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Learning for Pleasure in the age of Leisure. Classes, Groups and Activities for seniors.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Xmas Party - Nov 29 2017

Logan Christmas Party – November 29 2017

10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Hello, this is to inform all Brisbane U3A members that the annual Logan Christmas party will take place on November 29th at the
Elements Retirement Living, 224 Dennis Road, Springwood
(directions below). The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes through until 12.30 p.m. A morning tea will be provided, and there will also be
A trivia quiz
Performances from U3A members

This is one of the few chances we have to meet U3A members from other classes and simply relax and enjoy ourselves. The truly wonderful news is that, although you should book in advance, there is no fixed charge. We would appreciate a gold coin donation (the smaller coin rather than the one dollar would be nice!) and look forward to seeing you there.

Please book your place by emailing are welcome at the same email address. Please book before November 10.

See you there! Book now to avoid disappointment - places are limited.

Getting to Elements.

Enter Dennis Road from the service road near the Freeway. Go down Dennis Road until very near its end, and you will see Elements on the left. Now, you cannot park on Elements land. However, there are many parking places on the road outside, clearly marked. Park there and enter Elements via the second entrance, near the island at the end of the road. The hall is off to the left as you enter.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

5000 Poppies - a tribute of remembrance and respect

Can you crochet? Or knit? Then you can make a poppy or two and help make the dream of 50,000  (yes 50,000) poppies a reality for the 2018 Remembrance Day. They will be a gift to the Victorian RSL.
For more details please see this blog

Photo taken from 5000 Poppies blog page

Monday, 2 October 2017

October 2017 News

Welcome to the last term of 2017

This year, instead of a lunch, the Christmas Party will be a morning tea with raffles and entertainment to be held at Elements Village in Dennis Road at 10am on 29th November. Everyone will be welcome to come along and bring a friend or partner.  More details later.

Most Term 3 classes continue in Term 4, but there are a couple of changes: 

·       Marcel is back teaching Tai Chi again.  

·       Miriam will not be holding the Israeli Folk dancing classes this term but she and her keen dancers will resume in 2018 when we may have a more suitable venue and time spot for them. 

·       Eileen Sullivan is continuing to teach her popular Creative Writing classes.  As mentioned last month, she resigned from the district working committee, but not from her tutoring role. Eileen's classes are still going strong.  

·       Howard is hoping for new students in his Recorder and Ensemble Playing class

·       Marian needs more for Hand Bell Ringing as bell-ringing does not work without enough ringers.

·       Anyone who is interested in Economics and Finance and how it affects overseas events and our daily lives, such as electricity prices, is invited to join David's fortnightly Economics class. The group discuss papers on current issues and topics such as taxation and superannuation. A background in economics is not required, just an interest in current events.  Please contact David on 3396 9036 for further information. 

New classes are lining up for 2018.  Among others, we expect a native Spanish speaker from Chile to teach a beginners Spanish class.  We also hope to line up a new Photography class, Mini Gardening, and Games including Sudoku.  Meanwhile, the district organisers under the leadership of Martin Bridgstock send their best wishes to tutors and students for another good term of "Learning for Pleasure".

Monday, 19 June 2017

Logan District News

Monika Picton, Logan's Coordinator, has resigned from the committee, mainly due to ill health.
  Monika has been a dynamo of energy and will be greatly missed in the district, especially by the local committee.  Everyone here knows how much effort Monika put into promoting U3A and how successful she has been in overseeing the growth in membership and class numbers during the past two years.  Students and volunteers alike owe her a debt of gratitude for her work on our behalf.  Monika will continue teaching her Painting class but will have to take it easy and avoid stress for a long time.  We hope that she will regain her energy and make a full recovery. Martin Bridgstock has agreed to stand in until a new Coordinator is appointed. 

A group of Camera Club members returned from a photography holiday in Hawaii with glowing reports and thousands of photos.  I am sure we will post some of them soon.

The Indonesian students are carrying on without a formal tutor, but helping each other.  A different person will be responsible for the group each term, and Greg Taylor, the U3A Website creator, has adjusted the database so that this can be arranged. A big thank you to Greg for that.  The website and database get better and better.  

In Term 3 two new classes will start.  Trish Dixon will teach digital scrapbooking and photobooks for people already competent in Photoshop.  For beginners who want to learn photo-enhancement and manipulation, Jean Townsend will offer Gimp, the free alternative to Photoshop.
Bonsai is on again, this time at the Hyperdome Library, but Marcel is taking a break from Tai Chi, and the singing group and Photoshop advanced are discontinued. All other classes will proceed as in Term 2.  

