Classes by Day

STORIES OF LIFE – FORTNIGHTLY (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4) – 9.30am – 11.30am
What written legacy are you leaving for your family? Stories of soldiers in your family? Stories of your adventures? The purpose of this group is to encourage one another to write stories, share stories and ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Workshops with published authors.

COMPUTER SKILLS – FORTNIGHTLY (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4)   9.30am – 11.30am

Tips, tricks and discussions to get more out of your devices. This is an unstructured class which attempts to meet the requirements of the class as presented in each class.

PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP – FORTNIGHTLY (2024 Term 2 & 4) – Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Many of us feel diffident about going out alone to take photos, whether we’re unsure or feel unsafe by ourselves or such. This photography group is for those who want to go out with other people to take photos. We travel around Crows Nest and the Toowoomba region by car pool, and endeavour to not make it too strenuous. We usually – depending on time- stop for a coffee, either BYO or at a coffee shop. Cameras, mobile phones etc (or whatever you use to take photos with) are welcome.

A little is known of the First Nations people who lived in the area or passed through en route to the Bunya Festivals. Timber getters and pastoralists were the first Europeans for whom records exist. They were followed in the 1880’s by many small farmers; sixth generation descendants of some of these still live in the area. This course will cover various sources of information – both official records, plus photographs and anecdotes – that give us an idea of the isolation and challenges these people faced. It is desk-based, but there will be opportunity for some excursions.

FORAGING IN YOUR BACKYARD…FOOD, HERBS & USEFUL WEEDS – FORNIGHTLY (2024 Term 1 & 3) – Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Today, most of us get our food and medicines from supermarkets and chemists, but what if that weed you’re about to pull up could be used as either or both? Did you know that as late as World War II, herbs and weeds were gathered from hedgerows and gardens and used in hospitals in the UK? In this class, you will learn how to identify and use locally growing weeds and common herbs in your everyday kitchen. Lyn is a qualified nutritionist and herbalist. Cost: $30 ( course includes workshops and runs for 4 lessons)

LOCAL HISTORY DISCUSSION GROUP – FORTNIGHTLY (2024 Term 1) – Wednesday 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Delving into Crows Nest history with some guests. Discussion using a variety of resources, including historical newspapers and photos, as well as local knowledge.

LUNCH GROUP A – LUNCH IN THE COUNTRY (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4)     Thursday 12.00noon
A friendly gathering, once a month, to share stories and enjoy country ambience over a good meal. Be prepared to travel. Open to all U3A members. Come and enjoy.

SYMPHONIC SOUNDS – ALTERNATE THURSDAYS (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4)      10.00am – 12.00noon

Listening to and discussing Classical Music in a relaxed, social setting. This year the topic will be instruments-solo and with an orchestra.

UKULELE FOR FUN (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4)     Thursday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
From Beginners to Advanced players. We use U3A Ukulele music books and recorded music to play and sing to. Our favourite tunes as well as some challenging ones. All for fun – come along.

SEW EASY—BE CRAFTY (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4)    Thursday Fortnightly 9.00am – 11.00am
Fun and relaxed classes for beginners and those with more sewing and craft experience. Try your hand at applique, embroidery, patchwork, quilting, knitting, crochet, and even basic dressmaking. Bring along your unfinished projects. Fabric, craft books and sewing machine are available for class members’ use

TOOWOOMBA CINEMA OUTING AND LUNCH GROUP  (2024 Term 1,2,3 & 4) – Friday 8.30am
Like minded people gather to watch, enjoy, then review a movie, over lunch. Hoping to establish a car pool, for members to travel together.

An exploration of Australian Government, covering both the Federal Government and its relationships with the various states and territories. Starting with the constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, the roles, functions and responsibilities of the Parliament, Cabinet, Ministers and the various government departments will be discussed. The ways that these several parts of government operate in theory and practice will be covered, as well as how laws are made in Australia. The course will not cover contemporary political issues; it is intended only to give a familiarity with how our Nation is governed with the intention of helping attendees understand Australian government processes.


For all enquiries regarding classes and activities phone

Crows Nest Coordinator

Penny Protheroe

Tutor Coordinator

Judy McWilliam