Windows 8                                                                                                     NEW!

Windows 8 is the next generation of Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is a somewhat radical departure from previous versions. If you have purchased a new computer, it will likely use Windows 8 as its operating system. Many of its features are essentially the same as Windows 7 but this new operating system tries to accommodate the trend towards using smaller mobile devices that are easier to use. At first it might seem a bit strange for desktop users, but in a half a day, Richard Mende will make you feel right at home again. Participants are required to bring their own laptops. If you don’t already have a mouse, please consider buying one.

October 15, 2014 or
November 19, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $45.00 non-members
Led by ParkSide OACS member Richard Mende


Introduction to Digital Photography

This one time 3-hour course is for those who are thinking about buying their first digital camera or for those who have just bought their first digital camera and would like to learn how to use it. Together we will go through the process of taking a picture, transferring it to the computer and doing some basic editing. If you have a camera already, bring it, your manual and any connectors that came with it. Bring along your laptop if you have one.

▸          Megapixels and what they mean in practical terms.
▸          Optical versus a digital zoom.
▸          Hands-on experience with taking pictures, transferring them to the computer, and editing them using free downloadable software.
▸          Resizing and cropping pictures.

October 29, 2014 or
December 3, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 member           $45.00 non-members
Led by ParkSide OACS member Richard Mende.


Computers for Absolute Beginners – Windows 7

In this 3-hour session, we will cover all the basics to get you started in the wonderful world of computing. Topics include: turning your computer on and off, using the mouse, keyboard basics, opening and closing programs, saving files, basic file management, backing up files, copy and paste, opening a web site in a browser, making a Favourite in a browser. NOTE: This session will be taught using Windows XP. If you have a new computer with Windows 8, you should not sign up for this session, but rather for one of the Windows 8 sessions.

October 15, 2014 or
November 19, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $45.00 non-members
Led by ParkSide OACS member Richard Mende


Digital Photography - Composition

In this three-hour workshop, you will be exposed to two principles that will help you to bring your pictures to life. The principles themselves are very easy to learn - applying them to your pictures in an infinite number of ways will pleasantly occupy you for the rest of your life.

No matter what kind of photography you like to do – landscapes, architecture, flowers, portraits, whatever - the principles will work for you.

This is a hands-on workshop. After we examine the principles, we will take pictures, transfer them to the computer and, when necessary, edit them using free downloadable software.

November 5, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $45.00 non-members
Led by ParkSide OACS member Richard Mende



Social networking sites such as Facebook are a great way for people to stay in touch with their friends and family on a daily basis. Users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information, and other personal information. Users can communicate with friends and others through private or public messages and a chat feature. They can also create and join interest groups. There are also different privacy settings that can be altered to meet individual needs. Richard Mende will teach you everything you need to know about these sites. You must have a web based email account such as hotmail, gmail, etc.

November 12, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 member $45.00 non-members


Special Projects                                                                                             FREE!

Richard Mende is our resident guru in all things relating to computing and digital photography. Once a month Richard will try to offer you personalized assistance with any special projects you may be working on or problems that you may be encountering. Trying to make personalized Christmas cards? Trying to create custom photographs for some special purpose? Trying to make colourful posters for your club?

October 29, 2014  or
November 26, 2014
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Led by ParkSide OACS member Richard Mende


Internet Basics

In this course, ParkSide Centre member Peter Marshall will teach you how to use all aspects of the Internet. The Internet and all of its applications allow you to stay in touch with out of town family, send and receive pictures, and entertain yourself. The course covers Internet search methods, e-mail, mailing lists, book marking and more.

October 20 - December 8, 2014
9:30 - 10:30 am
$60.00 members          $80.00 non-members


Smart Phones

Today's smartphones are powerful tools that go far beyond simply placing phone calls. It's like carrying an entire PC and entertainment system in your pocket. But, in order to take advantage of the features and capabilities, you have to know they exist, how to navigate them, and make them work. Many things are self-explanatory. However, many are not.

ParkSide Centre member, Peter Marshall will demonstrate common tasks like sending a text message, watching a video clip on YouTube, or surfing the Web. This workshop will also cover fundamentals like configuring the security options, adjusting the brightness of the display, and setting the device up to work with a wireless network.

