August 10, 2020

The CW Board is closing the Computers West Club beginning, Monday, August 10, 2020, and will reopen Wednesday, September 2, 2020. This action is based on the following information: one of our members monitored Wednesday, August 5, starting at 10:00 AM, and left shortly thereafter, feeling ill. It has been confirmed the member is hospitalized with COVID-19.

If you were at the club on Wednesday, August 5, please be advised you may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The Rec Center will be closing Palm Ridge from August 17 to August 30 for maintenance reasons, so, effectively, the club will be closing a week earlier than scheduled.

Message from your PC Chairman- June 2, 2020

Computers West plans to reopen on Monday, June 15 th with summer hours 10:00 – 2:00, Monday – Friday. The club activities will be limited: no classes or lectures at the present time. All club rooms and activities will have reduced seating to comply with physical distancing requirements. Masks will be required to enter and stay in the club.

Room A will have 2 active Monitor Stations, 1 active PC on either side of the room and the Flight Sim PC for membership use. Room B (classroom) will have 3- active PC’s in each row for general use. The Meeting Room’s (Room D) seating will be reduced for physical distancing .

The PC Help Group will begin on Wednesday the 17 th at 7:30 am and continue on Wednesdays and Fridays until approximately 10:30 am. Help requests must be logged in before 8:30am as usual. Please be patient as the number of volunteers working on your devices may be limited . Disinfecting protocols regarding member’s devices will be in effect as they are brought in for repair.

Linux Help on Friday morning will continue only as volunteers are available.

Your device should be cleaned and sanitized BEFORE you bring it into the Club. We have a very limited supply of wipes/ disinfectant. Any donations would be appreciated.

If any room becomes too crowded, members may be asked to wait in other rooms or return at a different time.

As of this date, there are no General Meetings scheduled until September.

The situation remains fluid and still subject to the Rec Center and governmental policies and procedures for the safety of all our members. If you do not feel safe, please do not come to the club.

Your Computers West Board thanks you for your patience and understanding in getting the club back to servicing our community.

Meeting Room - Walk-In - 8:30 am Fridays - No Fee
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Flight Simulator Group

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**All Classes are Cancelled Until Further Notice**

Upcoming classes:

Cord Cutting
Room D Meeting Room
8:30am – 11:30am

Presentation by Ed Madden
What is Cord Cutting?
What Antennas can & can't do.
First step hardware you may want to add to your cord-cutting project.
Where you can get a Program Guide.
What type of programming you will be able to watch.
Live Demo of a starting system everyone can put together.

Question & Answer period at the end.

Mail Merge Excel
TBD 9:30-11:30
No fee

Create a mail merge letter using Word and Excel. Bring E-mail password or flash drive to save work. Bring address book for use on your “list.”

Windows 10 Hands-On Classes


WINDOW 10 Class Website

G-Mail Basic Class

TBD at 10:00am in Room B- No Fee

Signup in PB Class binder at Monitor's Desk

  • Basic Gmail processes everyone should know
  • Create a GMAIL Account
  • Import Contacts
  • Compose and Send
  • Attachments
  • Labels

Monitor Class

TBD at 10:00am. Meets in Classroom B - No Fee

Digital Scrapbooking using My Memories Software

TBD 9:30 to 11:30 plus lab following.

This is a fee based class to cover printing of handouts.

Sign up with Monitor on duty

Pinterest and On Line Shopping - Classroom B

TBD 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Adobe Photoshop Elements

TBD 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Classroom B

Password Manager Class

TBD - 10:00 AM in Room B

Password Manager – What you need to know and how to do it.

  • Install a Password Manager Program
  • Create the database/safe/Master password/key
  • Create folders
  • Create login data
  • How to use the date

Signup in PB Class binder in Monitor’s Desk- No Fee Class

Smart Home Hardware - Home Automation - Cord Cutting

TBD at 8:30-11:30 am Meeting Room - Walk-in No Fee

Open Discussion

  • Amazon Echo (Alexa)
  • Google Home
  • Nest
  • Raspberry Pie
  • Over the air antennas
  • Q and A session

Genealogy Training and Demo's

Meeting Room - Walk-In - No Fee First Thursday every month at 1:00 p.m. The PC computer group pays for a subscription to that is accessable only on the PCs in Room A and is free for Computer Club members to use.For more information click here.

Holiday party pictures: The Pictures

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