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What's Coming Up At Our Club !

 

General Meeting

Monday ~ May 21~ 7 PM

(due to Memorial Day falling on the 4th Monday we
are holding our meeting one week early)

Social Hour 6 - 7 pm

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Hands-On classes listed in blue text
Beginners suggested classes listed in green text

 

April 25 - Wednesday

10 am: No Getting Started with your Computer Class this week

1 pm: Basic Windows 10 (4 of 4) (cancelled)
Instructor: Gray Alexander
Hands-On, Registration Required
Call club 684-7171

7 pm: Get The Cobwebs Out Of Your Computer
Computer beginning to act sluggish? There's good news! You can fix most of those problems yourself. Bring your laptop and follow along. Learn how to “…get the cob webs out”. This class is aimed to help people at all comfort levels manage their computers. You'll receive an email after the lecture that will include step by step instructions on how to do exactly the same as demonstrated in the lecture, using free software. Direct links (“Links” will be explained in the lecture) will also be included to save you the trouble of going through the “Google Gauntlet” to find what you want. I'm including my phone number and email address in the email I send, to contact me, anytime, if you have questions or get stuck. We can also set up a 1 on 1 session together and work on your computer together.
Instructor: Dave Fetter.

7 pm: Linux, The FREE Alternative to Windows – Drop In
Linux is a FREE alternative to Windows for an operating system.  This Linux system has most all of the features of Windows, but with less problems.  Attend this lecture and learn all about the features and benefits.
Instructor: Bob Liebl

April 26 – Thursday

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (3of8)
Continue looking at the variety of settings. We will look at some of the more important and widely used settings.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (3 of 8)
Working with files and folders. Create folders and organize what you already have on your computer. How to save new documents and organize them. Using a Flash Drive. Instructor: Joann Frucchione

April 27 – Friday

10 am: Help for our Members MAC COMPUTER HELP TODAY Drop In
First come, first served. No PC Problems 10 am until noon
Need help using Windows, email, etc. Also help using iPad and other tablets – First come, first served.
(No Computer problems. Saturday morning techie help requires appointment.)

1 pm: Android Tablet Workshop Drop In
Trying to figure out how to do something on your Android Tablet? Here's your chance to find out. This workshop is a place for all Android tablet users to get together and figure out/learn how to do things on your tablet. Everyone is encouraged to contribute their problems and ‘how to' knowledge, rather than sit through a preplanned lecture. Instructor: Ron Purkhiser

April 30 – Monday No Classes

May 1 – Tuesday

No Classes

May 2 – Wednesday

9:00 am: Garden Committee meets at the Garden (NEW TIME)

10 am: Get Started With Your Computer - Drop In (1 Of 4)
Learn The Parts Of The Computer
If you recently received a PC, perhaps as a gift, and are intimidated by it or were told, “Now we can e-mail each other”, but don't know where to start, this class might be for you. This class is designed for the person who has never used a computer before.
Instructor: Norma Winner

1 pm: Basic Windows 10 (1 of 4) Instructor: Gray Alexander
Hands-On, Registration Required Call club 684-7171

May 3 – Thursday

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (4of8)
Apple's answer to Internet Explorer. Learn your way around the Safari web browser. Create bookmarks, and favorites. Working with tabs. Email links.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (4 of 8)
The new Settings menu is actually an extension of the Control Panel – for now. As time goes by, you will notice more items removed from the old Control Panel and added to settings. Other items will exist in both for a while, then change locations to the new Settings screen. Microsoft is slowly looking to do away with the old Control Panel.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

May 4 – Friday

10 am: Help for our Members MAC COMPUTER HELP TODAY Drop In
First come, first served.
No PC Problems 10 am until noon
Need help using Windows, email, etc. Also help using iPad and other tablets – First come, first served.
(No Computer problems. Saturday morning techie help requires appointment.)

May 7 – Monday

NEWCOMERS' ORIENTATION OPEN HOUSE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Coffee & Cake at 9:30 – Orientation begins at 10am

1 pm: Photoshop Elements Advanced Workshop Drop In
Each month a technique, a special tool, or a plug-in, for Photoshop Elements will be demonstrated.  Those attending can then work on their own images at home and show their results at the next month's meeting.  Attendees should bring a flash drive for images and templates and lots of questions and answers. 

This is not a basic Elements class.

