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Port Macquarie Hastings U3A Inc
2 Lochinvar Place
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444
phone:02 6584 4192
mail: office@pmhu3a.org.au
Web: pmhu3a.org.au or Courses

2024 Term 2

29-Apr-2024 to 21-Jun-2024


ENROLMENTS:



REFUND POLICY

Unless a course is cancelled members are not eligible for a refund of course fees except in exceptional circumstances. Members requesting a refund are required to fill in a “Refund Request” form which then goes to the executive for a decision. Refunds can only be made by bank transfer.

Membership fees are not refundable.


COURSES VENUE: PMHU3A Centre unless otherwise stated.

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Arts, Crafts, Film, Music, Dance, Drama

Monday

Dancing - Monday Tutor: Christine Battisson

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM 

Location: 16 Kingfisher Road  Places: 30 max (16 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

Non-partner dances from around the world. Wear jazz or ballet shoes without black soles (to prevent scuffing). PLEASE NOTE: there will be no class on the 10th June Public holiday.

Textile and Fibre Art Tutor: Sue Martin

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 02:30 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 06  Places: 12 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $35.00

Advanced course requiring wide knowledge of techniques used, such as free motion/thread painting. PLEASE NOTE: New enrolments are not available: this course is only open to existing students. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no class on 10th June public holiday.

Waiting list!

Crochet Tutor: Wendy Byron

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 10 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

This course continues on from last term. New enrolments are welcome as we progress at our own pace. There is no prior knowledge of crochet required! Please bring a 4mm crochet hook and 8 ply light coloured yarn to the first lesson. PLEASE NOTE there is no class on Monday 10th June due to the public holiday.

Waiting list!

Tuesday

Calligraphy 2, Flourished Italic Tutor: Christine Tapsell

For4 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
28-May to 18-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 06  Places: 10 max (2 vacant)  Fee: $10.00

A 4-week course continuing on from the beginner's course in Italic style. It will include methods of flourishing letters for decoration, and a small project of choice, eg. the verse of a poem.

Wednesday

Acrylic Art for Beginners Tutor: Adele Lingard

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 06  Places: 7 max (2 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

This course is for those who have always wanted to learn how to paint and it is held in a relaxed environment within a small group. PLEASE NOTE: There are no new enrolments available for this course for term 2 ... it is only open to existing students.

The Art Class Tutor: Lorraine Watson

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 06  Places: 15 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Do you enjoy doing acrylic or watercolour painting, drawing, pastels, charcoal or any other medium? Then why not join a group of like-minded people and have 2 hours of lovely company while working on your art. (Please note that there is no tutor for this course).

Waiting list!

Card Making Techniques Tutor: Alice Totonjian

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: 1/185 Lake Road  Places: 12 max (2 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Create exquisite cards. Learn fundamentals including stamping, die cutting, embossing. Pay convener $7 weekly for materials. A minimum of 5 enrolments is required for the course to proceed.

Thursday

Dancing - Thursday for Performance Tutor: Christine Battisson

For8 weeks  OnThursday 
From:
02-May to 20-Jun  Time: 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM 

Location: 16 Kingfisher Road  Places: 10 max (4 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Practise non-partner dances for performance.

Friday

Art, Design and Culture Tutor: Michael Rogers

For8 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
03-May to 21-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 09  Places: 20 max (4 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Engage with Australian and international cultures through painting, photography, sculpture and architecture - the beautiful, ugly, provocative and thoughtful. Presentations by a range of speakers. PLEASE NOTE: Michael will be away for much of term 2 and in his absence Gail Mendoza and Peter Buckley will be the course tutors. Their contact numbers are: Gail 0403884942 Peter 0427234938

Music - Classical Music Appreciation Tutor: David Friederich

For8 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
03-May to 21-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 18 max (10 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Relax and enjoy music from the world's greatest composers with some magnificent ballet and opera highlights. You may even be surprised with music you haven't heard before.

Magic of Movies Tutor: Florence Gibbins

For8 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
03-May to 21-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 16 max (7 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

For movie lovers and people who enjoy the wonders of film-making, the magic of cinematography, music, costumes and acting. Relax on Friday into the escapism and entertainment of a movie, then enjoy a group discussion.

Board Games, Trivia, Cards, Crosswords

Monday

Canasta Tutor: Brenda Davies

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 16 max (3 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

An enjoyable and strategic card game, usually played in groups of four with a partner. The class will cater for experienced players and beginners. Please bring cards if you have them. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no class on Monday 10th June because of the public holiday.

Tuesday

Mahjong Tutor: Giselle Brame

For8 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 18-Jun  Time: 12:30 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 36 max (18 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Western style play. NEW PLAYERS are welcome to join the group but they must be EXPERIENCED players. A small handbook, prepared especially for all Port Macquarie U3A players, is available from the Tutor at a small cost of $6. AND A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated Mahjong sets, much appreciated by all!

