Tuesday at U3A… Scribblers, Djembe Drumming, and Solo
‘Scribblers’ is for members who share an enthusiasm for drawing, regardless of their skill level.
The Birds & Buildings sessions were popular in Term 1 and Linda included a bonus session on watercolours at the end of Term.
At Ararat U3A there are 10 Djembe drums, purchased with the generous donation from Ararat Community Enterprise (ACE) Grant in 2021. Our sessions are usually based on following YouTube tutorials and following various djembe patterns of Base, Tone, Slap.
We have spare drums for new participants!
On Tuesday afternoons there are often 12-16 U3A members attending for Solo! There can be 3-5 players per table. According to Wendy, this card game is a bit competitive but lots of fun!
Some of our U3A members enjoyed a day at the Ararat Racecourse on March 3. It was the start of the Autumn Racing and the grounds were magnificently prepared and the weather perfect!
Our recently elected local member for Ripon, Martha Haylett (MP), talked to interested U3A members about her early life and how she got involved in politics. She readily answered questions from the audience and was happy to chat informally afterwards.
U3A Friday Bushwalking Group
U3A 2023 Enrolment Day
U3A members enjoyed John’s Aradale Tour
Ararat U3A End of Year BBQ
Cuppa, Cake, and Chat
The popular “Cuppa, Cake, and Chat” had to be rescheduled, but eventually about 20 of our members were able to catch up at ‘The Vines’ Cafe on Tuesday.
“GARDEN AT A GLANCE”
The weather was perfect when Lou and Ferg welcomed about fifty U3A members to their garden on Friday 5th November.
The atmosphere was like a Garden Party as members enjoyed refreshments after a wander around the spacious garden. Thanks Lou & Ferg for sharing your garden!
Willaura Modern Railway Station Gallery
After enjoying lunch at Willaura’s famous bakery, 26 members enjoyed a tour at the Willaura Gallery on 30th July. The exhibition celebrates award winning and innovative industrial design and features iconic Australian products from the 1880s to the present day. It was a real eye opener with most of us reminiscing about some products we have used (or still use)! Lynne W.
The Gardening Group are an enthusiastic group who will welcome any other U3A members who wish to become involved. The main focus at the moment is the surrounds of the Melbourne Polytechnic Training centre. Thanks to Alan for organising and painting our hose storage cabinet and John for collecting the mulch!
Keith has been entertaining us with selected readings from some of his favourite poets.
This week it was D.H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930) and A.B. (Banjo) Patterson (1864 – 1941).
Graeme and Merrilyn presented superb photography and entertaining stories of their trip to Western Australia.
MAD ABOUT SCIENCE
Fun Chromatography Experiments in the U3A laboratory
April 30 visit to Bendigo and Great Stupa Of Universal Compassion at Myers Flat
Popular U3A excursion to Mary Quant exhibition in Bendigo
The U3a Friday Bushwalking group completed a 10km walk in March.
Wednesday at U3A … Gardening, Finska, and Craft Group
U3A ‘Garden Appreciation’ members hard at work in March.
Fun at Finska!
The first to get to exactly 50 points is the winner.
U3A Craft Group with some of their handiwork.
A fun gathering for over 40 members at Sicilians on Tuesday 2nd March…
‘Dine Out’ was added to our program this year and was popular with more than 40 U3A members attending Sicilians.
Grampians Estate Winery visit February 2021
On Friday afternoon a group of 35 Ararat & District U3A members carpooled to Grampians Estate Winery. We were welcomed by staff and seated at allocated tables. We participated in wine tasting, while the owner, Tom Guthrie, expanded on the history of the site, and the original St Ethels winery. Coincidentally three U3A members present had previously resided in the original house on the site where the winery is situated today. Hot drinks and scones followed.
A big thank-you to Tom and the staff for their hospitality.
Gordon Excursion, 2020
Hat Shoppe, lunch at Gordon Bleu, Oak Hill Truffle Farm