The Computer Club

Introduction to Computers

Four Class Sessions on Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31th.

This is a basic class for the beginner and we start with turning on the computer. We will use the LAB computers for this class. We’ll then cover what’s inside the box: mouse use, what’s a desktop and how to use it, and what’s in a window. Then, on to: how to create files and folders, how to use basic word processing, including cut/copy/paste commands, make and save a document and then being able to find it. We will also cover Email and searching the internet and finally; information on avoiding viruses and malware. Your instructor is John Husinka.


9:00 am - 11:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $20 (members) $25 (non-members) payable upon registration.

Backup! Backup!

2 Classes are offered: Monday, March 5th and Wednesday March 14th.

“There are two kinds of disk drives, those that have crashed and those that are going to crash.” Almost no one does proper backups on their computers. Do not risk the loss of all your documents, pictures and videos. Backup! Backup! is a three-hour workshop on a backup method that combines a program called EaseUS ToDo Backup Free (did we mention it was FREE?) and a program called Goodsync ($29 one time fee). These programs will let you backup your entire computer and also quickly backup your file changes on a weekly basis. The result is a secure backup that protects your personal files and the computer system files in an easily recoverable backup system. At this workshop, you can learn on our computers or bring your own computers to class. We will install and set up the programs with you. Your Instructor is Don Shuttleworth.

8:45 am - 12:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $10 (members) $15 (non-members) payable upon registration

Android Smartphones & Tablets

2 class sessions are required: Wednesday March 7th and Friday March, 9th.

Tired of having to call your grandchild to figure out how to use some of the functions of your phone or tablet? Well, don’t despair technology changes faster than most of us can keep up with so this course is for you. This class consists of two sessions. The first session will cover your device and its functionality while the second session will review all the fun apps that are available and will make your life simpler and, of course, more fun. Please remember to bring your fully charged android phone and / or tablet along with your charger and USB cord. If you have an Email or Facebook account be sure to bring your login and passwords.
1) The Device: On our first day, we will focus on the Android Operating System and the device itself. Features and settings will be reviewed and demonstrated. In addition, since connecting to the Internet is basic to the operation of these devices we will assist you in getting on line to use your phone or tablet.
2) This session focuses on the Apps that make these devices do so many wonderful things.  Basic Apps such as the Google Play Store, Settings, Email, Calendar, Photos, Camera, and Maps will be discussed and demonstrated.  Apps that expand the use of the device by using the “cloud”, such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, GasBuddy, Waze, and Glympse, will also be discussed. Your Instructor is Phil Sorrentino

9:00 am - 12:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $20 (members) $25 (non-members) payable upon registration

Windows 10 Workshop

Completed in two sittings. Monday, March 12th and Tuesday, March 13th.

Windows 10 is the new refined operating system that many people are talking about. This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Windows 10. In this class, we will be using the LAB computers to customize the start screen and play with some of the preinstalled apps on Windows10. Among other subjects we’ll cover antivirus, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, Edge, the Store, keyboard shortcuts, Control Panel vs. Setting, and snap & shake. Your instructors are: Mark Morris and Mary Boyes.

9:00 - 11:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $10 (members) $15 (non-members) payable upon registration

Facebook 101

Monday March 19th.

This is a beginner’s class for those who already have a Facebook Account. If you do not have a Facebook account please visit the computer LAB before March 5th and a monitor will assist you in establishing a new account. In addition, you must bring your Log-in and password to the class to gain access to your Facebook account. In this class, you will be using the LAB’s computers. In this class we will 1) Personalize your profile & timeline;
2) Find and add friends and set up security;
3) Explain the interface and the icons on the left panel;
4) Searching using Facebook;
5) Explain secure messaging and chatting, find out what family and friends are up to;
6) Add friends and create groups, attend events and celebrating birthdays;
7) Add photos and tag the photos, view and share videos, explore news feeds, and update family and friends;
8) What to post and what not to post, link pages from companies and public figures;
9) Manage your Facebook account. Your Instructor is Don Shuttleworth.

9:00 am - 12:00 noon  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $10 (members) $15 (non-members) payable upon registration

Photo Gallery

Tuesday, March 20th.