Chess on Tuesdays Tutor: Michael Powazuk

For8 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 18-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 10 max (5 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Some experience necessary. A good opportunity to improve your chess playing skills. Game sets provided. Perhaps this is the term for you to reignite your passion for Chess!

Thursday

500 Card Game Tutor: Ross Brindley & John McIntyre

For8 weeks  OnThursday 
From:
02-May to 20-Jun  Time: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 27 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

'500' is a popular card game played by four players. It involves trumps and the taking of tricks. Maybe you haven't played 500 for ages? Maybe you have never played it? Both beginners and experienced players are welcome so come along and join in the fun!

Waiting list!

Scrabble at Port Tutor: Celia Eastman

For8 weeks  OnThursday 
From:
02-May to 20-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 17 max (4 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

For those interested in playing or learning to play Scrabble in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. All levels welcome. Please bring your own boards.

Exercises, Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi

Monday

Balance n Bones Mondays Tutor: Yvonne Carrick-Allan

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 16 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

Based on a DVD exercise program made especially for NSW U3A. For strength, coordination and balance. Bring hand weights. Can be done seated. PLEASE NOTE there will be no class on Monday 10th June due to the public holiday.

Waiting list!

Tuesday

Exercise at the Beach - Tuesday Tutor: Rob McCluskey

For12 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 16-Jul  Time: 07:45 AM to 08:30 AM 

Location: Town Beach  Places: 25 max (16 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Advanced exercise for seniors. Yoga mat or towel exercise band and light hand weights required. Plenty of social interaction and banter enjoyed by all. We are based at a picnic shelter just behind the sand at Town Beach. Course continues in term break.

Wednesday

Balance n Bones Wednesday Tutor: Yvonne Carrick-Allan

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 16 max (3 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Based on a DVD exercise program made especially for NSW U3A. For strength, coordination and balance. Bring hand weights. Can be done seated.

Scientific Guide to Health and Happiness Tutor: Carol Baker

For4 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 22-May  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 20 max (10 vacant)  Fee: $10.00

We all want to be healthy and happy, but how do we get there? In this video course Dr Robin Miller MD discusses what the latest scientific research tells us we can do to maximise both our mental and physical health. PLEASE NOTE: Although this course is a continuation from Term 1, new enrolments are welcome and will find plenty of interest. The course will run for the first four weeks of term only.

Tai Chi Tutor: Deborah Flynn

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 20 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Yang style Tai Chi is the most popular and widely practised style of Tai Chi in the world. You will learn a short set of Tai Chi plus the history, principles and benefits of this wonderful moving meditation. Suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience. Wear loose clothing, comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Waiting list!

Friday

Chair Yoga Plus Tutor: Karen Roberts

For5 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
17-May to 21-Jun  Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 25 max (3 vacant)  Fee: $12.50

Modified yoga and other forms of movement done sitting on chairs or standing with chairs for support. For those with physical limitations or restricted mobility. Improve strength, flexibility, mobility.

Exercise at the Beach - Friday Tutor: Rob McCluskey

For12 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
03-May to 19-Jul  Time: 07:45 AM to 08:30 AM 

Location: Town Beach  Places: 25 max (17 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Advanced exercise for seniors. Yoga mat or towel, exercise band and light hand weights required. Plenty of social interaction and banter enjoyed by all. We are based at a picnic shelter just behind the sand at Town Beach. Course continues in the holidays.

Yogalates Tutor: Karen Roberts

For6 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
17-May to 21-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 26 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $15.00

Yoga + Pilates for strength, flexibility, general wellbeing. Includes breathing practices, meditation, relaxation. Bring mat/towel, cushion and scarf/blanket for relaxation. Beginners welcome.

Waiting list!

Qigong for Health and Vitality Tutor: Karen Roberts

For6 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
17-May to 21-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 20 max (2 vacant)  Fee: $15.00

Qigong ('Cheegong') helps build our energy through slow, gentle movements, then we meditate, leaving us better able to cope in our daily lives. Note, some classes may use a DVD.

History, Geography, Culture, Travel, Sociology

Monday

Australian History - Monday Tutor: Doug Emanuel

For7 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 50 max (9 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

Modern Australian History classes began when PMHU3A started in 2005 and remain a very popular class. We did not learn a great deal of Australian History at school so this course is an opportunity to catch up on our unique interesting and rich past from pre-colonial days until the present. Please note there will be no class on Monday 10th June due to the public holiday.

Tuesday

Social History with Brian Oswell Tutor: Brian Oswell

For8 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 18-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 09  Places: 30 max (30 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Social History ... The what - the who - the why. The story of where we have come from, what we have learned and what we can take to the future. The inventions and discoveries that have changed our lives. We will explore a great many subjects, all important, and all of great interest in our modern world.

This course is closed.

Wednesday

Australian History - Wednesday Tutor: Tony Dawson

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 50 max (11 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

A broad look at people places and events that have contributed to our rich history from pre-colonial days to the present.

