Timetable
U3A Bermagui & District Courses Offered for Term 1 2018
Term 1 registration is Wednesday 7th February, Bermagui Country Club Auditorium.
             
Day Course Leader Sessions Time Location Contact
Mondays and Tuesdays Pliability Ian Dowden 12-Feb, 19-Feb, 27-Feb, 5-Mar, 12-Mar, 19-Mar, 27-Mar 11:00 - 12:00 Hall, BCCentre, Bermagui Ian Dowden
0427 663 485
Exercise and physical activity is good for everyone. Pliability and resiliency are important characteristics of any fitness routine, particularly when we consider what happens to our body as we age. This simple program, designed for older adults, combines the four main exercise types: aerobic, strength, balance and flexibility and is particularly suited to those who don't exercise regularly. Cost: $2.
Monday Prune n' Spoon Lindy Marshall 12-Feb 10:00 - 13:00 Presenter's home Jan Rivers
0409 901 672 
A practical class where participants will learn how to grow plants by semi-hardwood cuttings and division and root pruning of plants in pots. Our efforts will be followed by a light lunch and glass of wine. Participants will need to bring secateurs. Cost: $15 per person payable in advance at I&R Day.
Monday WIRES - Who we are and what we do Jan Sheehan 12-Feb 10:00 - 12:00 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Jan Sheehan
4476 8061
An insight into the role and rewards of being a WIRES volunteer. This includes: administration,, social contacts, wildlife education, training, and our main function which is the rescue, rehabilitation and care of injured and orphaned wildlife We will demonstrate our methods, equipment and our experiences over 18 years of volunteering caring. Cost: $2.
Monday Ukulele Ang Clements 19-Feb 13:30 - 15:30 Hall, BCCentre, Bermagui Ang Clements
0434 893 572
This is a chance to start exploring this most joyful of instruments. We'll learn some basic chords, play several tunes, have lots of fun. If we enjoy ourselves enough we might even want to make it a regular thing. If you have your own uke that's great. I have a couple of spares. Otherwise you're welcome to share an instrument with a friend, or just sing along to see if it might be your thing. Cost: $3.
Monday Travel Tales Caucasus countries and Iran Sylvia Hibberd 5-Mar, 19-Mar, 26-Mar 13:30 - 15:30 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Sylvia Hibberd
0428 596 046
In the first session I will provide some background information on the geography, history and culture of the four countries I visited in 2017: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia (collectively the Caucasus), and Iran. The second session will consist of photographs of my trip to the Caucasus, and the third of my photographs of Iran. Cost: $2.
Monday DNA Bev Holland 19-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Bev Holland
0408 280 024
Rapid advances in DNA testing technologies are making personal genome testing more accessible. How might the availability and uptake of this testing impact our lives, medical decisions, and society? We will look at some of the evolving issues in "personal genetics"  Cost: $3.
Monday Talk : Strategic Intelligence Don McDowell 9-Apr 10:00 - 12:00 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Chris Mason
4476 1434
Don has had a lifetime career in intelligence and risk analysis, specialising in strategic intelligence and its applications across government and industry. He is a renowned author on strategic intelligence, and is a regular lecturer and teacher on these topics to audiences around the globe, particularly across Europe, southern Africa, South-East Asia and North America. This session explores the processes involved; their application to various enforcement as well as corporate planning situations; and the means of measuring the outcomes, successes and failures of strategic intelligence. Cost: $2.
Tuesdays Beginners Tai Chi Cherie White 13-Feb, 20-Feb, 27-Feb, 6-Mar, 13-Mar, 20-Mar, 27-Mar, 3-Apr, 10-Apr 13:00 - 14:00 Dickinson Oval Sports Pavilion, Bermagui Cherie White
0412 860 021
Tai Chi is a gentle, upright form of exercise which will help with balance, muscle strength and co-ordination. It also helps your focus and relaxation. Cost: $3 per person per session.
Tuesdays Advanced Tai Chi Cherie White 13-Feb, 20-Feb, 27-Feb, 6-Mar, 13-Mar, 20-Mar, 27-Mar, 3-Apr, 10-Apr 14:00 - 15:00 Dickinson Oval Sports Pavilion, Bermagui Cherie White
0412 860 021
Tai Chi is a gentle, upright form of exercise which will help with balance, muscle strength and co-ordination. It also helps your focus and relaxation. Cost: $3 per person per session.
