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U3A - the University of the Third Age - is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.

U3A Yarra City aims to

  • Provide opportunities for seniors for lifelong learning and social activity
  • Harness the cultural diversity, life experience and knowledge of older people
  • Provide affordable self-help educational and recreational programs for mature adults
  • Foster relationships with other community organisations which have complementary or compatible aims

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Interested in bicycling, or looking for bike paths suitable for over 50’s? See the new web site built by the On Yer Bike group from U3A Yarra City:

11 STANTON ST., COLLINGWOOD.   at 10.30 a.m.

8/10 The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew. James Nicolas will speak about his book. This true story, set mainly in mainly in Melbourne's post war suburbia. It has been positively reviewed by The Herald Sun, Senior, Progress Leader and 3AW's Nightline. This is a link which shows the reviews for his book and a synopsis:

15/10 The U3A Yarra City Ageing Project – one year on. Last year at our Senior’s Month Forum, we explored challenges and opportunities relating to ageing and ageism. This year, we will look at what are the opportunities for action. Using the City of Yarra’s “Active and Healthy Ageing in Yarra Strategy 2018-2024” as our framework, Nina Hansen will introduce a panel of experts to speak to us about the Strategy and how we can contribute to it as well as benefit from living in Yarra. We will consider social aspects of ageing. We will also introduce the concept of co-design, an approach to design that includes older people in the design of initiatives to enhance everyday living in our community. These may be in the home, facilities such as retirement and aged care accommodation, or in public spaces.

22/10 The Increasing Value of Trees as Climates Change. Greg Moore will speak about how the aesthetic value of trees in the avenues and gardens of Australian cities is widely appreciated, but their economic significance is under-valued. Trees provide services and fulfill functional roles in cities. They are significant components of urban infrastructure and have a real and calculable economic value. Shade can prolong the life of tarmac, and trees stabilize steep suburban blocks. How many heatwave related deaths and ambulance call-outs can be avoided as a consequence of the urban forest?

29/10 How to talk to God and the Saints via Votive Offers.

“An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity… It is given in fulfillment of a vow… or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel…” (Wikipedia ‘Ex-Voto’)

This illustrated talk, by Mimmo Cozzolino, explores key historical developments of ex-voti over the centuries and includes photographs taken by the author in 2006 at the Sanctuary of Madonna Dell’Arco near Naples, Italy. As a deeply personal expression of faith, ex-voti allow believers to directly communicate with god and saints in a dramatic and often artistic way, even to this day.

Membership subscriptions being taken NOW for 2019.  To renew membership or join U3A Yarra City, go to Membership Page and view Payment Options.  Read instructions for payment, then renew or join.



Semester 1: Tuesday, January 29th to Friday June 28th.
School holidays: including Easter: Saturday, April 6th to Monday, April 22nd

Midyear break: Saturday, June 29th to Sunday, July 14th.

Semester 2: Monday, July 15 to Friday, December 20th.
School holidays: Saturday, September 21st to Sunday, October 6th.

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