Naidoc Truth Telling

 

Jordy Mifsud (Gunditjamara) from the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria will speak about Truth Telling and the Truth and Justice Commission called Yoo-rrook.

There will also be an exhibition of art works by Glenn Loughrey (Wiradjuri).

Organised by The Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and St Margaret’s Do Justice Group.

Introduction to winemaking course (4 sessions)

 

4 sessions, starting Saturday, 7th August and ending Saturday, 18th September, each 2-4pm.

Join members of the Eltham & District Winemaker’s Guild (EDWG) to learn about the art of winemaking using a fruit available throughout the year – raspberries (the frozen kind). The techniques taught can, however, be applied to all types of winemaking. An EDWG member mentor will be available as needed.

Over the 4 sessions, you will join your instructors and fellow winemakers online, follow the instructors as they take you through the notes and, over the sessions, you will make your first wine.

Book your place by phone (0408 031581).

Judy Racz art exhibition

 

Judy is a member of our Hurstbridge Art Group and a selection of her acrylic flow paintings is being exhibited at Bridges Restaurant at 1075 Heidelberg-Kinglake Road until 4th July, Wednesdays to Sundays, 9am to late. Please ring the restaurant on 9718 0099 before attending in case of private functions. If you want to know more about what flow painting is, you can watch this video by U3A member Jo Ball.

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group Sorry Day

 

Welcome to Country, clapsticks, music and smoking ceremony. Led by a Wurundjeri Elder. Ceremony to be followed by a short bush walk along the Diamond Creek.

Habitat planting on the Diamond Creek

 

Friends of Edendale and others have organised a session to re-vegetate the Diamond Creek near Edendale to help re-build habitat for the local platypus. The goal is to plant 500 indigenous plants on the day.

Planting in Diamond Creek

 

This planting event, to be held on National Tree Day, is part of an ongoing re-vegetation project that aims to improve water quality whilst strengthening the habitat corridor of the Diamond Creek.

Friends of Edendale

 

Two sessions, one starting at 11am and the other at 1pm.

A Friends of Edendale group has just been formed. Go to their first activity and help at Edendale and to plant along the Diamond Creek.

Just turn up.

Sign up for their free newsletter.

Friends of Edendale

 

Two sessions, one starting at 11am and the other at 1pm.

A Friends of Edendale group has just been formed. Go to their first activity and help at Edendale and to plant along the Diamond Creek.

Just turn up.

Sign up for their free newsletter.

Backyard beekeeping powered by Eltham Rotary

 

You will learn: all about the bee, biology, diseases and honey; types of equipment and hives required; and regulations and purchasing bees. Presenter: Benedict Hughes. The workshop is suitable for participants aged from 10 years onwards.

There are some other associated events as part of celebrating World Bee Day on 20th May. See graphic right.

Loving Country with Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou

 

Co-author Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou will discuss their new book, Loving Country, which offers a new way to travel and discover Australia through an Indigenous narrative. It shows travellers how to see the country as herself, to know her whole and old story, and to find the way to fall in love with her, our home.

Book by phone (9439 8700).

An evening of big band music

 

Listen to the Cal Martin Diamond Valley Big Band, including vocalists Angeline Thompson and Richard Desmond, with musical performances inspired by Glen Miller, Artie Shaw and others. Enjoy a relaxed musical evening with your friends at a table with BYO supper. There is also plenty of dance floor for those who like to dance.

Book by phone (0418 174 713 or 9857 7463) or email (admin@dvbigband.com). The entry charge is payable on the night. BYO supper, drinks and glasses (tea and coffee supplied).

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.

Mercy Ships

 

Mercy Ships is a global organisation which brings hope and healing to communities who need it most. It uses floating hospitals to provide medical care to those in desperate need of surgery and medical treatment.

This talk will be given by Tammy Shepherd. Tammy is a hospital-based physiotherapist whose good education and economic stability has allowed her to volunteer extensively with Mercy Ships and elsewhere. Her husband and adult children are supportive of her service to the African people via both Mercy Ships and mentoring local physios in a hospital in Congo.

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

Railway murders

 

This talk will be given by Fiona Malcolm, who is the Librarian at Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

Railway murders don’t all happen on the Orient Express! Mystery writers have long been drawn to trains, railways and stations as locations, not just because they are wonderful places to set a mystery, but also because they naturally contain all the best elements of a mystery – hordes of strangers, multiple destinations, people fleeing from the past or looking for a fresh start. From Murder on the Orient Express to Girl on the Train (and more), go along and talk all things mysterious and railway.

