Activities Programme

ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME BY DAY

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WALKING - HILL WALKS
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement
Fortnightly from October 7, 2019 at 10:30am till 2:00pm

These challenging hill and mountain walks, varying in distance from 8 to 14 kms. are intended for those who enjoy a good brisk outing, tackling some gradients and uneven ground. Each walk description gives an indication of the degree of difficulty. Attendance is only available to members and must now be confirmed through the reservation system during the two weeks before each walk. A good degree of fitness is required.    Anyone wishing to attend a walk should be fully confident of their ability to participate


WALKING - COUNTRY WALKS
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement
Fortnightly from September 23, 2019 at 10:30am till 1:00pm

These walks are intended for those who enjoy a good brisk outing but who would like to “stop and look” occasionally and still be able to catch up with the group. On most walks there are likely to be inclines where some may become out of breath and rather warm. There could also be paths which are rocky and occasionally shallow streams to cross. Attendance is only available to members and must now be confirmed through the reservation system during the two weeks before each walk


WALKING - SANDPIPER WALKS
The Paseo between Gibraltar and Malaga
Fortnightly from October 7, 2019 at 10:30am till 1:00pm

Pleasant walks along the coast of two to three hours duration and between 7 and 10 kilometres.


PATCHWORK AND QUILTING WORKSHOP
La Tavola, Calle Ronda 27, Coín
Fortnightly from September 30, 2019 at 10:30am till 12:30pm
This class is open to anyone with an interest in patchwork and quilting including those with no previous experience. There is an opportunity to learn about and practice a variety of patchwork and quilting techniques. All sewing can be by hand or machine.
ASTROLOGY - HORARY
The Activity Leader's home in Alhaurin El Grande
Fortnightly from November 5, 2018 at 3:00pm till 4:30pm

This course covers Traditional HORARY Astrology and is suitable for beginners and accomplished Astrologers alike. Participants can learn to use the cosmos to make important decisions for themselves or others while at the same time learn about themselves and their place in life. Commitment and prior purchase of the book, Christian Astrology by William Lilly, is essential.


MEDITATION - GUIDED FOR RELAXATION
The Activity leader's home in Alhaurin el Grande
Fortnightly from November 12, 2018 at 4:00pm till 5:00pm

Meditation can be the golden gate to improving health and well-being. It can help reduce stress, improve sleep patterns and concentration, give peace and balance whilst reducing depression and tension. It can also aid people to know themselves and their true worth, while at the same time increase confidence. Sometimes abilities can be unearthed of which people were unaware.


BEGIN BRIDGE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 7, 2019 at 4:00pm till 5:30pm

♠♣♥♦ These bridge class meetings will be for a review of the basics of bridge and hands-on playing. They will be especially good for those who have not played in a long time and also for beginners with good card sense. More details on the main page……


SPANISH - ADVANCED
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 7, 2019 at 4:00pm till 5:30pm

This course is suitable for those who have good basic speaking skills and a fairly wide vocabulary but who would like to move up a level in navigating the intricacies of Spanish grammar and improve idiomatic speech. Members wishing to learn the correct use of the most important Spanish tenses and tidy up some of the common mistakes in daily communication will be very interested in this course in “Advanced Spanish”.


BRIDGE ON MONDAYS
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 30, 2019 at 6:00pm till 8:00pm
 ♠♣♥♦  Enjoy a friendly game of bridge. All levels of players are welcome. All participants in Monday bridge must be initially registered with the co-ordinator of the "bridge club".  Once registered, participants will receive instructions how to sign up for each particular session.
FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 10
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 3, 2019 at 10:00am till 11:00am

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.