Tuesdays Australia's Women writers - More and More, better and better Debra Cushion 13-Feb
20-Feb
27-Feb
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 12:00
Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Debra Cushion
0419 253 700
There are so many terrific Australian women writers, covering a range of genres. we will look at some that will make us laugh or cry or think...where possible we will look at those who have "shape shifted" over their careers. More than anything, I hope you will enjoy our brief journey. Cost: $2.
Tuesdays Mindfulness Meditation Sheila Brice 13-Feb, 20-Feb, 27-Feb, 6-Mar, 13-Mar, 20-Mar, 27-Mar, 3-Apr, 10-Apr 10:00 - 11:30 Presenter's home. Sheila Brice
0422 142 685
What is all the hype about mindfulness meditation about? Can meditation really reduce the effects of ageing, stress and disease and change the way our brain works? Together we will look at what the latest research into the brain, DNA and stress reduction is telling us about the benefits of meditation and living a mindful life. Each session will comprise an inquiry into the topic as well as a guided mindfulness meditation practice with the aim of participants developing techniques to continue their practice at home. Cost: $2 per session.
Tuesdays Seaside Fair Parade Entry Workshops Linda Pilton 13-Feb, 20-Feb, 27-Feb, 6-Mar 14:00 - 15:30 Presenter's home Linda Pilton
6493 4133
The theme for 2018 is 'Down by the Seaside'. The group will meet to design and prepare U3A entry in the Bermagui Seaside Fair Parade to be held on Saturday March 10th. No experience required - just a sense of fun and willingness to help portray U3A's presence in the local community celebration. In addition to the four workshop dates there will be a dress rehearsal, date to be decided by group. No Cost. Contact: Linda Pilton, 6493 4133.
Tuesdays Classical Music appreciation Malcolm Halliday 20-Feb, 6-Mar, 20-Mar, 3-Apr 14:00 - 16:30 Presenter's home Malcolm Halliday
6493 4537
Relaxed listening to classical music. No cost.
Tuesday Demystifying Apple technology Michael Gross 20-Feb 10:30 - 13:00 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Michael Gross
0401 993 788
Demystifying Apple Technology, will cover a variety of everyday problems, faced by users of Apple products, on iPhones, iPad, and Apple laptops and desktops. I also cover related technologies as required, eg NBN, and other broadband methods, printers and scanners and anything else that you can connect a Mac to. Cost: $2.
Tuesday Natural Beekeeping Excursion to Brogo Adrian Iodice 20-Feb 9:00 - 11:00 1291 Upper Brogo Road, Brogo Wendy Tucker
0403 587 091
Adrian Iodice is passionate about bee-caretaking, rather than beekeeping. He advocates a natural and sustainable approach with a focus on the bee’s overall health and well-being. He will inform us about interesting bee facts, his use of Kenyan Top hives and show us some hives ( weather and bees willing). ​ Leave your departure point to arrive before 9 am (travel time is approx 45 min from Bermagui). You can arrange your own transport or car pool. We will plan to leave Brogo around 11 am. Minimum 10 people, maximum 20 requested by Adrian. Cost: $20 per person payable in advance at I&R Day. Tea and coffee supplied. Please bring a snack to share.
Tuesdays Watercolour painting Jenny Halliday 20-Feb, 6-Mar, 20-Mar, 3-Apr 14:00 - 16:00 Country Club Tennis Room Jenny Halliday
6493 4537
Join Jenny as she shows you the way to use colours and your imagination!
Tuesday Bread Basket to Basket Case Paolo Colombo 6-Mar 13:30 - 15:30 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Paolo Colombo
6493 7385
This session will cover a brief history of the Monomotapa kingdom before European colonisation in 1880, after which Britain named their newly acquired colony Southern Rhodesia. After a 15 year long Bush War led by freedom fighters, white rule ended in 1980 and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. The presenter grew up and lived in Rhodesia for 25 years from 1955 before emigrating to Australia in 1980, and takes a keen interest in events as they unfold in this country that was once described as the 'bread basket' of Africa. Cost: $3 per person.