Philosophy, Religion, News

Monday

Moved Play Reading English & Irish Drama Tutor: Pauline Cain

For6 weeks  OnMonday 
From:
29-Apr to 17-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 20 max (13 vacant)  Fee: $15.00

There will be a brief introduction, then moved-reading with script in hand. Read as much/little as you like. Featuring notable English and Irish plays - Pygmalion (GB Shaw), Dancing at Lughnasa (Brian Friel) and A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens). PLEASE NOTE: There will be no classes on Monday 6th May and Monday 10th June.

Tuesday

Great Ideas in Western Philosophy Tutor: Reg Millar & Brian Tolagson

For8 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 18-Jun  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 09  Places: 20 max (12 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Great philosophic ideas stimulate societies and leaders. This interactive course examines 16 ideas and the debates that they spawned.

Dramatic Fun Tutor: Julie Millar

For6 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
07-May to 18-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 10 max (3 vacant)  Fee: $15.00

Drama! Drama! Drama! Enjoy some fun play reading with different comedy plays and skits in a happy and friendly environment. No experience necessary. No learning of lines. We emphasise fun! $5 for the term's photocopying. Please note the course dates May 7, May 14 May 21, May 28, June 4 and June 18.

Thursday

Newswatch - News Behind the News Tutor: Bob Pearson

For8 weeks  OnThursday 
From:
02-May to 20-Jun  Time: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 20 max (4 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Discuss a wide range of news in a friendly, meaningful and thoughtful environment. Topics include politics, environment, energy, economy, health, science, technology, art, education and important regional news.

Food, Wine, Movies, Elder Law, Astrology, ...

Friday

Stroke Foundation Tutor: Karen Roberts

For1 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
10-May to 10-May  Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 10  Places: 50 max (29 vacant)  Fee: $0.00

This is a free presentation by the Stroke Foundation. Learn about the signs of stroke including the use of F.A.S.T.

This course has finished.

Podiatry talk by Cameron Liles Tutor: None

For1 weeks  OnFriday 
From:
31-May to 31-May  Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: None  Places: 50 max (45 vacant)  Fee: $0.00

Podiatry is a very broad field and we treat a variety of different conditions. Cameron will be focusing on 'Falls prevention and the impact of footwear on falls risk'

Sport, Games, Nature, Walking, Garden

Tuesday

Petanque Tuesday Tutor: Bruce Wyatt & Lynne Arjava

For12 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 16-Jul  Time: 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Location: Woods St Petanque Pi  Places: 40 max (9 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Pétanque (or Boules) is French bowls. Beginners are welcome and will be coached. We introduce basic rules. Then we use skills, tactics, luck and good humour to have fun. Occasional training drills are used to improve skills and tactics, and we aim to run one mini-tournament each Term. The Course continues through the holiday break.

Photography for Beginners Tutor: Garry Brettell

For8 weeks  OnTuesday 
From:
30-Apr to 18-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 16 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Covers composition, framing, rule of thirds, exposure, portraiture, action, travel, landscape, seascape, candid and macro photography. Lots of hands-on content.

Waiting list!

Wednesday

Photography - U3A Photography Group Tutor: Brian Tolagson

For6 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
08-May to 17-Jul  Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Location: Various  Places: 15 max (7 vacant)  Fee: $15.00

Meeting fortnightly, we photograph interesting places. Beginners with SLR, point-and-shoot or phones welcome. We communicate by e-mail. NOTE First outing is 8th MAY.

Croquet Tutor: Bridget Earle & Jill Drury

For4 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
08-May to 29-May  Time: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 

Location: Croquet Club  Places: 8 max (0 vacant)  Fee: $10.00

Introduction to Croquet. Learn the basic skills of croquet and how to play Golf Croquet. Introduction to Croquet and Association Croquet. ALL EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED AT THE CROQUET CLUB. Please note that there is a green fee of $8 for each session, payable at the croquet club.

This is a new course.

Waiting list!

Technology, Science, Computing, Maths

Mathematics Puzzles and Peculiarities Tutor: Julian Lawson

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 08  Places: 20 max (19 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

Interesting puzzles that can use Mathematics and logic. A wide range of puzzles for all problem-solvers. Any Mathematics required is just arithmetic plus some simple geometry.

This course is closed.

Thinking critically about misinformation Tutor: Catherine Settle

For8 weeks  OnWednesday 
From:
01-May to 19-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 20 max (20 vacant)  Fee: $20.00

This course offers timely insights into online misinformation. Classes will draw on a variety of sources and activities to develop skills and critical thinking to help manage the impact of online misinformation. Please also see/use the extended course description.

This course is closed.

Thursday

Basic Physics Tutor: David Smith

For7 weeks  OnThursday 
From:
02-May to 13-Jun  Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM 

Location: U3A Centre - Room 05  Places: 15 max (6 vacant)  Fee: $17.50

This course will cover the basic physics we learnt at school. How physics explains the world and how it is used to build the many machines and tools we use daily.

This is a new course.