Events

Please Note: All classes remote until future notice. Email class coordinators for connection instructions.

KCS hosts several different types of events. Read the event descriptions below to choose the one that suits your interests. Click on the icon or button to find out the event details. (Interactive tech help events are highlighted in yellow.)

General Meetings

Come to a General Meeting to listen to informative speakers, connect with other members and participate in governance of the group. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Members and non-members welcome.

Special Interest Groups

SIGs are comprised of KCS members who share a common interest or hobby and want to learn from one another on a specific topic. Previous SIGs have included: Genealogy, Creative Writing, and Mac Users.

Classes

Our current classes are for intermediate users of PCs. They are led by Larry DuSavage and MaryAnn Confar, and although there is usually a specific agenda, there is also ample opportunity to get your questions answered.

Labs

Want to practice your newfound PC skills? Got a nagging problem that you haven't been able to solve? Bring your laptop or devices and come to a lab! We will probably be able to help. Computers are provided for those who don't have one.

General Meetings (Open)

Meets the in the lounge of the Sheridan Park Community Center at 680 Lebo Blvd in Bremerton. Parking in front or on upper level, handicapped accessible. At every General Meeting help is needed, both to bring food items and to get food ready for the attendees. FOOD DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!

Coordinator: President Ed Evans  

See Calendar for the dates of the next General Meetings.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Investor Discussion Group SIG: 

Meets at the Sheridan Park Community Center, Lounge Room, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Past topics discussed include Investing Online Tools and Features, Google Finance Portfolios, Stock Central and ICLUBcentral Features and more.

Coordinator: Al Valencia 

See Calendar for the dates of the next Stock Investors Group meeting.

Investor Discussion Group SIG: 

Available to Members Only. Meets at the Sheridan Park Community Center, Lounge Room, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Past topics discussed include Investing Online Tools and Features, Google Finance Portfolios, Stock Central and ICLUBcentral Features and more.

Coordinator: Al Valencia 

See Calendar for the dates of the next Stock Investors Group meeting.

Classes

Open Forum Windows 10 Class: Classes are geared toward intermediate to advanced PC users, and typically cover security issues, bugs and more. Interactive Q&A session at the end of class will address your PC challenges and help solve them.

Important Location Note: Some classes held at the Sylvan Way Library, 1301 Sylvan Way. Other classes held at the Sheridan Park Rec Center, 680 Lebo Blvd. Click Calendar for details.

Coordinator: Larry DuSavage

See Calendar for the dates and location of the next Windows 10 Classes.

Download a Sample Agenda here (Word Doc, 37KB) to see topics typically covered

KCS Classes at Goodwill: 

Available to Members Only. Intermediate Computer classes are held in the Bremerton Goodwill training facility, 4209 Wheaton Way, Bremerton. Sign-up is not necessary; just show up.

Coordinator: 

See Calendar for the dates of the next trainings at Goodwill.

Open Labs

Sylvan Way Library Lab: Free one-on-one tech help for all your devices! Meets at the Sylvan Way branch of the Kitsap Regional Library (1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton) 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  

Coordinator: Larry DuSavage

See Calendar for the dates of the next library labs.

our Volunteer teachers

Larry DuSavage

Windows 10 Classes, 
Library Labs

Larry joined KCS in 2006 because he wanted to help teach others. He has previously served as President, and is currently our Historian and assistant Treasurer. 

After serving as a submarine sailor for 21 years, Larry went back to school and earned his B.S. in Computer Science. He went on to work for local companies such as AMSEC and Anteon performing computer programming and database administration.

Besides teaching KCS classes and helping at labs, he is the KCS historian keeping all KCS records.

 

Mary Ann Confar

Mary Ann Confar

Instructor

Mary Ann Confar followed a summer boat job in Alaska to Poulsbo in 1996 and decided to stay. 

When she got tired of being gone for 5 months at a time she spent 4 ½ years installing donated computers for the Gates Foundation in over 500 libraries across 38 states and teaching elderly, rural librarians to use them.

After that program ended she went thru Library School at UW, got a job as a reference Librarian at OC and has continued to teach Beginning Computer Users ever since.

Al Valencia

Investor Discussion Group

Al has been a member of KCS since 2008. His background is in construction and he owned a firm locally. He is from the Port Orchard area. He is a Trustee for KCS and serves as the membership chair, works with project coordination and has been on KCS’s main fundraiser, Kitsap Great Give committee.

He has been involved with and is a member of a local investment club and has served as the president and secretary for the club. He recently was elected to serve as a director with the Puget Sound Chapter of BetterInvesting. He is the coordinator for the Investor Education Conference for the western region of the state.