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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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SEMESTER 2 , 2018
New and continuing Courses, Classes and Tuesday Talks.

9/10 10.30 a.m.

Victorian Law Reform Commission

  This talk will not go ahead at this time.

9/10 1 p.m.
Modern Tree Care

Modern Tree Care will cover a wide variety of topics, such as:
How to prune with minimal harm. Misconceptions about pruning and wounding plants.
What are best tools to buy? How will pruning help when your plant isn't doing well? When is best to prune and what is achieved if pruning is not done in winter?
Ivan is a retired arborist with a very wide background in his profession. His career began as an apprentice gardener at Hampton Court Palace, and before coming to Australia, he also worked at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In Melbourne, he worked for the SEC, Melbourne City Council and eventually formed his own business as a consultant and contractor.


Ageism: Attitudes and Awareness

This will be a panel discussion with some podcasts relating to Ageing and Ageism in our society. It will bring together exploration and findings that the Ageing Project has undertaken and discovered. The panel will include experts from outside the U3A and will be a feature of the City of Yarra’s Seniors’ Month Program. We have invited the Performing Older Women’s Circus to contribute to the program. Refreshments will follow.

Hobby Beekeeping
The speaker for this class is unwell. We will wait for him to recover and reschedule this talk.

Aerial Photography: interpreting its 160 years.
Photography taken from the air provides a common visual element of television, movie and print media.  The techniques have been used for over 160 years and are used increasingly for a wide variety of purposes, some we see around us, and some more discrete.  Andy Hansen is a professional aerial photograph interpreter and taught courses in photogrammetry and photo mapping.  This talk will give examples from the history of aerial photography and some demonstrations of simple maps and models captured from the real world.

Lunch and our AGM will follow.



Collingwood Library, 11 Stanton Street, Collingwood. 10.30 a.m.

Guests welcome.

To renew membership or join U3A Yarra City, go to Membership page and view Payment Options.  Follow instructions to pay, then renew or join.


Semester dates 2018
Semester 1: 30 Jan to 29 June
Semester 2: 16 July to Dec 14
Semester 1: Tuesday, January 30th to Friday June 29th. School holidays, including Easter: Friday, March 30th to Sunday April 15th. Midyear break: Saturday June 30th to Sunday July 15th.
Semester 2: Monday July 16th to Friday, December 21st. School holidays: Saturday, September 22nd to Sunday October 7th.


17 Stanton Street
Abbotsford, Victoria
Australia 3067
Phone (03) 9416 3443
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Office hours:
Monday 1 - 3 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 noon
Closed public holidays and school holidays except during enrolment times.