eNews #21 Sept 2021

Seniors Festival Online as we move to opening up

As we enter our seventh week of lockdown I hope you are keeping well and staying connected in whatever way you can. The sooner we reach our vaccination milestones the sooner we can all get back to seeing each other at U3A.

Despite COVID restrictions there are lots of special activities planned for October’s Seniors Festival…


New computer courses starting in Term 4

While most new computer courses are on Zoom, a couple are planned for face-to-face in the Hub.
Keep your Zoom apps up-to-date – it’s safer and you can be sure of having all the latest features.
Only have a smartphone? You can join in on Zoom too – single sessions on how to do this start next week!
Keep safe online – book in for the scams awareness session in November and avoid the scammers


Make your own Christmas cards, decorations or gifts

This year we are running a range of Christmas Workshops for members who would like to try their hand at making their own Christmas cards, decorations or gifts.

A number of our Craft Leaders have kindly agreed to run these classes over the first two weeks after the end of Term 4. Commencing on Monday 29 November and ending on Wednesday 8 December you will have the opportunity of learning how to make a range of lovely handmade Christmas items.


2022 Summer School planning well underway

Plans are well underway to make next January’s Summer School the most varied ever, with a wide range of new and exciting classes and activities already confirmed.

Just as a preview of what’s planned so far, you will be able to watch cooking demonstrations in our specially designed Hub kitchen, visit members’ gardens in our very own open garden scheme, hear some fascinating lectures and participate in some great craft classes.


What is thunderstorm asthma?

For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

During grass pollen season (1 October – 31 December) you may notice an increase in asthma and hay fever. Grass pollen season also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.


$250 Power Saving Bonus

The Victoria State Government is offering a $250 Power Saving Bonus, which is a conditional one-off payment to provide direct support to Victorian households experiencing energy bill stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is available until 31 January 2022. You will need to apply online by visiting compare.energy.vic.gov.au