By Jane Summers

Sun Correspondent

Congress Water District has announced new hours, which are now in effect. The water district office will be open from 6:30 a.m. to noon and from 1-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions, call (928) 427-3456.

Thanks to all who participated in the “Apple for a Teacher” event. Requested items were purchased by Congress residents and donated to the Congress Elementary School. This is great interaction between the school and community!

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, Feb. 6, learn to create, manage, edit, and delete long website lists favorite/bookmarks. On Thursday, Feb. 20, learn how to create hilarious smartphone photos and videos using the Snapchat app. 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 Wednesdays, the day before the class. Call the library at (928) 427-3945 or stop by to sign up for a class in which you are interested.

There will also be a third computer class in February. Have you ever wondered how to organize and share those photos stored in your computer or phone? Jane Summers will be sharing information about printing books, calendars, and posters using your photos at a special computer class at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Congress Library. Since doing this is a function of accessing a website and using that site’s material, this class is open to all regardless of computer type/manufacturer. Sign up at the library, call (928) 427-3945 or stop by to sign up if you are interested in learning more about printing possibilities.

The 2020 Gladys Gardner Scholarship application period for prospective or displaced teachers is now open. This program offers $2,000 minimum scholarships for prospective and displaced teachers in Yavapai County. Further information can be found at the GiFTS website at http://ycesa.com/gardner-teacher-scholarship-application/. All applications must be received by midnight, March 2.

The employees of Congress Fire District are hard at work planning for their Eighth annual Off-Road Poker Run, which will be held this year on April 4. While the route is currently being laid out, it is known that it will be a 40-plus mile loop and entries will cost $20 per hand, with unlimited entries per vehicle. Lunch will be included in the cost, and there will be a raffle and door prize drawings. All off-road vehicles will be welcome. This is a fun, alcohol-free event and one to add to your calendar! For more information or sponsorship details, call the fire district at (928) 427-3336 or find them on Facebook at Congress Fire District.

A reminder that Dorothy Dalton and Jane Summers are asking single seniors who live in Congress to join them at Nichols West for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. The idea is not to form a “club,” but just to get together for a meal and some conversation and companionship, probably once a month. Attendees are not making a commitment, just getting together. To be helpful to the folks at Nichols, sign up at the library or call (928) 427-3945 and ask to be added to the list, so we have some idea how many might be expected. However, you are welcome even without signing up. For more information, call Dorothy at (623) 800-1203 or Jane at (298) 427-9438.

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