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Fishing for volunteers to help bring season cheer

December 11, 2004

JIM DE BOOM

Friends in Service to Humanity needs volunteers for its 2004

Christmas event on Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., that will bring

Christmas to more than 250 local families that would otherwise go

without.

Through the help of our supporters, the group is providing all the

trimmings for a meal to feed a family of six, and gifts for the

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children.

Be a part of bringing Christmas to working poor families in Orange

County.

The organization is looking for volunteers to provide

transportation, coordinate registration and crowd control, according

to executive director Dana Timmermans.

"Over the next two weeks, FISH and volunteers will also be

delivering Christmas to an additional 300 families in need,"

Timmermans said.

"Most of the gifts and food have already been donated. Now you can

join us in the fun part of getting Christmas to the families."

Volunteer families, individuals and groups are welcome to join in

the fun. Please call (949) 515-3815, Ext. *222, or e-mail

fish-ha@pacbell.net to sign up.

COMPUTER CLASS A LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA

The next session of eight-week-long computer classes sponsored by

SeniorNet will begin on Jan. 10 at the Costa Mesa Senior Center.

Designed for those 50 and older, these classes feature a

student-to-instructor ratio of two-to-one. State-of-the-art computers

are used in the two-hour-long classes each of which is held once a

week.

The fees include access to a supervised computer lab where one can

practice or receive individual instruction.

There is special four-week class is suitable for those who can

barely spell "computer," called Computing Made Easy and at $20, it is

a steal.

Introduction to computers, using Windows XP, is a basic course,

but it assumes that the student is relatively familiar with the

keyboard and the use of the mouse.

Eight other classes are available to those seniors who have some

familiarity with simple computer commands, including digital photo

editing, digital cameras, scanners, e-mail, Quicken and Print Shop.

The fee for each eight-week class is $65 for members of the Costa

Mesa Senior Center and $75 for nonmembers. Membership in SeniorNet is

also required at $40 a year.

Signups are now being accepted at the Costa Mesa Senior Center

(19th Street and Pomona Avenue). Call (949) 645-2354 for more

information.

READING BY NINE TIME

During the past four years, Daily Pilot readers and the Rotary

Clubs of Newport-Balboa, Newport Irvine and Newport Beach Sunrise

efforts have delivered more than 20,000 books in support of the Los

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