Virtual Events & Activities

Are you missing your friends and classes from U3A? Are you looking for ways to connect and keep busy? Listed below are a number of virtual events and things you can do to help you fill the gaps.

Watch online

Jug Band Music – U3A Knox Music Muster

Members of the U3A Knox Music Muster perform Jug Band Music by the Memphis Jugs. The video was made remotely during level 4 Lock Down. 

Get in the groove!

This year, the 2020 Seniors Festival Reimagined is being brought “…straight to your home through online performances, zoom interviews and story-telling.” 

Get in the groove and visit the Festival website to watch your favourite performers from prior years and discover what’s new.

Melbourne Comedy Festival

The Melbourne Comedy Festival for 2020 has been cancelled but you can still watch loads of videos from earlier Festivals on TheMelbComedyFest YouTube channel.

MTC NOW Theatre Anywhere­­

Melbourne Theatre Company brings you a weekly dose of MTC NOW , including “…updates on the myriad of on-going activities at MTC, recommendations from the in-house artistic team (get ready for everything from their suggestions of the best Netflix series to TedTalks, to illuminating essays on current global challenges, to favourite songs and YouTube clips), conversing about our history, current discourse, sharing interviews, and much, much more.”

Watch a movie or video

  • Virtual Cinématique and ACMI have joined forces to present a free movie every Wednesday to watch from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information and to view their program.
  • Why not check out Ted Talks and watch “…influential videos from expert speakers”?
  • If you’re a sports nut, have a look at these sport films and documentaries.
  • For foodies, some food documentaries may be more to your taste.
  • For those who like to connect with nature, there are some nature documentaries.

Explore online

Phillip Island Penguins

At sunset every night Eastern Standard Time, watch Live Penguin TV and see the world’s largest colony of Little penguins puts on a FREE 30 minute show as they waddle across the beach to their homes (with Ranger commentary).

National Gallery of Victoria

The NGV offers interactive virtual self-guided tours of their exhibitions.

National Museum of Australia

The National Museum offers free, live virtual tours of their collection and exhibitions. This is a fully interactive experience — see the exhibitions, ask questions and engage in conversation.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have created a Virtual Garden as a new way for you to engage with the Gardens. There’ll be regular posts added, so “…check in daily to see what you can do at home to unwind and maintain your connection with nature.”

Melbourne Zoos – Animal House

Melbourne Zoos are live streaming so you can enjoy seeing their animals from the comfort of your own home.

British Museum

The British Museum offers ways to explore their museum  from home.

Listen to music

The most popular songs named after every country

Budget Direct have recently produced a Spotify playlist and world map of the most popular songs named after every country. They “…searched Spotify for every country’s name and picked out the songs with the most plays. Some are international hits; others are little known secrets of the musical universe.” The songs are “…the unofficial national anthems that most caught the public’s imagination – and got our feet tapping. Where will your musical journey take you next?”

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Watch and listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s online concert series of performances from the MSO archives. Join the MSO YouTube channel every Thursday night at 7.30pm and every Sunday at 3pm, “…to experience the magic of music, from the comfort of your own home!”

Discover new music or listen to your old favourites

Consider using Spotify or Soundcloud to explore and listen to music from various genres.

You can also find your favourite kinds of music by using YouTube’s search function. Just type in the genre of music that you want to explore, then listen to your heart’s content.

Be creative

  • U3A Knox Arts & Crafts Showcase is a new initiative for this year and is an opportunity to showcase the many creative talents of U3A Knox members online.  Items will be displayed on our website from 10am on Monday 5 October to Monday 30 October, with many items offered for sale. 
  • Watch our very own Teresa Schipano, an art tutor at U3A Knox, in a series of art therapy videos specifically designed to help people through the challenging times of grief. Of course, Teresa’s videos are not just for the grief stricken but for anyone interested in art. She offers valuable art tips to help your creative process. You can find her videos on Tobin Brothers Facebook
  • National Gallery Victoria’s NGV Learn provides online activities for children and families, so join your families in these activities or have a go yourself. After all, we’re big kids at heart!
  • Explore collections from around the world on Google Arts & Culture
  • Do you like Van Gogh’s art or want to learn more about it? Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • London’s The National Gallery is offering a new digital programme that “brings art to the home” during its closure.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has much to fuel your creative juices, including its latest videos
  • Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) lets you explore over 5000 past exhibitions
  • Be inspired to get creative at home by searching YouTube for tutorials and inspiration.

Exercise your body and mind

Eastern Regional Libraries

You can access free library resources from home, including eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and over 30,000 TV shows and films.

Online puzzles

Check out this website for a wide range of online puzzles. You may also like to try a word search or two.

Staying healthy at home

The Queensland Government website Healthier.Happier offers a toolkit of advice and practical ideas for Staying healthy at home, including an over 60’s workout.

Yoga

Annie Belcher offers free audio yoga classes.

Healthy and active ageing

The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel offers advice on healthy and active ageing.

Learn new things

Online learning

How to Acquire New Skills During Lockdown offers insights into online learning, with suggestions on what to look for in selecting a course and examples of some courses currently on offer.

YouTube videos offer a vast array of tutorials. Why not search for something that interests you? Line dancing, quilting, painting or drawing tutorials are the tip of the iceberg of what you can find.

Join Coursera for free online learning. “Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.”

Another site for online learning is futurelearn.com which offers free courses from universities around the world. 

Then there’s Be Connected which offers “…free courses on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.”

Stay in touch

The Knox Bright Ideas Network

The Knox Bright Ideas Network has been developed to bring together older Knox residents and community groups who support older people, to discuss matters which are important to seniors in the Knox community.

If you’d like to be kept up to date on matters relating to seniors within Knox, you can find them in the Bright Ideas Newsletter. To subscribe, visit Bright Ideas Network and follow the subscribe link.

Social media

Utilise social media such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Facetime (Mac users) and Skype to connect with family and friends.

Host your own event

There are many ways to connect — for example, use social media to share a glass of wine or cup of coffee (virtually), or arrange an online chat session with friends or neighbours.

Phone a friend or neighbour

If you have a U3A friend, but don’t know how to  contact them, send an email to the U3A Office. They’ll contact the person concerned. With your friend’s permission, the Office will email you the details you need.

Share your ideas

If you have more ideas, why not post them on our Facebook page, or email the Events Committee?