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U3A Port Phillip - Keeping you Informed, Educated and Entertained

Term 4 at U3APP is off to a tremendous start, with a strong take up of available Online Courses and Events.  But it's not too late to join in the fun and enjoy a new Class; click on this 'Welcome Back To School' button to check out our Course Guide and available Classes.

Those unable to join us on Zoom will no doubt be looking forward to a time when we can meet up together once again in a COVID-Safe environment.  We're doing everything we possibly can to ensure this happens: WHEN it can and HOW it can.  But one thing's for sure - we know our Members appreciate that here at U3APP, our Committee of Management and all our amazing Volunteers have done everything in their power to ensure the continuation of Classes while still maintaining a strong connection with all our Members.

 

What Might 2021 Look Like With U3APP?

      

Last Friday, the Tutors had a meeting to look at the proposed choices for delivering courses in 2021, both until and after we can resume the use of our premises.  They were enthusiastic about the range of choices - online and emails and face-to-face and hybrid (both online and face-to-face simultaneously) and outdoors - and are now planning their approach for their 2021 courses.  Look out for the Term 1 course guide later in November.

The Working Group also summarised to the Tutors how we plan to make our face-to-face courses COVID Safe.  The plan, which is called Conditions of Entry, has been documented, approved by the Committee of Management and submitted to the City of Port Phillip, the owner of the premises.  It is based on State Government and CoPP requirements and will be reviewed whenever the requirements change.  The Conditions of Entry will be sent to each of you in the coming week - look out for it in your inbox.

 

Spotlight On!  Bev Fryer & Lois Best
Office Coordinators Extraordinaire


 

We're sure all our Members will have had reason to visit the Office at Mary Kehoe, back in the day when our lives weren't ruled by Covid-19 and the ensuing restrictions to keep us safe.  You will no doubt remember the efficiency and helpfulness of all the Office Volunteers who gave, and still give up their time to help Members with a wide range of enquiries and pleas for assistance.

Bev Fryer and Lois Best are the Office Coordinators and they work with a large team of Volunteers to ensure the smooth running of U3APP especially during Covid-19.  Bev has kindly written up this week's Spotlight On! segment and you can read it by clicking on this 'Hands Up To Volunteer' button.

 

Displaying Zoom to a  large screen TV

by Kevin English & Denis Mouy

Do you attend one of our online Zoom classes and find the screen on your device is a bit small, especially for an exercise class or when watching a video in your class?  Would like to see it on your bigger tv screen?

You can connect your device to your TV and you can see everything both on your device and your TV.

You join your Zoom class on your device, but you can then move somewhere else and watch your class on your TV.  Remember that you will only be seen or heard by others in the class if you return to being in front of your device.

There are two broad ways to connect your device to your TV: via a cable or via wireless.  For those of you with a technical bent, or access to someone with a technical bent, you may like to find our how to do so by looking at the instructions on our Website.  Just click on the 'Zoom' button to read all about it.

 

City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival

The City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival is in full swing.  See below for details of the upcoming Webinar 'Crime & Cocktails' or get creative in the kitchen with some delicious Greek recipes from Port Phillip residents.  There's plenty more to get involved in including:
  • Port Phillip Writes
  • My Reading Life
  • Lots to Watch Online Anytime
  • Senior Russians Spring Festival
  • Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society
  • Gasworks Arts Park Exhibition
  • Studio Joy - offering online Bollywood dance or Laughter Club
  • Victorian Seniors Festival Online links
Click on this 'CoPP Seniors Festival' button for the entire program:

Crime & Cocktails: Sisters in Crime

As part of the City of Port Phillip's Seniors Festival, author B M Carroll will be talking to Tara Mitchell about her latest book, Who We Were (Allen & Unwin, 2020)a suburban noir thriller about a school reunion that goes badly wrong. Bring out your inner mixologist – bloody or virgin, cocktail or mocktail – and watch this live, Online Webinar, 6:00pm - 7:00pm on Friday 16 October.  
 
To reserve your place for this free event, click on the 'Red Stiletto' button to be taken straight to the Eventbrite booking page. 
 

It’s all Greek Cooking to me

  

Explore this delicious collection of recipes from Greece.  Recipes that have been passed down over generations; from mother to daughter, father to son. Take your taste buds from Zakynthos to Kos, then to Peloponnisos.  With little effort you too can cook Greek food and here’s your chance. We thank the Greek locals of Port Phillip for sharing their wonderful recipes with us.
 
