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Free online classes at HP: Manage photos & more has added new courses to its ever-growing collection of free online education. These free classes are a great way to learn a new skill or pick up a few new tips and tricks.

The courses are self-paced and open for one to two months at a time. While enrolled in the class, you’ll be able to ask questions from a qualified instructor or visit with other classmates in the message forums.

Some of the newest classes include:

  • Creative Gifts to Make from Photos
  • Is Your Digital Media Collection Outgrowing Your PC?
  • Print Without Your PC
  • Editing Great Small Business Videos
  • And many more!

Click here to check it out: HP classes

Thanks, NorthernCheapskate!

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York County: Choral Festival on Tuesday

Don’t miss the York County High School Choral Festival, 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 15)  in the York Comprehensive High School Auditorium!

The concert will feature five of the finest high school choral groups in South Carolina, each preparing for the state choral festival in March. Participating groups include the Clover Choraliers, South Pointe Stallion Choral Concert Choir, Northwestern Troubadours, Rock Hill Concert Choir  and the York Comprehensive Concert Choir.

Each choir will perform three selections that they are preparing for the adjudicated 3A and 4A choral festival competition March 24-25 in Columbia. The concert is open to the public. Admission is $3 at the door. For information, contact Phil Suggs, 818-6248.

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York County: Class, tutoring for both young and old!

Two great opportunities for area residents coming up:

  • An AARP drivers safety class will be offered for ages 50 and older at Cox Harley Davidson 1178 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. The class will be  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 3-4 Participants must attend both days to receive their certificate, which might reduce their rates for collision and liability insurance. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. You do not have to be an AARP member to attend. To register, call Gene Esarove at 803-547-4553.


  • Tutoring in reading will be provided for children in grades 1-6 at the Literacy Clinic in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. The cost for seven sessions (from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays) is $15.  The tutoring will be offered by undergraduate students majoring in elementary or special education and supervised  by Elke  Schneider. The clinic begins Feb. 28. For information or an application, e-mail Applications are due Feb. 14.


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Hurry: 30+ FREE Kaplan textbooks & study guides!

A huge selection of Kaplan textbooks and study guides are FREE as Kindle downloads through Monday, Jan. 17!

 Use the free Kindle application for your computer, smart phone, or iPad (I don’t own a Kindle — yet — but we access all the books through our laptop).

Download the ones you might use now before they return to normal price (up to $19.99 for some titles). Included are textbooks, study guides, and workbooks to prepare for tests like the SAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT and CCRN. Some Kaplan titles are also available as free Nook books and free Sony Reader books.

Click here to shop for free Kaplan books: Kindle Kaplan

Click here to get Kindle’s free top 100 bestsellers: eBooks

Remember that you can read Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, or Windows 7 Phone (you don’t have to own a Kindle). Click here for the apps: Phone Kindle

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

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66 great discounts for teachers & homeschoolers!

Gift Card has compiled an extensive list of the 66 most lucrative year-round discounts for teachers on her blog! Many of them also apply to homeschoolers. Examples: Joann Fabric’s, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Adobe, Pizza Hut, Marriott . . .

Remember that policies vary greatly by location, with some giving  a different percentage off, others shifting discounts over time, still others simply not honoring deals. Call ahead before making a purchase to avoid frustration at checkout.

Click here to see her entire list: Teacher discounts

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Shameless plug: “Cinderella” in Fort Mill on Friday & Saturday

Come see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” performed by students from Lake Pointe Academy. This musical is awesome! I’m calling this a shameless plug because my daughter is the stage manager, but it really is a fun show.

“Cinderella” will be performed at the Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 615 Banks St.

  • Friday, Dec. 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 @ 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $5 (ages 4 and under free). Reserve your seats (and hurry, they are selling fast!) online here: Tickets. You will pay at the door. Or stop by Lake Pointe Academy, 3168 Hands Mill Hwy., York, to purchase tickets. For more info, call 803-631-5253.

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Educational deals and freebies!

Free DVD in Return for Feedback: Izzit is offering teachers and homeschooling parents a free educational DVD in return for a brief review submitted on their site. All parents and teachers who are currently teaching grades four through 12 are eligible to receive this free DVD.

Free New Zealand Unit Study: Knowledge Quest is celebrating the release of their newest e-book, Around the World, by offering a free New Zealand Unit Study from this book. If you and your students enjoy the unit study, the full e-book (which covers nine different countries) can be purchased at Knowledge Quest for $14.95.

LaRosa’s PizzAchievement Rewards Program: Teachers, principals and homeschooling parents are encouraged to register for LaRosa’s PizzAchievement Rewards Program. Points are distributed at the beginning of each school year, and can be redeemed for a variety of prizes, including free personal pizzas, calzones, and soft drinks.

Free Trial of Classroom Zoom: Try out the lessons and activities available at Classroom Zoom by signing up for a free three-day trial of their site. The resources available include daily sentence editing, interactive reading, and a word search creator.

Pizza Hut Book-It Reading Program: The Pizza Hut Book-It Reading Program encourages homeschooling parents to reward the reading efforts of their children. As students reach their reading goals each month, they are rewarded with a certificate for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut. After you submit your order for the Book-It Program, you will receive a packet with coupons for free personal pizzas, a chart to record your child’s reading progress, as well as tips and hints to encourage your child to read.

Thanks to Katie at Our Blissful Chaos!

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