Happy 2014 everyone! I’m wishing you all the best in the new year: peace, prosperity and (of course) that new Apple gadget you’ve been wanting!!

On to this month’s class news…

Class list for January 2014:

Sat., January 11th, from 10-noon: Social Networking; Ridgway Town Hall
Sat., January 25th, from 10-noon: iPhoto; Ridgway Town Hall
Wed., January 29th, from 5-7 pm: FREE iPad/iPhone Overview; Ridgway Library

For the Saturday classes, I’m going to have to try something new this year. I need to ask that you let me know if you’re planning to attend any of those classes, and if at least 4 people haven’t expressed interest by the Friday before, I’ll have to cancel that class. Unfortunately, I had a couple months last year where only one person (or none) showed up, and I’m afraid that just can’t work for me anymore. I hope you understand!

The details:

 First, on Saturday, January 11th, from 10 am to noon, I will be revisiting the topic of Social Networking. Is one of your New Years Resolutions to finally build yourself that Facebook page, or try Twitter or even Instagram? In this class I will cover those, plus Google+, LinkedIn, and just about anything else you can think of in the social networking realm. The emphasis will be on figuring out how to navigate these popular social sites, especially as the way they work is constantly being updated and changed! At the same time, you’ll learn how to maintain the levels of privacy we all prefer. Of course, I will also cover the ways in which these tools can be put to use in marketing a business. Cost for this class is $20, and it will be held at the Ridgway Town Hall. Open to drop-ins (but see note about Saturday classes above), so come if you can!

 Then, on Saturday, January 25th, from 10 am to noon, (since the Dec. class didn’t go) I will once again be offering my in-depth class on iPhoto. Come learn everything there is to know about Apple’s powerful digital image organization/editing program. It’s a new year, so maybe it’s finally time to get your photo library under control, with the added bonus of learning how easy (and fun) the process can be! This class will primarily cover the latest version, iPhoto ’11. Cost for this class is $20, and it will be held at the Ridgway Town Hall. As above, let me know if you’re planning to come, but feel free to drop-in too!

 Lastly, I will be doing my regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month class at the Library on Wednesday, January 29th from 5-7 pm. This month, it’s the FREE iPad/iPhone Overview. This class is held in the computer lab. Space is limited, so you have to sign up, and the Library has asked that I handle the sign ups, so give me a call at 970-417-8434 (or drop me an email) if you’d like to attend. (Be aware that first-timers take priority over anyone who has taken the class before, but there are often openings for repeaters).

For the iPad/iPhone Overview, you’ll need to bring your own device. For the Mac Overview, there are six Macs in the computer lab, so only two of the eight attendees need their own laptops. This class is beginner-oriented, but we cover some different things every month; repeat attendees are encouraged (when there’s room)!

Take care everyone, and have a great first month of 2014!!