Courses & Activities

We offer courses and activities in a wide range of interest areas. To enrol in a course or activity, you must be a member. Most courses are free, however occasionally a small charge is required to cover materials or tutor’s expenses.
All held at Flinders Park Clubrooms, Wade St Portland unless notified otherwise.

How to enroll in a course or activity

Please contact us to find out how to enrol.

Contacts listed below for more information.

Term dates

Term One  1 January – 30 June Term Two  1 July – 31 December

Special Events

Tae Rac Aquacquculture

This is a summary of an upcoming event to happen in June. There will be more details when the date is near.

This is a visit to Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre on Friday June 16th. Members will be carpooling.

Menu: This is available on the Tae Rak website and also printed sheets available at Flinders Park.

PAYMENT FOR LUNCH: Tae Rak is a CASHLESS BUSSINESS ONLY. You will be only able to use your Debit or Credit Card. Cash will not be accepted.

The Legal System – Led by Rudi de Zoete Spiero Venue: Flinders Park Clubrooms Dates: Wednesdays June 14, 21, 28 Time: 10:30 following Social Exercise The Winner Is… Venue: Portland Arts Centre Date: Saturday 11 February 1:00pm Purchase own ticket and mention U3A Block Booking Contact: Cheryl Ford 55 23 4226 Suns Rising: the songs that made Memphis Venue: Portland Civic Hall Date: Saturday 25 February 7:00pm Purchase own ticket Contact: Lynne McNaughton 040 007 8519 Garden Visit and Plant Swap Date: Friday 3rd March Venue: 8086 Princes Hwy, Narrawong Contact: Deanne Butcher  041 9316 717 Trivia Fun Venue: Flinders Park Clubrooms Date: Friday 5th May Time: 1:00pm for 1:30pm start Bookings Essential Bring small plate Contact: Ann Taylor 044 8514 734 Lynne McNaughton  040 007 8519 Bobby Darin Story Venue: Portland Arts Centre Date: Tuesday 21st March Time: 10:15 for 10:30am Purchase own ticket Contact: Carol Morgan  040 2171 566 Speakers Corner Tony Oxford, Papua New Guinea Venue: Portland Library Meeting Room Date: To Be confirmed Time: 10:15am for 10:30am Contact: Lynne McNaughton  040 007 851 See further details on “Latest News” page Barrie “Bazza” Cyber Warfare and Scams Venue: Portland Library Meeting Room Date: Tuesday 2nd May Time: 10:15am for 10:30am Contact: Lynne McNaughton  040 007 8519 Baz Bardoe describes himself as an information warfare professional, author, researcher and musician. He will speak about the use of the Cyber Domain – computer systems, electrical networks, data and information – in war and peace, including Cyber Warfare; the problem of scammers; the threats regular people may face, and simple things they can do to make themselves better protected. There will also be the opportunity for a Q and A session.

Ellen Linke: Army Experiences, Past Editor Portland Observer Followed by Robyn Peacock: Geocaching

Venue: Portland Library Meeting Room Date: Tuesday 30th May Time: 10:15am for 10:30am Contact: Lynne McNaughton  040 007 8519 Ellen Linke has come quite a way in her life, from being the daughter of “ten pound pom” to serving in the Australian Army and to becoming the first female managing Editor of the Portland Observer. We look forward to the rest of Ellen’s story. Robyn Peacock will be giving a talk about geocaching.  Robyn and her husband Chad moved to Portland about 2 ½ years ago and Robyn joined U3A once Covid restrictions lifted.
Geocaching is a game or hobby that uses a smart phone to locate hidden containers and then share the adventure online. If you have a smart phone and some physical ability geocaching is fun for all ages. Here’s why: It keeps you curious Geocaching helps you rediscover the world around you. Before geocaching, that tree you walked by was just a pretty tree, but now you know to look up and see the geocache disguised as a birdhouse. Geocaching keeps you curious and transforms the everyday into an adventure. You can go at your own pace While there are tricky and difficult geocaches, there are also easier ones. It keeps you young at heart and mentally active.  Sometimes you will need to plan how to navigate to the cache or work out a puzzle.

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