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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.

Stories that Celebrate Film - Showgirl's Luck

Hosted by: Friends of the National Film & Sound Archive

Friday 20 July 2018

Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive will be showing Australia's very first screen musical Showgirl's Luck (aka Talkie Mad) from 1931.

Showgirl's Luck features weird special effects, amazing performances (we hear Sentimental Bloke Arthur Tauchert's voice in his only speaking role) and time warp documentary footage woven into the story, including the Zig Zag Railway and the Harbour Bridge under construction. Shot in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, it is a short feature of 50 minutes, and for decades was a lost film.

  • When:: Friday 20 July, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Where: Canberra Museum, Civic Square, Canberra City (opposite the Canberra Theatre)
  • Cost: Gold coin (unless a NFSA or CMAG member). Reservation is not required.

Further information is available here

Prospects for the ACT's Economy and Its Finances - Canberra Conversation Public Lecture Series

Hosted by: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA).

Thursday 26 July 2018

The lecture will examine the prospects for the ACT’s economy, budget and finances. With the ACT Budget returning to surplus, it is important to analyse how the surplus was achieved, the drivers of the improvement in the operating budget and what notable accounting practices affect the budget outcome. It will also be of interest to discuss the economic and financial outlook for the Territory.

The conveners for this event are Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM.

  • When: Thursday 26 July, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Where: Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Cost: Free, but registration required. Click here to confirm your registration.

ACT Region Heritage Symposium - Heritage on the Edge: Continuity with change in Canberra?

Saturday 18 August 2018

The symposium will focus on Canberra’s Modern (‘Modernist’) Architecture, a style widely used in Canberra in the mid-20th Century. Its minimalist form is not a contemporary style today as Canberra rapidly changes with a focus on innovation & development, & high rise living. Change is a constant, but how are we applying it in Canberra so heritage is identified & protected to ensure a connection with our past, and a continuity of our sense of place?

  • Sub-themes: Vital and Vulnerable: Threats to the Modern Urban Landscape; Continuity with Change: sustaining Canberra’s Modern heritage; and Hidden Yet Found: Revealing Invisible Modern Heritage
  • Call for Papers To propose a paper, please submit an abstract to the National Trust (ACT) care of Liz McMillan at by 6 JULY 2018

For full details, click here

Black Mountain Spring Wildflower Ramble - 47th!

Hosted by: Friends of Black Mountain

Saturday 13 October 2018

  • Date: Saturday 13 October 2018, 9.30am sharp to 12:00 noon or later
  • Place: Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff - watch for balloons!

Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company. All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather.

All comers welcome, be they experts or those who have never slowed down to see the somewhat cryptic diversity. There will be several guides, with helpers, who will take different directions.

  • BYO morning tea, water, hat, sunblock and stout shoes.
  • BOOKING ESSENTIAL to ensure we have enough guides.
  • Contact: or Linda on 0437 298 711

Canberra Spinners & Weavers - Workshops

Various dates - June to October 2018

Venue: Textile Works, Chifley Hub, 70 MacLaurin Crescent, Chifley.

Further Details & Registration: CSW website here or by email to

Note: Membership of Canberra Spinners and Weavers is not required to join the workshops.

Intro to Weaving
Tutors: Liz Berry & Belinda Rosee
Sundays 29 July, 5 & 19 August, and 2 September

Tapestry Weaving
Tutor: Dimity Kidston
Sundays 5 & 19 August and 2 September

Fancy and specialty yarn spinning (creating novelty yarns and designing your own)
Tutor: Jill Pettifer
Saturday - Sunday 11 -12 August

Design Basics, understanding design principles
Tutor: Julie Bradley
Sundays 16, 23 and 30 September (3 x 3 hour sessions)

Intro to Spinning
Tutors: Leigh Casley & Susan Weisser
Mondays 8, 15, 22 and 29 October

Practice Your Foreign Language Skills

Hosted by: The Polyglot Club

29/06/2018

Many U3A members are studying a foreign language. Would you like the opportunity to practice one of four European languages in an informal, casual conversation setting?

The Polyglot Club meets every Monday evening and our four conversation groups are conducted in the French, German, Spanish and Danish languages. In fact, our Danish group started originally as a U3A group. We have been meeting for more than 30 years at the Fellows Bar, ANU.

New members are always welcome to come along on Monday evenings to see if the group meets their needs.

For more information contact Marie Oakes at or go to our website here

Living with Dementia Study - Stopped driving or planning to stop?

Hosted by: University of Queensland, School of Psychology

25/06/2018

This nation-wide study is investigating ways to support people adjust to life without driving.

  • Interested people (aged 65+ years) may be thinking about stopping or have stopped driving.
  • Participation in this study will involve individual assessments about your needs and community life, and about your wellbeing, over 3-6 months.
  • Depending upon your locality, you will receive information and support for continuing to do the things that are important without driving, either at the beginning or end of the study.

If you are interested in knowing more about the study please contact Dr Theresa Scott, University of Queensland, School of Psychology by email to or phone 07 3443 2546

If you have any concerns about participating in this study, there is an information article on the Dementia Australia website that may help you to decide here

Survey about How Australian Men Access Health Information - - Opportunity to participate in

Hosted by: Andrology Australia

15/6/2018

Andrology Australia is a government funded, national organisation specialising in male health issues, particularly of the reproductive system.

The outcomes of this survey will be used to improve the way Andrology Australia communicates health messages to males across Australia, making it easier to get the right information at the right time.

This anonymous survey

  • Seeks to understand if and how you access information related to health
  • Is open to all males aged 18 years and over
  • Will take around 15-20 minutes to complete and
  • Is completely anonymous - your responses will not be linked to your contact details.

If you wish to take part, click here. Please read this information in full before deciding whether or not to participate in this research.

If you decide to complete the survey your responses will be available only to the investigators of this study.

This study has been approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr Nicolette Hodyl at or Dr Kirsten Hogg at

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