Program


TERM 1 2017

31 Jan to 31 Mar

Please check each Newsletter for changes and note that new activities may be added.

For enquires please phone

0439 360 763



Download Program for Terms 1 and 2 HERE
FRIDAY@U3A

Everyone is welcome to attend Friday@U3A - you don't need to be a member to join in.

Friday@U3A is held each week during term. Program topics are generally listed in the newsletter. Guest Speakers present a wide variety of topics, while Member Days enable members to make presentations or join in the afternoon’s activity.  Members do not need to enrol for this activity and are welcome to come along at any time.

This gathering also provides an opportunity for anyone interested in U3A to come along, join in and meet others and obtain more information about membership.

Meet at the Community & Learning Centre, 34 Mollison Street, Kyneton (portable at the rear). The Meetings run from 2pm until approx 3.15pm followed by some social time over refreshments.


Gold Coin appreciated from all attendees.











SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
 

For members and associate members

ART FOR FUN

Members meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.00

Escape artists rather than fine artists! The sessions look at the elements and principles of art, by way of a light hearted study of artists, techniques and materials, with hands-on activities. Not sequential, therefore it doesn’t matter if people miss a day here or there. Each session may be utilised as a pleasant distraction and bit of fun, or as a spark to ignite an interest in further study, research and/or arts practice.

Cost: $8 towards venue a
nd materials

BIRD OBSERVERS

Fourth Thursday of the month 9:00—12:30.

Come along and learn about the beautiful species of native birds we have in our area within half an hour’s drive of Kyneton. Beginners to experienced bird watchers welcome. Bring binoculars , sturdy footwear and water. If the weather is  inclement last minute changes are notified via email or phone contact. Extra days may be arranged from time to time.

A contribution towards petrol costs when car-pooling is used.


 

BOOK CIRCLE

Second Thursday of the month at 1.30

We share our enthusiasm for books of all kinds. 

Where appropriate, we may take in a relevant film. 

Books will be chosen by the members of the group.


Meets at private residence.


 
 

COFFEE@KADDY'S

From 10.30 to about 12.00 Wednesdays at Kaddy’s Café, High Street, Kyneton


This is an informal group meeting that is held at Kaddy’s Café in the centre of Kyneton.  There is no set agenda other than to catch up with friends, or to make new friends in the local community.  Just turn up and ask one of the staff to be directed to the U3A table.

 

COLLECTING - GOING POSTAL

Third Wednesday of the month at 2.00

The collectors group is alive and well. Good swap of information and stamps. Members are on the lookout for others ‘wants’. Knowledge of where to obtain and sell stamps has grown, as has understanding of the factors contributing to ‘rarity’. Good social day with excellent arvo tea. Look forward to seeing old and new members over the rest of the year.

Cost: Gold Coin

 

 COMPUTER WORKSHOP

First and third Wednesday of the month at 2.30


Members are encouraged to bring along PC Laptops, iPads and Android Pads plus Smartphones and Tablets and other portable computer appliances for problem solving.

Learn how to use google to make problem solving easier.

Cost: Gold Coin

 
CURRENT AFFAIRS

Third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 and Fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00

On the third Wednesday, we talk about recent media reports covering Australian and international news. On the fourth Wednesday, we discuss 2 topics each prepared by a member. Both days our discussions are informative, broad ranging and at times lead to polite argument. We enjoy these meetings and look forward to more members joining us.

Cost: Gold coin(s) to cover venue cost, according to numbers attending.

 

DRAMA

Third Tuesday of the month 1.30-3.30

Play readings, drama practice and performances – lots of fun for those with thespian interests. U3A Drama Group has been a regular participant in the annual Kyneton One Act Plays Festival which is held in September. Occasionally the play for the Kyneton Festival will be performed at the Ray M Begg and BUPA Aged Care Homes. Additional sessions, including during term breaks, are usually required to prepare for agreed performances.

Cost: $3 per session. Costume hire costs may apply.


 
LUNCH CLUB

Fourth Tuesday of the month from 12.00


Group members rotate the selection of finding restaurants or cafes with good quality, interesting food at a reasonable price.  The venue needs to be within 50km of Kyneton and able to cope with a group of about 12 or so.

Drive independently or carpooling may be arranged between group members

Cost:   Lunch and travel.

 
MAH JONG

Tuesdays from 1.00 to 4.00

Mah Jong is an interesting, challenging and absorbing table game which has Chinese origins but is now played widely throughout the western world.

Open to anyone wishing to play the game, in a friendly and fun environment.  The group welcomes those who already know how to play the game, and also caters for beginners who would like to learn. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary and individual teaching is provided.

Cost: Gold coin(s) to cover venue costs.
 
 




MY FAVOURITE CLASSICAL MUSIC

First Monday of the month 2.00–4.00


This is your opportunity to present a program of your favourite classical music to other music lovers.  If you don’t have the music yourself, you can look in the library or ask the leaders to try and find it. To allow time for afternoon tea, we suggest a program totalling 100 minutes.

