THE University of the Third Age (U3A) in the Nambucca Valley is preparing for its first-semester open day on Wednesday, January 30. The event will be held at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre in Ridge Street, between 10:00 am and noon.
U3A is an international organisation that provides ongoing social, intellectual and physical activities for anyone over 55 years of age. With 420 members at the end of 2018, U3A Nambucca Valley plays a significant part in maintaining the wellbeing of the senior sector of our community.
This semester over 40 courses and events will be offered to members. They will cover a wide variety of topics and interests, including Ukulele sessions for beginners and more experienced players, Scottish country dancing, ceramics, a top-rated series of lectures on Modernism in Australian art, play reading, novel and memoir writing and Australian poetry.
There are also discussion groups on books, language usage, relationships, Buddhism and this year a new course – speaking club for women. In February a visiting psychologist is giving four weekly talks on the current practices and controversies in his field.
If language is your thing, then you can come and learn Italian, or if you prefer history, there are two new courses this semester – one on Richard III the last king of the House of York, while the other is a historical perspective on the Silk Road.
For the technologically inclined, there is the opportunity to perfect your skills on Android tablets, but if you prefer to be outdoors, you can play petanque, a sport similar to lawn bowls, tennis, go fishing, or join the garden group.
Even in Nambucca, the sun doesn’t always shine, so there are plenty of indoor activities as well – weekly cinema visits, training sessions at our local station 2NVR, mah-jong, cribbage, canasta, scrabble and bridge.
To keep members mentally and physically healthy, qigong, Zumba gold, strength and balance classes, pilates, yoga, meditation and tai chi exercises are all offered.
The yearly membership fee is $20 per person, if you are not a member and would like to know more, drop in to open day where you can talk to course leaders and join U3A.