Girls learn how to make jewelry at Bedazzled Program

Girl Scouts in fourth and fifth grades have the opportunity to show their personalities by learning how to make their own jewelry. The program is taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. Pre-registration is required and new members are welcome.

Girls will learn how to make unique jewelry pieces that express themselves. They will also learn about gems and minerals and make some pieces to take home. Girls will earn the Jeweler badge.

The cost to attend is $9 per girl and $4 per adult and the registration deadline is Feb. 4. New Girl Scout members will need to pay the $12 membership fee. To register, contact Gabrielle at (607) 773-8661, ext. 205 or Payment is due at the time of registration.

Tioga County libraries offer free computer classes

The Apalachin Library and the Waverly Free Library are both offering a series of free, professionally-taught computer courses in 2013. These classes will help participants build their job readiness skills, and will cover topics such as Windows 7, Microsoft Office applications, and resume writing. Anyone is eligible to sign up, including residents in other counties.

Classes will continue until June 2013 through a collaboration with the Finger Lakes Library System and the Broome-Tioga Literacy Volunteers. The project is supported by funds from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

"In today's economic climate, computer literacy has become a necessity for virtually all jobseekers, even those who do not work in a traditional office environment," notes Corinne Weible, outreach services manager for the Finger Lakes Library System. "These classes will help jobseekers develop the essential skills they need to successfully find employment."

Laptops equipped with Microsoft Office 2010 will be provided for participants to use during classes. These laptops are also available to all library patrons for in-library use whenever classes are not in session. Both libraries are also adding many related materials to their permanent collections, including titles on computer basics, careers, and job seeking.

To sign up for classes, please contact either participating library.

Detailed class schedules are available at both libraries, and the general schedule is as follows:

Apalachin Library, Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 7 - June 24, call (607) 625-3333; and Waverly Library, Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 9 - June 19, call (607) 565-9341.

Tioga Chamber to host Lunch and Learn event

The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch and Learn event at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. The subject is: "Rudeness at Work: Causes, Costs and Cures."

Do you sometimes have to deal with people who are overextended? Overwhelmed? Maybe even short-tempered? Are people losing valuable time at work because of unnecessary conflict?

In today's crazy, busy world, stress and misunderstandings in the workplace can sometimes cause rude behavior by employees, draining us of the energy we need for our own performance, and in turn costing U.S. employers billions a year due to lost productivity.

Alice Wojcio, Principal Consultant and owner of Advantage Training and Development, will be joining the chamber for a discussion of the causes, costs and cures of this problem, along with offering concrete techniques to help us better deal with today's fast-paced tempo - at home and at work.

As a special bonus, each one attending will receive an online access code for a complimentary personalized Everything DiSCĀ® Workplace Report. Your confidential, 23-page personal report is valued at $50 and will offer specific, practical suggestions to help you reduce rudeness at work and the stress that so often accompanies it.

Call the Chamber of Commerce for reservations at (607) 687-2020. The cost is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-menbers, and includes a lunch of chef salad, rolls and butter, dessert, beverage, tax and tip.

T.A.L.L. offering computer classes for adults

The Tioga Adult Learning Lab (T.A.L.L.), a program of Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties Inc., in collaboration with Tioga County, N.Y., is now registering adults to attend basic skills computer classes to be held February and March 2013. There is no charge for this computer instruction.

The following classes are being offered: "Internet Success!" on Tuesday, Feb. 26; "E-Mail Made Easy" offered on Thursday, Feb. 14, or Tuesday, March 5; "Social Networking 101" offered

Tuesday, Feb. 19, "Basics of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010" March 19 and 20; and "Basics of Microsoft Publisher 2010" Tuesday, March 12.

Also offered is a comprehensive basic skills class of "The Basics of Microsoft Windows 7, Word & Excel." This six-week class, geared at beginner and intermediate level computing, will meet every Monday and Wednesday (beginning on Feb. 4) evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn the basics of Windows 7, and learn skills in Microsoft Word 2010 and Excel 2010.

Please contact the Literacy office for details regarding this session, or any other session mentioned in the schedule.

New to the class instructional schedule is a two-evening workshop, "Resume Success" meeting on Monday and Wednesday, March 25 and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., students will be given instruction on preparing their own resume using Microsoft Word. Pre-requisite for this class is basic Microsoft Word skills. This class is limited to six students.

All classes will meet evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., room 248 at the Owego Free Academy, Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, N.Y. Students must be preregistered to attend, and can do so by calling the Literacy Volunteers office at (607) 778-6406. Literacy Volunteers is a United Way agency.