Photo Gallery provides an easy way to edit, organize, and share photos.  The class is aimed at the beginning photographer who wants to edit and improve their pictures but doesn’t require the full functionality of a high end graphic editor.   Its aimed at improving family snapshots. This will be a hands-on workshop using the club’s computers and will cover:
1) Moving pictures from the camera card to the Pictures Folder,
2) Picture editing, including adjusting color and exposure, fixing red-eye, removing wrinkles and cropping,
3) Taking panoramic photos,
4) Organizing photos by tags, dates or location.
5) Use of face recognition,
6) Some fun tricks for making group photos.
  Students will be working with a set of pictures prepared by the instructor and will use the Lab’s computers. Instructor is Matt Batt

9:00 am - 12:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $10 (members) $15 (non-members) payable upon registration

Tuning Your PC Workshop

Wednesday, March 22nd.

Is your PC or laptop running slow, long boot times, do you wait forever for web pages to come up? This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system. You will work on your own computer and be able to see the results immediately. You will also receive a disk with the programs you will be using in the workshop. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m., so come a few minutes early to set up your computer. Only six slots will be available, so register early. Class instructor is Matt Batt. 

8:30 am - 12:00 noon  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $20 (members) $25 (non-members) payable upon registration

Gmail Removing the Veil on Attachments and Groups

Friday, March 23rd.

This is a 1½ hour beginner class for students who want to know more about Gmail.   This class with use the Club's computers and club's student email accounts.     Documents such as a Word file, PDF, Excel and JPG (picture) attachments will be available for your use.  Exercises will include learning how attach files to an outgoing email and how to open attachments when receiving an email.  Additionally, you will practice how to create a group to send an email to multiple people with a common interest such as a card playing group, lunch group, membership group.
   Join us for a 90-minute, hands-on journey to learn:
  1.) What is an attachment and why use them.  How to attach, download and save them to the desktop.  2.) What is a Group? Why use one? How to create, change, delete a group and/or group member.
  Your instructor is Kathy Vitale

9:00 am - 10:30  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $5 (members) $10 (non-members) payable upon registration

Buying a Computer - Choices, Choices, Choices

Monday, March 26th.

Oh no, your computer is acting up; it freezes, it’s extremely slow, some functions are no longer working and you cannot obtain software for your outdated system. While you have worked tirelessly to clean the system of malware, viruses, and spyware it still is not functioning properly; plus, you find that it needs several upgrades to run Windows 10 as well.
It’s time to begin the dreaded research process that comes when you have decided to make a new computer purchase. There are hundreds of companies and thousands of choices. Additionally, the lingo is confusing and it changes regularly as new features are added to systems.
So, why does one reviewer love a machine while another hate it? Should I buy online? Do I need an extended warranty? This mini-class will cover PC components such as: the disk, memory, processor, monitor and software and will help you take your first step in becoming an educated consumer. Your Instructor is Linda Grabowski

9:00 am - 11:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $5 (members) $10 (non-members) payable upon registration

iPad / iPhone for Seniors

Wednesday, March 28th.

The iPad and the iPhone function the same, in most cases. Their portability makes them very handy for lots of things. You can check Email, carry your books and music around with you, and have fun playing games. In addition, you can adjust the size of the readable text on the screen. We will go through the iPad/IPhone settings to make your life easier and fun. Included will be Bluetooth, Siri, Dictation, Books (on the iPad), and more. This class could be used in conjunction with another class on how to get your music onto your computer and devices.
Prerequisites: You need to bring your fully charged iPad or iPhone to the workshop along with the charger and USB cord. It is presumed that your device is already set up for use. Your Instructor is Rod Rodrigues

9:00 am - 12:00  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $10 (members) $15 (non-members) payable upon registration

Managing Investments with Excel

Friday, March 30th.

This 1.5-hour workshop will build on your basic Excel knowledge by reinforcing your skills with formulas, functions, and formatting.   Using fictitious stocks we will create a spreadsheet with sample holdings including stock symbols, number of shares and price paid. We will calculate the cost basis and the starting portfolio value.  Then we will enter pretend market values to calculate the current portfolio value and create a gain/loss report. 
Finally, we will enter additional share purchases to calculate the new account value.
Students are expected to have a basic understanding of Excel including how to navigate rows, columns, save and retrieve workbooks. Your instructor is Kathy Vitale

9:00 am - 10:30  in the Computer Club Classroom
Tuition $5 (members) $10 (non-members) payable upon registration

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