Facilitator: Mich Morin

10 am: Family Tree Maker/Roots Magic Drop In
Interested in Genealogy? Come in and learn how to use Family Tree Maker/Root Magic software to research and document your family history. Bring your laptop and our group will assist you in getting started or overcome obstacles.
Instructor: Merle Wagner

May 8 – Tuesday

9:30 am: Board of Directors Meeting (Time Change)

1 pm: Get To Know Your iPhone Drop-In
Get started learning your way around the apps on your new iPhone. You can phone, text and email from your phone. This is just a few of the apps on the Apple iPhone. Be sure to bring along you Apple ID and password. Also charge you phone before the class.
Instructor: Pat Turek

May 9 – Wednesday

10 am: Get Started With Your Computer - Drop In (2 Of 4)
Using The Control Panel

This session expands on the basics for new computer users. This week, we will explore the Control Panel and learn how to set up your computer to accommodate your wants and needs Is the type too small and hard to read? Is your mouse too sensitive? We will learn how to fix those problems and others.
Instructor: Norma Winner

1 pm: Basic Windows 10 (2 of 4) Instructor: Gray Alexander
Hands-On, Registration Required Call club 684-7171

7 pm: Linux Workshop Drop-In
The Linux workshop is a working session for users to bring their questions and experiences to the group.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their computers with them for use in the workshop. We are working with different subjects each week and expect to cover areas such as installation and administration, file systems, setting up servers (print, file, web, etc), using WINE and virtual machines, and other topics that the group is interested in. Just drop in if you have an interest.
Facilitator: Bob Liebl

May 10 – Thursday

10 am: MS Word & Excel Workshop – Drop In
Have a question regarding Word or Excel? Many users no longer need to sit through a basics lecture but have individual questions about features, or problems to work through. Get together with other Word & Excel users to get your answers. Bring your laptop, fully charged. You must be running MS Office on your computer.
Facilitator: Ron Conkle

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (5of8)
Set up one or more email addresses in the Mail app. How do contact lists get onto your iPad? Create or edit email listings.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (5 of 8)
Today, we take a look at Microsoft's new web browser Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is still in Windows 10, but will not be a permanent fixture. Eventually, it will be removed and Edge will completely take its place.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

May 11 – Friday

10 am: Help for our Members MAC COMPUTER HELP TODAY Drop In
First come, first served.
No PC Problems 10 am until noon
Need help using Windows, email, etc. Also help using iPad and other tablets – First come, first served.
(No Computer problems. Saturday morning techie help requires appointment.)

May 14 – Monday

NO FOOD WORKSHOP THIS MONTH

May 15 – Tuesday

1 pm: Genealogy Workshop Drop-In
In the Genealogy Workshop, we usually start with everyone telling of their current genealogy research.  We all contribute suggestions that could be used to further our research in a particular area; then one subject is covered that day with web sites that cover that particular subject shown on the computer.  Again it is an open class with everybody contributing & hopefully learning something new. Just drop in if you have an interest.
Facilitator: Bunny Ryczek

1 pm: Using Alexa
Amazon Echo or Dot  is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice.  Here is some of the stuff it does...

•  Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice

•  Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control

•  Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service

•  Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices

•  can order from Uber, Domino's, and more

Instructor: Pat Turek

May 16 – Wednesday

10 am: Get Started With Your Computer – Drop In (3 Of 4)
Cut, Copy & Paste
In this session, you will learn how to copy and paste, which will enable you to copy anything you find on the internet and then save it in a file on your computer. Did you find a good recipe or maybe a joke that you would like to save. You will also learn how to make a new folder.
Instructor: Norma Winner

1 pm: Basic Windows 10 (3 of 4) Instructor: Gray Alexander
Hands-On, Registration Required Call club 684-7171

1pm: Using Your Mac Computer Drop In
HCC now has an opportunity for Mac users to get together to discuss mac computers, help each other with using them and the software designed for them. Mac users who are not HCC members will be allowed to attend once as a guest ($3 fee), but after that must join the club to continue attending.
Facilitator: Doug Grossa (standing in for Ken Krueger)

May 17 – Thursday

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (6of8)
Your iPad lets you take photos and save them online. Setup and use iCloud an online file storage service. It is commonly used to uploading, saving and sharing photos. Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (6 of 8)
Today, we look at using email in Windows 10. The email app can bring all your email accounts together in one place. We will also look at setting up your contact list known as the People app.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

7 pm: MS Word & Excel Workshop – Drop In
Have a question regarding Word or Excel? Many users no longer need to sit through a basics lecture but have individual questions about features, or problems to work through. Get together with other Word & Excel users to get your answers. Bring your laptop, fully charged. You must be running MS Office on your computer.
Facilitator: Dave Fetter

7 pm: Beginning Computer Programming Drop In
Want to learn how to make your computer do things, such as design your own games?  Want to be able to write a program to keep inventory in your house? Well if these kind of things interest you, then you might want to consider Introduction to Computer Programming. We will learn the preliminary steps to writing a program such as Pseudocode (writing down in English what you want your program to do), as well as flow charting with a free tool called Raptor (flow charting tests the logic of your programing). Finally I will introduce you to Visual Basic and teach you how to program with it. 