PADEL IN ALHAURIN EL GRANDE
Politdeportivo Alhaurin el Grande
Weekly from October 1, 2019 at 10:00am till 12:00pm
The game that is taking Spain by storm! A mix of tennis and squash played within a framed court. Play is doubles only - all standards, male or female, are welcome although some ball sport experience is encouraged. Day and time are flexible according to player preferences.
CYCLING - PEDALLING THE PASEO
Paseo along the coast
Fortnightly from October 15, 2019 at 10:30am till 12:30pm

This will be a really pleasant cycle ride by the side of the sea. The concept is to take a bit of exercise, share some company and enjoy the experience of the beautiful environment on two wheels. Participants may decide to stop at any point to take in the views and/or to enjoy a beverage. Initially the meeting point will be the most Westerly point of the Paseo in San Pedro by the roundabout


COOKING FOR ENTERTAINMENT
La Alqueria, Alhaurin de la Torre
Fortnightly from September 18, 2018 at 11:00am till 1:00pm
This activity is for those looking for new inspiration and recipes for entertaining.  Over six fortnightly sessions the leader will take participants from starter course all the way through to dessert for a beautifully served meal. The course will be repeated over additional two terms.
SPANISH TOPICAL CONVERSATION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 1, 2019 at 11:00am till 12:30am

This activity offers a structured opportunity for participants who wish to develop and practice their conversational skills in Spanish. It will be particularly attractive to those who have either a reasonable or good level of Spanish. Topics will be set e for the following week in order to allow those taking part to prepare a little beforehand in order to enrich the conversation.


FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 11
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 3, 2019 at 11:00am till 12:00pm

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.


Waiting list Fun and Easy Spanish
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from May 31, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm

FUN AND EASY SPANISH AT 12
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 3, 2019 at 12:00pm till 1:00pm

This course is for members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun.The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.


BASIC IPAD AND IPHONE CLASSES
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from November 5, 2019 at 2:00pm till 3:00pm

This is not a course per se but a series of four independent classes held on consecutive weeks. It makes sense to attend all four classes but it is not obligatory. Each week there will be ten things that participants didn’t know their Ipads could do!  The series is ideal for beginners (and advanced beginners!) The start date is provisional – Sessions to be advised as soon as possible.


CRAFT - CREATIVE CRAFTS
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 1, 2019 at 2:30pm till 4:30pm
In this activity participants will be able to learn all kinds of crafts such as cross-stitch, tapestry, crochet, patchwork, hardanger and more. Those who take part can be complete beginners - there is no need to have any knowledge of these crafts.  No equipment is required.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Monthly from October 8, 2019 at 4:00pm till

At lectures of STEAM topics may well include 3D Printing, Robotics, Holography, Precision Engineering, Internet and Mobile Technologies, the Latest Space Missions, Cosmology, Basic Quantum Mechanics Phenomena, Particles and The Standard Model,Climate Change, Geology and Advances in Medical Science. There is no requirement to register for this activity. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual presentation.


HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE
Sala Marbella in The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Monthly from October 22, 2019 at 4:00pm till

An extensive series of presentations on the History of Architecture from 3000 BC until modern times. With the aid of visual presentations the aim is to analyse each particular period and their emblematic masterpieces. There is no requirement to register for this activity. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual presentation.


THE TUESDAY TALK
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Occasionally from October 15, 2019 at 4:00pm till

These are presentations made from time to time by members of U3A International or guests speakers. They will often be those who, in the course of preparing a book for publication whether fiction or fact, will have painstakingly researched a subject. There is no requirement to register for this group. Any member may attend by prior reservation for each individual lecture.


CHESS
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 3, 2018 at 6:00pm till 8:00pm

There are many chess players of all levels amongst members so this is a great opportunity for those players to meet up on a regular basis. Those who have not played for many years can come along, shake off the rustiness and get the brain cells back into action.U3A INTERNATIONAL CHESS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR


CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CLUB
Various
Monthly from September 25, 2019 at 11:00am till 11:00am

Visits to museums, art galleries and places of cultural interest normally take place once a month on the 4th Wednesday in the month.  Most visits are to Malaga, but sometimes there are trips to other towns.  