We have the necessary equipment to play records, videos, CD’s and DVD’s.  You are also welcome to join us if you just want to come and listen to the selections of others.


Cost: Gold coin


 



POETRY IN MOTION

Second and fourth Mondays of the month at 10.30


We’ll engage with poetry in many different ways, poetry we love, poetry we loathe. 

What is poetry anyway?  TS Eliot said “genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” 

We’ll see what we think about that and all sorts of issues related to language, history, tradition and culture.


Cost: Minimal
 


SINGING

Second and Fourth Mondays at 1.30

If you like to share the joy of singing, the Kyneton U3A Singers presents an opportunity for you. Previous experience and ability to read music is not necessary and you don't have to audition.

Having fun and enjoying music (with a visit to the coffee shop afterwards, if interested) are the only requirements to join. We sing a wide variety of music including old time, general popular modern, songs from the shows and for special events e.g. Christmas.

Cost: Minimal and infrequent - for music copies


 



STOCK MARKET INVESTING

Second Wednesday of the month 2.30-4.30


This group is designed both for long-time investors and those who would like to know more about the subject.

The program content will depend on the interests and knowledge of participants, but will be based on the group researching, developing and managing a hypothetical share portfolio. There will also be a share-tipping competition.


Cost: $2 per attendance.


 


TABLE TENNIS

Thursdays from 7.30pm

Table tennis is our only sport-based activity, being added last year and it is proving to be thoroughly enjoyable by the group.  Our numbers vary and we are a mixture of talents, but everyone gets a go. 

Anyone can come along to try it out and a gentle exchange of the balls across the net is also very acceptable – particularly if your fitness level isn’t up to anything more strenuous.  Paddles and balls are provided and it’s good sociable fun – all for a gold coin donation.

Cost: Maximum $4 (depending on attendance numbers)

 



TAI CHI

Every Tuesday from 3.30-4.30 with beginner
sessions running concurrently during Term 1.


Gentle, relaxing exercise to promote mobility and good health by increasing strength and flexibility, improving balance, decreasing stress and increasing sense of well-being. The sequences have been developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a Sydney GP, who has been practicing Tai Chi for many years. Tai Chi is particularly useful for those with health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis.

For no other reason than to experience the sheer pleasure of enjoying relaxing exercise!

Cost: $3 per attendance


 




 


EXCURSIONS
AND SHORT
COURSES
FOR TERMS 3 AND 4


For members and associate members

These are held from time to time and arrangements will be advised in advance via the newsletter. Prior enrolment is  required.
 
EXCURSIONS

The Shrine of Remembrance

Thursday 23 February – 9.30 to 3.30 approx.

Booking Alan Moor 5422 2351

This is a fully guided private tour. Tour bus departs from the Visitor Information Centre Car Park at 9.30am. Or, meet the group at the Shrine Visitors Centre.

Shrine tour commences at 11:00 and finishes at 12:00 noon and includes the new exhibition space and the new architect designed memorial courtyard.

Lunch – bring your own picnic or, enjoy each other’s company at the nearby Botanic Gardens Café.

Transport cost -   $50 per person (estimate).

Tour bus departs for Kyneton at 2:00, arriving back at 3:30.

 

Victorian Parliament House

In the second half of March

Details to be advised.


 

SHORT COURSES
 

The Tapestry Weaving Workshop

A 6 x 2 hour sessions course at the KCLC commencing Monday 6th of February at 10.

With Glennis Leary

All up cost is $30.  A picture frame app. 40/ 45 cm by 30/35 cm and 2 G-clamps are required.
 

The Men’s Kitchen II

Wednesdays 8th of  February and  8th of March at the Glenlyon Hall

with Robert Wooler

In conjunction with Daylesford & Castlemaine U3As. 

Two sessions, $25 per session, includes lunch.

Maximum numbers apply—booking with Alan Moor 5422 2351

 

The French Revolution

An 8-week  course starting  on Friday 10th of February at the KCLC at 10:30.

With Chris Hardy

All up cost is $12

 

Philosophy ‘Lite’

6 sessions at KCLC commencing Thursday 9th of March at 10:30.

An introduction to ethical behaviour with Rod Moore.

An introduction to the basics of philosophy that examines the factors which create an environment that enables free discussion about issues in an open-minded way.

 

19th Century Australian Art

This 5 x 1 hour sessions course commences on Thursday 20th of April at the KCLC at 10.

With Peter Wilson

Maximum numbers apply


‘Y’ Gardening

Join us on the five Tuesdays during May from 10:00 to 11:30.

Kyneton Secondary College, Epping St, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Come straight to the community garden if you know the way, or check for directions at the front office.

Gold coin donation and we also appreciate any donations of seeds, seedlings, manure, mulch and other garden inputs.

You’re also welcome any Tuesday morning during school terms to ask any questions about edible gardening and maybe learning by helping our volunteers.

If you would like to have news of the Kyneton Community Garden, contact www.kynetontransitionhub.com,   KynetonTH@gmail.com  or phone Julie 5422 3023.