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Computer courses to start

OREGON – A free beginning computer class is available at Rock River Center’s computer technology center, 810 S. 10th St.

Kathe Wilson will facilitate the sessions, which will be from 9 to 11 a.m. They are open to the public.

Basic Computers starts May 1. This class will provide an introduction to computers and computer terminology and an explanation of how the Internet works.

The May 8 class will introduce Microsoft Word 2010 and how to manage files and folders.

The third session will be May 22 and will cover how to use the Internet and email.

Space is limited; registration is required. Those interested can sign up for individual classes or all three.

■ An Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee competition will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at the center. Adults 50 and older should register by April 25 to take part. There is no charge.

Local winners and runners-up will advance to the regional semifinals June 7 at the center. The state finals will be Aug. 11 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

■ A trip is planned to the White Fence Farm Restaurant in Romeoville for a lunch and show May 15. Patty Waszak, vocalist and comedienne, will perform. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. from the center and will return at 5:30 p.m.

The cost for center members is $60 and $65 for the public. Transportation, the meal, show, and tips are included. The registration deadline is April 28.

■ “History of the Viking Ship” will be presented at 7 p.m. April 27, by Lorraine Straw, president of Friends of the Viking Ship. She will recount the story of Viking, the full-size, replica of the ancient Gokstad that sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893. The ship is in Geneva, and is open to the public. Go to for its schedule.

To register or for more information on the activities, call 815-732-3252.

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