Many Logan students have booked for the Winter School, and will enjoy the wide range of subjects and expert presentations.  Travel to the city is seldom more worthwhile.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

U3A Winter School Booking Now Open

The very popular Winter School Week 2017 - Booking now open


Winter School 2017

The Winter School will mostly be held at U3A premises on 5th floor, 232 Adelaide St from Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th July 2017, but some sessions are at 97 Creek St. and other venues.
The Keynote Address will be held in the Main Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane (Cultural Centre Precinct). See Map
Some events are held at external venues, e.g. State Library (SLQ), Qld Art Gallery (QAG), The Dixon Centre West End (TDC).
This year's program is shown below. If you are a U3A Brisbane member or past member, you may reserve your place for one or more sessions by clicking on the Make a Booking button below or at bottom of page.
Non-members are welcome to attend and may book by contacting the U3A Brisbane office by phone to 3236 3055.
All sessions cost $5 except where otherwise shown. This is payable at the time of the session.
Printable PDF versions of the program are available:
    - Detailed version (18 pages)
    - Summary version (3 pages)
(You can also change your current bookings with the Make a Booking button).
The program shown below contains an abbreviated description of each session. See the Full program (PDF) for a more complete description.

Monday 3rd July

The secret places that define France. The Caucasus

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Rouna Daley, Odyssey Travel  (Adelaide St)
The Caucasus stand at the crossroads between Turkey and Russia; a destination with an exciting blend of European and Asian cultures with stunning landscapes. 

The Importance of using Exercise as Medicine to grow old gracefully

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Alan Mills  (Adelaide St)
A session on frequency, intensity, type and time, barriers and motivators and most importantly getting started and how to do it safely. 

Battle for Fraser Island - Saving Fraser Island from Sand Mining

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: John Sinclair  (Adelaide St)
A David and Goliath struggle that saved one of Qld’s iconic treasures. Meet the man who fought and won and is still fighting to conserve our heritage. 

Robots and the Environment

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dr Matthew Dunbabin  (Adelaide St)
Existing and emerging robot technologies for monitoring the environment and transforming the way we observe the wider world. Environmental Robotics are leading the way. 

Beersheba and the Australian Light Horse

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Coral Johnson  (Adelaide St)
The last Light Horse Charge at the Battle of Beersheeba in 1917; part of the British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. 

Charlemagne Life and Legend

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dr Kay Smith  (Adelaide St)
Charles the Great, King of the Franks and the legend that developed around certain aspects of his life and character in the centuries after his death; sourced from bios and heroic songs. 

State Library Tour

11:00am-12:00pm  (State Library)
More than just a library; research, history, restoration of priceless artifacts and meeting rooms, film screening and lectures. Learn how to use this great facility. Free of charge. See Map.

Qld Art Gallery Guided Tour - European and Asian Art

11:00am-12:00pm   Presenter: Barbara Lloyd  (Qld Art Gallery)
A journey into European and Asian Art that will surprise you and open your eyes to facets of this art that you may never have contemplated.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Another exciting class in Brisbane U3A, Logan District

Check out Nerida Day's exciting acting class. They meet on Thursdays between 10.30am and 12,30pm at Cleremont Resort, Park Ridge.

They might be U3A students at the moment but who knows what it might lead to. You might see some faces on Australian Drama series one day.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Vale Raymond Jenkins

It is with sadness that we have to inform U3A members that Ray Jenkins, the tutor of the Indonesian class here at Logan has passed away last Sunday. Ray has been fighting his illness for some time, but he was a fighter and has kept going much longer than expected.

Ray the Indonesian class tutor
Ray with Sybil and Judy, his walking buddies

The Indonesian class have written a piece on Ray and what he meant to them:

Ray, Pak Ray, Guru Kami - Ray was many things to us all - on behalf of Ray's Indonesian Class we would like to pen a few words:

Ray's presentations to our class were always interesting, surprising and entertaining.  Apart from the textbook "stuff" like grammar, vocabulary and comprehension, we never knew what treat he would have in store for us - one week it would be music - dangdut, gamelin, classical - next it could be dance or the benefits of Medical Qigong, for example - all instructed in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) and accompanied by copious notes lovingly prepared by Ray.    Even on the Sunday that he went into hospital Ray sent us an e-mail.  Attached to that e-mail were three songs, all meticulously translated into Indonesian - this Semester's cultural treat.

It became quickly obvious to us - his Indonesian students - that Ray was a very special and unique individual - but mostly what shone ever so brightly was his love of his family, followed closely by his love of all things Indonesian and of course, his music.  Ray was also a very keen walker, walking with the U3A's "Walking for Fitness Group" until very recently.  He was 100% committed to all his U3A activities until the very end.

Ray will be sadly missed, never forgotten, and will always have a special place in our hearts.

God bless you, Pak.  Rest in peace.

There will be a memorial service on Monday 8 May at St Marks Uniting Church at Mt Gravatt.
Time to be advised.

Ray has donated his body to Medical Research at QUT.