This is not hard and anyone who knows how to work with Windows 10 can do it

If there is enough interest we will continue the class on the third Thursday of every month.

Instructor: Sal Rotella, Jr

May 18 - Friday

10 am: Help for our Members MAC COMPUTER HELP TODAY Drop In
First come, first served.
No PC Problems 10 am until noon
Need help using Windows, email, etc. Also help using iPad and other tablets – First come, first served.
(No Computer problems. Saturday morning techie help requires appointment.)

1 pm: Amazon.com Drop In
We will cover how to sign up for an Amazon account, if needed. We will also discuss the advantages of Amazon Prime, Kindle app for the PC. We will also cover smile.amazon.com which is a program that amazon sponsors where half a percent of eligible purchases are donated to your favorite charity. I will show you how to find free books for your Kindle. We will also cover how to search Amazon, and how to place an order from beginning to end. We will discuss the advantages of an Amazon store card, how to pay with  a gift card or any other form of payment. We will also go over how to set your default payment and if I can get my Alexa dot to work in here, we will cover how to place an order entirely by Alexa. Time permitting and depending on the interest of the class I will cover what the Amazon Fire stick can do and how to subscribe to free as well as channels that have a charge. I will also cover how to resolve problems and contact customer service.
Instructor: Sal Rotella, Jr.

1 pm: Copying and Creating Music CDs
We will be copying music from a CD to our computers. You are encouraged to bring in your favorite CDs or we will have some on hand. We will show how to copy them to your computer. It can be any type of music that you prefer, country, rock, classical, etc. After the music is on your computer you can make your own CD's of just your favorite music.  No more pushing the "next track" button, because you don't care for some of the songs on the CD.Your own CD will have just the music you love.
Instructors: Roy Smith and Ron Purkhiser

May 21 – Monday

10 am: MEMBERSHIP INPUT COMMITTEE MEETING – All Members Invited

1 pm: Computerized Sewing Workshop
The Computerized Sewing Workshop is comprised of people who share their love of
sewing and embroidery.  Each month a different technique or project is demonstrated by one of the members.  After the demo, all are encouraged to participate in a “Show and Tell” session to display and explain their latest creations.  Won't you join us?
Just drop in if you have an interest.
Moderator: Norma Winner

General Meeting Tonight – Open to the Public
6 – 7 pm: Social Hour, Computer and Gadget Help
7 pm: Dept. Reports & Guest Speaker

May 22 – Tuesday

1 pm: Gmail & the Google Calendar Drop In
Gmail is provided free from Google along with other free products. The purpose of this lecture is to explain how to use your Gmail and Gmail calendar on your smart phone or tablets.

First, it is necessary to create a Gmail account. Hopefully you have already created an account with Google for Gmail. This will help speed up all that needs to be covered.

Second , I will cover some of the ways to customize Gmail.

•  You can tell Gmail to collect your other emails, so that it can all be seen together.

Third , I will show the calendar in Google.

•  Setting up an appointment

•  Repeating the appointment

•  Inviting attendees to your appointment

Finally , I will show how to set your devices up to view Gmail and your calendar.

•  Go to settings in your device

•  Choose Mail, Contacts, Calendar in iPhone. Similar in Android devices.

Instructor: Pat Turek

May 23 - Wednesday

10 am: Get Started With Your Computer - Drop In (4 Of 4)
File & Folder Management, And Maintenace For Your Computer
We will continue with new folders and explore file and folder management. This will help you organize your files and folders so that you can back up everything to a flash drive, CD, DVD, or external hard drive.. Finally we will explore Computer Maintenance: how to make sure your computer keeps running smoothly.
Instructor: Norma Winner

1 pm: Basic Windows 10 (4 of 4) Instructor: Gray Alexander
Hands-On, Registration Required Call club 684-7171

7 pm: Get the cob webs out of your computer…! Drop-In
Feeling helpless when your computer is sluggish?  Do you feel even worse when you learn that you must have someone else come in and fix it for you…often at considerable cost?  There's good news!  You can fix most of these problems yourself.  Learn how in this class.  We call it “getting the cob webs out”.  You'll learn there's software available, most of which is free, to clear out those cob webs.  You'll learn that after the first time, applying this software, most issues with poor performance, improve significantly. Do it yourself, with confidence. It's easier than you may think. 