WRITING - CREATIVE WRITERS' WORKSHOP
Sala Marbella, Hapimag Resort Hotel, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 25, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm
Beginners and experienced writers are welcome to participate.  The focus is on fictional short story writing, encouraging creative literary expression.  Most genres are covered in an informal, friendly and enthusiastic environment. The group is open minded and nurturing.  Stories are critiqued with incision and positivity.
FINANCIAL DISCUSSION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella.
Monthly from October 30, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00am
The main focus is the exchange of financial ideas and forms of investment. Topics for discussion would include the economies of USA, Canada, Europe, emerging markets and their impact on investment opportunities. It is open forum with no promotion of particular or general investments.
SCRABBLE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 2, 2019 at 2:00pm till 4:00pm
Play the fun game of scrabble every week with all your friends in U3A International.
BRIDGE: DUPLICATE BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAYS
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 2, 2019 at 3:45pm till 7:00pm

♠♣♥♦  A new duplicate pairs bridge group in Marbella.  Duplicate is, of course, a little more serious and a little more competitive than Chicago but it is also a great way to improve.    Players of all levels are welcome but those who may not have much previous experience of duplicate should not feel intimidated.  The intention is for this session to be as friendly as the rules permit.


RUMMIKUB
Activity Leader's home in Alhaurin el Grande
Monthly from October 31, 2018 at 4:00pm till 6:00pm

Rummikub is a tile-based game for two to four players, combining elements of the card game Rummy and Mahjong. U3A INTERNATIONAL RUMMIKUB CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR


SPANISH HAPPY HOUR
La Bodeguita, The Hapimag Resort Hotel, Marbella
Weekly from October 2, 2019 at 6:00pm till 7:00pm

The cry of all those learning Spanish in this area is the lack of opportunity to SPEAK the language.  This activity attempts to address the issue.  The main thrust of the hour is to give participants an opportunity to chat away in groups, over a coffee/drink, in Spanish – no other languages permitted!  – in an informal setting. It is open to members with all levels of Spanish, except real real beginners


THE MIND-HEART CONNECTION
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Fortnightly from April 11, 2019 at 9:45am till 11:00am

This is an activity for similarly minded people where the participants can, if they wish, discuss inner thoughts and experiences. It is an opportunity to share knowledge interactively, to help “keep the vibrations high” and meet with people who are on the same path of awakening. The principle is that everyone can contribute to an understanding of life and work together to develop a well-balanced and positive approach to it.


BRIDGE : CONTRACT BRIDGE ON THURSDAYS
Parrilla de Pepe restaurant, Coin
Weekly from September 6, 2018 at 10:00am till 12:00pm
♠♣♥♦ Rubber Bridge with the aim to Duplicate Bridge. Some experience of playing Whist would be useful. Beginners and Intermediate players alike will be very welcome. It is recommended that group Members should have a playing partner but it isn't mandatory.
MEN'S PADEL TENNIS
Polideportivo Paco Cantos, Av. Cánovas del Castillo, Marbella
Weekly from February 14, 2019 at 10:00am till 12:00pm

Padel tennis is a hugely popular game in Spain for four people. The U3A International padel society affords participants the opportunity to have fun, playing with and against other members at various venues in Marbella. U3A INTERNATIONAL MEN’S PADEL TENNIS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR


TENNIS IN ALHAURIN EL GRANDE
Politdeportivo Alhaurin el Grande
Weekly from October 3, 2019 at 10:00am till 12:00pm
U3A International is starting its search for the next Rafa Nadal or Garbine Muguruza!  All standards, male or female, are welcome although some ball sport experience is encouraged. Day and time are flexible according to player preferences.
PAINTING
Sala Marbella , the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from October 3, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:15pm
Sketching and painting in water colour and acrylics. All levels catered for, from absolute beginners to more accomplished painters.
WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS
Calle Viento 2, Marbella
Fortnightly from October 19, 2017 at 11:00am till 12:30pm
Everyone is unique in some way and every life is worth examining. In fact Socrates (no less) said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Participants in this friendly supportive group will enable themselves to have something to show their grandchildren and leave behind as a legacy.
READING CIRCLE
Alhaurin Golf Resort Hotel, Fuengirola to Coin Road.
Monthly from October 3, 2019 at 11:00am till 12:30pm
Over the years the U3A International Reading Circle has enjoyed a hugely enjoyable and interactive reading experience. The purpose was, and remains, to become acquainted with worldwide authors, primarily focusing on fiction.
SPAIN: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
Alhaurin Golf Resort Hotel
Fortnightly from October 10, 2019 at 11:00am till 12:30pm

