U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS Tutor: Dr. Jone Gaillard From prehistoric times, the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea have seen the development of human communities and given birth to the civilisations that constitute the basis of our own. From the Fertile Crescent, inventions, arts, languages and religions spread to Greece, Egypt, Etruria and Rome. In this course we will see how these civilizations developed, transformed themselves and shaped the world from which we come. Classes are weekly, on Fridays 12.30 – 2pm at Northcote Senior Citizens’ Centre. ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE Tutor: Nada Samani Nada is a graduate of the Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, and has experience in teaching the Arabic language to both school and university students. She can also explain and illustrate the many and varied cultures of the Middle East. Recent research shows that learning another language as an adult helps keeps your mind active, so why not join Nada to learn more about this fascinating part of the world and acquire new language skills? Fortnightly class, 1st and 3rd Mondays 10.30-12.00 at Donald Street, East Preston. ARMCHAIR THEATRE Leader: Philippa Wetherell Would you enjoy bringing a play to life? Getting inside an interesting character? Discovering vocal talents you didn’t know you possessed? This Play Reading group will be led by Philippa Wetherell. As a former teacher of speech and drama for many years, Philippa has directed a number of productions and also has stage experience with New Theatre in Melbourne. Classes are weekly, Wednesdays, 1.15 – 2.45 pm at Alphington Community Centre. ART APPRECIATION Tutor: Alison Laird This group meets on the first Friday of the month and on any 5th Friday at Fairfield Station classroom from 10 am to 11.30. Visits to exhibitions in Melbourne and regional galleries will be made on the third Friday of each month. Topics include a mixture of Australian and overseas artists and a variety of periods. Members are able to participate as much or as little as they wish – to lead a class discussion, contribute to the discussion or merely listen to what others have to say! Maximum – 18 participants BALLROOM DANCING Qualified Instructor: Barbara Johnson Expressions of Interest are invited from members who would like to learn dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha and much more. Barbara will discuss with potential members the focus of the 2015 class. The aim is to have fun, and maybe to go as a group to small dance venues. Classes are at Croxton Uniting Church Hall, Wednesdays, 1.00 – 3.00pm BOOK DISCUSSION 1 Convenor: Dianne Beaumont This long established group meets on the first Wednesday of the month with rotating leaders who facilitate discussion on a book of their choice. Books are chosen by the group. The Group meets at Fairfield Station on the first Wednesday of each month, 10.30 – 12.00. Maximum - 12 BOOK DISCUSSION 2 Coordinator: Elva Armstrong Do you enjoy reading a good book and then wish you could discuss it with someone? Book Discussion 2 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Fairfield Station at 10.30-12.00. U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 BOOK DISCUSSION 3 – POPULAR PENGUINS Convenor: Alison Daams To ensure titles are easily accessible and reasonably priced, Alison has selected a wide range of popular titles from the Penguin collection, for discussion. Prior to each class she will circulate some background information on the author and the book. The Group meets monthly on the fourth Friday at Northcote Senior Citizens’ Centre from 10.30-11.30. CANASTA A relaxed group of card players gather at Fairfield Station from 1.30 to 4.00 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month to play this popular game, with partners when the numbers are even, otherwise singly. CHESS Tutor: Vladimir Zakarczenko Learn to play Chess well enough to enjoy it! As a pastime chess gives lasting pleasure because of its unending variety. It can also be fun! Please join our informal and welcoming sessions. The text used is the classic "Chess Made Easy" by Cecil Purdy and Gary Koshnitsky (both Australian Chess Champions 1930s-40s) It's never too late to learn to play the noblest and most popular board game in the world! Class meets on Tuesday afternoons at East Preston Senior Citizens’ Centre, 2.00 – 5.00. CINEMA STUDIES Tutor: Paul Michell For 2015 the plan is to present a diverse range of cinematic treats from around the world. Whilst the focus will be on US cinema, foreign films will included from Scandinavia, Japan and French/US co-production. Our first film will be Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ (1958). Follow us at our website: www.u3acinema.weebly.com. which lists dates of films to be shown, and includes a rich archive of past film notes. The U3A Cinema Class runs for 3 hours at the Fairfield Station Venue, staring at 9:45am on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. We