You only need to learn 4 things in this class:

1. Understand what's happening in your PC and why.

2. Where to find free or inexpensive software online to address it.

3. How to apply the software - successfully and safely. 

4. How to maintain your computer to keep it running at top performance.   

Instructor: Dave Fetter.

7 pm: Linux, The FREE Alternative to Windows – Drop In
Linux is a FREE alternative to Windows for an operating system.  This Linux system has most all of the features of Windows, but with less problems.  Attend this lecture and learn all about the features and benefits.
Instructor: Bob Liebl

May 24 – Thursday

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (7of8)
Let's look at some of the apps that come preinstalled on your iPad as well as others available from the app store. Newly expanded capabilities of iCloud Drive include listing your online file storage folders for easier access. Use the MS Office apps to open those files.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (7 of 8)
Today, we will look at several features that come with your Windows 10. Cortana, Task View, and, we will talk about Windows Hello (only available on computers designed for it). Maintenance of your computer will also be covered.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

May 25 – Friday

10 am: Help for our Members Drop In
First come, first served.
No PC Problems 10 am until noon
Need help using Windows, email, etc. Also help using iPad and other tablets – First come, first served.
(No Computer problems. Saturday morning techie help requires appointment.)

1 pm: Android Tablet Workshop Drop In
Trying to figure out how to do something on your Android Tablet? Here's your chance to find out. The Android tablet workshop is a place for all Android tablet users to get together and figure out / learn how to do things on your tablet. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to contribute their problems and ‘how to' knowledge, rather than sit through a preplanned lecture.
Instructor: Ron Purkhiser

May 28 – Monday – Memorial Day (No Classes)

May 29 – Tuesday

No Classes

May 30 – Wednesday

1 pm: Backup & Restore a Hard Drive Image Using Macrium Reflect Free Drop In
We've all heard of backing up our computers. You can now download a free program to make an image of your computer's hard drive as it exists today, when everything is working well. If sometime in the future you are experiencing severe problems, you will have the option of restoring your computer to how it was when you made the hard drive image. Not just the operating system, but everything, operating system, programs, and files and folders you have created and saved.

During this lecture you will learn how to backup and restore an image of your hard drive using Macrium Reflect Free. Subjects covered are: Download and install free imaging software. Make a bootable rescue disk that enables the restoration of an image backup. Backup an image of a hard drive to an external hard drive. Use a rescue disk to restore a drive image.

Instructor: Gray Alexander

1 pm: Optimize Your Win 10 Computer Drop In
Help your Windows 10 computer run better, and faster. We will look at ways to improve the performance of your computer such as, shutting off non-essential background applications, changing power settings, uninstalling unused programs, deleting old restore points, running disk cleanup, checking / repairing hard drive issues and corrupted system files...and more.
Instructor: Pete McEntee

May 31 – Thursday

10 am: Using Your iPad - Drop In (8of8)
Previously presented as a separate lecture. We have all heard of iTunes and associate it strictly with purchasing music and videos. However, the iTunes app has some other features that every iPad user should be aware of – even if you never purchase anything from the iTunes store.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Using Windows 10 - Drop-In (8 of 8)
This week we will look at OneDrive - Microsoft's free online file storage service. Use it to store or share documents and pictures. Once you have a Microsoft email account, you also have a OneDrive account. OneDrive is now part of your operating system whether you use it or not.
Instructor: Joann Frucchione

1 pm: Robotics Drop In
For this first class I will bring in some kits that we can work with to give you (the members) an idea of what a robot is and what we can do with it. I do not want to give anyone the impression that we can have Robots act as butlers or anything, but please keep in mind that at this point in time, robots are nothing more than an interesting hobby and are basically expensive toys. I would like this to be a workshop where we work together and learn from each other. If there is an interest and a need, there will be future classes each month, where (if needed) we will learn electronics, schematics (the electronics version of blueprints) and how to build programmable robots that can actually do something interesting, like maybe fighting bots or something that can take your dog out in the rain to go potty so you don't have to get wet), but keep in mind that this is still nothing more than a hobby and the technology for the average hobbyist is to learn and try to do something interesting, but these are still not much more than (somewhat expensive) toys (but the prices are coming down). We will start off with the kits and if there is an interest we will evolve into more complex tasks. I do not know everything and all skill levels are welcome; and we will help you learn anything you are interested in doing. All are welcome, even if you have never built anything electronic before, we will teach you from something simple the first night and slowly advance as the class level is ready and the interest is there.
Instructor: Sal Rotella, Jr.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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