contribute to the running of our organisation and find out the latest on the issues facing us. This year, the focus will be on it being a social occasion where we meet to celebrate both our return to face-to-face classes and our new headquarters at Eltham Central Pavilion.

Organising this year’s AGM is a uniquely complex exercise because we don’t yet know what the number limitations and other Covid-19 restrictions will be (and, obviously, we will be compliant with whatever the restrictions are). To help us plan the process, please rsvp by Monday, 22nd March if you are planning to attend.

Because of the uncertainty, we have decided not to invite an external speaker to the AGM this year. Rather, the meeting will comprise the usual business of electing next year’s committee etc, then talks by our President (Guy) and Treasurer (Jean), and then socialising over food and drink.

It would be great if some of you would consider nominating to be on the Committee. We particularly need some people from Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek and the other areas in Nillumbik outside of Eltham. If you are potentially interested, contact Guy by phone (0411 520 850) or email (guy@nillumbiku3a.org.au) and we can discuss what is involved over a coffee.

This girl can

 

VicHealth data suggests that women are twice as likely as men to worry about being too unfit to exercise. Join Eltham Leisure Centre alongside Richmond Football Club and VicHealth to learn more about the barriers that prevent women from being active, and effective ways to help overcome these.

Hosted by Richmond Football Club’s Tiffany Cherry, you will hear from Peggy O’Neal (Richmond Premiership President) Kate Sheahan (AFLW Football Operations Manager), Sabrina Frederick (AFLW star), Karen Egan (Nillumbik Council mayor) and representatives from VicHealth. Additionally, they are offering all attendees the opportunity to participate in yoga, body balance and spin class post event at Eltham Leisure Centre (five minute walk).

A heritage excursion around the Eltham Cemetery

 

THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT.

Presenter: Jim Connor from the Eltham District Historical Society (EDHS). The Eltham Cemetery is the custodian of more than 150 years of Eltham’s history. Research by Harry Gilham and other EDHS members on the cemetery includes information on Eltham pioneers from those early years, as well as details of interesting and important locals buried there in more recent times. In this session, you will reflect on this information as you tour the cemetery and visit various grave sites of people significant in the local history of Eltham.

Book by email to the Office (u3a.nillumbik@gmail.com).

Social justice, social inclusion and poverty

 

Presenter: Guy Palmer. Guy used to be the Director of a UK-based think tank (New Policy Institute) dedicated to issues of social justice. In this presentation, he will talk about some of the key concepts of first world social justice, social inclusion/exclusion and poverty, including underlying philosophical issues and major policy challenges. He will also provide some information about scale, trends over time and comparisons between countries.

Book by email to the Office (u3a.nillumbik@gmail.com).

Urban Nillumbik networking event

 

One or two representatives from your group are invited to an informal networking event to meet other local community groups and organisations in urban Nillumbik (Diamond Creek, Eltham, Greensborough, Research, North Warrandyte and Yarrambat). The intentions of the network are to: share information; provide an opportunity to connect with other groups; strengthen community partnerships; hear about funding and grants available; and identify training and development opportunities.

RSVP by email (anna.maio@nillumbik.vic.gov.au) for catering purposes.

Healthy and active ageing expo

 

The inaugural Healthy and Active Ageing Expo is a free event for Nillumbik and Banyule residents to showcase a range of health and wellbeing activities and services within the local community including: healthy cooking demonstrations, tastings and recipes; bike n blend smoothies; health checks; massages; information sessions; fun exercise activities; and giveaways.

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (play)

 

Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their shows of I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley. The relevant dates are Sunday 18th April at 2pm, Saturday, 24th April at 2pm and Thursday 29th April at 8pm.

Here's the blurb about the show: Jan has recently suffered a nervous breakdown, and her husband Greg, an archaeologist, has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer they rent the house from, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan’s imagination gets fired up. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg’s beautiful but manipulative sister, arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take an unexpected turn in a night of unimaginable suspense.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the 'U3A50' discount code in the 'gift certificate / promotion code' box, then pay.

This is a cabaret table seating event with BYO food and drink. The maximum number per table is 6 people. Please note that the discount is off the Single Seat option, not Concession. This offer is only for electronic bookings, not for walk ins, and seats cannot be reserved without payment.

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (play)

 

Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their shows of I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley. The relevant dates are Sunday 18th April at 2pm, Saturday, 24th April at 2pm and Thursday 29th April at 8pm.

