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Event organisers external to U3A occasionally provide us with details of activities which might be of interest to our members. Since these activities are not run by U3A, they are generally available to non U3A members as well, although this may not always be the case - check with the activity organiser
For further details of an event please follow the link to the Host website.

Flute & Guitar Concert for the Hearing Impaired - FREE

Hosted by: Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO)

Tuesday 25 June 2019

This concert is part of the CSO's free Community and Regional Engagement Rediscovering Music series where you can rediscover music with your hearing loss, hearing aids and Cochlear implants.

Partners and friends welcome.

Performers: Teresa Rabe (Flute),and Minh Le Hoang (Guitar)

When: Tuesday 25 June 2019 - 2 sessions:

  • 2:00 pm: Grant Cameron Community Centre, 27 Mulley St, Holder at 2:00 pm


  • 5:30 pm: at Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Phillip

All events free of charge thanks to Better Hearing Australia.

RSVP to Kristen Sutcliffe at or phone 0408 488 760

Author Talk: Robert Macklin: "Castaway" - FREE

Hosted by: Libraries ACT

Saturday 29 June 2019

  • When: Saturday 29th June, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • Where: Dickson Library, Dickson Shopping Centre, Antill Street, Dickson
  • Bookings: Online here or phone 6205 9000.

Find out how Robert Macklin recreated the astonishing story of a French cabin boy abandoned on the Far North Queensland Coast in his new book, Castaway.

Books for sale at the event by Dymocks.

ANU Classics Museum Highlights Program - FREE

1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th July, 2019

Volunteer Museum guides will be offering a program of presentations on themes related to the Museum's collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. The program will be conducted over four mornings during the university semester break.

  • Venue: ANU Classics Museum, AD Hope Building, Ellery Crescent ANU.
  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday 1, 2, 8 and 9 July
  • Time:10.00am - 12.30pm each day
  • Cost: Free, but donations to the Museum are appreciated. Places are limited.

For information and booking, please email

Shared Dreams & Destinies: Botanic Gardens of Melbourne & Sydney - Prof T J Entwisle

Hosted by: Australian Garden History Society & Friends of the National Library

Thursday 4 July 2019

Professor Timothy J Entwisle will talk about Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden which turned 200 in 2016, and Melbourne’s which celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2021. They are two of the older botanic gardens outside of Europe, and today they demonstrate how beautiful heritage landscapes can display and interpret stunning plant collections. Both stuttered in their beginnings but through the varied influences of directors such as Charles Moore, Ferdinand Mueller, William Guilfoyle and Joseph Maiden, it’s fair to say they exceeded expectations by the early years of the twentieth century.

Professor Entwisle is the Director & Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. He is a highly respected scientist, scientific communicator & botanic gardens director, who before going to Melbourne worked in a senior role at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, & as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust in Sydney. You can visit his blog at here

  • When: Thursday, 4 July, 6:00 pm
  • Where: Theatre, National Library of Australia
  • Cost: $20 for AGHS members & Friends of the NLA; $25 for non-members includes refreshments.
  • Bookings: Here

Researching Convict Ancestors

Hosted by: HAGSOC / ACT Heritage Library

Saturday 6 July 2019

  • Speaker: Peter Mayberry - access his Family History webpage here
  • Subject: Learn how to interpret documents to enrich your knowledge and understanding of your convict history
  • When: Saturday 6 July, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Venue: ACT Heritage Library, 255 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: here

Get to Know your Assembly - Free Seminar

Hosted by: U3A / Seniors

Thursday 24 October 2019

Date: Thursday, 24th October 2019

Time: 9.30 am – 3.00pm

Venue: Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit (public entrance is off Civic Square)

Registration: By email to or phone 6205 3025. No cost involved.

Further Information: Manager, Education and Engagement on 6205 3016

Lunchtime Melodies 2019 Program

Hosted by: Ginninderra Rotary & Raiders Belconnen

Monthly, July through November 2019

Every second Wednesday of the month, the Rotary Club of Ginninderra puts on a musical performance at the Raiders Belconnen Club open to the general community.

  • Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm +
  • Where: Raiders Belconnen, 55 Hardwick Crescent, Holt
  • Cost: Entry by gold coin donation


10th July: “Sing along with ‘Old Blue Eyes’
Tony Haley - in the Mood"
Contact: Tony Haley or 0411 269 855 Rotary Host: Michael Malone

14th August: “A popular and talented choir performance”
Warrani Chorale
Contact: Lutana McLeod Rotary Host: John Arundel

11th September: “A feast of talent and enthusiasm”
Hawker College Musicians & KSS Choirs
Contact: Ben Foster: Ring College 6142 0381
Rotary Host: Ken Hogan

9th October: “Two of our favourite performers -
Annie Sloane & Tony Haley”
Contact: Annie Sloan 0422 076 313,
Tony Haley
Rotary Host: Peter McArdle

13th November: “Enthusiasm and joy to share”
Tuggeranong Ukulele Group & KS School Choirs
Contact: President Chris Adams on 6285 3244
Rotary Host: Rod Jory

Family History Short Story Competition - Entries close 15th July

Hosted by: Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC)


Every family has a story – write yours now! There is still time to enter the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra 2019 Writing Competition.

Send in your short stories of 1,500 – 2,000 words on a family history / genealogy theme and be in with a chance to win $1,000.

The genre of writing is not limited, so try your hand at non-fiction, biography, creative non-fiction or perhaps fiction. Whether you are telling a story about one of your ancestors or sharing a personal memoir, the broad theme allows plenty of scope to be creative.

Information about the competition and how to enter is available on the Society’s website[here]

All questions to

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