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Other activities

This page lists non-U3A ACT events that may be of interest to U3A ACT members.
For further details of an event please follow the link to the Host website.

Various: October - November 2017

Hosted by:FoW Project

The Flowers of War Project Concerts - directed by Christopher Latham

The concerts are:

1917: The Night is Darkest before the Dawn
Venue & Date: High Court, 6.30pm Wednesday 8 November

Outstanding performers include: Jane Rutter, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Simone Riksman, Andrew Goodwin, Louise Page, David Pereira.

Cost: 10% discount on full price season passes or individual tickets for U3A ACT members. To obtain your discount, please go to the Flowers of War website here and on the Your Cart page, enter the code u3A17 to have your discount applied.

Various: October - November 2017

Hosted by:UCIGPA

Smart Governance Conversations on Desirable Futures (University of Canberra Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis) - Free

The following events are free, however registration is required.

Venue: Members' Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
Cost: Free, but registration is required. Drinks & light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: with number of people registering & for which events.

  • Thursday 9 November, 5.00pm for 5.30pm - NUDGE, NUDGE, THINK THINK” – NEXT GENERATION BEHAVIOURAL

INSIGHTS & PUBLIC POLICY (Professor Peter John ,University College London; Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton & UCIGPA; & Karen Tindall, Behavioural Insights Unit)

  • Thursday 16 November, 5.00pm for 5.30pm - DOING DEMOCRACY DIFFERENTLY – WHAT WORKS? EVIDENCE FROM THE LATEST EXPERIMENTS IN AUSTRALIA & BEYOND (Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM, New Democracy Foundation; Nicole Hunter, Mosaic; Dr Nicole Curato & Professor John Dryzek, Centre for Deliberative Democracy; and

Professor Gerry Stoker, New Policy Network. facilitated by Virginia Haussegger AM.)

For further information, click here

Wednesdays 25 October - 29 November, 9:45 am - 12:15 pm

Hosted by:PCUG

Absolute Beginners Computing Course - PC Users Group

This is not a U3A ACT course, but U3A members have the same conditions as PCUG members.

The course is designed for absolute beginners who are just starting out or those who never learned the basics - but who do have home internet and Windows 7/10.

Sessions are based on the Windows 10 operating system, are held in the PCUG training room at Holder, & are delivered with experienced volunteer trainers & helpers. Topics include learning your way around the computer, Internet basics & email. Each session is paced for beginners, with revision, take-home notes, & practice exercises.

Venue: Grant Cameron Community Centre, 27 Mulley Street, Holder

Cost: $85.00 per person for U3A members (cash only), includes room rent, morning tea, printed & electronic documentation & completion certificate

Contact: PCUG Training Co-ordinator at or phone 1800 728 853 (option 3) to be considered for a place on this or future courses.

Sunday 29 October, 1:30pm

Hosted by:CRO

Canberra Recorder Orchestra - Excellence and Passion

Join the Canberra Recorder Orchestra (CRO), the Wayfarers’ Choir and other ACT Churchill Fellow musicians as they exploit the acoustic beauty of the High Court of Australia.

Sunday 29 October, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Hosted by:CRO

Canberra Recorder Orchestra: "Excellence and Passion" - Free

This unique concert will feature Margaret Wright OAM (CRO conductor) and the Canberra Recorder Orchestra performing music from the 17th century through the centuries to contemporary; all demonstrating the range and beautiful tone of recorders in large ensemble.

They will be joined by Judith Clingan AM (composer & choral conductor) and her Wayfarers Choir; Alice Giles AM (harpist); and Christopher Pidcock (cellist).

Venue: High Court of Australia, Parkes Place
Cost: Free, but registration is required here

Sunday 29 October, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hosted by:HAGSOC

Family Tree Maker seminar

A Vicgum presentation by John Donaldson and Doug Elms who will cover the latest update with demonstrations and practical hints for using Family Tree Maker to record your family history information. The presentation will also include information about places, media, sources, reporting, charts and book preparation.

For more detailsClick here

Venue: Hellenic Club, Woden
Cost: $40 HAGSOC or Vicgum members; $50 non-members
Bookings: Close 22 October at 5pm – Barbara Broad on 0438 428 175.

Monday 30 October, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Hosted by:NMA

Fall of Singapore Symposium - 75 years of History & Memory

Expert speakers from Australia and Singapore will reflect on the legacy of the fall of Singapore 75 years ago. The fall of Singapore in 1942 to the Japanese Imperial Army marked a humiliating defeat in the Pacific War for the British Empire. It was a turning point for Australia to reconsider its foreign policy, alliances and strategic position in the world.

This symposium reflects on themes of history, heritage and memory, weaving together personal stories and international events to reveal the enduring legacy of 1942 in our region. It also considers the impact of the surrender on military personnel – taken as prisoners of war – and civilians.

Speakers' details are listed here

Venue: Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton
$45, $35 Friends of the Museum & Concessions
Bookings: Essential at Eventbrite

Sunday 19 November, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hosted by:HAGSOC

Getting the best from - Jenny Higgins

Ancestry Library Edition is available for use on computers in the HAGSOC Library, and in public libraries everywhere. This course will discuss ways of getting the best out of the data sets in that service – finding the required date set, search techniques, and following leads to other information.

After morning tea, we will discuss the pros and pitfalls of the “Hints” approach in an Ancestry private subscription.

For more detailsClick here

Venue: HAGSOC Education Room, Cook Community Centre
Cost: $25 HAGSOC members; $25 non-members
<b>Bookings: Click here