U3A  Apollo Bay  -  A0061281U - a member  of  U3A  Network  Victoria©


U3A Apollo Bay

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Enlightenment and Its Enemies:  Card Room, Apollo Bay Community Hall, Whelan Street

Ten weekly sessions starting 10.30 to 12 noon 9 October

Presenter:  Ray Nichols


The European Enlightenment dramatically transformed people's understanding both of their world and of their actions. This course examines this dual transformation -- and its continuing importance today.

The course focuses on the following themes --:

• Enlightenment's championing of knowledge, public criticism, natural rights, progress, and liberty;

• Enlightenment's attacks on ignorance, prejudice, superstition, tradition, and authoritarianism;

• How this produced both efforts to go "beyond" enlightenment and fierce assaults on it -- some of which still try to restrict human understanding and action.

Overall, the course investigates the powers and uncertainties of belief.

Enrollment limited to 10.  NB this course is fully booked.  If you need to cancel your booking please contact Jannette Byrne, see details below.  

Chat and Act Program held 1st Monday of the month 2-4pm starting 9 October

Venue: Room 4 Marrar Woorn

This group has been discussing ways which support individuals and the community in producing home grown fresh fruits and vegetables, ways these foods can be prepared and preserved.  We look at various ways we can preserve and protect our environment.  Are  you are interested in gardening, cooking and home preserving, environmental issues and ways we can work together to protect the environment? We may evolve into a group which combines the efforts and common interests of others involved with these topics.  There may be interest in adopting the model used by Transition Towns in addressing environmental issues and climate change at a local level.  If you like the idea you are welcome to join the group to take these ideas further.  

Film group:  meets 1.15 pm for 1.30 pm start on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting 16 October 2017.

Venue: Apollo Bay Community Centre, Whelan Street.

No limit on numbers attending.  Information on the next film to be shown will be emailed to all members prior to the session.


Music Appreciation:  meets 5pm, 1st Tuesday of the month.  Starts: 10 October 2017

Share the enjoyment of listening to music. Members take it in turns to host the meeting in their home.

This group focuses on classical music but if there is sufficient interest other groups may be set up for other music styles.

Venue: on application

(Tuesdays programs continue next column)

Book Group Meets 2.30pm 3rd Tuesday of the month. Starts: 17 October 2017

The book group is running to a new and more flexible schedule. Participants will receive a book list.  You can read the suggested books and meetings will continue to be held 3rd Tuesday of the month with books scheduled for discussion.  But don’t worry if you can’t attend every meeting.  Just come along and join the discussion when you can.

Venue: on application


iPad/ Laptop user group: meets fortnightly starting 11am – 12 noon Thursday 12 October 2017

Venue: room 1 Marrar Woorn

Facilitator: Marilyn Coyle

Help is at hand to provide ongoing support for iPad and Laptop users.  To help those new to the technology and for others who can’t find an answer to their problem this group is there to help.  Bring along your iPad or laptop (even your Smart Phone) to get help in solving those problems that stop you making the best use of the equipment.  

Cards and Board Games: Meets weekly 12.45 – 4.30pm Thursdays. Starts: 12 October 2017 (also during school holiday if there is a demand.

Venue: Room 2 Marrar Woorn

U3A members are invited to drop in and join this group. No limit on numbers. This is a friendly get together over a cuppa and the game of your choice. There are a variety of games to choose from or the opportunity to learn new games.  

Learning Mahjong:  a chance to learn mahjong and form a regular playing group.  

Documentary films Meets 2.00pm - every 3rd Thursday.  Starts: 19 October 2017

This group meets monthly with films selected by the group, so come along to choose topics that interest you.  A discussion on the topic of the film follows viewing.

Venue on application.


Calligraphy:   Group meets  weekly 9.30-11.30 Fridays. Starts 13 October

Venue: Room 2 Marrar Woorn

Presented by Lynne Hall a master calligrapher and illuminator.  Participants work at their own pace so new enrolments are welome. For information and equipment requirments for calligraphy phone Lynne on 0438 320 651 or email lynne.hall-@ -bigpond.com

 Term 4 2017
9 OCTOBER – 22 December

U3A information contact: info@u3a.apollobay.org.au

For course bookings and information contact: Jannette Byrne phone Mobile 0438 397 020 or Jan Lewis 0439 391 993. 0r email info@u3a.apollobay.org.au

Also coming in Term 4

Seniors Festival 2017.  Seniors Festival will take part throughout October.  The Colac Otway Shire is planning special events throughout the Shire and U3A Apollo Bay will hold a special event open to the community.  We will keep you posted on what - where - and when.

Birds field trip to the Western Treatment Plant Werribee with Richard Stone.  Thursday 19 October. Follow-up Friday 27 October Room 4 Marrar Woorn.  The numbers are strictly limited for this trip and it has been offered to the group who have previously attended Richard’s presentation on birds.  If you are new to U3A and interested in Birds – identification, photography and discovering the variety of birds to be seen in our area please let us know as Richard may offer additional courses in future.

Climate, Space and Time A guided walk at Cape Otway lead by Aboriginal leader Richard Callopy.  Richard has extensive knowledge of this area.  This is an opportunity to learn something of the history of the traditional land owners and the land and sea that sustained them over many thousands of years. It is planned to walk from the car park down to Point Franklin. (approx. 2 hours return).  We will then drive to the Light Station.  Participants can purchase morning tea at the café or bring your own.  We will then visit the Aboriginal centre.  Some may want to stay for lunch at the café, have a picnic, or make their way back to Apollo Bay.

There will be a cost of $15 for the guided walk.  Note that there is no charge for admission to the Light Station for Colac Otway Shire rate payers. (Remember to take something that identifies where you live).

The walk is not strenuous but it is a bush track and slopes down to the beach so a reasonable level of fitness is required.  

The walk will depend on weather so details will need to be finalised as the weather settles.  Friday is most likely day of the week for the walk.  There will be a limit of 10 people so register your interest now.  Additional people can join the group at the Light Station.  We are unable to arrange transport but check with your friends about car pooling.

Shakespeare in the Otways: The Tempest at the Cape Otway Light Station 4 November at 6.30pm.  Book now and join with U3A members for BYO drinks and snacks before the performance.  

Purchase your tickets on www.shakespeareintheotways.com or at the Apollo Bay Information Centre. Tickets $35.00.

Transport: we are unable to arrange transport but check with your friends about car pooling.

Archibald Prize 2017 at the Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220.  

Are you interested in viewing this exhibition at the Geelong Gallery and lunch at the Davidson Restauant, Gordon Institute. This restaurant is a short distance from the Gallery and meals are prepared and served by hospitality students.  You may wish to make your own arrangements for lunch, but if you would like to join a group at the Davison Restaurant please contact Jannette (see details above) by 9 October, so that we make a group booking.

Costs:   Gallery: $16 concession $12.  Lunch: $15 for 2 courses and $20 for 3 courses.  

Transport: we are unable to arrange transport but check with your friends about car pooling .

Date: Wednesday 15 November.  We will meet at the Gallery at 10am and we will book lunch for 12.30pm.


U3A Apollo Bay members have been invited to participate with Apollo Bay P-12 College’s Year 9 students as part of a communication exercise included in their curriculum.  This will involve attending the College and working with students on interviews and information gathering across the generations. Details are still to be finalised with the College but the program is expected to run over 2-3 weeks.  This could be a trip down memory lane for you and the opportunity to gain some insights into the thinking of the young people.  Watch out for details to come.  Please regisister your interest in participating in this program by calling or emailing Jannette Byrne, see details above.