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  • Lockdown Lookups #6

    Various zoom sessions on offer, either free or for reasonable cost.

    Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne offer a Spring Online Season Pass to at least 12 online sessions for $90. Or you can explore the ins and outs - and prices - of individual sessions here. Dates throughout September, and October and November.
    Please check the links more than once or keep exploring What's On at the Friends website because they seem to be updating often.

    State LIbrary of Victoria has a video where you can explore 52 kilometres of their collection. An unusual peek into the store. More Online and Free offerings can be found here.

    Scamwatch by the Australian Government explains types of scams and how to be alert to them. Another link worth saving, to return to often to keep yourself up to date.

  • Lockdown Lookups #5

    Melbourne Writers Festival, from 3 to 12 September, have cancelled all live events but are offering online programs instead as MWF Digital. For each event, if you select Book Now you can read the range of ticket prices for each. For more information you need to explore the website menu (because it is not easy to describe in a few words here).

    National Gallery of Victoria is closed but offers this Channel where you can look at a lot of their collections in a variety of ways. Best to just dip in to see which groups appeal to you.

    The Cartiers is a website by Francesca Cartier Brickell who is the great granddaughter of Jacques Cartier. Jacques ran the London branch of the Cartier family jewellery firm founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris in 1847. On landing, the 3 minute video is where Francesca sets the scene for this tale about finding a treasure trove of long lost letters. Then take a look at the nine recorded webinars - they are numbered in order. As usual there is more to be found by exploring the menu.

    Finally a piece of nostalgia.

  • Lockdown Lookups #4

    Monty Don's own garden at Longmeadow. About him. Good causes. Dogs.
    Monty Don's Italian Gardens

    Kakadu National Park

    Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

    UK Kew Botanic Gardens

    Botanc Gardens of South Australia

    9 selected gardens

    UK National Trust selection

    Blenheim Palace


    St Petersburg, Russia

    Visit Paris video (allow time to load)

    Antarctica - webcams and timelapse videos

  • Lockdown Lookups #3

    Did you find the online jigsaw puzzles, in #2?

    This page at Scienceworks has some jigsaws. Links to other jigsaws are at the end of the page: Melbourne Museum and the Immigration Museum

    Melbourne Zoo animals at home live includes Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range.
    Keep scrolling to hear from some keepers and to watch some animals by live cam (when they are not hiding away in their dens). Links to the butterflies enclosure and to the meerkats.

    Free Music - did you find this in the Grainger Museum in #2?

    This is National Science Week from Sat 15 to Sun 23 August.
    A little way down you can search for your favourite topics.

    Podcasts from EPA Victoria

    Visit the Dinosaurs in Canberra

  • Lockdown Lookups #2

    Online courses and help available

    Stay in Touch offers help to Seniors. Free training sessions for seniors on Tuesdays. They also offer a range of services for fees. You can hire a personal tutor.

    Laneway Learning online classes - for a small fee each course. You can choose your preferred category (to the right). Also, you can subscribe to their Newsletter down near the bottom.

    Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASSCA) is worth a look.

    Virtual tours through museums and similar (and maybe visit when lockdown is lifted)

    Melbourne Tram Museum - top right of each picture shows its title and a tiny down arrow to the list of pictures.

    Immigration Museum - virtual tours

    Grainger Museum online - six topics to explore

    Chinese Museum - virtual tour, and more

    Museums Victoria - maybe to keep a grandchild occupied?

    And then more stuff

    Crystal World Exhibition Centre

    Melbourne Museum of Printing

    Heide Museum of Modern Art

  • Lockdown Lookups #1

    You can come back to this news item time and again, to choose from links for something different to do in lockdown.

    Neighbourhood Watch has been around for yonks and is worth checking for what they are up to currently. You can join one of their LGA groups if you wish.

    Learn about Citizen Scientists: Australian Geographic has a History of Biggest Discoveries by Citizen Scientists.

    Become a citizen scientist with CSIRO - Citizen Science and read about their active projects.

    Be inspired as a citizen scientist with our own Vic Gov: Inspiring Victoria - citizen scientists - projects.

    It will be October before you know it when Birdlife Australia conducts its Aussie Backyard Bird Count every year.

    City of Stonnington: On the landing page, enter u3a in the search box to see what it says about us.
    Near top left of the landing page select "View changes to services…" to get their latest lockdown information.

    Happy hunting.

  • Week Mon 26 to Fri 30 July

    The following zoom sessions will go ahead.

