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Indigenous Art Fair in Cairns (posted 22 April 2017)

We are organising a special group outing to the Cairns Indigenous Air Fair on Saturday 15th July.   Meeting time at Room 22 is between 8.30am-8.45am for a 9am departure.  Transport is by own car and we will try to arrange car pooling for those that need it.    You must let Jane know if you are joining us,  by phone 0400 684160,  email courses@athtablands.u3anet.org.au, or enrol on the website.

Malanda Tai Chi (posted 22 April 2017)

There will be a break of 6 weeks for Tai Chi from Wednesday 7 June until 5 July 2017 (inclusive)….. We will recommence on Wednesday 12 July and go through until 13 December 2017.  Last day for this current session is Wednesday 31 May 2017.


Membership update (posted 22 April 2017)

We currently have 340 financial members, which is great. We hope you all enjoy your membership. We do have four members who paid their membership by direct deposit without providing a name or membership number. If you have not received a blue membership tag with 2017 and your name and membership number on it, could you please email our membership secretary Mary Lyle membership@athtablands.u3anet.org.au

The Defence Force Over The Years And Future Anzac Days (posted 16 Apr 2017)

This is a talk at the Cairns U3A by retired lieutenant colonel Mark “Mex” Cernaz. Mex spent 35 years in the army and saw service in Vanuatu, PNG and Iraq. He continues to have strong links with the Defence Force, being both a board member of the Cairns RSL sub branch and the Cairns RSL club.

Where: U3A Centre,129 Mulgrave Road; When: Friday 21 April; Time: 10.00 – 12 noon; Cost: $3.00; RSVP: Ph 4051 0400 or sign on at reception.

Italian classes (posted 4 Apr 2017)

Please note Italian classes do not operate over school holidays or public holidays.

No Social Ballroom Dancing from 3rd April until Monday 8th May (posted 2 Apr 2017)

There will be no Social Ballroom Dancing in Malanda from the above dates as Emma Clarke is getting married.  All our warmest wishes go to Emma and hope she has a wonderful day.

Repeat of Across Asia in the 70’s talk (posted 26 Mar 2017)

Due to popular demand, Bill Bray has agreed to repeat his Across Asia in the 70’s talk on Wednesday, 28th June at 10am in Room 22.  It is a great talk so please enrol and come along.  Bill also has a great travel talk on 10th May titled “Saving the Birds of Paradise”.

Special Movie Night – Cirque du Soleil (posted 26 Mar 2017)

On Monday 8th May starting at 6pm, we will be running a special movie of Cirque du Soleil.  As space is limited, we have set numbers to attend at 25.  So first in, best dressed!  Please bring a plate of nibbles to share, and a wine or two. Enrol under the Music and Movies category.

Wearing of ID and Class Attendance (posted 24 Mar 2017)

We have over 300 members and classes are being very well attended. Could everyone attending classes please wear your name tag. This helps everyone to get to know one another.

Could you also please remember to sign in on the Course Attendance sheet. This is for insurance and statistical purposes.

There are also coffee and tea making facilities at the back of Room 22. This is available for a gold coin donation. Please think of others and keep this area clean and tidy.

Email addresses (posted 19 Mar 2017)

We currently have over 50 members for whom we do not have email addresses. It is so much easier, quicker and cheaper to communicate course changes, outings and events, newsletters and the like using email rather than via post or phone call. If you don’t have a computer or email address, that is ok. If you have been receiving posted newsletters and do have an email address, could you please let us know. Also please inform us if your email changes.

More new talks on website (posted 18 March 2017)

Special Presentation for Friday Forum 4th August – Myuran Sukumaran’s Art see details under Community Category

Music of South & Latin America on 9th August under Music

The date for the April Classical Music session has been changed (posted 17 March 2017)

Due to Herman being away on 20th April, we are moving the April Classical Music session forward 1 week to Thursday, 13th April still at 2pm at the Uniting Church.

Three new talks on the website (posted 15 March 2017)

Google is your Friend under Computers

Connection Through Embroidery under Crafts

Social Bridge under Cards, Games & Puzzles

Internet now available in Room 22 (posted 7 Mar 2017)

A wireless router has now been installed in Room 22. It is capable of hosting 20 simultaneous connections at once and is much faster than the NBN. All presenters are encouraged to make use of this facility, for example, showing locations on Google Earth. Ask Jane or Alf for assistance if required.

Room 22 Housekeeping (posted 7 Mar 2017)

We have been a little slack in informing new members (and reminding old ones) where the toilets etc are in relation to our main lecture room. To find the toilets, exit Room 22, turn half RIGHT and the toilets are in the end of the building you are facing. Walk up the ramp on the other side of this building and the toilets are directly in front of you.

In case of an emergency evacuation, exit Room 22 and turn half LEFT. There is an old basketball court down the slope and beside Robert Street. Assemble there and the course presenter or any committee member present will hopefully do a head count and await instructions from the authorities.

If the electricity is off, more than likely the switches have tripped. The switchboard is in the bike club room next door. We have a key to this room. Presenters and committee members should familiarise themselves as to the whereabouts of this key and the combination to get to it.

Cairns U3A courses (posted 2nd Feb 2017)

The U3A is a world-wide phenomenon and as members of U3AAT, you are welcome to attend courses at any of them. The nearest to us is in Cairns. It has over 500 members and its own building at at 129 Mulgrave Road. It also has a new web site, which is listed under “Links to other sites”. You may be interested in attending some of its classes. We are also endeavouring to exchange lecturers and I have been helping Cairns develop its new web site.

Note that Cairns charges $3 to attend its courses, whereas most of ours are free.

Courses with U3A Online (posted 2nd Feb 2017)

U3A Online is an individual, independent and autonomous U3A that offers courses and many other useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated. Courses are open to all older people and disabled younger people anywhere in the world. All that’s needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection – and some basic computing skills. Some courses have a leader and others are completed individually. For further details and how to enrol, visit the non-U3AAT Activities under Courses.

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