A discussion group for people who wish to understand and learn more about Spain, their adopted country. Each session starts with an animated discussion based on topical issues gleaned from recent Spanish press and media, followed by a presentation from a group member on a topic of their choice relevant to Spain.


TENNIS CLUB
Polideportivo Paco Cantos, Av. Cánovas del Castillo, Marbella
Weekly from September 26, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm

U3A International tennis club affords participants the opportunity to have fun, playing with and against other members. It is not quite a case of “anyone for tennis” for participants must be reasonably fit and have some experience of playing, ideally recently. Currently there is no facility for beginners. Some small cost is involved.U3A INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CLUB CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR


iDEA
The Bodega area in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Fortnightly from October 3, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm

This is an activity in which members take part in an award scheme aimed at developing personal digital and citizen skills online for fun. Members can join this award activity at any time of the year, take breaks or continue when away. Participants can enhance their skills and knowledge, improve their digital literacy, learn tips and techniques about staying safe online, discover talents they didn’t know they had and definitely become more confident with technology.


THE THURSDAY LECTURE
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Fortnightly from October 3, 2019 at 4:00pm till 5:30pm

A series of fortnightly presentations on a wide variety of subjects. These presentations are open to all members but attendance at each individual lecture is by prior reservation only


BOOK CLUB
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Fortnightly from September 27, 2018 at 4:30pm till 6:30pm

The Book Club consisting of men and women meet about 12 times a year to discuss, and possibly learn more about, a very varied selection of books, old favourites and new releases. The reading list for next season will include amongst others, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. New members will receive a warm welcome.


NOCHE DE TERTULIA
Various Restaurants
Monthly from September 13, 2018 at 8:00pm till 10:00pm

A monthly fun get together during the evening at a modest restaurant or Tapas bar. Cultural as well as Social matters to be discussed and potentially an agenda to be planned for the month ahead. Regrettably there is a waiting list for this activity


BIRDWATCHING
Rendezvous Point by pre-arrangement
Three Weekly from September 27, 2019 at 9:00am till 5:00pm

The Birdwatching Activity is an informal group who emphasise the social as well as the birdwatching side.  It visits different areas within a 2 hour drive of Marbella to see various species.  The location will vary depending on the time of year and where any particular sightings have been reported.  The group meets approx. every 3 weeks.


LAPTOP AND IPAD CLINIC
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from November 16, 2018 at 10:00am till 12:00pm

Friday mornings at the Hapimag is the place for members to resolve any issues with operating a Windows laptop or an Ipad.  Usually in the library area it is possible to learn how to get the best use from a device. Members who wish to avail themselves of this service should schedule an appointment.


FUN AND EASY ENGLISH
The Bodeguita in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 20, 2019 at 10:00am till 11:00am

This course is open for Spanish-speaking members beginning to learn Spanish. The concept is that participants really enjoy the experience while increasing their ability to communicate verbally and in writing – hence the emphasis on easy and fun. The course is intended to bring participants to a particular level but not beyond.


ANDROID DROP-IN CLINIC
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from September 14, 2018 at 10:30am till 12:00pm

This session is a drop-in clinic held in the Sala Marbella (or in the open seating area close by) for those who require assistance or advice with their smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. Just turn up and be seen on a first-come/first-served basis.


CALLIGRAPHY - THE ART OF
Parilla de Pepe Restaurante. Opposite La Trocha Centre, Coin
Weekly from October 25, 2019 at 10:30am till 12:30pm

Classes with the emphasis on Seasonal and other greeting cards . Work will mainly be concentrated on Old English and Gothic style fonts plus illustrated text.


