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Classes And Workshops At Oakhurst Branch Library

OAKHURST – Organizers at the Oakhurst Branch Library are busy lining up classes and workshops so that everyone in the community will have something good to look forward to this season.

The various events are not only informative and convenient… they are free.

Playwrighting Workshop

First up is a playwrighting class for teens and adults that runs for four weeks starting Thursday, May 21, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Award-winning playwright Carol Wolf will lead the class.

May 2015 smartphone classSmartphone Class

On Saturday, May 23, the Library will host an Introduction To Your Smartphone class from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Community Room. Leading the class is Jerry Ward, Cellular Sales Supervisor with Sierra Tel Business Center. He’ll cover basic navigation, phone functions, connecting to the internet, settings, voice commands, contacts, texting, emails and more.

Ward will also show students how to personalize their smartphones and how to download and use special applications. “This is a great opportunity to learn about all these useful devices,” say organizers.

“Jerry wants to prepare hand-outs for the devices the attendees use, so he has requested that the library accept pre-registration. Since this event is free, the only info the library will need at registration is the device brand for each registrant, whether it’s Samsung, Motorola, iPhone or another brand.”

There will be a question/answer period at the end of the presentation.

Oakhurst Library Elder Fraud Event 5-30-15Elder Fraud Workshop

On Saturday, May 30, the Library presents a Madera County Sheriff’s Class on Elder Fraud, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Community Room. Two representatives from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will present the class. Detective Jeff Noland and Community Service Officer Jo Ann Evans will address issues including IRS frauds, telemarketing scams, fraudulent home repair, and bank account scams.

Elderly residents are often victims of unscrupulous fraudsters, say organizers. “At this class, they will learn how to spot fraud and how to report it to the authorities.” It’s especially important for seniors who live alone, they say.

If you have any questions about any of these special presentations, please call the Library at (559) 683-4838 or visit

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