do not break in June as Paul is often absent in August (travelling). Final dates and films for 2015 will be finalised nearer the end of the year. COMPUTER 1 Tutor: Russell Lennox Students will have a computer each using Microsoft Office 2010 Applications, enabling them to create and maintain word processing documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations. We will study core tasks, like the keyboard, the mouse, working with files, folders, Help and Support. All students will have e-mail addresses on the Internet and will e-mail each other with and without attachments. Please note: The class runs for a full semester of 20 weeks with no term break. An extra fee of $50 is payable on application to cover the cost of the SPAN Computer room. Venue: SPAN Community House, 64 Clyde Street, Thornbury Time: Tuesdays, weekly, 10.00am – 12 noon, no school holidays; Start date: Tuesday 3 February 2015 Class size: Maximum 10 COMPUTER 2 Tutor: Russell Lennox This class has a prerequisite of Computer 1 or similar computer training. The course covers the same topics as Computer 1 but will delve deeper into each topic. The software will be Microsoft Office 2010. Please note: The class runs for a full semester of 20 weeks with no term break. An extra fee of $50 is payable on application to cover the cost of the SPAN Computer room. Venue: SPAN Community House, 64 Clyde Street, Thornbury Time: Thursdays, weekly, 10.00am – 12.00noon, no school holidays Start date: Thursday 5 February 2015 Class size: Maximum 10 U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 COMPUTERS FOR ALL Tutor: Nalin Sharda The tutor, Nalin Sharda, is happy to meet the needs of all class members, either with the basic operations of computers and the internet or in exploring some areas in greater depth. The class runs for a 16 week semester with no term break. Starting date and location are still to be confirmed. The fee to members is $40 for each semester to be paid on application. CURRENT AFFAIRS Facilitator: Noel Butterfield This lively group meets fortnightly at Fairfield Station. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging, examining issues in the news, both local and international. Classes are at Fairfield Station, alternate Thursdays 10.30 – 12.00 noon Class size: Maximum 14 CYCLISTS GROUP Group Leader: Col Purchase Current ability to ride a bike and previous riding experience are essential. Individual riders must be responsible for their own bike maintenance during rides. U3A insurance does not cover bicycle riders. Each rider is responsible for their own safety. If you join Cycling Victoria for about $100.00 then you will be insured under their membership. Please ensure you have your name and emergency contact details on your person for each ride. Rides are on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 9.00am - 12.30pm approximately. We generally meet at Fairfield Boathouse car park or Darebin Parklands car park to set out riding on bike paths and bike lanes with a few connecting roads. Our rides are about 20 - 40 km per ride. Depending on distances, we may cycle one way and return to Fairfield by train. Some recent rides were to Federation Square, Brighton, Williamstown, Coopers Settlement, Coburg Lake, Latrobe University, Hartwell, Heidi Art Gallery. Most rides include a coffee stop. DAY TRIPPERS Coordinator: Mary de Bortoli This is a flexible group which has an outing once or twice a month. Some of our excursions have included National Trust properties, museums, gardens, the Block Arcade, Shrine and the State Library. We would love your suggestions as to future visits. We are not a class as such as we are not enrolled as a group – you come on the excursion which interests you, but we are typically U3A – FRIENDLY! Come and join us and try us out. Details of forthcoming outings are published in the U3A Darebin newsletter. DRAW THEN PAINT Contact: Frances Hennessy The Draw Then Paint Group is for artistically minded persons with an interest in painting and drawing. There is no formal tuition and class members set their own agenda with a different topic each week. The aim of the class is to nurture development using their preferred materials mainly watercolour and pencil. The class runs on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30 at Fairfield. NB: Begins 10/2/15 ENJOYING OPERA Convenor: Anita Hanstock This class offers the opportunity to discuss and enjoy great operas on DVD with high quality sound. Sessions will be held on the 3rd Monday of the month from February to November, excluding July and August, from 2 pm at Fairfield Station. U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE Tutors: Robert Cole, Mark Wilson, Kate Patrick. Be Daring! Read Shakespeare! Compare Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier playing Othello! This weekly class grows out of and complements “Shakespeare for Everyone”. During the year we will tackle a few of Shakespeare's plays, probably one a term, starting with Romeo and Juliet (to be