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Family History Online Workshop Proves Popular

Thirty participants, including non-U3A members, attended this workshop on October 9th organised by Toni McCormack with funding from the Federal government’s “Be Connected” program. Cheryl Baulch opened the session outlining potential online resources for the amateur historian. Cheryl is a local historian and author of the recently-released Together They Served, which relates the stories of […]

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Councillor David Bell launches Be Connected for Seniors programs

On Thursday 26 September, Councillor David Bell, from Surf Coast Shire Council, launched the U3A Surf Coast’s Be Connected for Seniors program at Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre before an audience of around forty people. The event was preceded by morning tea and Toni McCormack, the ‘Be Connected’ coordinator and driving force behind the project, introduced […]

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“The time has come,” the scientist said, to talk of many things: Of wool, of food, of jumping fleas, of honeybees and stings.”

Our Occasional Lecture of 13 September 2019 featured Dr Mickey Huson, a retired CSIRO Scientist. With apologies to Lewis Carroll for slightly subverting his famous line, Dr Huson, who holds a PhD in Polymer Science, went onto inform us in an entertaining manner, about some of his research in the 30 years he spent with […]

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The Wiser Driver

A very valuable four week course, which could save your (and others) lives! Conducted for the U3A Surf Coast, by Lee Knight, on behalf of the Hawthorn Community House, and supported by VicRoads and the RACV. Over the past four weeks, several members of the U3A Surf Coast, have been given a fascinating insight into […]

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Creative Writers punch above their weight

Members of Monday’s Creative Writing group are now successfully being published in online writing journals. Class members write prose or poetry from a number of exercises and after further refining, bring back their work to class for critique, before being encouraged to submit to writing competitions and journals. Recently Pauline Edmonds and Jean Bohuslav have […]

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U3A SurfCoast Artists hit the Arts Trail

On the weekend of August 17th and 18th, the light filled rooms of the Kurrambee Myaring Centre (KMC) housed the U3A joint exhibition in this year’s Surf Coast Arts Trail. Tutors and students of the Art Group and Ikebana teamed up to mount a striking display of Ikebana and 73 works on paper.  One of […]

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Carole and Dusty

On August 2nd U3a SurfCoast had a visit from Carole Doyle from Young Diggers and Dusty, a Border Collie, an Assistance dog trained to work with people affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), particularly returned servicemen, ambos and police. Carole kept the attention of an audience of thirty plus, speaking from personal experience, having […]

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Small Grants – Surf Coast Shire

On June 13th U3a SurfCoast was one of the local community groups presented with a small grant of $1400 for the proposed First Aid course for members to be held later in the year. Thanks to Sue Crowe and Jennie Deneefe for putting together the successful submission

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U3A Organ Recital at St Luke’s Torquay

St Luke’s at Torquay hosted a second U3A Organ Recital by Tom Healey on Tuesday 11 June. Tom Healey, who is a Surf Coast resident, and is, amongst many other musical undertakings, the organist at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Geelong and is the director of the Vox Angelica Geelong Chamber Choir. Tom selected a program […]

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Catholic nun/ social justice advocate on Surf Coast

Sr Pat made international headlines in 2018 when she came under the wrath of Philippine President Duterte and ultimately was deported back to Australia in November last year, charged with “disorderly conduct.” Sr Pat, who grew up in Melbourne, studied  Law at the University of New South Wales, worked in legal aid in Broadmeadows before […]

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