COFFEE MORNING AND HELPDESK - Marbella
The Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Weekly from July 6, 2018 at 11:00am till 1:30pm

For existing and new members and their friends,‭ ‬this is essentially a social gathering but also an opportunity to discuss‭ ‬topics of mutual interest.‭ ‬Committee representatives will be on hand to address any U3A matters in general or in particular.‭ Information is available on courses and social activities, becoming a member and paying membership fees. A warm welcome is guaranteed for everyone whether living in Spain all the time or whether just returning to Marbella.
U3A INTERNATIONAL COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.


PLAY READING
The Activity Leader's Home in San Pedro
Fortnightly from September 27, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm

Members of this activity will be given the script of a play to read at home, and at the following meeting, on the first Friday of each month, members will be invited to read the play aloud. The plays will be very diverse but also participants will be asked to suggest plays which they believe would be of interest to the group


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella
Monthly from September 27, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm
Each month on the last Friday there will be talks or seminars covering a broad range of subjects which may include Meditation, nutrition, Reiki, yoga, homeopathy, diets, acupuncture, aromatherapy, counselling, naturopathy, shiatsu, kinesiology, shiatsu, psychotherapy, herbal remedies, reflexology, Buddhism, complementary therapies, CBT, NLP.
MORAL MAZE
CASC building, Carretera Coin 23, Alhaurin El Grande
Monthly from October 25, 2019 at 11:00am till 1:00pm

For 30 years BBC Radio 4 has presented lively, combative, provocative debates discussing the moral issues of the day that affect everyone.

U3A International will be holding its own series of ‘Moral Maze’ debates each month


A TASTE OF VEGETARIAN
Homes of Participants
Monthly from October 12, 2018 at 1:30pm till 4:00pm

In this activity each of the eight members has the opportunity in turn to produce a lunch for the remainder of the group. The meal might take the shape of a traditional three course meal or a buffet spread but the single criterion is that all food will be entirely vegetarian in nature. The object is to introduce members to the many and varied ways of preparing vegetarian dishes. Printed recipes can be shared. PARTICIPANTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE EXCLUSIVELY VEGETARIAN EATERS.


STRETCH AND FLEX
OLIMPIA Gym. Arquimides 4, 1a planta Coín Poligono, Calle Cantarranas, Coín
Weekly from October 5, 2018 at 3:45pm till 5:00pm

As the title implies this class is a Stretch and Joint Mobility Class. Each session begins with standing and basic breathing exercises which both calm and energise the body for the work ahead. This is followed by a ‘warm up’, mobilising the joints and gently stretching muscles and continues with more intense stretches and some core stability work.


PAINTING - THE ART CLASS
Venta Masía, Villafranco
Weekly from October 5, 2018 at 4:00pm till 6:00pm

As an artist himself with an interest in many styles, the leader will be offering a mixed package for all levels and tastes. Participants will explore Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Egg Tempera, Gouache and Impasto techniques and sketching.Participants will be required to contribute €1 per session towards the cost of course material


WINE AND DINE
In and around Marbella
Monthly from September 28, 2018 at 8:00pm till 11:00pm

Six couples will meet on the last Friday evening of each month at a chosen restaurant. While evaluating the restaurant participants will review the month that has passed and discuss news and events locally and internationally. There are certain to be 12 different opinions of the events AND the restaurant. . The day of the month is to be established by the members of the group.


COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK - Alhaurin el Grande
Bar Dani, Calle Gerald Brenan 97, Alhaurín el Grande, 29120
Weekly from July 8, 2018 at 11:00am till 12:30pm

For existing and new members and their friends, this is essentially a social gathering, catching up with friends old and new, and an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest. At least one member of the Inland Organising Group will be on hand to address any U3A matters. Information is available on courses and social activities, becoming a member and paying membership fees. A warm welcome is guaranteed for everyone. U3A INTERNATIONAL COFFEE MORNING AND HELP DESK CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.


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