confirmed). We will read and explore each play, talking it over, watching different DVDs, discussing key speeches and difficult language, and re-reading. The aim is for everyone in the group to find each play more and more exciting and rewarding to read. Fridays 3 - 4.30 at Fairfield. Commencing February 6th. FIRST TUESDAY TALKS Contact: Annette Davis The First Tuesday Talks are held each month at Fairfield RSL at 1.30pm. Speakers and topics will be announced in the U3A Darebin Newsletter and on our website. Gold coin donation. FRENCH LANGUAGE Tutor: Michelle Manly The focus of this class is modern French language, conversation and pronunciation. The class also discusses aspects of contemporary French culture. Classes are held fortnightly. Prospective students please note that the class has been running for more than a year and builds progressively on language skills. New students will need to have studied some French (about one to two years of lessons) to participate fully. Classes are at Fairfield Railway Station every second Thursday, 10.00 – 11.30am. Class size: Maximum 10. FUN WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Tutors: Rita Keller& Jill Toulantas This class is for people for whom English is not their first language and who want to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. The course is designed for beginner, postbeginner or intermediate levels of English although an understanding of very simple spoken English is a prerequisite. Classes offer speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises according to students' needs and there is plenty of general conversation, laughter and friendship. The tutors, Rita Keller and Jill Toulantas, are qualified ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers with many years' experience. They would be delighted to welcome more members to the class. Classes are at Merrilands, Wednesdays, 1-4 pm. Commencing February 11th. ITALIAN - INTERMEDIATE Tutor: Adriana Ficarazzi The course assumes that participants have completed at least some basic studies in written and spoken Italian. Learners will continue to expand their knowledge in the spoken language, idiomatic usages and useful vocabulary words. Language and culture units will be integrated into a range of topics including: Italian cities, tourist attractions, shopping, eating out and pleasure etc. Text book for 2015: to be advised. Details: Weekly, Mondays 2.30 – 4 pm, East Preston Senior Citizens Centre, starting Monday, 9 February. ITALIAN CONVERSATION Facilitator: Larry Ginger This course is designed to assist members in improving their spoken Italian. Various activities include reading articles and stories in Italian, studying ‘Learn to speak Italian’ courses, talking in Italian within the group and in pairs. This is done in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where we all work with, and assist each other. U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 We will also be learning some of the history and culture of Italy and the experiences of those immigrants to Australia. Details: Monday, 10.30 - 12 at SPAN. LINE DANCING Tutors: Loraine Hegarty and David Lamb The class is led by well-known exhibition duo Stepping Out. Loraine and David have many years’ experience in teaching Ballroom, Rock and Roll and Line Dancing and you can be sure of a lot of fun as you move to the music and get fit. The tutors are unable to accept new members into this class. Please wear comfortable clothes and runners or similar well fitted shoes with rubber soles. Classes are held Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm in the main hall at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre, starting March 6. MAH JONG This is a western version of a Chinese game, played with tiles similar to dominoes but engraved with Chinese symbols and divided into suits and honours. We play Mah Jong every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month between 1.30 and 4 pm at Fairfield Station. We all have a lot of fun, win or lose. This is a very mixed group of people, from absolute beginners to very experienced players. New members very welcome! NEEDLECRAFT Convenor: Jean Garita Needlecraft is a self-help class. We all bring our own project along – cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, and patchwork, anything you care to bring. We sometimes do a class project if the group wishes. If someone wants to do a project that they have not done before, someone with those skills will show them how. People in the group all help one another and the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. Classes are on Wednesdays at Fairfield Station, 12.45 – 2.45 pm NORTHCOTE HISTORY – A PERSONAL VIEW Paul Michell Northcote’s past is a rich amalgam of riches, follies, greed, entrepreneurship and family dynasties. Many companies began or were based in Northcote. A variety of subjects will be presented – High Street virtual tour, a divorce lawyer in Westgarth, Tower House in Thornbury, Land Speculation, Northcote Brick