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General Information
The Living Well Network offers a variety of computer and technical services available on a regular and as-needed basis to help the 55+ community navigate the ever-changing landscape of computer, technology, device, and application information.

Computer/Technology Advocate 
LWN’s Computer/Technology Advocate, Freeman Deutsch, brings a breadth of experience to the role of managing the Wednesday Open Computer Lounge, offering focused workshops and classes, and conducting Computer Home Visits to assist LWN Members with their home-based computer and technology issues. His background in teaching the basics of email, smart devices, and computer security, is a good fit for LWN users new to technology. Additionally, Freeman has extensive skills in software development, website design, computer graphics, and smart device application development, so he can help solve your more complex computer problems too. Additionally, Freeman is noted for his pleasant and calm demeanor. Click here to learn more about Freeman.

Computer Home Visits
The Computer Lounge offers home computer help as an extension of our program. The fee for this service is $35 per hour and is available to LWN Members only. For more information please click here for Home Computer Visit details.

Open Computer Lounge Summer Hours! 
Visit the Living Well Network Open Computer Lounge on the following Wednesdays: August 16, September 6, September 20 and starting weekly on October 4, 2017. The Computer/Technology Advocate and skilled volunteers are available to answer your computer questions in a stress-free, fun environment during our Open Computer Lounge sessions. The Lounge contains Internet-connected Mac and PC computers but you are encouraged to bring your laptop, smart phone, and other devices, as well as your questions. To use the Open Computer Lounge there is no charge or LWN membership requirement to the 55+ community in 2017. Weekly Open Computer Lounge starts on Wednesday, September 20.

Computer Lounge Classes & Workshops
Classes and workshops are on hiatus for the summer of 2017. In the autumn, LWN will offer monthly classes and workshops for beginners and intermediate computer/ technology users as part of our Computer Lounge programming. Classes are lecture-style ending with a Q&A. Workshops begin with a short “how-to” and encourage participants to try out new skills in a group setting. Please email us at dmartin@agassiz.org  if you have a suggestion for a classes or workshop.

Some of the classes and workshops previously offered at LWN’s Computer Lounge are:
– Workshop: Organizing Your Email
– Class: Microsoft Word Basics
– Workshop: How to Get Rid of Ads on the Web
– Class: Facebook Basics
– Workshop: Online Banking
– Class: How to Make a Basic Website (Wix.com)
– Workshop: Photo Books
– Class: Online Buying & Selling, the New Garage Sale
– Workshop: Skype/FaceTime
– Class: The Cloud
– Workshop: Photo Editing
– Class: Self Publishing Your Life Story
– Workshop: How to Make a Basic Blog

Cost
The Open Computer Lounge is free in 2017 but we will have a $10 drop-in charge in 2018 if you are not an LWN Member. Classes and workshops are free for LWN Members and are $20 per session for non-members in 2017 and 2018. To learn more about LWN Membership click here.

Volunteer
Share your passion for technology as a volunteer to adults who are eager to develop their computer skills. Help others access the resources and build the skills they need as they become tech-savvy. Assist with classes, provide one-on-one problem-solving assistance, help develop workshops and classes. Hours are Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm. We are flexible and open to your availability and interests. For more information please contact Freeman Deutsch, Computer Technology Advocate by email at fdeutsch@agassiz.org or LWN Coordinator, Diane Martin at dmartin@agassiz.org or by phone at (617) 528-0643.

How to Find Us
The LWN Computer Lounge is in the Agassiz Baldwin Community Room, located at 1651 Mass. Ave. (at the corner of Wendell St. and Mass. Ave.). It is accessible by public transportation, car, or walking. There is a ramp located on Wendell Street. Take the stairs or elevator to the basement level. Click for a map here.

Support the Lounge
Support the Lounge by becoming a Member for a tax-deductible contribution of $75 per person or $125 per household. Please sign up today and support the Living Well Network. Contact information is below if you have questions or prefer an alternative to online sign up.

Contact
Come by to use our computers, have a snack, and enjoy the social atmosphere with your neighbors. To join our mailing list, ask questions, or provide feedback, contact Living Well Network Coordinator, Diane Martin by email at dmartin@agassiz.org or by phone at (617) 528-0643.

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