Special Interest Programs

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND CLASSES

 Members are entitled to attend any program offered by our U3A. Members are requested to wear their membership badge to each U3A session they attend, and to record their attendance, both for administrative and insurance purposes. Visitors are invited to sample our groups, but are expected to become members if they decide to join in regularly.

Refer to the Newsletter for further program information

GROUPS MEETING  AT THE THIRROUL COMMUNITY CENTRE

 Australian Studies – ( Convenor – Mary Condon) – 2nd and 4th Mondays, 1.30 – 3pm, Black Diamond Room.   An opportunity to analyse and discuss aspects of Australian history and culture, one or two topics per session, led by individual members.

 Current Affairs  (Convenor and Chairman – David Goss) –  1st and 3rd. Mondays, 1.30 – 3pm. in the Black Diamond Room.  A participatory group seeking to enhance our knowledge and understanding of Australian and World Affairs.   For the first 30 minutes we address a Theme important to understanding current events where the subject is introduced for 5-10 minutes and then discussed. The Chairman sends out a brief note on the issues he has noted in the past fortnight as a background to discussion. It strives to be more informative and balanced than the Daily Telegraph and as non partisan as The Australian!  Anyone who wants to receive it should let David Goss know on  daan.goss@bigpond.com and he will put you on the list.

 Drawing & Painting – (Co-ordinator and tutor Jeanette Southam, Ph: 4285 1986) –    2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 11.00am – 12-30pm Ocean Breeze Room.

 Film Society – film appreciation group –(Co-ordinator and leader Rick Thompson). Meets weekly on Wednesdays  12.30 -3.30pm in the Excelsior Room.  Full program at p.8.

 Italian Conversation (Co-ordinator Margaret Stratton,) –  Fridays during term, .   No new members unless you already have some fluency in Italian.

 Philosophy Forum (Coordinator Roy Tang) 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the Ocean Breeze Room, 9.30 – 11.00am.  The Philosophy Forum is a self-supporting group who meet to discuss ideas and philosophical questions. While occasionally there are guest speakers, all participants are invited and encouraged to be involved in discussions, in planning the program, and in leading or facilitating sessions.

Balance’n’Bones (Co-ordinator – Helen Whelan).  Gentle exercise for both men and women, weekly during term, Mondays commencing 1st February concluding 21st March (no class 28th March –Easter Monday) 9.30 – 10.30.  Wear light clothing, flat shoes, bring weights if you have them, and water bottle.

Reading Allowed (Co-ordinator Ainslie Lamb) , 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 11am – 12.45pm, in the Ocean Breeze Room.  Reading aloud to others is a great way of sharing plays, books and short stories, and an opportunity to listen and reflect on other times, other viewpoints, other possibilities. The program is planned and choices of plays and books are made by the members of the group.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE HELD AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

Table Tennis (Convenor John Ryan) –  Weekly Thursdays, 10.00am – 12.00pm at the Austinmer Uniting Church Hall, Moore Lane Austinmer.      All gear (bats, table tennis balls etc.) is provided.  Play for fun and fitness.

Illawarra  U3A Choir (Convenor Margaret Stratton). The choir, under Music Director Yvonne McColl,  continues to grow. We have several bookings lined up for the year. The choir practices in Room 1-2 , close to the car park at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Glenifer Brae, Murphy’s Avenue,  Keiraville, 1.30 – 3pm on Tuesdays during term.

 New members very welcome – no auditions.   If you enjoy singing but can’t attend every practice, don’t worry, you are still welcome to come when you can, and  join in our ‘gigs’ when we sing at U3A functions.

Heart Foundation Walking Group – join the Sandpipers every Thursday morning at Sandon Point car park, 9am for an hour, approximately 4km. walking. Several of our U3A members are in the group. For further information, talk to Wilma Johnson or Pat Johnston or just turn up.

IPAC – Merrigong Theatre Co. there are several members who regularly attend the Saturday 2pm matinee sessions of the Merrigong Theatre productions at the IPAC in Burelli Street, Wollongong, then meet up after the show to discuss the play over coffee.  If you’re interested, obtain a copy of the 2015 Season program, and make your bookings.

Concession prices are available if you book a season package of a minimum of 5 shows.

For the convenience of all Special Interest Group Convenors following is a downloadable version of our Incident Report.  It is suggested that all convenors keep a hard copy of this report with their attendance record (or any other ongoing paperwork) so it will be available immediately any unfortunate incident occurs.

Incident Report