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

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 Eltham Central Pavilion (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).

Community barbecue

 

This will be a social barbecue with a chance to mingle with members of different community groups. The bar will be open, with drinks at bar prices and all proceeds going to the Slovenian Club.

Register your attendance with Gemma Whyte by phone (9070 3454) or email (elthamlionsclub@gmail.com).

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

The life stories of some interesting animals

 

For a bit of fun, Guy Palmer will discuss 10 animals who, for genetic or other reasons, make for interesting life stories. In alphabetical order: axolotls, coral, cuckoos, earthworms, herring gulls, honey bees, mules, peacocks, squirrel monkeys and termites.

Guy is our tutor on evolution and genetics but you do not need to know about these subjects to appreciate the talk.

Book your place by emailing 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.

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.

Human smiles

 

What is a smile? Why do we smile? Do all smiles mean the same thing? Or, as Shakespeare wrote, “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

Louis Roller will discuss the function of smiles and the various meanings given to different types of smiles.

A smile is formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a Duchenne smile.

Among humans, a smile expresses delight, sociability, happiness, joy or amusement. It is distinct from a similar, but usually involuntary, expression of anxiety known as a grimace.

Although cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world, there are large differences among different cultures, religions and societies, with some using smiles to convey confusion or embarrassment.

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

Book your place by emailing 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.

Researching Aboriginal family history

 

Tracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family histories poses a unique set of challenges.

In this webinar organised by Yarra Plenty Regional Library, join Jenny Bates (Koorie Heritage Trust), Maxine Briggs (Koorie Heritage Unit at State Library Victoria), and Tsari Anderson (Koorie Records Unit at Public Records Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia) to learn their tips and tricks. Topics will include: how to get started, staying organised, an overview of useful records available, ideas for researching names and places, and how to access conditions of records.

Bookings are essential.

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.

Managing anxiety and stress

 

Explore techniques and strategies to deal with stress and anxiety.

A collaboration between Nillumbik Council and St Vincent’s Healthy Ageing Service.

Get connected with Zoom

 

Handy tips and tricks for planning and hosting interactive and engaging Zoom meetings.

Mental health awareness training

 

Develop your understanding of how you can support those around you who may be experiencing mental ill-health, as well as how to look after your own mental health.

Advance care planning

 

In collaboration with Banksia Palliative Care, Nillumbik Council is organising three workshops on exploring advanced care planning, palliative care and bereavement. This is the first of the sessions and will help you think about and document your preferences for future health care.

Managing low mood

 

In collaboration with St Vincent’s Healthy Ageing Service, Nillumbik Council is organising three workshops on staying mentally well as we age. This is the first of the sessions and will look at the symptoms of depression and low mood and what to do if you or someone you love is feeling low.

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.

Peter Pan Jnr (play)

 

For Covid-related reasons, the original dates for this play were cancelled.

Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their shows of Peter Pan Jnr, a musical based on the play by J.M. Barrie. The relevant dates are Friday, 16th July at 7.30pm and Sunday, 18th July at 5pm. This musical is the theatre’s youth production so you might like to take your grandchildren.

Here’s the blurb about the show: Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travellers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, ‘I’m Flying’, ‘I’ve Gotta Crow’, ‘I Won’t Grow Up’ and ‘Never Never Land’, and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan Jnr is the perfect show for the child in all of us … who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the ‘202150’ discount code in the ‘gift certificate / promotion code’ box, then pay.

Note that the discount is off the Single Seat Adult and the Group booking option, not Concession. The discount is also only for electronic bookings, not for walk ins, and seats cannot be reserved without payment.

Peter Pan Jnr (play)

 

For Covid-related reasons, the original dates for this play were cancelled.

Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for some of their shows of Peter Pan Jnr, a musical based on the play by J.M. Barrie. The relevant dates are Friday, 16th July at 7.30pm and Sunday, 18th July at 5pm. This musical is the theatre’s youth production so you might like to take your grandchildren.

Here’s the blurb about the show: Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travellers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, ‘I’m Flying’, ‘I’ve Gotta Crow’, ‘I Won’t Grow Up’ and ‘Never Never Land’, and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan Jnr is the perfect show for the child in all of us … who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of tickets, then enter the ‘202150’ discount code in the ‘gift certificate / promotion code’ box, then pay.

Note that the discount is off the Single Seat Adult and the Group booking option, not Concession. The discount is also 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.

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).