The University of the Third Age
Learning for Pleasure in the age of Leisure. Classes, Groups and Activities for seniors.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Logan District U3A Christmas Party

We all had a good time at the Logan District U3A Christmas party at the Logan Community Centre.

Ukulele Class entertained us
Party organiser Janet consults with Logan District Coordinator Trevor
Special thanks to Jan (left), who assisted Janet in the organisation, here with Kathy
preparing food
Tutor Erika, led the German class in German Carols 

 Bush Poets entertained the gathering

Other committee members manned the door 
The Indonesian class gave an entertaining performance of the Three Little Pigs, in Indonesian
and sang Indonesian Christmas Carols
Sue and her Tai Chi class gave a demonstration
Over 150 guests enjoyed the Christmas party
Everyone commented on the great food and entertainment organised by the Christmas party committee.

(Photos by Diane Bohlen)

Friday, 12 December 2014



A new class in Beenleigh

We  don’t stop playing because we grow old,
We grow old because we stop playing.  
George Bernard Shaw

MUSICALITY is about learning songs to sing with fun and joy, accompanied by body percussion, percussion instruments, some homemade, ukuleles or other instruments for those who play them.  Each term the group will have a theme such as Rain in Term 1, so all the songs will be about that theme.   Tracy Francis, the tutor, would like to be able to get the group to hold public performances in the holidays and envisages a performance at the end of year U3A Christmas Concert. Tracy teaches Piano for Pleasure and is looking for new students including small groups to teach in 2015. 

Musicality will be held at Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre each Thursday during School Terms from 9.30 to 1130am.  For more information contact Tracy Francis, Tel. 3805 5790, Mob. 0427 380 557, Email

Saturday, 27 September 2014


If you've missed the presentations in Brisbane, you are now able to see them here in the Logan District in Term 4 at the Logan North Library, Sports Drive, Springwood on Tuesdays between 9.00 AM and 10.45 AM.

All these topics were extremely popular when they were presented in Brisbane, so now we have a chance to see them here.

Dates and Subjects:

7 October 2014
Keynote Address
Professor Roly Sussex OAM

14 October 2014
The Siege of Malta and the Pedestal Convoy
Coral Johnson

21 October 2014
Conserving Australia's Dinosaur Heritage
Dr Stephen Salisbury

28 October 2014
Explain Pain
Katrina Dalzell, Physiotherapist

4 November 2014
ABC's Man in the Pacific
Sean Dorney

11 November 2014
The Climate Problem - Our Grandchildren's Future
Dr John Price

18 November
History of the Mongols
David Truman

25 November 2014
Ageing Research at the Qld Brain Institute
Daina Dickins

2 December 2014
Successful Ageing by integrating Western with
Traditional Chinese Approach
Chris Yang

9 December 2014
Nuclear Australia
Gregory Cope

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Exciting New Group in Term 4

Logan District's Movie Goers Group 
Are starting in Term 4. The plan is to meet at Logan North Library in Springwood at 11.15 am on the third Tuesday of each month and carpool to Victoria Point Cineplex to see one of the better kind of movies that do not show at any of the Logan cinemas.  If the movie time fits, the group may have lunch or morning tea together at one of the pleasant lakeside restaurants.  Non-member friends may come too of course.  

Other cinemas will be considered if there is nothing that suits at Victoria Point.

The first session will be on 21st October.  if you are interested in joining, please email Angela de Hennin at in good time to let her know your preferences. Angela will email you with details of the chosen movie by Friday October 18.

Check out some of the movies coming to the Cineplex at Victoria Point

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Logan District U3A was 'On Air' this morning when Jean Townsend talked to Woody (Athol Woodford) about our U3A district:

Saturday, 19 July 2014






If you think you could help in any of the above teams 
and with the running of our great U3A organisation 
in the Logan District, then please contact our 
District Coordinator 
Trevor Scott
on Tel. 3344 3649


Wednesday, 9 July 2014


On the first day of Winter School there was a tour of the State Library followed by the Keynote Address by Professor Roly Sussex OAM. Both were excellent sessions.

