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Do you draw stick figures and lollypop trees, but wish you could do better? If you have always wanted to “have a go at art” but were not sure where to start, this is the class for you. It offers instruction for beginners and challenges for the more experienced students. Absolute beginners welcome. NOTE: Formerly Drawing, this class has been combined with the Painting Class.

Suitable for all fitness levels. In a heated pool we go through a range of gentle actions to help maintain and improve our fitness levels. Using the water to cushion our bodies we do things like running in the water; using pool noodles to create muscle strengthening resistance; and even some aerobic activity. Pool admission charge is extra.

Book Clubs promote healthy ageing by stimulating and enlarging our minds through the adventures we experience in the books we read each month. We have three book clubs, Bookworms (Wednesday), Bookmarks (Wednesday) and Bookends (Thursday), with classes reading a different book each month.

A 5 week course that delivers a better understanding on how to budget & manage money & the many different payment options.  ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This class is more aerobic than our regular classes. We use flotation belts in deep water to keep afloat, and mostly do running, kicking and arm movements. Although the belts are a bit hard to get used to, they certainly help get the heart pumping.

This class is held in the outdoor pool, at the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre. It starts at 9.30am to 10.30am on Thursday mornings, after our regular AQUA class and coffee.

ON HOLD UNTIL TERM 4

Are you interested in your family history? Would you like to learn more about researching and recording your family tree? Do you want to record your family’s stories for future generations? Would you like to participate in a U3A class to help you on your way?

We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

Every lesson we learn a little grammar, add vocabulary, and take turns in reading.  We make time for “conversation”, where one tries to find the right words to form sentences.  Sometimes we discover cultural differences that manifest themselves in language: Habits; do’s and don’ts; etiquette. These add an extra dimension to the process of learning a language, almost like looking into another person’s soul.

We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

Getting started with your laptop for beginners. A slow-paced class to become comfortable with using your laptop. Computer terms. Keyboard skills. Send and receive simple emails etc.

The next step for those wanting to learn more. Adding attachments to emails, using search engines, saving files and finding them again!  How to find out the things we don’t know.  Content will be driven by the needs of students.

A group of writers meeting weekly to share their writing.  Life Writing is the recording of memories, and experiences, whether one’s own or another’s. Covering a broad range of genres autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, poetry, personal essays, even incorporating fictional development of factual family history. We provide mutual support, feedback, discussion and appreciation of the stories of our lives, share our writing trials and techniques, hopes and aspirations.

Another way to improve your fitness, and lots of fun to boot!  Please wear sensible shoes (sneakers), bring your own water and hand towel. Look forward to seeing you there.

This group is for those who have a love of words and poetry. Whether you write your own or appreciate the writings of others, you will feel at home in this group. A theme each month guides our selections to share on the day. If all else fails, just choose something that appeals to you. We read, listen, comment on and discuss all types of poetry.

This is a very informal group whose members do entirely what appeals to them whether it’s a watercolour, acrylic or oil painting.  Members are always willing to help others and give a helpful opinion. Please only use white spirits in the classroom.  NOTE: This class is now part of the Arts Class.

5 WEEK COURSE ON HOLD UNTIL TERM 3

Our poor feet are the most used, abused, and neglected part of our bodies. So a really good foot massage not only helps relaxed us it relieves stress too.  Benefits of reflexology foot massage:

  • Promotes nervous system stimulation
  • Relieves headaches:
  • Revitalises nerve function
  • Increase energy levels
  • Helps cleanses neural pathways
  • Increases energy levels
  • Relieves Plantar fasciitis pain 

Overall reflexology is a wonderful experience, I am not saying there is no pain, and I will explain this to you when you come in for a session.  If you feel you can be helped or you can help another, these lessons will help.

NOTE: There are exceptions to this foot massage, if you have Tinea or foot Fungus, broken bones, this is not for you at the moment.

This is a 5 week course

Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation has an effect on the body and the mind. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems, such as heart disease and pain.  Learning basic relaxation techniques is easy.

In this class, we will be relaxing the body and the mind by slowing down the breath and becoming mindful. We will then follow this up with a visualisation exercise. Visualisation is about forming mental images that take us on a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. Examples are: at the beach or a lovely starry night.  Some of the benefits of relaxation are:

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Improving digestion
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

Our Tutor is a qualified holistic counsellor and is keen to offer Members a safe place within themselves.

This is a 5 week course

If you enjoy singing rock and roll hits from the fifties and sixties, this is the class for you. We practice weekly and perform for various community groups throughout the year. You may also like to put on your best rock-a-billy outfit for performances most of us do! It’s always fun. Remember you are never too old to rock and roll.

Sings a variety of old time songs, taking turns to select the repertoire. House Class – Please phone 0490 757 458 for more information.

Bring your personal device and learn how to get more out of it by using all those confusing apps! At the very least you will learn how to use your phone to make phone calls, send and receives emails and access the internet. You will also learn how to adjust your settings to make your phone or tablet more user- friendly.

Suitable for absolute beginners. Note:  In-class helpers needed for this class

At U3A we are learning Khor style Tai Chi. Khor style, created by Grandmaster Gary Khor, is a variation of “Yang” style. It is a product of a lifetime study and refinement of “Tai Qi Quan”.  Khor style takes into account the latest scientific knowledge about body mechanics and functionality, as well as deep studies of traditional Chinese knowledge and the contribution of many practitioners and researchers throughout the world.