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Seniors Race Day – Tuesday 17 September from 11am

A great day was enjoyed by 24 members and their friends at the Wangaratta Turf Club.  Everyone busy trying to pick the winners for their table, as well as quite a few personal bets being placed.  There were a few lucky members but everyone enjoyed the magnificent weather and great company.

Cards & Board Games

We would love more people to come and enjoy their favourite card game or board game in the company of other playing enthusiasts, and maybe learn some new games!  See timetable. Semester Two Timetable

Be Connected

We still need a few more people so we can qualify for the $2,500 grant for this online skills and e-safety weekly course.  Three digital mentors will be in the rooms every Monday. from 10am-12pm  (except school holidays) so please come along and let them help you get started.  You will learn basic skills so you will know your way around your device, whether it is a mobile phone, iPad or tablet, or laptop.  And you will help pay for the Smart TV and wifi access by enrolling in this course.

Bird Watching

Experience the variety and habits of birds in our area guided by retired teacher, bird watcher, keen cyclist and bush walker, Rod Davis.  Rod aims to give people some skills and insights so we can learn to identify and understand Australian birds.  You will learn the meaning of the photographers’ word, “jizz”, and how to use binoculars.  Rod prefers we meet him at each of the following locations to make the most of the time we have.

From next Monday there will be a class list in the meeting room where you can put your name down if attending, or, you can let me know by this email address and please remember to say whether you can give a lift to anyone who needs it.  One week before each of the three sessions I will send people on this list an email giving specific location details, what to bring, who they can ask to get a lift with, etc.  Terrain in all three sites is good.

The locations are:-

16 September 10am-12noon – Wangaratta Water Plant on Detour Road (special permission has been granted to us by North East Water) to see large water birds.

4 November 10am-12noon – Big Kaluna off Wilson’s Road, on the right just after the King River bridge to see birds attracted to flowering plants.

25 November 10am-12noon – Mullinmur Walkway, corner of Cambridge Drive and Philipson Street to see birds inhabiting river banks, creeks and streams.

Wine Making 

For this course we aim to learn about how particular terrains and environments affect the wines produced by listening to the winemakers themselves, and of course, taste their wines!  We will meet in our U3A car park, except for 25 October where we meet in our U3A room – note the times differ – and share cars to each location.

The locations are:-

13 September 1.15pm-3.15pm – Sam Miranda, Snow Road, Oxley.  Private talk to our group plus small snack of crudités, cheese = $10.

8 November 1.15pm-3.15pm = U3A Meeting Room.  Our facilitator will be one of our Buongiorno Italia class members, Phil Gibson, who produces some excellent wines from his small hobby grape vines in Rutherglen.  He will be bringing some for us to taste and tell us about his recent tour around Spanish wineries.

15 November 10am-12noon – Morrisons of Glenrowan.  Dianne and Bob will tell us about their winemaking processes as we sip their wines surrounded by their lovely bush garden.

Tuesday 5th November – Melbourne Cup Race Day

Come and experience a country race meeting with a relaxed and happy atmosphere.   Music and entertainment are on all day and you can view all the live action from Flemington on the big screen.  Come in a group so you can have an affordable day out in your own special area.

Friday 29th November – End of Year Breakfast

Our end of year is celebrated in the Grand Oaks Room at the Wangaratta Turf Club at our End of Year Breakfast with a top chef preparing some tasty culinary delights.  A great chance to meet our committee and members and to look back at some of our highlights and hear of our plans for the new year.

Wednesday 29th January, 2020 – Annual General Meeting 2020

This is an important day for U3A Wangaratta because we elect a new committee, obtain a new course Brochure, and enrol for our 2020 membership.  We have a guest speaker, hear our President’s report for the previous year, and it is a great chance to meet our members, hear about upcoming courses and enjoy a relaxed morning tea together.