By Jane Summers

Sun Correspondent

King Houston of the Congress Health Council writes: “Are you interested in learning more about the Congress Health Council? Do you want to know what we do for the community and how you can help? Our annual meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Community Service Building (Resource Center), 26750 Santa Fe Drive. All Congress residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there.”

Board members for Congress Senior Citizens Inc. announced that they will be holding their annual meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Community Service Building (Resource Center). Elections to fill three seats on the board will be held. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The Weaver Mountains Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Holiday Festival of Lights Decorating Contest and included the Congress community. There were eight entries from Congress and a lot of other families whose homes were beautifully decorated and should have been entered! It was difficult to judge because the entries were all wonderful.  Our judges, Karron Harwood, Ja Whiteley and Penny Booka had a difficult time selecting the three prize winners, but finally chose, first place: Bill Northington on Hwy 89; second place: Brian and Denise Lee in Paso del Sol; and third place: Ron and Judy Koressel in Weaver Mountain Estates. A special thank you from the Chamber to Nichols West, Rusty Rooster, and Yarnell Emporium for their generous donations of $50, $30 and $20 gift certificates for prize winners.

Congratulations to the Congress Fire District for bringing home the trophy for the best civic float from the Wickenburg Parade of Lights!

The librarians at the Congress Library are planning to host another “Apple for the Teacher” event after the first of the year. The previous one in the fall was quite successful, and they encourage residents to look for the display on the bulletin board inside the library. Teachers at Congress School suggest items they could use to enhance Congress children’s education, and those items are written on “apples” posted on an “apple tree.” Residents can “pick” an apple from the tree, purchase the item(s) indicated, and return those to the library. Librarians will see that the items are delivered to the requesting teachers. In the fall, all of the items requested were purchased and sent on to the school.

Computer Whiz of AZ, Shannon Smith, has announced two free computer classes to be held at 1 p.m. at the Congress Library this month. On Thursday, January 9, learn to back up your computer using a thumb or flash drive, an external hard drive, or the Cloud. On Thursday, Jan. 23 learn how to save Facebook photos to your computer, smart phone, or tablet.  Shannon said these free classes are for Microsoft PC users and are held when there are three or more confirmed students signed up by noon Wednesday, the day before the class. Call the library at (928) 427-3945 or stop by to sign up.

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