Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 08, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
We had two visitors today from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce who are doing a project getting their members to identify where they appear and we were featured today! See us on their website!
Doug announced that Jamie Walton from Aptos High won the area speech contest (as Doug said she smoked ‘em!). Now she goes on to the regional contest. Go Jamie!
Our speaker today was our own Doug Deaver !  He highlighted websites and phone apps, many of which are free, that we might find helpful.
Want to avoid robocalls? NOMOROBO is an app that makes robo calls only ring once. Similarly, HIYA is a phone app that tells you who’s calling even if you don’t have a record of them.
If you have Microsoft Office and you need to keep renewing/updating it, you can replace it with other software.  One is OPEN OFFICE and another is LIBREOFFICE. They include word excel and power point and doesn’t cost you anything (open ware software).
Norton virus protection for home computers be gotten for free if you have Comcast. MALWAREBYTES runs just once and its free. It can also go onto your phone.
Use a VPN when you are in a public area to create a private network. Use at a Marriott or Starbucks.
You can get a flashlight app that installs malware on your phone!  Don’t download BRIGHTEST FLASHLIGHT!
Free credit scores can be gotten from the Costco website if you are a member, as well as CREDIT KARMA and CREDIT SESAME.
Suppose you want someone’s phone number. PIPL is the site to do this.
QR barcode scanner is a free app that lets you see video when it is a barcode. SCREENBURN tool changes the color of your screen so that it doesn’t look “burned”.
Want to get the best price when you are shopping? REDLASER and PRICECHECK are two places where you can get competing prices on items by scanning a barcode … essentially you can do comparison shopping in the store. KEEPA App is an Amazon app gives you a price history on an item. HONEY App will tell you if someone is selling stuff cheaper than Amazon.
Want to edit your photos? Free photo apps include PHOTOSCAPE and for more advanced work, PIXLER.
If you are ok with a Sunday only subscription to the Sentinel combined with on line you can save half off a paper subscription. WEATHER UNDERGROUND is a local very accurate weather app. WAZE is an app for your phone that tells you, based on traffic, suggestions on which way to go.
NEXTDOOR is a good source of tmi! as well as neighborhood news. County of Santa Cruz CITIZEN CONNECT allows you to do things on site as opposed to calling. For instance, you can report storm damage.