From the Course Admin team

As we come to the end of a very successful, if somewhat chilly term, there are a few items I want to remind you about and some classes you may like to join from the beginning of Term 3.

Also, as an example of ageing well, one of our most senior members celebrated her 98th birthday at the end of May, proving U3A is the place to be for healthy, active ageing.


You do not have to apologise if you are going to miss one or two weeks of classes, but you are welcome to do so if you wish and your apology will be noted on your class attendance sheet. If you will be missing three or more weeks of a class, you must put in an apology or risk being removed from a class. You can do this by emailing or calling us on 9897 3898.

Name badges

You must wear your name badge when you enter the Hub or attend any U3A Nunawading class. Please ensure you have entered your emergency contact details on the back.

Car parking

Make sure you park in the correct car park. The only members who should be parking in the car park off Springvale Rd are members who have a relevant Council permit. As a courtesy, please park between the lines and only take up one car parking space.

Class offerings

New class

  • 22MUS012 Guitar Beginners 2: Friday 11.00 to 12.00 Leader Masa Ike. As the Guitar Beginners class has proved to be so popular, the leader has offered to start another beginner’s class in Term 3. This is a course for people who are absolute beginners to the guitar. You do not have to be able to read music, just the desire to get some nice sounds out of your instrument. We will cover the basics from how to tune your guitar, playing chords, finger picking, as well as playing basic leads and solos. You will need to bring your own six string guitar.

Repeat classes running again in Term 3:

  • 22HUM012: Numerology: Make each day count, Thursday 1.15pm. This is a repeat class from Terms 1 and 2.
  • 22EXES03: An Introduction to Bowls: Thursday 1.00pm at Blackburn Bowls Club. If you have not had the experience of playing bowls this is your opportunity.

Class extended into Term 3:

  • 22SCI00: Cosmology: Monday 11.15am. The topics for Term 3 include: What is the universe made of? Standard models of cosmology – of origin and particle physics, How big is the universe and what shape is it? Life of black holes, Supernovae of exploding starts, Why was Einstein so famous? Existing class members will automatically stay enrolled. New class members are very welcome and can join from the start of Term 3.

Class vacancies

We still have some classes that have vacancies. If you are looking for another class, check out the classes listed on the website as there are others that might have a vacancy. Here are just a few:

  • 22ART005: Art Appreciation 3: Thursday 10.00am. This is a new class, which started in Term 2, and so far has had a talk by the President of the NGV Guides, visited two exhibitions and given members the opportunity to make presentations on their favourite artists.
  • 22DAN006: Ballroom Dance 4: Monday 11.00am. An opportunity for Ballroom Dancers to practice their skills in modern, new vogue and Latin dancing. People should bring a partner. The session is not to teach you how to dance. It is to practice what you are learning or have learnt.
  • 22EXEM02: Feldenkrais: Thursday 2.30pm. This class is based on the Feldenkrais Method – a form of neuromuscular re-education of the body. While this involves most aspects of our physical functioning, coordination and flexibility are the key benefits. The class engages both mind and body and at the same time teaches us how to use our bodies with the least amount of effort and maximum efficiency.
  • 22GAM009 Fishing for Fun: Friday 1.00pm. Learn about fish species, where to fish, when to fish, what tackle to use, and how to think like a fish. Over recent weeks, the group have dropped their lines at Beaumaris, Mornington and Lakes Entrance, with some success as these photos show. Class Leader Mike Davies says that the ladies are catching more than the men, so there’s a good reason to join.

Happy birthday, Mary

If you want an example of positive ageing, you don’t have to look much further than our own Mary Nathan who turned 98 at the end of May.

Mary has been a member for many, many years and is currently enrolled in Moderate Active 1, Hand and Foot Cards, Mah Jong Eastern and Eight Form Moving Meditation, keeping both her mind and body active.

Mary is pictured above surrounded by members of her Moderate Active and Hand and Foot classes.

The 34th Biggest Morning Tea raising funds for cancer

If you attend a Thursday class, you may have taken part in this event, which was hosted by the Thornburn Ladies Badminton Club, who play in the Stadium on Thursdays. The ladies have asked that I pass on their thanks to our members who supported the event. $1900 was raised, the most successful one they have held so far. Thank you for your participation in this event.


What is Pickleball you may ask? It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world: easy to learn, low impact and can be played by all ages. For more information contact Manningham Stadiums 8841 4555 or email . Sessions are held at Manningham DISC, Springvale Road on Tuesdays from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Fridays 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and Sundays 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm.

Elsie Mutton OAM
Course Administrator

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