Here are some photos from these sessions.

Over 50 U3A members were divided into three groups and taken on a tour of all the floors of the State Library by a guide.

 The guide discussed the building architecture and functionality, artworks and history of collections.

 Different Dewey numbers are allocated to different floor levels. 

There are plenty of areas for research and study with free WIFI and access to computers throughout the library.

 The State Library houses one of the most comprehensive design collections from fashion to Built Environment.

 The Red Box overlooking the river and city is a quiet place for reading or just thinking.

 Many members were impressed with the facilities available and so applied for a library card.

Anne Douglas the coordinator of Winter School, introduces the chief librarian to open the Winter School and the keynote speaker in the State Library Auditorium.

Well known speaker, radio personality and professor of languages, Roly Sussex entertained us with a talk on life after retirement, the continuing evolution of language and some great tips on interesting websites.

Brisbane U3A President, Marilyn Wagland, thanked Roly for an excellent presentation.

Monday, 30 June 2014


Do you want to be able to transfer your images on your digital camera to your laptop and store them in folders and control them or if you want to improve the quality your photos, then this course is for you.

Contact Christine Easton


Christine Easton 0429 486 704
All you need to know about how to download your photos to your computer, organise and edit them using free software.
Logan North Library
Monday 1.00pm - 2.30pm   1st and 3rd Mondays of month

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Creative Art Workshops in May at the Logan Art Gallery

Everyone is invited to the U3A Creative Art Workshops and Demonstrations at the Logan Art Gallery Workshop, Wembley Rd, Logan Central

Paper stories:

22nd May  Personal imagery in cloth paper, collage and print

Workshop with artist/educator Sandy Johnson

Here are some examples of her work currently on show at the gallery:

22 May, 10am to 1pm
CONTENT:  Join local artist and educator Sandy Johnson for this practical workshop in personal imagery through print, stencil and collage. Sandy is one of three exhibiting artists who investigate the links between the past and the present, the personal and the universal though drawing, assemblage, collage and artists books.

Participants will work with printed papers, paint, inks and collage to create final layered collage artworks.  They will create designs from happenstance doodles etc, then use these to make prints & stencil motifs, together with the application of personal ephemera (objects of personal significance such as letters, poems, stamps, found objects, photos, lace, and so on) to create a cloth paper collage.

Sandy will demonstrate the process for making  cloth paper and students will then have the opportunity to use their prints, stencils and brought ephemera to produce their own cloth paper collage.  Participants may need to complete their artworks at home.

WHAT TO BRING:  Paper ephemera: letters, old drawings, stamps, special papers, text, poems etc (objects of personal interest to add to your artworks).  Other materials will be provided free of charge,   

Starting to paint with Acrylics
Workshop with local artist Diane Deshong

Date: Thursday 29th May, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Want to learn a new hobby or enhance your knowledge of the absolute basics?
We hope this workshop will appeal to members who have never painted before as well as those who would like to have advice on the basics from a semi-professional who really knows her stuff.   Please tell your friends that all are welcome, and this is a good chance to look at the possibility of starting a new and exciting hobby.
Students quality materials will be provided free of charge, except for canvases ($5) and acrylic paper (about $1)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Come along on Friday afternoons. The next session is on 23 May. Those who attended the last session said it was extremely interesting and helpful in helping us deal with financial issues in retirement. To join this class just turn up or ring Darren.
The class details are below.

