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CORONVIRUS UPDATE - TERM 4, 2020 (Commencing October 5th)

All face-to-face classes are suspended owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, until safety conditions change. However, many of our classes are running via digital platforms.

A new range of online Tuesday forums and a new course (also online) will commence in Term 4. If you wish to join any of these classes (where places are available), please seek to enrol online (click the Membership button above to log-in) or contact us at


Classes and activities using online video conferencing (on various platforms):

  • Ageing well in Yarra
  • American Literature
  • Art for All
  • Bonsai
  • Computer Workshop
  • Cryptic Crosswords
  • French Conversation - Intermediate
  • Landmarks in Australian Literature 2020
  • Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
  • Memoir Writing for Women
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Monthly Music on Mondays
  • Parliamo 1 & 2
  • Playreadings at Finbar
  • Social Issues Learning Circle
  • Spanish – Continuing
  • The Empire Fights Back: exploring post - colonial Literature.
  • Walk and Coffee

Classes where tutor is connecting with the class via emails/What’s App etc
·        Computer Workshop
·         Film Studies 2020
·         Lunch Around the World
·         Melbourne Galleries and Museums
·         Melbourne Historic Walks
·         Spanish for Beginners

Participants will need to enrol online. They will then be invited to join a Zoom session via an email link sent before the session. 

From Cozies to Crazies – an introduction to International Crime Fiction
(Mondays, 2.00 – 3.30 pm)

Ruhi Yamen

Drawing room mysteries, detective fiction, whodunit, police procedural, crime story, hardboiled, noir… These labels are among many that point to a particular form of narrative which began in the nineteenth century and gradually spread through modern film, television, and literature. Focus of the course is the various expressions of crime fiction in literature and its historical, philosophical, and political implications. Discussions will include short fiction by William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe and Conan Doyle and novels by Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, Graham Greene, and others. The attendants will receive a list of the authors and their chosen works on enrolment. Pre-reading is suggested but not essential as sufficient information (without spoilers) will be shared during each session.

Feldenkrais Classes – Awareness Through Movement

Tues 11.30- 12.30

Lachlan Fleming.

Laurence is a Certified Feldenkrais®

Practitioner and draws upon a solid background in both the physical and psychological arts.

The Feldenkrais Method has been effectively used in many fields to aid in injury recovery, prevention, improve motor skills, and improve overall quality of life. These classes use relaxing and enjoyable movement activities to improve posture, balance, coordination, and function. Unlike exercise that focus on using more effort and being stronger, these lesson approach movement challenges by mindfully using less effort to develop more effective self-use.

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.” Dr Moshe Feldenkrais

Please Note: participating in this series of classes requires the ability to get on to the floor and up again. Many of the lessons are done lying on the floor and require only a yoga mat or blanket and a chair.

Forum sessions begin at 10.30 am on Tuesdays

00404-05 2020 Tue Covic-19 in America 3/11 Open
Tutor: David Dorward Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
Online Forums on Tuesday
3/11 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
The pandemic in America and how it is being handled

00404-06 2020 Tue Dedollarisation 10/11 Open
Tutor: David Dorward Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
10/11 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
The waning of the US dollar as the international currency of exchange will have major impacts on the global economy. It’s been building for years— and not merely because of pressure from Russia and China. While few Australians are aware of the potential for de-dollarization, it could have major impacts in our lifetime

00404-07 2020 Tue Polarisation in American Politics 17/11 Open
Tutor: David Dorward Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
17/11 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
Whatever the outcome of the election the polarisation of the population will have ramifications for the future

00404-08 2020 Tue Vermeer 24/11 Open
Tutor: Nathan Moshinsky Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
24/11 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
This talk surveys the life and work of Vermeer who lived during a turbulent era but became renowned for his paintings of tranquil interiors and the elegant persons who inhabited them. The talk examines some of his key works and the period when they were created.

00404-09 2020 Tue NBN Scams Awareness 1/12 Open
Tutor: Gabe Denemark Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
1/12 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
Following on from the informative NBN™ talk on Oct 6, Gabe will discuss
- How to protect yourself and identify different types of NBN-related scams
- What common scams sound like and relevant examples.
- What to do and who to contact if you think you have been involved in a scam.

00404-10 2020 Tue Christmas Markets Tour in Europe 8/12 Open
Tutor: Mary Dickens Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
8/12 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
Mary will take us through Christmas markets in 7 countries in Europe and then 2 weeks in London including Christmas Day 2015. While Mary did not know it at the time of booking, the tour started in Paris 2 weeks after the terror attacks in which over 100 people died and necessitated some changes to the itinerary and significant changes to border crossing processes throughout Europe during the hunt for the perpetrators of the Paris attacks.

2020 Tue Quiz 15/12 Open
Tutor: Wendy Hall Enquiries: 03 9416 3443
15/12 10:30am-11:30am Zoom or equivalent online * *
Wendy’s famous Richmond biased quiz again!



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

U3A Insights

Intrigued by what a University of the Third Age does? Who can be involved?

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:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, TUESDAY FORUMS will NOT be held at the Collingwood Library for the next few months. Please check this page regularly for information.


Membership registration and subscriptions for 2021 commenced on Monday, 2nd November, 2020.
Course enrolments will commence on Monday,
30th November 2020
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: Thursday, January 28th to Friday June 25th.
Autumn holidays: including Easter: Saturday, 3rd April to Sunday 18th April
Midyear break: Saturday, June 26th to Sunday, July 11th.
Semester 2: Monday, July 12th to Friday, December 17th.
Spring holidays: Saturday, September 18th to Sunday, October 3 rd .

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Abbotsford, Victoria
Australia 3067

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Office hours:

Monday, Nov. 30th., 1pm to 3pm.
Friday, Dec. 4th., 10 am to 12 noon.
Monday, Dec. 7th., 1pm to 3 pm.
Friday, Dec. 11th., 10 am to 12 noon.
(Apart from these dates, due to the current pandemic, the office is closed. It will reopen when safe to do so.)