Company and much more. Through a personal view of local history, this class will feature tales of the past history of Northcote. If you want to learn more about the varied and wonderful past of Northcote – then this is for you. All classes will feature an illustrated talk on a featured subject. It is proposed that the final class will be an easy historical walk. 2.00 - 3.30 on the 4th Friday of each month at Bent Street Senior Citizens Centre, commencing in February. PAINTING AND DRAWING Facilitator: June Pitman The class is a gathering of like-minded people who share enthusiasm and the desire to draw or paint subjects of their own devising, using materials of their own choice, mainly watercolours. Classes at SPAN, Thursday 1.30 – 3.30 weekly POETRY THROUGH THE AGES Tutor: Noel Butterfield Noel, an experienced English teacher, invites you to join this weekly class. ‘Let’s immerse ourselves in the passion that is poetry. The emphasis will be on appreciation and enjoyment. I have been captivated by poetry for thirty years so I feel qualified to introduce you to the very best. I will take you through some ballads, odes, sonnets, etc., purely for your enjoyment. We will also look briefly at various techniques that make poems ‘work’ and come alive. Class members will also be encouraged to create their own poems, using some of the techniques studied’. Classes are at Fairfield Station, Tuesdays 10.30am – 12 noon. Maximum – 14 U3A DAREBIN COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, SEMESTER 1, 2015 SCRABBLE CLUB Convenor: Elva Armstrong Everyone is welcome to join this sociable group, whether you are a complete beginner, very ‘rusty’ or an avid player. Scrabble is a lot of fun and it really gets the brain working! At East Preston Senior Citizens, 2nd and 4th Monday each month, 10.00 – 12.30 pm. SHAKESPEARE FOR EVERYONE Class leader: Albert Stuckey The Shakespeare class meets weekly. We read a portion of one of the 38 plays and then watch a DVD of the same section. In this way we come across those quotations which ‘everyone knows’, but don’t know where they occur. The Bard was a very clever fellow and his plays still resonate with today’s values. We think it is interesting without being overwhelming or tedious. Classes are held weekly on Wednesdays, 3.00 – 4.30pm at Fairfield Station. SINGING FOR PLEASURE Tutor: Lynn Hogg The U3A Singing for Pleasure group is intended to be a safe place where we all feel welcome. We sing mostly popular songs and learn to sing some harmonies. We occasionally sing at U3A functions, community events and visits to nursing homes. Classes at SPAN Community Centre, weekly on Fridays, 1.00 – 3.00pm. TAI-CHI Tutor: Barry Watson Tai-Chi is a recreational fitness technique of flowing movements and forms designed to exercise and develop the body and mind in unison. As a qualified instructor, Barry teaches the ‘Traditional Yang Style’ in a light-hearted and professional manner. Classes also include Chi Quong breathing, stretching exercises, soft exercises for joints, posture and balance. The movements are modified for people with arthritis. Beginners are welcome to join the Basic class on Mondays 1-2pm at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre, Advanced classes at 2- 3 pm. at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre. TRIVIA AND OTHER PURSUITS Contact: Margaret Monument This class offers an abundance of mind games to challenge and entertain us. We will have buzzers and bells, teams of two or more, no pressure, just fun. Other games for the group to choose from include Charades, Sale of the Century, Pictionary and much more. Come along and have a ball! Fairfield Community Room, weekly, Mondays, 1.15 – 2.45 pm. THE U3A DAREBIN ORCHESTRA Tutor: Lynn Hogg Got a yearning to play your ukelele? Haven't touched your guitar in years? Forgotten how to play the flute or recorder? Or are you an absolute beginner, but keen to learn and practice, and enjoy the fun of playing music with others? Why not join our tutor, Lynn Hogg and become part of a brand new musical venture? Lynn's musical and vocal skills and enthusiasm will inspire you! (Lynn can only take on a couple of absolute beginners, but contact the office and leave your details). Weekly classes Fridays 10-12.00 at Bent Street Senior Citizen's Centre, commencing in March 2015. YOGA Tutors: Shyamala Benakovic & Colleen Farrell Our tutors are professionally trained and experienced in conducting forms of Yoga modified for older people. Two Yoga classes are held at Northcote Town Hall on Thursday afternoons and one on Friday morning. They are general classes catering for a range of abilities. Hatha Yoga poses positively strengthen the physical body promoting balance and a sense of harmony. Combined with breathing techniques, they assist in developing a positive mind attitude counterbalancing mental stress. (Please bring a yoga mat to class.) Classes are at Northcote Town Hall, Thursdays 1-2 pm and 2–3 pm and Friday 10-11 am.
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