    French  Literature and Conversation - Elizabeth Sprigg
    Current Affairs  - Myra Mortensen-Williams
    Enhance and Grow the Artist in You-  David Pincus
    Film discussion  Group B – Andrew Porter

    Chess  Partners – Ken Ray and Tom Nadebaum
    Canning Stock Route – Paul Clayton
    French Conversation  via Zoom-  Sue Majewski
    The Smile – Prof Louis Roller
    Comparative Religion – Albert Isaacs

    Poetry Pilgrims – Anne McQueen-Thomson
    Wednesday Current Affairs – Ron James
    History of Broadcasting in Australia – Albert Isaacs 

    Intermediate German - Dr Judy Hajdu
    On the Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide – Ken Pakes

    Creative Writing – Janet Allen

  • Courses – semester 2 and year long

    Semester 2 courses can be viewed on Tuesday 29 June.
    Enrolments start on Monday 5 July.

    Year-long courses
    If you are already enrolled in any of these, it is for the whole year. You do not have to enrol again in these.

    Monday morning Current Affairs discussion with Myra Mortensen
    French Literature and Conversation with Elizabeth Sprigg
    French Conversation via Zoom with Sue Majewski
    Enhance and Grow the Artist in You with David Pincus
    Film Discussion Group B with Andrew Porter
    Film Review Group A
    Book Discussion Group A with Mary Heinemann
    Chess Partners with Ken Ray
    Great Music; a Journey with Harry Wenig
    Wednesday morning Current Affairs Discussion Group A with Ron James
    Poetry Pilgrims with Anne McQueen-Thomson
    A Taste of Intermediate German with Dr Judy Hajdu
    Creative Writing with Janet Allen

  • Victorian Law Week free seminar by Zoom

    1.00 to 2.00 pm on Monday 17 May 2021

    How Courts determine what sentence to impose upon an accused. A panel of judges including the Chief Judge will discuss what factors are taken into consideration when determining a sentence.

    There are more online events in law week. Go to this link for full information about how to regiser to attend and what the other events are.

  • Flag for U3A Stonnington

    Snapped when unfurled in our front garden at Valetta Street, Malvern.

  • More things to do

    Select each link and explore the details for real things you can go out to, or virtual ones to explore at home.

    The Senior newspaper used to turn up regularly on the foyer table at Valetta St so here it is for those who want to keep up with the paper while our premises remain closed.

    Works of Mirka Mora are showing at the Jewish Museum, There is MIRKA, MIRKA+ and a guided walk of Mirka's St Kilda on Sunday 28 February. Find details of the museum at 26 Alma Road, St Kilda, accessibility, opening hours, closed holy days, and more. If all that is not enough then try their Virtual Museum Tour from the comfort of home. You might want to try their fortnightly missive by email which is called Spiel

    Botanic Gardens at Melbourne and Cranbourne are open currently for visits. Or you can enjoy the Virtual Garden without leaving home. You can also sign up to get their ENEWS regularly for topics of your choice, which is worth a look.

  • Places to go after lockdown ends

    Here are some ideas for you to look into to get ready for the end of the lockdown.

    Concrete Playground Melbourne has things to do and places to eat, plus there will be music at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. A good one to keep an eye on regularly.

    laneway learning has cheap, fun classes in anything and everything. Sign up to their newsletter to stay in touch with their evolving program.

    Rippon Lea Estate gives free admission to their gardens to resident families of Glen Eira and of Port Phillip. Use one of those two links to apply for the entry card.

    Rain Room at Jackalope Pavilion, cnr Acland and Jackson Streets, St Kilda is an art installation you walk through without getting wet. Prices link.  

  • CovidSafe Plan

    Our Valetta Street centre remains closed and no sessions are being held there.

    Access is strictly by appointment only and subject to our CovidSafe Plan for each person entering the premises.

    You can join, renew membership, and enrol in courses online, or get individual help if you cannot go online.

  • Help if you cannot go online

    We can help you find and choose courses and then to enrol and pay the fee.

    Trained volunteers are ready to help if you cannot go online.

    Simply phone us on 9500 1288 or use if you need help.

  • The Knowledge Hub is back

    Once again you can choose from nearly 50 online sources to keep up to date via The Knowledge Hub. This is a collection of think tanks and research bodies, the majority of which claim to be independent in their aims and origins. They are prominent as influencers for ideas and directions in public policy formulation in Australia and our Asia-Pacific region. Some have a wider world reach. Sample one or two a day until you have a preferred group that become your daily briefing on current issues for Australia and the world.

  • This new website

    This new website offers you online enrolments but not payments.  It works well on a smartphone or a tablet.