Tuesday Lunch with a Local Treasure - Phil Gall Dawn Hollins 13-Mar 12:00 - 14:30 Cobargo School of Arts Hall Dawn Hollins
0429 923 005
Phil Gall is an architect who became passionate about sustainable architecture, landscape design and water management solutions. He was involved in the setting up of Melbourne's most enduring alternative institutions - Friends of the Earth, Collingwood Children's Farm and CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies). Phil now lives in Beauty Point running his business Design Evolution. He has been a writer, teacher and life-long learner. Be inspired by this gentle self-confessed misfit! Cost: $16 per person payable in advance at I&R Day.
Tuesday Snowy Mountains - History and the Future David Anderson 27-Mar 13:30 - 15:30 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui David Anderson
6493 7246
Join David as he covers the history and gives a description of the Scheme, with some personal anecdotes and comments on future developments on hydro electricity to back up renewables. Cost: $2.
Wednesday Rug Hooking Lindsay Potter 14-Feb 11:30 - 13:30 Members' homes Dawn Hollins
0429 923 005
We meet once a month for a BYO lunch to share our progress and learn from each other. We encourage new members to join our friendly group and be taught the simple technique of rug hooking. It's a cheap and cheerful craft which uses recycled fabrics to create useful objects or stunning works of art. Only costs are materials and a rug hook. Dates to be determined by group.
Wednesdays Fishing using lures Jim Clarke 21-Feb, 28-Feb, 7-Mar, 14-Mar, 21-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Union Church, West Street, Bermagui for 2 theory sessions and then on location Wendy Tucker
0403 587 091
Jim will take you through the theory and practical techniques of fishing from beaches, in estuaries and fresh water. He will cover fish biology, regulations, fishing ethics, tackle and rigs and the all important subject of where and when to find fish. You’ll learn how to tie knots, rig soft plastic lures and read the tides. Bring your rod and reel and purchase a basic kit from Jim. Cost $5 per session plus $15 for kit.
Wednesday Reflections on life in the New Age Community of Findhorn, Northern Scotland Ross and Marianne Riddett 21-Feb 10:00 - 12:00 Presenter's home Ross and Marianne Riddett
6493 8217
The Findhorn Community is a group of people from many parts of the world all living, studying and working together. It was founded in 1962 by Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy MacLean in a caravan park a mile from the village of Findhorn. Listen to Ross and Marianne tell their stories after their 3 months of living and working in the community, Ross in the maintenance Department and Marianne in the vegetable gardens. No cost but bring a shared lunch to enjoy afterwards.
Wednesday The Earth History of the Sapphire Coast landscape Bruce Leaver 21-Feb 8:00 - 9:30 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Bruce Leaver
6493 6924
NB: THIS EARLY START WILL ALLOW PARTICIPATION IN OTHER U3A MORNING CLASSES.
Our coastal landscape is rich with evidence of the forces that shaped the features that are so familiar to us today. The escarpment, the hinterland, the Tasman Sea, the shore line, the coastal lakes and Gulaga. These familiar landmarks all have their story to tell, unfolding over the last 100 million years as the region drifted 3500 kms northward from inside the Antarctic Circle. Come to a discussion on the Bermagui Headland and learn about this rich history observing the prominent landmarks and the story they tell. Wear a hat, bring a drink and chair. No cost.
Wednesdays The Art of Kissing Kitty Gerry Hammerton 7-Mar, 14-Mar, 21-Mar, 28-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Bermagui Country Club Gerry Hammerton
6493 5909
Bowls for fun and fitness. Cost: $5 refundable as prize money at the end of the course.
Wednesday Songlines Excursion Ruth Perrett 14-Feb 7:00 - 19:30 Coach to National Museum in Canberra Ruth Perrett
0408 786 546
Songlines - Tracking the Seven Sisters' is a world class exhibition which tells an aboriginal dreaming story involving state of the art technology and stunning art works. This excursion continues the indigenous studies presented over the last two years by U3A members Steve Payne, Wendy Tucker and Kerry Davies. The exhibition which closes on 25th February, was initiated by aboriginal elders, took 7 years to develop and has received rave reviews. This is a full day excursion with the coach picking up at Bermagui (7.30 am) and Cobargo (7.50 am) and returning around 7.30 pm. The excursion costs $42. Inquires to Ruth Perrett 0408786546
Wednesday From Trees to Timber Dawn Hollins 11-Apr 10:30 - 17:00 Dongwha Mill, Delegate Road, Bombala Dawn Hollins
0429 923 005
This excursion was scheduled for Term 4, 2017 but had to be cancelled due to storm damage at the site. Preference will be given to those who registered previously. The Dongwha Mill is the largest treatment plant in the Southern Hemisphere. We will be taken on a tour of the modern operations starting with the log yard and finishing with the packing of the timber products. After lunch in Bombala we will be escorted to a plantation to witness state-of-the-art harvesting techniques.Travel by private vehicle. Carpooling encouraged.
