Our program for 2019 is, as usual, varied and interesting!

Term 1 2019 Program at a Glance

A Smorgasbord of Talks Wednesdays 10.00 – 12.00 Life Centre, weekly
Book Club Last Monday of the month 1.30 – 4.00 Health Centre, all year
Family History Last Wednesday of the month 1.30 – 4.00 Private home – see Program
Garden & Gourmet Thursdays (not in term 2) 10.00 – 12.00 Various locations – see Program
Great Music, Art & Inventions 1600 – 2000 Mondays (five sessions, one on a Wednesday) 10.00 – 12.30 Life Centre
Men’s Forum 2nd Sunday of the month except Christmas break 2.00 – 4-ish Private home – see Program
Painting with Acrylics Mondays 2.00 – 4.00 Health Centre, weekly
Painting with Watercolours Wednesdays 2.00 – 4.00 Health Centre, weekly
Play Reading Tuesdays 1.30 – 4.00 Health Centre, weekly
Writers Group A – Skills Tuesdays 10.00 – 12.00 Health Centre, weekly
Writers Group B – Discussion and support Last Friday of the month 10.00 – 12.00 Life Centre

We start preparing the coming term program at least mid way through the preceding term. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact us.

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A Smorgasbord of Talks

Talks on many varied subjects, with time for discussion and questions:

  • Travelling in Russia, Norway, Iceland and the Orkneys
  • The controversial history of evolution
  • A Table in the Valley (recently-published book about food in the Huon)
  • Sustainable housing, especially in Cygnet
  • Eating to live well
  • The Neanderthals
  • Conspiracy theory

Book Club

Cygnet U3A book club focuses on themes rather than the same book every month. Topics for 2019 include Victorians, mental illness, indigenous authors, humour, holiday reading, and short stories. You choose fiction or non-fiction – any work to illustrate the theme, which is why our meetings are interesting, informative and fun.

Family History Interest Group

A small group of genealogy tragics meet to share experiences, discuss techniques and generally learn from each other.

Garden & Gourmet

A series of visits, talks and workshops on all things garden, and gourmet, with plenty of opportunity to look, discuss and ask.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Garden & Gourmet visit on 11 April – there will be no Garden & Gourmet session that day.

Great Music, Art & Inventions 1600 – 2000 – a special 5-week program by guest presenter Wendy Weight OAM

Please note that these lectures are from 10am to 12.30pm

We are very lucky to have a special guest presenter from Victoria for this program. Wendy Weight OAM is an experienced music teacher who has written a number of books about music. She built and managed the Horsham Music Academy in Victoria as well as being a driving force in the establishment of Horsham’s first Performing Arts Centre. She has received several prestigious awards including an Order of Australia Medal in 2006, and was the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2012.
These five lectures are informative, interesting and fun. We start in about 1500, each week looking at composers, artists, inventions and world events, and finish in the present. All lectures are audio-visual, with short selections from all music genres. They are equally suitable for those who know nothing about classical music and those whose knowledge is quite extensive.

Men’s Forum

The Men’s forum meets to discuss any topics of interest, relevance or concern.

Play Reading

Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime – experience the joys and sorrows of other lives, places and times. You don’t have to have great acting skills – just be able to read, enjoy being entertained and love laughing. Beginners welcome.

Painting with Acrylics

This is a follow up from last year’s beginners class, to enable people to practise and develop what they have learnt. Anyone who has some or a little experience and would like to be part of a group is also very welcome. It will not be run as structured classes but a tutor will be available for advice and assistance.

Painting with Watercolours

This term, this is a self-tutored group for those already painting. There will be a beginners class in term 2.

Writers Group

We look at various aspects of the novel, non-fiction, memoirs, historical novel, scriptwriting, autobiography, and whatever else the group is interested in.

For more details please read our most recent program, available on the Program page.

If you are presenting a talk for us, there is more information you may need, and details of what we need from you, on our For Presenters page.

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