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U3A Casey Bulletin April 16, 2022
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Oil Painting Class
Some members of the oil painting class would like to send in examples of their work from time to time, with the aim of publicising their paintings and, hopefully, attracting new members.
Carolyn Davis has provided her painting titled - A Beach Scene
Cannot attend class

If you cannot attend a class, please advise your tutor.

Tutors are volunteers & provide their time for you to attend classes that you can enjoy.

Just a quick call or text message will be appreciated by the tutors
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
 Classes will run as normal during school holidays except for the Easter break and Anzac day.
U3A Casey Line Dancing

Music, much needed exercise, laughter, and lots of fun - you’ll enjoy all of these at our line dancing classes. 
And, most importantly, line dancing is a great way to make friends. 
We have a new class at Hallam Hall, aimed at new beginners plus anyone else, and at Lynbrook Community Centre we have an established lively group.   It takes several weeks before you start to get the hang of it, learning to line dance doesn’t happen overnight!   Just be patient, turn up, and before you know it you’ll be amazed at how many dances you can do.

Interestingly, research has shown that dancing actually makes you smarter……… a study of seniors found it can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%, and can be more beneficial than doing crosswords, reading, swimming or playing golf !!!
That study also concluded that dancing:
  • reduces stress and depression
  • increases energy
  • improves flexibility, strength, balance
  • strengthens bones and boosts cardiovascular health
  • increases mental capacity
  • creates new neural paths

All you really need to know is that line dancing is loads of fun and can be highly addictive!
Join us at your own risk…….. and…..before you know it…. you’ll be hooked !

Endeavour Hills Line Dancing moving to Hallam
Commencing April 26, the line dancing class currently held at Endeavour Hills will move to Hallam Hall in the
Hallam Recreation Reserve Hall, 118 - 126 Frawley Road, Hallam.
New members welcome

By Damien Ryan
So you are retired, reasonably active and interested in what’s going on. Then what about enrolling in a “university “course. Sounds too daunting?
Not if it’s a course with the Casey branch of the “University” of the Third Age…U3A. (Read third stage of your life – education, work, retirement)

For an annual fee of $35 you can take courses ranging from the academic to the practical, from the physical to the sedentary, board games, books, computers, walking, golf and everything in between. But above all U3A Casey is about keeping in touch, keeping interested and keeping aware.
At the same time U3A Casey courses provide lots of social opportunities, lots of conversation and lots of laughs.

For instance have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like”? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. But would you like to know a bit more about art? Not high-flown arty smarty stuff but hands on painting and drawing as well as a basic understanding of the various schools of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.

Well, U3A Casey is into art in all its forms.
If you like to doodle a bit, you could expand your talent by joining the Drawing – Self Help weekly gathering at the Old Cheese Factory. You need only to provide drawing materials. You’ll get lots of help from your fellow members and they have visiting artists who run workshops over the year. And there’s a local artist in residence.
If you’re more into paint than pencil, U3A Casey offers a course in other media. That’s run weekly at Fiddlers Green Retirement Village. There you’ll get help developing your own style in whatever means you choose, watercolour, pastels, acrylics or mixed media.

You can start from the very basics. The course caters both for beginners and more advanced students, and you can do it under the guidance of local artists.
There’s also a self-help course in oil painting, again with assistance from experienced local artists.

There are plenty of opportunities to find subjects to sketch with a course called “Sketch Your Story”.  Meetings are on Zoom and the idea is to record places you’ve visited and things you’ve done. It might be a trip  to the beach or a meal in a local café. Anything goes and classes cover a myriad of sketch topics.
There are informal face-to-face “sketchmeets” in the Berwick area including with past class members. It’s basically about using sketches to keep a journal of your everyday life.
Again you just need to bring the basic sketching materials.

Of course, you don’t wind up with a degree or a PhD with U3A Casey. But if these topics have touched your artistic nerve and you want to have fun developing it with likeminded folk, check out the U3A Casey website. It’s

Please pass on to your friends, colleagues, relatives etc who have retired or approaching retirement & looking for interesting & fun activities.

Damien wrote the above for Star Group News who advised they would publish - they have not published to date.

Introducing U3A Casey Tutor Tony Duncan
After moving from Launceston to Berwick in mid-2014, my neighbour, Colin Derbyshire spoke to me about U3A and I decided to join at the end of that year. I had been presenting a course called Spirituality in 21st Century at School for Seniors in Launceston for the previous 8 years and so agreed to offer the course at the beginning of 2015.
Then just before COVID in early 2020, I agreed to act as tutor/coach for Walking Football an initiative of Football Victoria (Soccer for the uninitiated). I had played, coached and refereed years ago and jumped at the chance to have a ball at my feet once more.
Before I retired, I had two careers, 20 years as a Social Worker working in the areas of child protection and juvenile justice. My mid-life crisis led me to train as a Uniting Church minister in 1990 and although I officially retired in 2014, I still find myself in harness.
Not one to list achievements, but I’d rate our successful rearing of three talented daughters as the event that I’m most proud of. Of course, I share this achievement with my wife, Jenny.
I love to sing and am a member of Voices of Casey. Joining a choir and learning how to read music has always been on my bucket list. Apart from singing, which I do at the drop of a hat (much to my grandchildren’s horror!) I am a voracious reader, anything from SciFi to books on spirituality (there is a connection). Mad sports fan and masochistically I have a keen interest in politics, especially in the area of social justice which seems in short supply at present.
Jenny and I have travelled widely over the years in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Just before COVID we ventured into the East Coast of the US and were pleasantly surprised. I’ve always wanted to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway but fear I’ve left my run at that too late for a number of geopolitical reasons.
As to a favourite quote, I can go no further than my father’s wise words, “We are all Jock Tamson’s bairns!” In other words, we all are all the same under the skin and the sooner we recognise this the better.
And my four dinner guests: how about the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, and Erasmus, all of whom have a healthy sense of humour, a prerequisite for a healthy spiritual life. 
Finally, my wish for Casey U3A is “Lang may yer lum reek!”

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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