U3APP e-bulletin 

Welcome to this edition of the U3APP e-Bulletin

Our five day lockdown, while inconvenient and restrictive for many, appears to be the 'Circuit Breaker' Victoria needed, and we are back to a level of Covid-Normal that restores most of our freedoms, including the resumption of Outdoor Classes and our Coffee Club.


Apology about Apologies

In last week's e-Bulletin we asked Members to ensure they apologised if they were unable to attend one of their Classes.  Many of you are now using the Apology function on our Website, but for those who prefer to email, the correct email address to forward your Apology to is  
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


Good News - U3APP Coffee Club  Now on Again

Unfortunately, our Wednesday Coffee Club, planned for 16 February was cancelled due to the Covid-19 'Circuit Breaker'.  Now that things are returning to  Covid-Normal, we're delighted to invite U3APP Members to join us for a cuppa at The Sandbar, 175B Beaconsfield Parade, on the following days:
  • Wednesday 24 February 11:00am 
  • Friday 26 February 11:00am 
Current Covid-19 Government restrictions include the wearing of masks at indoor venues unless eating or drinking, so please remember to bring your mask with you.  And of course we ask that you monitor your preferred news service in the event of any further Lockdown that may prevent us from getting together next week.  

Also please note, we ask any Member who has attended a U3APP event to email us if they test positive for Covid-19 at


 Saturday Seminar Report

New Tricks or Old Tricks Made New for a Healthy Old Age


Go positively into the Third Age

On Saturday 20 February Dr Jane Fyfield gave an engaging first Saturday Seminar for 2021 which was informative, entertaining and perfectly pitched for a U3APP audience. 

Jane showed us that Australians are living longer, and they are healthier, which is not to say that people do not, or will not have health issues.  It's all about management of our circumstances - remaining healthy, positive in outlook, connected to family and friends, and stimulated. Take a bow U3APP!

U3APP Tutor, Sheila Quairney kindly facilitated this Seminar; afterwards she spent some time reflecting on Jane's words and put pen to paper to describe what the third age means to her.  You can read her 'reflection' inspired by Jane's presentation, along with Pam Caven's full Report by clicking on the 'New Tricks' button below. 

A recording of this Seminar will be available on the U3APP Website later this week.  You can watch it (later this week) as well as all our previous Saturday Seminar-Webinars by clicking the 'Microphone' button. 

Saturday Seminar Report                        Saturday Seminar Recordings

Upcoming Program of Saturday Seminars 

With our first successful Saturday Seminar-Webinar under our belts, here is the upcoming selection for the next three months.  We're sure you'll agree they are a diverse and fascinating array, bound to delight a wide range of our Members and Subscribers.

Our Saturday Seminars are free to attend and open to all, Members and non-Members, but places must be reserved, so click on the button links to the Seminar/s of your choice or go to our Website to book.


A Life of Crime - Carmel Shute

Saturday 20 March 2:30pm

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun.  Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from fellow convenor (interrogator) Tara Mitchell.  To reserve places for this free Seminar, click on the 'Red Stiletto' button. 


Want more?  See a little further down the page for another Sisters in Crime Webinar, The Innocents: Child Victims, a free event being held on YouTube.


What is to be Done?  Political Engagement and Saving the Planet
Barry Jones AC

Saturday 24 April 2:30pm

As a member for the Victorian and Commonwealth Parliaments, Barry Jones led the campaign to abolish the death penalty and became Australia’s longest serving Minister for Science.  He received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014 and is considered a “living national treasure”.

Barry Jones argues that of Australia’s 15 million voters, barely 30,000 (0.2 per cent) are actively involved in political parties.  Australia handled the COVID crisis well, relying on evidence, and climate change very badly, rejecting evidence.  What is to be Done? The answer, Barry Jones insists, is in higher levels of political engagement. Are you / we up to it?

In his most recent book, What Is To Be Done, Political Engagement and Saving the Planet  (2020), he examines how some elements in the information revolution have had unexpected, negative effects which pose an existential threat to liberal democracy.  
To reserve your place for what is guaranteed to be a fascinating Webinar, click on 'Barry's Book' button.


Australian Indigenous Art - from Ancient Times to a Global Contemporary Art Movement - Helen Robinson


Saturday 15 May 2:30pm

We'll have more details about this Saturday Seminar in upcoming e-Bulletins, but you can reserve your place now by clicking this 'Indigenous Art' button.

Our New Program of Information Sessions

Our first of the newly announced Information Sessions is coming up this Wednesday and is already proving a very popular one judging by the bookings received.  We've just added another Session at the end of March  - Raffles Hotel - in which Dr Nadia Wright will talk about the history of this iconic hotel.

Click on any of the Information Sessions that you're interested in, or click on this 'Information' button for details of all the Sessions.



Spotlight On   Janet Campbell
Let Them Eat Cake!

Janet Campbell's adventures into fancy and fanciful cake creation came with a request for a 'red fanged snake cake' from her (about to turn) eight year old nephew.  She has written about her journey into regular cake creation for family and friends that followed, with photos of many of her wonderful and imaginative creations.

You can read Janet's story and see all the photos by clicking on this 'Fancy a Cake?' button.  

