U3A Broadbeach Newsletter September 2017
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. "
Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher.
Spring is upon us and l hope you are experiencing some forward momentum. Before you are swept away, here are some dates for your diary.
Term 3 ends on Friday September 15th
Term 4 starts Tuesday 3rd October. (Please note there is a student free day at the school on Monday, 16th October and so no U3A courses will be held at the school on that day) .
Term 4 ends on Friday 1st December
And please note our Christmas Party is to be held on Wednesday, November 29th. Further details will be advised in due course.
Tucker's Triumphant Tweed Trip
Those who have yet to go on one of Robyn's excursions may wonder what they are missing. The answer is a lot. Our last trip was to the Tweed Art Gallery and was deemed outstandingly successful. We began with a perfect, blue sky day heading towards the magnificent scenery of the Numinbah Valley regaled by our driver's tales of local people and places. The morning tea stop was at Bochow Park nestling beside a river underneath the Great Dividing Range and a state of the art loo. On to Flutterbies Cafe in Tyalgum for a fine lunch to the atmospheric strains of an accomplished artist on Grand Piano. Then to the Tweed Art Gallery itself that never disappoints with its ever- changing temporary exhibits, its Margaret Olley centre piece and stunning view of the twinkling Tweed River and striking Mount Warning. A good time was had by all with some moments captured on our web site photo gallery. See you on the "to be advised" October excursion that will be on Thursday 26th October. And talking of announcements -
A Breakdown in Communication
We have been grappling with the problem that our newsletters and other bulk email communications, e.g. on excursions and the Griffith lectures, are often filtered by recipients' computers and tablets into their junk / spam mail folders. There is no one way around this and our recommendation is that you should look at our web site periodically where we will post these communications to ensure you have not missed anything. There is of course the catch 22 that many members will not receive this advice as this newsletter will go into their junk mail. It would be very helpful if you can discuss this issue with your U3A friends and encourage them to make regular visits to our web site. We will also be enlisting the support of Tutors to ensure everyone is alerted to this problem and the solution.
We are pleased to announce that a new member, Judith Keller, has offered to tutor a new dance activity and this will start next term Thursdays from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m at Merrimac State high school. The dates for this coming term will be October 5, 12, 19, 26. If these 4 sessions work out and people want to continue, then further sessions may be put in place.
Anyone interested in opting for these classes should contact Judith by phoning her on 0448188937or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Judith has kindly provided us with the following description.
The aim of this class is to engage participants in a circle or open circle formation in dancing together for inner and outer peace and harmony. All dances are already choreographed and easily and quickly taught at the beginning of each dance. This is not a free dance class, nor do you need a partner. Central to this class is an ability and openness to join with others in a creative, and inclusive space where music and movement are integral. The music sources for this class come from cultures and music genres of every kind, from folk dance sources, classical or sacred sources, and from contemporary and world music. There are dances from Europe, North America, Indigenous cultures, Celtic cultures and from East Asian and Indian cultures, and participants need to be open to cross cultural influences. In a peace dancing class what is valued is the opportunity for inner peace and collective harmony in the circle. There are slow and meditative dance movements, as well as more energetic dances. There may be an occasional faster dance but faster dances are rare in this class, in order to accommodate care of our bodies as we age. Participants need to wear comfortable clothing, including firm shoes, and to bring water or juice for the break. Dancing together in a circle is good for our bodies and has the capacity to engage us holistically.
Pamela Thorogood has advised us that she has a limited number of new places on her art courses and anyone interested should email her at email@example.com. The Art Group is to be congratulated on their recent excellent and very successful exhibition - have a look at the photo gallery on our web site to see our members artistic creations. We are not short on talent.
More about Dem Bones
We have been contacted once again by Amy Harding of Griffith University to see if we have any men interested in participating in a project - see the "skeleton" description below :-
Recently at Griffith we discovered a certain form of exercise that really improves the bones of women with osteoporosis. We are now testing to see if it also works for men over the age of 50 in the LIFTMOR for Men study (Lifting Intervention for Training Muscle and Osteoporosis Rehabilitation-for Men). We have also acquired a novel machine designed to improve bone mass, so we’re testing that too. I am conducting a free 8-month supervised exercise program for eligible healthy men over the age of 50, with training held on campus.
Anyone interested should contact Amy whose details are :-
BExSc(Hons), Cert III & IV in Fitness, PhD Candidate
School of Allied Health Sciences
G02 Clinical Sciences 1
Griffith University, Gold Coast campus
Queensland, Australia, 4222
Griffith University map
M: 0410 616 596 l E: firstname.lastname@example.org
"You know, old folks can have dreams, too, as well as young folks, and then work towards them."
John Glenn, astronaut
Dreaming is easy, so once more it's back to that forward momentum.