Seymour and District University of the Third Age (U3A) will launch its 2018 program with an enrolment day on January 16, and with 25 courses there are programs for everyone.
Australian history is a new course covering the period from Federation through to the present day; reviewing wars, hard times, multiculturalism and the possibilities for a republic.
By way of contrast another new course covers the craft of cake decorating in all its detail. Computers of all types have become the ubiquitous tool of modern living and today most people have basic skills, so this year U3A will establish a self-help Computer Club to explore new applications.
The importance of enjoying music will be addressed by a new course in music appreciation. Another course is wood working — a satisfying skill that could provide a new product such as a coffee table or a child’s toy.
Continuing courses include: travel to places of interest, art, craft, books and literature, Feldenkrais flexibility, garden matters, genealogy, German, singing, instrumental music groups, Mahjong, social dancing, table tennis, movies, walking and wondering.
U3A is a great resource for retired and semi-retired people living in Seymour and surrounding districts. While the acronym stands for ‘University of the Third Age’, it is not a university.
It is part of an international movement that started in France in 1973 to provide an enjoyable learning and sharing experience for people in the third age — keeping the mind and body healthy. There are now more than 100 U3A groups in Victoria with a total of about 35000 members.
Seymour and District U3A Enrolment Day will be held at Chittick Place, Pollard St, Seymour between 10am and 1pm on January 16.
Everyone is invited to come and meet the leaders of all courses, have a cup of tea/coffee and join up for 2018.
For more information phone 0448153572 or email [email protected]
— Bob Brown,
and District U3A