DEAR SUN SPOTS: Senior College at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College needs people to act as host for Zoom classes this coming year. Volunteers are needed from September 2022 through May 2023 for those comfortable with computers and interested in helping with Zoom outreach to homebound seniors.

There are two types of Zoom classes needing hosts. The first is hybrid classes. The instructor, some students, and the host will meet in a classroom at USM-LAC in Lewiston. Other students will be present on Zoom. The host will set up a computer and auxiliary equipment owned by Senior College in the classroom to enable homebound students to interact with the class.The second is for Zoom only classes. The host will use their computer at home for a class where the instructor and all students are on Zoom.There will be training sessions for each type of host after Aug. 5. There will be backup help for the first few classes.In addition to the satisfaction of helping homebound seniors remain part of our vibrant Senior College and the satisfaction of learning new skills, every host will be entitled to one tuition-free class of their choice. Hosts are not charged a fee for any class that they host.Many seniors have benefited from our Zoom classes during the COVID epidemic. Some wish to return to in-person classes and some feel taking a class from home better suits their needs. We at the Senior College want to make it possible for all to enjoy our classes. With the help of host volunteers, it has been done with success so far, but we need more help.Please let us know immediately if you are interested. Plans are underway for the fall semester now. For further information, contact [email protected] or call 753-6610 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Remember, we are a volunteer organization and it may take a few days to get back to you. — Lucy, no town

ANSWER: What a great opportunity for the right people. Staying involved in the community is so important.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for an organization that will be holding a yard/garage sale with tables to rent. I have items I would like to sell, but do not live on a yard sale friendly street. I have been following Sun Spots faithfully looking for such a sale. If anyone is planning a sale in the near future, please call me at 689-4005. –Julie, no town

ANSWER: You should hear something soon as this is the right time of year for these events. Sun Spotters, please let Julie know if you hear of anything or are having an event in your neighborhood that she could join.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the call for contractors in the June 20 Sun Spots, I recommend PRH Contracting Services in Auburn (https://prhcontractors.com/, 241-7901). They did great work on our home improvement projects and were reasonably priced and on time.

KBs Handyman Service is another company we’ve used for small jobs. (http://kbshandyman.com/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral, 713-1077). I would definitely call Karl again.

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