2017-09-01 / Amenities

Stay connected at computer center

Need to tweet? What about email? Facebook, anyone?

No problem, stay connected at the Port Aransas Computer Center, where you can surf the web and keep up with everyone online.

At the center, 430 N. Alister St., 15 computers are available to guests.

Use of the center is free.

Hours that the volunteer-run center is open are subject to daily variations depending on volunteer availability, but typical current hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The center also is open on some Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There’s no time limit on computer use.

The computer center has two scanners, a black and white laser printer, a color printer, photo card readers and a copy machine.

CDs, DVDs, jewel cases and floppy disks are available for a donation of $1.

The center also has a removable floppy disk drive so guests can view the contents of their floppy discs.

Headphones can be purchased with a donation of $5, or borrowed for a $3 deposit.

One-on-one instruction for guests led by computer center volunteers is available upon request for a donation of $10.

The center also has a converter that allows guests to bring in their VHS tapes and convert them to a DVD disc.

Don Rose, the late Bus Cheatham, Pete Brum, the late Jack Boyer, Pam Robb,Al Whitty and the late Jeff Korth and other members of the Port Aransas Computer Club started the center 20 years ago.

Lucille Taylor was its first president. Joe Ripple and Bruce Campbell did the work required to create a nonprofit corporation and obtain a 501 (c) (3) status.

The center is financed by donations, which help upgrade equipment and provide supplies and licenses for software. Volunteers are always needed.

For more information, to schedule a one-on-one session, or to volunteer, call (361) 749- 4011.

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