October 23, 2014   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $45.00 non-members



Tablet computers come in various brands. All Apple brand tablets (and smart phones) use a specific operating system called iOS. All other brands of tablet (and smart phone) are excluded from iOS and use instead an operating system called Android (from Google); however, manufacturers can and do make minor changes to the user interface.

Peter Marshall will be back to teach you how to use your Android tablet. This will include downloading apps, communicating with others via text, email, etc. or managing photos and other files.

You will need to bring your tablet (and a USB drive to store resources for later viewing on a computer) to the course.

October 30, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Using Adobe Photoshop Elements - 2 Parts

This program is often included with the purchase of a new scanner. It is also available for purchase (about $150.00) and is widely used by non-professionals to edit their scanned or digital camera images. Even professional photographers find it will do nearly all the editing they need.

Part 1 - Organizer will cover: getting photos into the program from digital cameras, scanned or other images stored on hard disks; creating Catalogs and Albums; naming/renaming files; adding keywords and tags for easy image retrieval and searching for specific images.

Part 2 Editor will cover: basic cropping; straightening horizons; adjusting exposure and colour balance; using the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tool to get rid of dust spots, patch tears from the original scanned photo, etc.; removing Red Eye; and other basic image retouching.

Both sessions will be strictly demonstrations of the tools and technique. Free pre-registration is required so we know how many people are interested. If a copy of a handout (notes and information) is desired, there will be a $5.00 per person materials fee, payable at the session, upon receipt of the handout.

November 6, 2014
November 13, 2014
1:00 pm


All-Day Workshop on Image Retouching                                                   NEW!

This will be an all-day workshop where participants will be given some guidance about using software such as Photoshop Elements to do simple retouching of digital images, either images that have been scanned or those taken with a digital camera. The remainder of the morning will be spent working on an image provided by Art Taylor, the facilitator. After lunch, at your own expense, you'll have the opportunity to work on your own images, applying skills you learn in the morning. Be sure to have two or three of your own images available, since you may have time to work on more than one image.


1. Free pre-registration. Sign up at the front desk. A maximum of TEN participants per session, although additional sessions will be scheduled later if needed.

2. YOUR laptop, with its AC power supply. Laptop batteries are not likely to last all day so have your AC adapter with you.

3. A USB or wireless mouse will be MUCH easier to use than a laptop's touch pad. If you have a graphics tablet, like one of the Wacom tablets (NOT an iPad or similar tablet!), and a stylus to use with it, feel free to use them instead of the mouse.

4. A copy of any version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, installed, activated, and ready to use. If you don't already own a copy of Photoshop Elements, you can use the FREE 30-day TRIAL version, available from Download and install it a day or two prior to the workshop so it's ready to use. Since it will stop working 30 days after it's installed, Don't install it too soon.

5. At least 5 GB (gigabytes) of free hard disk space on your laptop, an external USB hard disk, or a USB thumb drive. You'll need lots of free space for image editing.

6. Two or three digital images you want to work on. These may be either from previously scanned files or pictures from a digital camera. There will NOT be a scanner available at this workshop to do any scanning.

November 20, 2014
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Creating Digital Slide Shows with Power Director                                    NEW!

Art Taylor continues his series on working with digital images with this new presentation. He will demonstrate some of the numerous features offered in Cyberlink's Power Director 12 Ultimate video editing program as he creates a digital slide show, including digital still images, video clips, titles, transitions, commentary, sound effects, music, and more. Once the show has been created, it can be burned to a DVD, a Bluray disk, or posted on the web or transferred to portable media such as cell phones. This program (about $150.00), replaces multiple pieces of hardware formerly needed for editing video or creating slide shows.

Free pre-registration is required so we know how many people are interested. If a copy of a handout (notes and information about scanning) is desired, there will be a $5.00 per person materials fee, payable at the session, upon receipt of the handout.

November 27, 2014
1:00 pm


Computer Lab Drop-In

Members are encouraged to use the computer lab to surf the Internet, check e-mail, type up that special project or just practice your skills. Computers are also available in the lounge.