Welcome to Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A is a group of people who are free during the day to gather for activities of interest.

We organise courses to teach subjects of interest like Art , Ancestry or Ukulele.

There are Discussion groups where you can express your point of view, and games both indoor and outdoor.

Talks are arranged on topics of interest like Health, History or Travel. We cooperate with other U3A groups and share sessions.

All up, we offer more than 50 learning and social opportunities at minimal cost.

You are certain to find some things that are of interest to you.  

 

You can email us - [email protected]

How to join U3A

Joining U3A Tawa can be done with a minimum of fuss. An easy way is to ring or email one of our Committee members whose names and contacts appear in the 'Contact Us' page of this site.  You can also use our 'ENROL' page or contact info email at the bottom of this page. The bank account numbers for paying the annual sub are also in the 'Contact Us' page or you can pay to a Committee member. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Welcome to U3A Tawa.

If you have enrolled for these Courses earlier in the year there is no need to enrol again. Now is the time to enrol for any courses that you have not enrolled for. All the courses are now back to normal but if you are in doubt you should check with THE COORDINATOR of each course especially if you have not been advised of the next meeting. 

Upcoming OPERA

We've decided to make it easy again this Thursday, 13 August, and repeat a screening that we did a couple of years ago: André Rieu with a Viennese show at Schönbrunn Palace outside Vienna. Have seen only a few of his DVDs but find him very watchable, and this has got so much great Strauss music and Strauss-like music that I think it's excusable to allow it to pose as the real thing.

A lot of singing and some very spectacular dancing, partly on a stage in front of the palace and partly in the great gallery whose windows give on to the stage outside - a slightly restrained version of the hall of mirrors at Versailles. Coaches parading through the grounds, a magnificent display of the stately Polonaise in the great gallery. Brilliant lighting as evening falls.

And of course the ever charming and genial André Rieu.

This time no call to unearth and translate  words in some foreign language, or to attempt to follow the contortions of opera stories.

No deaths or murders, naughty affairs or broken hearts.

Music is universally regarded as a cure for sadness, tragedy or pandemics. Perhaps a note to Ashley and Jacinda (not to mention Judith C) along these lines might be of some value.

Lindis Taylor

Investments

The seminar is like to be in the last week of October or some time in November. We are just working out a venue and a convenient day for the Jardens representative to come out to Tawa.

Current Affairs

Excellent turnouts have much enjoyed the Current Affairs sessions, which now tend to last well over an hour plus valuable coffee time. The danger has been that the subject of Covid would take over but there is no evidence of that.

The economics of recovery, the ethics of charging for quarantine stays, the hidden pitfalls in the coming general election, Tawa town planning and upcoming seniors issues (most stemming from Covid) have drawn some wonderfully erudite contributions. 

Climate Change

Excellent feedback has been received from Dr David Wratt’s elucidations and question-answering on the vexed and confusing issue of climate change. A first rate collection of statistical presentations and suggested way of ameliorating this pending ill were presented visually to very high standard of clarity. NZ can really do something to help; using the underrated “power of the small” to lead the way for the world as we are largely doing with the current pandemic. We are most grateful to Dr Wratt for his two clear and convincing presentations.

Music Performance Group

A great meeting of the U3A Music Performance Group yesterday August 6th in Helen's Music Room. Over 13 items of great variety. Singers, pianists, duetists, Guitars and Bass, and the Harmonium (not in the photo!)

Quiz

The first two quizzes were very basic but good for establishing the format and level of questions needed. Next time around we will be using PowerPoint as a means of emphasizing the exact question and removing any need for it been restated many times. Answers will also appear on the screen. Pat Hammond has prepared some visually stimulating and easy-to-see images to enhance our enjoyment. See you on 16 September at TUC.

Films and Television

A regular Tuesday afternoon audience of around nine is enjoying the monthly cycle of Woody Allen, Classic UK TV, The Coens brother films then TV again (and so on). Feedback is good in that very few members have seen the depth and richness of the best of Woody or the Coens previously. Their subject range and visual inventiveness are simply astonishing. The next Woody is Broadway Danny Rose and the next Coens is  A Serious man.

The aim with the TV is to examine (a) a sizeable piece of drama (b) some short comedy and (c) something special. Last time there was the animated nominated Oscar contender The Snowman, a late episode of Colditz and a hilarious one of One Foot in the Grave.

Films and Television

A regular Tuesday afternoon audience of around nine is enjoying the monthly cycle of Woody Allen, Classic UK TV, The Coens brother films then TV again (and so on). Feedback is good in that very few members have seen the depth and richness of the best of Woody or the Coens previously. Their subject range and visual inventiveness are simply astonishing. The next Woody is Broadway Danny Rose and the next Coens is  A Serious man.

The aim with the TV is to examine (a) a sizeable piece of drama (b) some short comedy and (c) something special. Last time there was the animated nominated Oscar contender The Snowman, a late episode of Colditz and a hilarious one of One Foot in the Grave.

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Coming up in the next seven days...

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
10:00am - Discussion Group [DG] - Member's home
1:00pm - 3:00pm - SEWING FOR YOURSELF & YOUR HOME [SEW] - Tawa Union Church. Begins 12th August
Thursday, 13 August 2020
10:00am - New Books in the Library [NB] - Tawa Library
10:00am - Ramblers [RB] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
1:30pm - 4:30pm - Opera [OP] - Emmaus Centre
9:30am - Table Tennis [TT] - Tawa Community Centre Hall
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [AG] - Tawa Community Centre
Friday, 14 August 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm - Outdoor Games [OG] - Aotea Lagoon
10:00am - TRAVEL ADVENTURES [TA] - Emmaus Centre
1:30pm - Ukulele [UK] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Scrap-Booking [SB] - Tawa Commuity Centre
Sunday, 16 August 2020
3:00pm - Drop-In Philosophy [DP] - The former Roundabout now called "Sprig & Fern"
Monday, 17 August 2020
1:15pm - 2:30pm - U3A Singers [SS] - Stephen's Lounge, Tawa Union Church
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
10:00am - 11:30am - Considering Ethical and Social Situations [ES] - Tawa Union Church
1:30pm - Classic UK Television [CT] - Member's home
1:30pm - Write It - Group 1 [WI 1] - Tawa Library
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