Here's the blurb about the show: Jan has recently suffered a nervous breakdown, and her husband Greg, an archaeologist, has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer they rent the house from, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan’s imagination gets fired up. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg’s beautiful but manipulative sister, arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take an unexpected turn in a night of unimaginable suspense.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the 'U3A50' discount code in the 'gift certificate / promotion code' box, then pay.

This is a cabaret table seating event with BYO food and drink. The maximum number per table is 6 people. Please note that the discount is off the Single Seat option, not Concession. This offer is only for electronic bookings, not for walk ins, and seats cannot be reserved without payment.

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (play)

 

During 2021, Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their Thursday evening and Sunday matinee shows. The first three dates for which this applicable at The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis on: Sunday, 28th February, starting 2pm; Sunday, 7th March, starting 2pm; and Thursday, 11th March, starting 8pm.

Here's the blurb about the show: you will see a full staged version of all 14 of Dennis' songs (long poems) from a century ago. It's the charming story of Bill, a young ne’er do well who decides to turn his life around. He sees and falls for the lovely Doreen and you follow their friendship through its ups and downs as they court, wed, become farmers and finally have a child. Every song is included in full and the show will be performed in the round, with audience on all sides.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the 'U3A50' discount code in the 'gift certificate / promotion code' box, then pay. These seats are in the round with no seat allocation as it is general admission, however people can sit together if coming in a group. Covid-19 regulations at time of performances will be adhered to.

Thanks to Lynne Stevens-Chappel and Alison Jones for making this happen.

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (play)

 

During 2021, Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their Thursday evening and Sunday matinee shows. The first three dates for which this applicable at The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis on: Sunday, 28th February, starting 2pm; Sunday, 7th March, starting 2pm; and Thursday, 11th March, starting 8pm.

Here's the blurb about the show: you will see a full staged version of all 14 of Dennis' songs (long poems) from a century ago. It's the charming story of Bill, a young ne’er do well who decides to turn his life around. He sees and falls for the lovely Doreen and you follow their friendship through its ups and downs as they court, wed, become farmers and finally have a child. Every song is included in full and the show will be performed in the round, with audience on all sides.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the 'U3A50' discount code in the 'gift certificate / promotion code' box, then pay. These seats are in the round with no seat allocation as it is general admission, however people can sit together if coming in a group. Covid-19 regulations at time of performances will be adhered to.

Thanks to Lynne Stevens-Chappel and Alison Jones for making this happen.

The Sum of Us (play)

 

Eltham Little Theatre has generously offered Nillumbik U3A half price tickets for their Thursday night performances of the Sum of Us on 20th and 27th February. There is no need to book, just turn up on the night, say that you are from Nillumbik U3A, and pay for the half price tickets. Perhaps some of you might like to gather together a group from your class?

Here is some blurb about the play: “Set in Footscray in the late 80s, this heart-warming and humorous play explores the relationship between an ageing widower and his gay son. After meeting in a local pub, Jeff and a young gardener, Greg, hit it off and begin to date. When he meets Jeff’s remarkably accepting Dad, Greg begins to back off. Meanwhile, Dad also has a new flame: a woman he met through a dating service. Put off by Jeff’s homosexuality, prosaic Joyce too pulls away, just before Dad suffers a stroke.

Thanks for arranging this Lynne Stevens-Chappel!

Trivia night

 

Go for a night of fun and trivia. Do you like to answer the questions on Millionaire Hot Seat, The Chase, Think Tank or Mastermind? Then a night out with friends to help might be just the thing! Perhaps your group at Nillumbik U3A could organise a table.

BYO nibbles and drinks (and glasses). Tea and coffee provided. Up to 60 people.

Book by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au). Bookings essential, pay on the night.

You and your medicines

 

We are a pill popping society, with many people believing in the concept of a ‘pill for all ills.’ In 2017/18, around 320 million prescriptions were dispensed in Australian community pharmacies. This averages out to around 13 prescriptions per person per year. While medicines can be life saving, life prolonging and improve our quality of life, they are powerful substances and may manifest unwanted effects in some people. Some 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year due to serious drug-related events. Adverse reactions can occur within minutes, days, weeks, months or even years after commencing a medicine. In this session, Louis Roller will discuss what we need to ask our doctor and pharmacist about the medicine that has been prescribed for us.

Louis is highly qualified to speak on this topic. He has been an academic of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Monash University for 56 years, held various board positions, written extensively on pharmaceutical matters, lectures to a wide range of medical practitioners and continues to lecture to pharmacy undergraduates.

Book by email to the Office (office@nillumbiku3a.org.au).