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WELCOME to the TUGNET interactive experience. Our Club is all about members sharing ideas, problems and experiences for the benefit of all members.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00PM
Granada Pavilion
11128 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA
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Meeting Agenda For March 2017

March 7 - Tips for Staying Safe Online and Preventing Identity Theft

Bob Gostischa is returning to help us learn to use the tools that make visiting the Internet safe and enjoyable. His talk will be relevant to Computers (Windows and Mac), tablets and Smart phones.

•It’s important to use the right tools once you get to the Internet.
•It's important to exercise caution when visiting the Internet.
•It's important to avoid the dangers found on the Internet.

Norbert “Bob” Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiast IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software. Avast is the creator of Avast! anti-virus software. The Avast website has a discussion and help forum, where Bob has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004. He has contributed over 35,000 forum interactions.

Come to the meeting to join presenter Bob Gostischa as he explains the dos and don’ts and what you need to know to stay safe on your devices and the Internet.


March 21 - Hoarding Task Force

We will welcome a representative of the Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County. His presentation explains the program which covers the entire county. This will be a brief description of what they do.

Hoarding is a growing problem in America that has affected all walks of life, and, in particular, among older adults. Managing hoarding behaviors and providing solutions is a challenging and complex process, which often requires multi-agency involvement as well as family and community support.

They have become the counties experts on hoarding by default, because they have seen so many hoarders and decided it was necessary to find out how to treat and help people who clutter (hoard).

While I believe no one in our group is in need of these services, it behooves us to be aware of what is available. There can be times when this information may help a neighbor, friend or even a relative. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health provides a range of programs and services designed for older adults (60+) who reside in Los Angeles County. The service that I think is most likely to be helpful is the Hoarding Task Force.

We see on the news every so often where an emergency occurs in the home of a hoarder, always in a very advanced state. Wouldn’t it have been better if someone had intervened before it became such a desperate situation?

There is an annual Hoarding Conference each year that is available to the public for free. This year it’s scheduled for June 22, 2017.

March 28 - Dining Event

PizzaRev(olution)
9420 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA, 91324
818-717-1827

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For this dining event we will try a new eatery that returns 20% of the purchases. PizzaRev is located in Northridge so it is convenient for almost everyone.

PizzaRev has a different approach to pizza in that you Craft Your Own custom personal pizza. They specialize in thin and crispy personal-sized artisanal pizza that you build yourself choosing all your favorites from our homemade dough options, all-natural sauces, premium Italian cheeses and over 30 topping options -- all for one flat price! Gluten free and vegan options also available. Once completed, your pizza is flame-fired in our stone-bed oven in just three minutes.

Our members who have already taken advantage of what is offered are raving about it. So come see for yourself what a great meal you can create.

With their generous sharing program, TUGNET benefits so bring friends and family. Apparently, you can just tell them you are with TUGNET and do not need the flyer. How easy is that! With their generous sharing program, TUGNET benefits so bring friends and family.

Look forward to seeing you. Remember to invite friends and family to come as well. Most get there between 5 & 6 p.m.

Thanks to all who have supported our dining events through the year, it has helped our treasury while you had a pleasant time and filled your tummies. We will continue to keep you informed of the schedule of restaurants in the new year.

Please note: Dining events will be planned for the fourth Tuesday from January on. That will accommodate the board of directors meeting changing to the second Tuesday each month.

There is no easier way that I know of to help our treasury, assuming that we have good participation. If you can invite someone to come with you - or meet you there, wouldn’t that be grand? If we could garner a check for at least $100 each time we have a dining event, with two events we’d have one night of our meeting room rent covered. Now tell me, what’s better than that?

If you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to have included in these plans, let Jefferson Kent know about it. His contact info is on page 3. He is happy to work with any location which welcomes groups. By the way, it is surprising how many restaurants are glad to participate in this sharing program. After all, this brings them customers who otherwise wouldn’t be there!


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