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REGULAR EVENTS INCLUDE MONTHLY MEETING AND SPECIAL EWVENT, ART, MAH JONG, TRAVEL TALK. 

THE I-PODDERS GROUP.
10.30am, Wednesdays. - Federal Coffee Palace cafe. 
Contact: Eric Greenaway   ericjgreenaway@bigpond.com

Learn, practice, query, enjoy - the use of ipods, iphones, galaxy tablets, smart phones, Androids  and Apples. 
How your smart phone can make your llife easier - if you know how to use it. They can even make a better coffee!!! Simply Google 'coffee making' and see what you get. You can connect to the internet, find out where you are if lost, play music (even rap but constant exposure wll lead to cerebral deterioration), take and store photos, find out the time and what day it is, send an email, ask Google anything, get a weather forecast, play time-wasting games, find out how to maintain your zimmer frame, check the news, annoy the relatives, access You-tube, and intrude into someones life with Facebook (ugh!), be ultra purile on Twitter and announce to the world you have at last had a succesful bowel movement, and listen to bird sounds (often quite useful whilst having a bowel movement).  Our group has successfully learnt how to do this. Good grief - I nearly forgot - you can also ring someone and actually speak to a person - except if it is a government department. This is the only group where it is acceptible to take a phone call or fiddle with your device whilst having a meeting!!!! 

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Eric (on the left) is our ethereal tutor, well versed in bird sounds. Annette and Sue are happy I-plodders. 

 
MAH-JONG

We have two session for Mah Jong - one to learn and practice the game, the other to play who know the difference between a tube and a tuba, and know that the dragons are not a rugby team.
Beginners - 10.30am every Tuesday at the Country Club (unless otherwise advised).
Proficient players might like to join the games in the main room at The Hub on Thursdays between 1 and 4pm. These events are  ongoing unless a public holiday. 

Mah Jong is a wonderful game, traditional to South-East Asia where the clatter of tiles is a serious business. It is most enjoyable to play and although there is a high level of expertise to be a proficient player, it is not difficult to learn and enjoy. The priniciples of chance and skill are reminiscent of poker and rummy. 

Convivial games are also arranged with other U3A organisations in The Valley.

Please note that this is not gender exclusive and is for males  also; there is no such thing as Pah-Jong. 


President Cynthia ponders a move, at a game with the U3A of Morwell.

 
THE WALKERS GROUP.

Walk or shuffle around the delightful streets of downtown Yarra. 
Wonderful communication with other members whilst enjoying a walk around Yarram Port Albert or district - so important to exercise for our health. This is not a hikers club - the walks are asy and as Yarram is on flat ground (okay, on old swamp if you must be particular) it is not strenuous. Apart from the streets there is also an excellent bike and walking trail that extrends from Yarram to Port Albert. 
Zimmer frames optional! 
Walks  are resuming after Easter - however - the next HISTORICAL FEATURE WALK is scheduled for April with renown artist, local historian and gentleman, Warren Curry and will be a discovery  tour of historic Port Albert. 

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Port Albert and Corfu artist Waren Curry was born and bread in the district. 
His gallery is opposite the Gippland Regional Museum in Port Albet. 

 
 
THE ART GROUP.

Learn how to give Warren Curry and Jeffrey Smart a run for their money. 
Regular talks and outings planned to get us through the winter. 
We are looking for a bigger venue at the moment - perhaps the Yarram Historical Society rooms! 
Will probably be Tuesday or Wednesdays afternoons. See STOP PRESS on our homepage.
Okay, you know who Warren Curry is, but if you don't know who Jeffrey Sart is you had better come along to the art class. 


Just one of Warren Curry's magnifient paintings. 
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THE TRAVEL GROUP.

It used to meet after the monthly committee meeting, but this time slot has been allocated to our Monthly Talk. Next meeting of the Travel Group will be announced at the nnext general meeting, on 13 April. 
Contact: Peter Stone peter@oceans.com.au 
It is appreciated that most people don't want to leave beautiful down Yarram and district but its nice to get away for a while! Have you been absent without leave? What can you share with us. We'd like to hear about it. The Travel Group welcomes the opportunity to hear of traveller's experiences, not just for the enjoyment of doing so, but also to learn and be aware of circumstances and situations that may affect your own travel plans. We are are in or Third Age so a trip to the base camp of the Himalayas is out of the question - or is it? What about Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia - the long trip to the European countries; the short flight to wonderful New Zealand (not be be considered if they win the Cricket World Cup because you will never hear the end of it!) 
And it is not all about destinations. Considerations are given to booking porceedures (a travel agent or do it yourself on-line), gorup or idividual travel, health and safety issues, insurance, cusltoms and cultures, photography, and what to do after the trip, especially with photographs. Gone are the days of boring relatives and dinner guests with out-of-focus and upside down slide-shows  - what's the alternative? This is a fun group - as they all are of course. Participants in the group are encouraged to present their own travels. Consideration for future presentations will take into account books formalities, insurance, individual or group travel, easy of access, health issues, cultural experiences and considerations, recording and post-travel reminiscing, minor disability travel, political and safety issues etc. 


Tutor Peter and wife Wendy in Thailand. One of things you will learn is how NOT to take 
family photos on a trip. No idea who the kid is behind me! But he seemed nice enough so 
we adopted him. After all, someone has to look after us when we get older. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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