Laughing it up at U3A Twin Towns is the Laughter Yoga group, one of 58 classes and courses on offer in 2020.
Laughing it up at U3A Twin Towns is the Laughter Yoga group, one of 58 classes and courses on offer in 2020.

U3A group plans change to name

THE future looks bright for U3A Twin Towns with new classes to offer its growing membership in 2020 and a name change to better reflect the area it serves.

Publicity officer Liz Briggs said members would be asked to vote on three possible names centred on the Tugun-based branch serving the Southern Gold Coast, with classes held from Tweed Heads to Palm Beach.

U3A Twin Towns is one of 34 branches of the organisation spread across Queensland, with the Coast also home to U3A Gold Coast Inc Southport, U3A Broadbeach and U3A North Gold Coast at Labrador, but it has no relation to the Twin Towns Services Club, which has caused confusion in the past.

All U3As offer classes and activities for over-55s, run by members willing to share their knowledge with others.

While U3A Twin Towns is not the biggest branch, with a membership of about 350 and 58 courses on offer, Liz said, "we punch well above our weight".

Classes extend from four to eight weeks to full-year courses, with subjects covering everything from exercise and health to the arts, history, languages, games and technology.

"We have a really diverse range of courses, and we are unique in that once you are a member, it can cost as little as $10 for a course that runs across the entire year," Liz said.

Membership itself reduces with loyalty, with new members paying $120, while renewals are $90 and members of more than 10 years pay $70 annually.

Course fees are generally $10, regardless of the course's duration, or $5 per session for visitors.

New courses for the coming year include an introduction to logic called Thinking about Thinking, Latin Dance Fitness, Leap into Literature, Preventing Dementia, and Stitchery and Quilting.

Other subjects of interest include Historical Women, which studies women across different fields from science to crime, Demystifying Cryptic Crosswords and Australian History with a twist, as tutor Karen Knight-Mudie uses the "social media" of the times including paintings and newspaper articles to trace the events and attitudes that shaped Australia.

A number of classes have limits on student numbers due to their venue, so Liz encouraged people to get their names in early to ensure they don't miss out on the class they want, especially exercise classes which has proven very popular.

U3A Twin Towns is holding enrolment days from 9am-12pm on Thursday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 22, with classes starting Monday, February 3.

Tutors will be on hand on enrolment days to talk you through their topics and answer any questions.

A promotion is also being held at The Pines, Elanora, from January 28-31.

The U3A Twin Towns office is at 4 Boyd St, Tugun, but check class schedules for venues, and remember that during daylight saving, NSW classes are marked as DST times.

To find out more, go to www.u3atwintowns.com or phone 07 5534 7333 (re-opening 9am-12pm from January 23).

For residents further north, find sign-on information for U3A Gold Coast Inc Southport at u3agoldcoast.weebly.com; for U3A Broadbeach at u3abroadbeach.com; and for U3A North Gold Coast at Labrador online at u3anorthgoldcoast.com.


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