Li­brary of­fers tech­nol­ogy classes for be­gin­ners

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

TOR­RING­TON — The Tor­ring­ton Li­brary has part­nered with Good­will of Tor­ring­ton to present three free monthly tech­nol­ogy-for­be­gin­ners classes.

In­tro to Com­puter Ba­sics: Jan. 15, 11 a.m. Learn all about these new­fan­gled com­put­ers, what dif­fer­ent types of com­put­ers and soft­ware are avail­able, and how to nav­i­gate the in­ter­net and email.

In­tro to Mi­crosoft Ba­sics: Feb. 12, 11 a.m. This workshop cov­ers what each Mi­crosoft pro­gram is and what it can be used for. Pro­grams in­clude Word, Ex­cel, Pow­erPoint, Out­look, OneNote, Pub­lisher, and Ac­cess.

In­tro to Mo­bile Tech: March 12, 11 a.m. Put down that flip phone and learn how to nav­i­gate smart phones and tablets for job search­ing, us­ing so­cial me­dia, and more. Learn to cre­ate and up­date a LinkedIn ac­count as well as uti­lize so­cial me­dia sites such as Twit­ter. In­crease the reach of your job search and im­prove your daily com­mu­ni­ca­tions through the con­ve­nience of your cell phone.

Regis­ter for the whole se­ries or each in­di­vid­ual class on the des­ig­nated reg­is­tra­tion date at tor­ring­ton­li­

Tech-savvy teens sought for pro­gram

WASH­ING­TON — For teens, us­ing to­day’s tech­nol­ogy is as easy to many as breath­ing. With a few quick swipes they can ac­cess so much – mu­sic, games, in­for­ma­tion, and more. But par­ents and grand­par­ents are not as likely to be so savvy. Why not spend some time teach­ing them how to use their de­vices?

The Gunn Me­mo­rial Li­brary is look­ing for Teen Techs: teens who can teach adults how to nav­i­gate their iPhones/iPads, emails, google searches, so­cial me­dia, and more. Teens can ful­fill com­mu­nity ser­vice re­quire­ments while giv­ing back and con­nect­ing with older com­mu­nity mem­bers. Those who choose to sign up must com­mit to weekly one hour time ses­sions where adults will have the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions about us­ing their de­vices and teens will get to show what they know!

Teens who wish to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram should sign up for a time slot by con­tact­ing Jes­sica at the Li­brary or by sign­ing up on­line at www.gunnli­, choos­ing a time that works best for them. For ex­am­ple, if a Mon­day af­ter school works best for you, tell us which hour you’d like to vol­un­teer for and that will be your time slot. You can take the bus right from school or we can work out an evening or week­end time slot.

This pro­gram is free and open to the pub­lic. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call 860868-7586 or visit www.gunnli­

The Gunn Me­mo­rial Li­brary is lo­cated at 5 Wyke­ham Road at the junc­ture of Route 47, op­po­site the green in Wash­ing­ton.

Cli­mate change is topic of pro­gram

WOOD­BURY — The study of cli­mate change is de­vel­op­ing very quickly. Sig­nif­i­cant new in­for­ma­tion is com­ing out — lit­er­ally — ev­ery day. Flan­ders Na­ture Cen­ter is hold­ing a pro­gram on this im­por­tant topic and why it mat­ters to us all, led by Dr. Mitch Wa­gener. He holds a mas­ter’s de­gree in Stream Ecol­ogy and a doc­tor­ate in Soil Ecol­ogy and teaches cli­mate ecol­ogy, en­to­mol­ogy, and re­lated cour­ses at Western Con­necti­cut State Uni­ver­sity.

Wag­ner’s talk will ex­plain the ba­sics but also mix in some new in­for­ma­tion to an un­der­stand­ing of the world and our fu­ture in a warmer world where weather events will be more se­vere, sea lev­els higher, and peo­ple dis­placed. The talk will be fol­lowed by an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple’s ques­tions on why cli­mate change can be con­sid­ered the great­est chal­lenge hu­man­ity has ever had to face.

The pro­gram is be­ing held Jan. 25, 7 p.m. at the Flan­ders Stu­dio which is lo­cated at the cor­ner of Flan­ders and Church Hill roads in Wood­bury. The cost is $5 for mem­bers and $10 for non-mem­bers. Those in­ter­ested may regis­ter on­line at www.flan­der­sna­ture­cen­ or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more in­for­ma­tion.

Church of­fer­ing Al­pha course

BARKHAMSTED — The Al­pha course is be­ing of­fered at Praise Chris­tian Fel­low­ship, Barkhamsted from Jan. 22-April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This 13 week pro­gram ex­plores life’s ques­tions like “Is there more to life than this?” “How can I have faith?” “Who is the Holy Spirit?”

For more in­for­ma­tion: 860-7389039 or prai­ Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Each in­for­mal ses­sion in­cludes a free meal (do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated).

As­sis­tance avail­able from Cookie Jar fund

BARKHAMSTED — In the spring of 1998, wel­fare as­sis­tance was re­moved from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and run by the state, and there were few re­sources to which res­i­dents could turn for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. At that time, the Cookie Jar was cre­ated to help meet emer­gency needs for Barkhamsted res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to Don Stein, First Select­man.

“The en­dow­ment bal­ance of this fund has come from do­na­tions and con­tri­bu­tions of the burn­ing per­mit fees,” Stein said in a state­ment. “The vi­sion was to grow a fund which would gen­er­ate rev­enues along with the do­na­tions.

“As a re­sult, the fund bal­ance is sub­stan­tial and is avail­able for res­i­dents in need of as­sis­tance. There is an ap­pli­ca­tion form and the as­sis­tance is typ­i­cally lim­ited to $400 on a one-time ba­sis. Such as­sis­tance can take the form of heat­ing oil, elec­tric bills, gaso­line, gro­cery cards and other sim­i­lar house­hold ex­penses,” he said.

To ap­ply, go to sites/barkham­st­edct/files/ up­loads/ap­pli­ca­tion_­for_ as­sis­tance_-_up­dat­ed_1-19.pdf

Stu­dent art show set at SHS

SHARON — The Sharon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of the next ex­hibit in Gallery SHS, the 9th An­nual North­light Art Cen­ter Stu­dent Show which runs from Jan. 19 through March 8. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the artists’ open­ing re­cep­tion, Jan. 19, 5-7 p.m. The show fea­tures a broad va­ri­ety of art­works cre­ated over the past year by stu­dents of all ages, in­clud­ing draw­ings, pas­tels, water­col­ors, acrylic and oil paint­ings, rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of sub­ject mat­ter. Most of the art­works will be avail­able for pur­chase. A por­tion of all pur­chase pro­ceeds will sup­port the Sharon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum’s mis­sion.

North­light Art Cen­ter was founded in 2010 by artist Pi­eter Lef­ferts. NAC, orig­i­nally lo­cated in Sharon and now op­er­at­ing in Ame­nia, of­fers art classes for all ages taught by work­ing pro­fes­sional artists in draw­ing, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and more. Gallery SHS is lo­cated in the Sharon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum at 18 Main Street in Sharon. For more in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions to Gallery SHS, call 860- 364-5688. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the Sharon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum, visit www.sharon­

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