JOLLY WELL DONE: Marita and David Rayner were proud of how far their Crows Nest Ukulele Class had come at their end of  year concert, with many barely having known what a ukulele was when they began in March.
JOLLY WELL DONE: Marita and David Rayner were proud of how far their Crows Nest Ukulele Class had come at their end of year concert, with many barely having known what a ukulele was when they began in March.

Check what's on offer at U3A Crows Nest open day

U3A Crows Nest is throwing open its doors to welcome new and returning members on Wednesday, January 24.

The branch, which only formed in March last year under the umbrella of U3A Toowoomba, has had an exciting start to life, according to branch co-ordinator Penny Protheroe, with a number of last year's courses so popular they will return along with new ones in 2018.

"All the tutors will be there on January 24 to chat to, find out more about them and their courses, and you can sign up there, or have a think which one or ones you want to do most," Penny said.

"I think we've got a really good mix this term - music, games, craft, computers, history and culture."

All the tutors are passionate about their subjects, with 11 choices in Term 1, including three new offerings.

Australian History in Action, is run by the "very animated" Graham Blackman, who promises to cover "unique events in history" from the 1600s forward, which have led us to be who we are.

Medieval Women Mystics is being introduced by Julie Nairn, who also teaches Celtic Spirituality, which proved popular last year.

Her new class explores life in the Middle Ages, attitudes to women, women in medieval art and the lives of women like Joan of Arc and Catherine of Sienna.

Finally, Symphonic Sounds, run by Ken and Sally Johnson, is "designed to be un-designed" and run at the pace of participants keen to listen to the music, appreciate and discuss it.

And when it comes to discussion, if you like to be heard, the Discussion/Debating Group is back after what Penny describes as "some really deep discussions" among the mostly male group last year (a nice way of saying a lot of people had a lot to say!).

And whether you've never switched on a computer - there were some people in just that situation last year - or are looking for something a bit more advanced on the computer front, you have a choice of Introduction to Information Technology or Internet Cloud and Social Media.

Mosaics, Mahjong, and Ukulele classes (beginner and intermediate) complete the list.

And if you have any doubts about U3A's courses, others don't.

Penny said she recently fielded a call from a couple wanting to move to the area from Brisbane, but a deciding factor in where they relocated was whether there was a local U3A.

"It really is a wonderful way to make friends and connections, as well as learning," she said.

Annual membership of U3A is $50, runs January to December, and is open to anyone retired or semi-retired, aged over-50.

Classes vary from free to a minimal weekly cost and run in eight-week terms. Call Penny on 46982021, the Toowoomba office on 46877659 or google Crows Nest U3A.


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