X55 Financial Security in Retirement ** New**
Darren Titmus Tel 0466 934 574 (9 to 5)

A reminder that there are vacancies available in this class looking at key issues that face retirees. Over the next few presentations, Darren will address the changes in the Budget, and the implications for us. 
Four fortnightly sessions starting on 9th May.
Logan North Library, Friday 2:00 - 3:30 pm
For updated details, visit the

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


On the last Saturday of April we held a Book Sale at Logan Central Library’s Book Shop. We had many volunteers to help and lots of customers. Books , DVD’s, CD’s and puzzles were priced by the Library . Prices ranged from 50c to $2. We made over $250.
We used some of this money to pay for printing and laminating photos to make posters for a display we made at the Loganholme Library for the month of May. Jean Townsend booked the Library display cabinet and Kathy Roman, Diane and Bill Bohlen put the display together. Hopefully this will spread the word about what U3A has to offer.
The U3A Logan District display at Loganholme Library
 The Creative Art Group had a wonderful ‘hands on’ workshop. Turkish Artist Serap Siper demonstrated and instructed Ebru Art, the name given to authentic Turkish art of marbling using special Turkish dyes and brushes. U3A group members had fun creating their own pieces of art. More members are welcome to join the weekly art sessions run by Jean Townsend at the Logan Art Gallery every Thursday 10:00am to 1:00pm.
The next workshop will be on 22 May. Local artist and educator, Sandy Johnson, is providing a practical workshop especially for U3A in personal imagery through print, stencil and collage. Sandy is one of three exhibiting artists in Paper Stories, an exhibition by three local women artists who investigate the links between past and present, personal and universal stories and memories, expressing them though drawing, assemblage, collage and artists books. Learn how to create cloth paper. Create designs from happenstance doodles etc. Use these to make prints & stencil motifs, together with the personal ephemera to create a cloth paper collage. More members are welcome call Jean Townsend 3801 1949

 U3A lunches are continuing to be enjoyed by participants. We had two new members last month and we had an enjoyable time at Springwood Tower bistro where Kathy made us very much at home. Everyone is welcome to come for some good food and robust conversation.
              Lunches are held on the second Tuesday of the month 12:00pm
              Judy George (
Kevin Ross is proud of his Ukulele  “Beginners Class” singing their graduation song.  Kevin says, ” They are really good.”  

The Camera Club went for a photographic shoot to GoMA  during term break. They had fun taking photos of Cai Guo-Qiang  “Falling Back to Earth” installations. Afterwards they enjoyed lunch together at the GoMA cafĂ©.

We should all be proud of U3A members Rosalind Dyer and Rod Holmes who entered the Logan Gems Photography competition. Rosalind won the Action and Adventure category and Rod was a finalist for the Nature and Wildlife category.

Our committee was meeting in our new classroom at John Paul College on the 7th of May. After agenda items were discussed we then met members of the new Brisbane U3A committee who were visiting us. JPC was providing afternoon tea for us.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Camera Club Field Trip

U3A maybe on a break, but that doesn't mean the camera club shouldn't meet. So this morning, we ventured to South Bank to visit the Gallery of Modern Art. Photos by Diane Bohlen.

Club Members mingled with other visitors to capture the exhibits 

One of the most dramatic exhibitions held at GOMA, ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ presents major new works by a truly global artist, whose large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art.

This was a truly memorable photo excursion by the Logan District U3A Camera Club.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


Libraries always have too many books or books they replace after a certain time. Our libraries in Logan City have a community book store where these book are sold to the public. The store is run by community groups and all moneys stay with the groups.

Well, in March it was Logan District U3A's turn to run the store on a Saturday between 9 and 2.

The Book Shop at the Library
Logan Central Library 
Besides Books, we sold DVDs and Audio Books
Frances and Michael, a couple of U3A Volunteers
The Book Shop had a variety of books, DVDs and CDs for sale
We had a steady trickle of customers coming in the shop between 9 AM and 2 PM. The shop is open every Saturday and is restocked every week before it is open for another community group. We think the Logan City Council is to be congratulated for providing this fabulous service for community groups to derive an income and for the public to stock up on inexpensive books.

Lots to Browse
We made a decent sum of money and plan to do it again in September.