Meet in Bombala at the Mill at 10:30 a.m. Further details at I&R Day. Lunch at own expense ($18 Chinese buffet lunch or BYO).
Thursday Opera Explored: Tosca Chris Mason 8-Feb 10:00 - 12:00 Presenter's home, Narooma Chris Mason
4476 1434
Opera can be difficult to understand sometimes so it is interesting the discuss the operas and know something about them and their composers before actually going to fully appreciate the music, singers and costumes. Cost: $2.
Thursdays The Modern Middle East Michael Holton 15-Feb, 22-Feb, 1-Mar, 8-Mar, 15-Mar, 22-Mar, 29-Mar, 5-Apr, 12-Apr 14:00 - 16:00 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Michael Holton
0487 763 933
The evolution of the Middle East from the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring. We deal with the demise of the Empire and the rise of nationalism, the creation of the ME state system, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Islamic resurgence and current events. Participants will need internet access. Cost: $2 per person per session.
Thursdays Windows Computer Group Hans Wiedeman 15-Feb, 22-Feb, 1-Mar, 8-Mar, 15-Mar, 22-Mar, 29-Mar, 5-Apr, 12-Apr 10:00 - 12:00 Room 1, BCCentre Hans Wiedeman
6493 8427
Windows 10 explained. Learn how Windows 10 work and get results. Cost: $3 per session.
Thursday Developing the Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Sector in South East NSW Jasmin Williams 1-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Hall, BCCentre, Bermagui Steve Payne
4476 2137
Join Aboriginal Creative and Cultural Engagement Officer, Jasmin Williams, as she gives an outline of the Aboriginal Arts & Culture industry in South East NSW, and South East Arts’ Aboriginal projects including GIIYONG, the first cultural festival on the Far South Coast since colonization. Cost: $2.
Thursday Opera Explored: L’Elisir d’Amore Chris Mason 1-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Presenter's home, Narooma Chris Mason 4476 1434
Opera can be difficult to understand sometimes so it is interesting the discuss the operas and know something about them and their composers before actually going to fully appreciate the music, singers and costumes. Cost: $2.
Thursday Sculpture Bermagui Guided Tour Jan Rivers 15-Mar 10:00 - 11:00 The Bermagui Headland Jan Rivers
0409 901 672 
Meet at the Information Booth on the Bermagui Headland for a walk around the sculptures with a knowledgeable guide and then check out the small sculptures in the Community Hall. Wear appropriate footwear and a hat. No cost.
Thursday Opera Explored: La Boheme Chris Mason 29-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Presenter's home, Narooma Chris Mason
4476 1434
Opera can be difficult to understand sometimes so it is interesting to discuss the operas and know something about them and their composers before actually going to fully appreciate the music, singers and costumes. Cost: $2.
Thursday The Mystery of King Arthur Ted Beardow 5-Apr 10:00 - 12:00 Hall, BCCentre, Bermagui Ted Beardow
6493 4323
Everyone knows about King Arthur, the Round Table, Merlin, Sir Lancelot, Guinevere and all the others - but where did it all come from? Was Arthur a real king? Was he an ancient British tribal leader? Or did he never really exist? We shall trace the legend back from the present day through the Middle Ages as far back as the 5th century AD, discuss texts from modern Britain to ancient Wales, and try to reach a conclusion about the origins of one of the most famous characters of all time. Cost: $3.
Fridays Film & Lunch Jane Doust 2-Feb, 2-Mar, 6-Apr 10:00 - 14:00 Kinema, Narooma Jane Doust
4473 7265
Are you interested in seeing a good film once a month? We will meet at the Kinema in Narooma at 10.00am. Details of the movie and lunch will be phoned or emailed beforehand. Movie is $10 per person and lunch at own cost. New members welcome.
Friday Linguistics Malcolm Privett 16-Feb, 23-Feb, 2-Mar,  9-Mar, 16-Mar, 23-Mar, 30-Mar, 6-Apr, 13-Apr 13:30 - 15:30 Room 1, BCCentre, Bermagui Malcolm Privett
6494 0022
The history and development of language. In particular the languages that have affected English. Cost: $3.