And remember - we'd love to receive YOUR story to share with our Members; you can send it to us at 

'Reflections of Summer' - U3APP Art Exhibition


Sandy Point - Anne Knowles - watercolour 19x28

We've seen a wonderful array of artwork submitted by U3APP Members for the Reflections of Summer Art Exhibition, truly showcasing the amazing talent of our U3APP Members.  You've probably seen the weekly selections highlighted in our e-Bulletins, but do take the time to visit the Exhibition on our Website to see many more wonderful artworks created by our Members.

And there's still time to send us your offering; you don't have to be enrolled in one of our Art Courses to contribute, however you do need to be a U3APP Member.  You can submit photographs of your own art works from now until 31 March 2021.  The artwork should be painting, on any medium, and will be displayed on the U3APP Website, and of course a feature picture is displayed in each of our e-Bulletins.  

You can find out how to make a submission, as well as view the offerings received so far from our very talented Members, by clicking on this 'Paint Palette' button.  


Port Phillip EcoCentre's

Celebrate Victoria's diverse multicultural traditions and nature connection this coming week at the EcoCentre's Culture & Nature Festival 2021.  A series of FREE digital events will showcase diverse nature-linked customs and stories through cooking, gardening, environmental stewardship, and multilingual nature experiences from home.  Some of the topics covered are:

  • First Nations Connection to Nature
  • Classic Recipes from China / Greece / Brazil
  • Baykeepers Watch Party
  • Multilingual Online Snorkeling
  • Gardening like your Grandparents
  • Zero Waste tips from the World
Click on this 'EcoCentre' button for all the details:


Sisters in Crime Australia - free Webinar

Friday 26 February 6:00pm

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out.

This Webinar showcases an upcoming author panel with seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and Stella Budrikis discussing these particularly evil crimes with fellow writer Emily Webb.  For details about how to book for this free Seminar click the 'Sisters in Crime' button below.


A Weekend of Art Coming Up in March

This inaugural Albert Park Art Walk, showcasing the work of twelve contemporary artists from within the local area and beyond, and across a wide range of media, will feature installations in participating store windows, on property boards and in open spaces - accompanied with a programme of activities to celebrate creativity within the community.  

You can follow a trail of pop-up artworks and installations around Albert Park Village and enjoy accompanying events between Friday 26 - Sunday 28 March, such as group tours of the art works or a Progressive Art Walk Lunch.  Click on the 'Art Walk' button below for information and to book into Events.


Covid Update

Please Note:  We ask any Member who has attended a U3APP Event to advise us if they test positive for Covid-19 by emailing the U3APP Committee at

Covid-19 Vaccination Rollout

The Australian Government Department of Health is providing news and information for Australians about the development, approval process and plans for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.  You can find out about how the vaccines are tested, who will be first in line to receive it and how it will be distributed.  Click on this "Coronavirus" button to go to the Department of Health Website.

You can view information from trusted health, media and government sources about Covid-19 developments, as well as a veritable feast of things to keep you occupied from home on our dedicated Covid-19 page.  Click on the 'Coronavirus' button below to access all this and more information. 

The current Coronavirus restrictions are very fluid, sometimes changing from one week to the next in order for Victoria to remain safe, while still managing the needs of travellers from other parts of the country.  For this reason, we suggest you stay on top of the latest developments, regarding re-entry permits and hot spots, by watching or listening to the daily updates provided by the The Victorian Government, as well as those from other States.

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 website by clicking on the 'Coronavirus'  buttons below.


COVIDSafe Summer                             Department of Health   

Dates for your Diary

Semester 1: Monday 1 February - Friday 25 June

Wednesday 24 February 12noon - Information Session: Becoming Functionally Selfish: Start Putting Yourself First Without Feeling Guilty - Jan Hutton
Wednesday 24 February 11am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Friday 26 February 11am -  The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Monday 8 March - Labour Day Public Holiday - usually no Classes held this day - check with your Tutor if unsure
Friday 12 March 11:00am - Information Session: Strokesafe - Kevin English
Tuesday 16 March 1:00pm - Information Session: Celebrancy: The Law: Life Celebrations: Marriage, Funerals (End of Life) and many more - Robyn Christie
Saturday 20 March 2:30pm - Seminar-Webinar: A Life in Crime - Carmel Shute
Friday 26 March 11am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Wednesday 31 March 12:00noon - Information Session: Raffles Hotel - Nadia Wright
Thursday 1 April - End Term 1

Friday 2 April - Sunday 18 April - Easter and Term Break

Monday 19 April - Start Term 2
Saturday 24 April 2:30pm - Seminar - Webinar: What is to be done: Political Engagement and Saving the Planet - Barry Jones
Friday 30 April 11am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Saturday 15 May 2:30 pm - Seminar - Webinar: Australian Indigenous Art - from Ancient Times to a Global Contemporary Art Movement
Friday 28 May 11am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Monday 14 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - usually no Classes held - check with your Tutor if unsure
Friday 25 June 11am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde
Friday 25 June - End Term 2

Semester 2: Monday 12 July - Friday 10 December

Monday 12 July - Start Term 3
Friday 17 September - End Term 3

Saturday 18 September - Sunday 3 October - Term Break

Monday 4 October - Start Term 4
Tuesday 2 November - Melbourne Cup Day - no Classes held this day
Friday 10 December - End Term 4

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