To view and print the pdf of this range of delectable looking recipes, click the 'Greek Flag' button below; or to receive the recipes by post or email: Phone (03) 9209 6260 or 0403 904 092 or email sherridan.green@portphillip.vic.gov.au
 

Saturday Seminar-Webinar Report

 

The Palace Letters: Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking

On 10 October, over 160 people were enthralled as Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking presented the U3APP Webinar 'The Palace Letters and The Dismissal of the Whitlam Government - why are they important today?'  This Webinar was our signature event in the 2020 City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival Reimagined and U3APP is grateful for the Council’s support.

To read Pam Caven's report on the Webinar, click the 'Palace Letters' button below.  For those who missed this fascinating Webinar, it will be made available on the U3APP Website in November to coincide with the release of Professor Hocking's upcoming book 'The Palace Letters"

Final Saturday Seminar for 2020

21 November: Why did Americans vote this way?

Presented by John Pilbrow, PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences Monash

  

The 2020 American Presidential election will be held on 3 November.  This historically significant event will have repercussions for the entire world, and whatever the outcome, it's bound to be controversial.  You can reserve you place for this fascinating Webinar by clicking on the 'Elephant & Donkey' button.

  

 Not a U3APP Member but booked into this Webinar? 

There's no need to log on; simply go to the U3APP Website (www.u3app.org.au) and under the Hot Topics heading look for 'Click Here to Join Your Online Class'. When you click on this, you'll see the Seminar you've booked, and once you click on the Seminar name, you'll be taken to the Zoom session.
  

Trivia Night 20 October supporting

U3APP Member, Tutor, IT Guru extraordinaire and Musician in her own right, Helen Vorrath has organised a Trivia Quiz fundraiser for Musica Viva in Schools. This Online Trivia Evening, being held on Tuesday 20 October at 7pm, will be a night of great fun with prizes galore.
 
To celebrate Musica Viva's 75th year, 75 questions will tantalise your musical taste buds, embolden your competitive spirit, plus set you up to win sensational prizes from Port Phillip Estate Dining Room, Georg Jensen, L’Oreal Paris, Mitchelton Estate, Montalto Winery, Move Melbourne Records and Radio 3MBS
 
Either by yourself or with another, tickets are just $25.  Once you've purchased your ticket, you'll receive a further email with Zoom registration details.  To book, all you need to do is click on the 'Musica Viva in Schools' button below.

City of Port Phillip Council Elections

City of Port Phillip Elections for a new Council will this year be held by mail, and you should receive your postal ballot this week, if you haven't already. Your completed ballot must be posted by Friday 23 October to ensure arrival in time to be counted.  Due to current Covid-19 delivery delays, we suggest you complete and return as early as possible.  You can read more about this, including the three Wards and the Candidates standing for election, on the Victorian Electoral Commission website by clicking on the 'VEC' button.

Free Online Computer and Art Classes with

Port Phillip Community Group continues to offer Online training sessions in Computer and Art Classes, and will do so until mid-December 2020, when they will have a break over Christmas and January 2021. Their intention is to resume normal face-to-face and some Online Classes in early February 2021.   Click on the 'Port Phillip Community Group' button below for details of both sessions.

               
Online Arts Classes     /     Online Computer Classes

Covid-19 Update

You'll find lots of interesting and current information from trusted health, media and government sources about Covid-19 developments, as well as a veritable feast of things to keep you occupied as you stay safe and isolated, on our dedicated Covid-19 page.  Click on the 'Covid' button to access all this and more information to help see you through our current Lockdown.

   

The Victorian Government continues to update Covid-19 restrictions, and you can keep up to date with them through the 'Victorian Government Roadmap to Reopening' as well as the Department of Health & Human Services website by clicking on the buttons below.

                                                          

Roadmap to Reopening                                           DHHS

Another lovely Bouquet

"I would just like to personally express my gratitude to U3A supervisors who ran Holiday Classes.  I attended the yoga cum exercise class with Peter, Julie and Lorna, and Vintage Movies with Jim.  Both were wonderful and much needed in these times.  Could you please pass my thanks on to these wonderful people who give up their own time for others?"  Jenni Eaton

Dates for your diary

Sunday 1 November - Membership renewals/payments for 2021 open
Tuesday 3 November - Melbourne Cup day - no classes this day
Saturday 21 November - 
Saturday Seminar - Why did Americans vote this way?
Friday 27 November – last date to renew Membership if you want to vote at the AGM on 28 November
Saturday 28 November - U3A Port Phillip Annual General Meeting
Friday 4 December - end Term 4 (except for 1K03 Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception which runs through to 14 December)
Monday 7 December - Enrolments open for 2021

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