Fridays Stitchers and Crafters Rosemary Knight 16-Feb, 23-Feb, 2-Mar, 9-Mar, 16-Mar, 23-Mar, 6-Apr, 13-Apr 10:00 - 12:00 Bermagui Country Club, Bermagui Rosemary Knight
6493 4308
The' Stitchers and Crafters' interest group is your opportunity to grab two hours'me time' to pursue your favourite portable hobby in a friendly and flexible group. We work on our own projects and can teach and learn new skills with each other. We meet most Fridays (excluding Good Friday on 30 March) depending on group members' other commitments. This is the ideal group for those who can't attend every week. Any handy-crafter is welcome to join - we are not limited to needle and thread! Supply own materials. Cost: $2 per session to cover venue hire.
Friday So you wanna build a Harbour Bridge Robert Johnson 2-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Hall, BCCentre, Bermagui Robert Johnson
0408 870 138
Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge one of your favourite Aussie icons? If so then maybe a rollicking yarn encompassing Greenway, De Groot and Lang might interest you. Facts, anecdotes and photos are all part of the presentation. This two hour journey will traverse the history, design, construction and official opening of this mighty structure. Eighty six years old and still going strong - who of us can make the same claim Cost: $2.
Friday The Australian Nazi Party – Revolt and Violence in the 30s John James 16-Mar 10:00 - 13:00 Cobargo School of Arts Hall John James
0431 616 227
Authoritarian regimes holding power by force have everywhere been the way preferred by the right. In times of stress this trend becomes acute. The political and social situation in NSW during the Depression was similar to that in Germany a little earlier. A well-funded right wing organisation was prepared to use violence and attempted a coup-d’etat against the Lang Labor government. This is the story of how, within a heartbeat, Eric Campbell almost became the dictator of NSW. It was exciting times, and dangerous. This whole global rush to Fascism after the war was accurately foreseen in Lawrence’s "Kangaroo". Cost: $2 includes devonshire tea/coffee.
Friday Trekking to Everest Base Camp Wilma Chinnock 23-Mar 13:00 - 15:00 CWA Rooms, Bermagui Dawn Hollins
0429 923 005
Enjoy a fabulous visual presentation of Wilma’s 20 day trek to Everest Base camp and work in Nepal’s leprosy hospital. Savour a delicious afternoon tea. All money goes to repairing the leprosy hospital in Kathmandu. Cost: $10 payable in advance at I & R day.
Saturday Opera Screening: Tosca Chris Mason 10-Feb 11:00 - 15:00 Kinema, Narooma Chris Mason
4476 1434
Having been to Chris' 'explored' session at her home, you now get to see the full Opera at the Kinema. Cost: $3 for pre opera drinks and nibbles + $25 approx per ticket.
Saturday Opera Screening: L’Elisir d’Amore Chris Mason 3-Mar 11:30 - 15:30 Kinema, Narooma Chris Mason
4476 1434
Having been to Chris' 'explored' session at her home, you now get to see the full Opera at the Kinema. Cost: $3 for pre opera drinks and nibbles + $25 approx per ticket.
Saturday Bermagui Seaside Fair Linda Pilton 10-Mar 10:00 - 12:00 Bermagui Town Centre Linda Pilton
6493 4133
U3A broadens awareness of our presence in the community by entering a float in the Bermagui Seaside Parade. Please come along and support our hard working members in this year's parade.
Saturday Opera Screening: La Boheme Chris Mason 31-Mar 11:30 - 15:30 Kinema, Narooma Chris Mason
4476 1434
Having been to Chris' 'explored' session at her home, you now get to see the full Opera at the Kinema. Cost: $3 for pre opera drinks and nibbles + $25 approx per ticket.
Sundays Boule and Picnic Chris Tay and Jaki Horwood 25-Feb, 11-Mar, 25-Mar, 8-Apr 10:45 - 13:00 Bermagui Country Club 0481 171 400   0425 262 769
We meet fortnightly at the clay tennis courts next to to the Country Club to play this traditional French bowling game (also known as Petanque). No experience necessary, only a sense of humour and reasonable fitness. The rules are simple and a score is recorded for each player, with an award given to the highest scorer at the end of term. Weather permitting we share a BYO picnic food at nearby tables and buy our drinks from the Club Bar. Cost: $4 per person