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U3A Casey Bulletin June 10, 2022

The new Social Events Team's first event will be a musical sing-along afternoon held in the auditorium of Fiddlers Green 2-3:30 pm on Saturday the 25th of June.  Our own U3A Casey Ukulele Club, Strum Club and Keyboard members will be playing popular songs and we would love to have lots of members come along and join in the singing!  Song books will be handed out so come along and join in the fun. See the poster for more details.

Social Events Team Members - Joan Gaudion   Chris Trimnel   Ellen Fielder
Bushwalking June 6th
A cold, windy and wet day was forecast for our walk from Lysterfield Lake to Churchill Park, so only 7 hardy souls set forth.
 Luckily the rain held off until we were home, and the steady climb up the Granite Peak Trail to the Lysterfield Hills Lookout kept us warm.
There were plenty of kangaroos to see as well as some deer and kookaburras.

Kathy Smith Line Dancing classes

U3A Casey Line Dancing -- Our line dancers are amazing !! 

The Tuesday beginners group at Hallam Hall in Frawley Road are now settled and happy in the new hall, with plenty of room for everyone.   

After 12 sessions this year, our new line dancers have 13 dances under their belts.  Quite an achievement.

Hallam Hall Class

Our Friday line dancers from Lynbrook Community Centre are doing incredibly well.   We’ve recovered from the disruption to our class during Covid restrictions last year, and now have 32 dances that we have learnt……

Lynbrook Class

Some of our group ventured out for a “Social” evening of line dancing in March, joining in with approx. 100 local line dancers at a “ChillOut Social” organised by Darren Mitchell in Hampton Park for less experienced dancers to have the experience of dancing in a very large group.  

We had loads of fun and are looking forward to the next Social in July.

Chillout Social

Line dancing is so much fun - such an easy way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising!

It’s one of the healthiest activities, for both body AND the brain.  You make so many lovely new friends too.

We enjoy a range of different kinds of music.  

It takes several weeks to get your ‘dancing brain’ working, patience pays dividends and you find yourself dancing without thinking before you know it.  Making mistakes is great fun, always, and there’s nothing like enjoying a good laugh with friends.

Fun, laughter, exercise, new friends - what more could we ask for?

Kathy Smith


(Zoom class plus on-location sketchmeets)
Document in sketches your daily life, where you live and travel. (Sketches from photos also welcome). 

Monthly Zoom sessions – Powerpoint presentations on sketch topics with exercises. (2nd Friday 1-3pm).
Monthly on-location sketchmeets in the Berwick region with past members of this course. We meet in cafes if the weather is bad. (1st Friday 12.30 - 2.30pm).

Tutor's Sketch Blog: 

Class enrolled 8. Available 7. Wait 0 Sketchmeet Group total 14.
Sketchmeets at The Cheese Factory

Bryn Mawr Park. Berwick.
This project by U3A Network Victoria may be of interest to members interested in science

U3A Network Project: Course Guides for Science Tutors
The article below was written by Christina Hart from U3A Nunawading. Christina is one of the scientists generously volunteering their time and skill on Networks STEM working group.
Network is working with a group of science tutors to explore how more science courses could be made available to U3As. The intention is to develop one or more course guides and other resources, that might support a tutor who did not have a science background, to present a science course at their local U3A. Tutors who pick up the courses would be supported through a mentoring program. Cathy Beesey, who has professional experience in curriculum support, has volunteered to coordinate the project. The development of the first course guide, Science for Grandparents, contributed by Janine Adams from U3A Ararat, is well underway and will be available later in the year. Janine’s first session revolves around observations of, and experiments with, candle flames. The engaging activities will need to be set up by the tutor, but they will promote lots of discussion among participants, discussions in which the tutor will be an equal participant.

Toilet humour is serious business | Mark Balla |
Sometimes life leads you to far flung places and puts you in positions that you never dreamed. When you follow the rabbit hole and embrace it with both arms you might never realise it how it might change your life. Mark's simple and personal story is beautifully expressed from a guy who just wanted to do the right thing. Mark discovered something that could at the very least change people's lives when he started an organisation called 'We Can't Wait'. After several years working as a travel writer and then establishing his own business, Mark found himself as a board member for a India. During one of the frequent trips that he made from his home in Melbourne he unravelled an issue too large to ignore. Some years later Mark discovered that the best job he has ever had doesn't pay a cent but may just save lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Walking Basketball starts Semester 2

The following has been provided by U3A Network Victoria

Living with COVID

A reminder that the following actions can help keep you and your members COVID-safe:

  • Get the COVID-19 third or winter dose, if eligible - 
  • Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild
  • Wear a face mask when required, for example on public transport and in health care settings
  • Keep your distance - stay 1.5 metres away from people where you can
  • Be mindful of ventilation indoors, open windows to bring outside air in
  • Practise good hygiene - wash your hands and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
The flu season is upon us. Flu vaccines are now available for all Victorians.  The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given on the same day, or at the same time. Some COVID-19 vaccination centres are also offering free flu vaccinations for eligible people - 
Membership Enquiries - Membership Officer - Jean Farrell - 0478 226 521
Class Enquiries - Course Coordinator - 0493 280 458
Lorraine Sterling: Vice President
CaseyU3A Office phone:  0493 280 458

As a member of Casey U3A you are entitled to enrol in courses throughout the year. Your membership fee covers the cost of courses. Small extra charges for materials sometimes apply.

Membership is per calendar year and must be renewed each year.


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