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U3A Clarence is a cooperative learning community for retired and semi-retired people, run by volunteers on a non-profit basis.  While there are no age limits, its courses attract the over 50s.  It was founded in 1993 and now has about 350 members.

We have something for everyone

Get Moving!

Whether it be dancing or Tai Chi.  Fluid movement can help reduce tension of the body and mind.  It can also be a lot of fun too.

Painting Classes

Awaken your inner Picasso!  Beginners and intermediate course on painting and sketching are available now.

Our Stories

Discover the writer within.  Read and Listen to new contributions from members.  Share thoughts and ideas with like minded individuals.


Join us to learn more about celestial space, our bodies, mind and matter.

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June 2018

President’s Message June 2018
Old Age is the most unexpected thing that can happen to anyone

This is so true.  I was at a family gathering recently and was amazed that the little tots I remember are now handsome and beautiful teenagers. How did that happen?  I used to feel sorry for my grandparents sitting quietly in a corner and seemingly missing out on all the chat.  Now I really enjoy sitting in the corner and keeping an eye on all the activity.

When I married I could not imagine being 30 let alone over 70.  We just cannot comprehend that this will happens.  All of us look at our friends or partners and the mirror and are amazed at the changes which have crept over us all.   However, no one told me that it is possible to enjoy older age so much.  Of course we are a bit creaky but we can truly enjoy a new baby’s laughter and a toddler’s unfailing energy at play.  We fully appreciate the passing seasons and the beautiful views we have in Tasmania.

As teenagers we worried about personal characteristics we considered as shortcomings without realizing our young perfection.  Now I understand that my friends with their experience imprinted faces are truly beautiful.  Teenagers and babies are exquisitely ravishing beyond description.

Another advantage is that people help you.  At 50 we become invisible (women especially) in queues.  Now as elders we often receive attention and help.

Don’t give up your dreams
Just sleep longer

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TMAG Outings
We have arranged two conducted tours of TMAG’s special collections. I can recommend their café for morning tea and they have fabulous sandwiches.  There will be booking sheets for names and more details on the notice board in Room 6.  Cost is $5.
Thursday July 5th 10.30 to 11.30        Colonial History Galleries
Thursday July 19th10.30 to 11.30       Tasmanian Earth and Life, Thylacine, Islands to Ice
As a coincidence, there is also a special exhibition of the work of Lola Green, the first Aboriginal to be named a National Living Treasure.  She is a shell necklace artist and exhibits the traditional art of indigenous women of Tasmania’s Flinders Island and Cape Barren.  Well worth a diversion at the end of your tour.
Quiz afternoon
Thursday August 9 at the Howrah Recreational Centre 1-3pm.  This is always a fun event and a pleasant afternoon tea. Cost will still be $10.
Anniversary Booklet
Proudly supported by Clarence City Council’s Community Grants Scheme

Clarence City Council has given us a generous Community Grant to offset some of the costs of publication of our Anniversary Booklet.  This will allow us to sell the booklet for $10.
You have until 30 June to submit your pithy paragraph, pertinent poem or piece of punchy prose to be included.  Email contributions to Patricia Corby [email protected]   A box for entries is on the table in room 6.  Details are on our notice board in room 6.

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Some stories from our writers

Ode to my apple

Is this an apple which I see before me? Come, let me behold thee. ’Tis shapen like an apple red yet hath these shining russet yellow streaks all round. ’Tis small, yet light upon my hand, with tiny broken stalk upon its upward face. ’Tis like a cherry – larger – yet...

Living off the Land

The three of us moved cautiously past the ruins of the house and into the overgrown back garden. We were moving carefully as the long grass hid ankle-turning bricks, toe-stubbing baulks of timber and shin-barking pipes. We had learned of these obstacles the hard way...

The greater need

About 10 years ago, as I was about to enter Central Station in Sydney, a very untidy man approached me. He was about 30 years old, looked pretty down and out, and was probably an alcoholic. "Could you give me a dollar, mate, so I can buy some breakfast?" he said. "A...

Graveyard Shift

Arnold was an amateur astronomer and knew that a certain star was going to disappear behind the moon and reappear about an hour later. To get a better view and out of the dazzle of street lights, he wandered into a churchyard with the idea of standing in the shadow of...

For Sale

Colin passed some "FOR SALE" lists to us, Two lists each – Don't make a fuss, Just write a piece – just make a choice And when it's your turn, speak in a clear voice. $40 – blockout curtains, one pair, quality guaranteed, Cream, with blue butterflies – is there a...

Grandfather Time

Mad genius is an old, oxymoronic description, but in old Doolan's case it was perfect. At 72 years old he was still overloaded with brains but was nuttier than a health shop. His ability to construct the most elaborate electronic equipment from salvaged TV's,...

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