COOKIE QUIZ: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?”
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GIFT BAZAAR IN THE PINES: The “Holiday Gift Bazaar in the Pines” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. There will be lots of unique gifts, handmade clothing, and much more available for sale. It’s always nice to give unique gifts for the holidays!
CHRISTMAS IN EL DORADO: The Christmas Season in the town of El Dorado starts on Friday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. El Dorado merchants will host a family-friendly event, which includes surrey and train rides, live music, popcorn, face painting, cookies, hot cider, carolers and special deals throughout the town.
QUADRATIC EQUATION: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset provided the following “Gentle Thought for the Day:” “When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of algebra.”
NIFTY FIFTIES MUSICAL: The “Sensational Singing Seniors” are back! This musical will include selections from fifties movies, musicals, early rock and roll, country classics and popular songs. The fun happens on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A second presentation will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Admission is free. Monika and I are big fans of this group. Their presentations are entertaining and lots of fun.
TEA TIME IN TOYLAND: “Tea in Toyland” with the Cinnamon Bear is back! This entertaining event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Town Hall, 544 Main St., Placerville. Refreshments of spiced tea, tea sandwiches, and cookies will be offered; and a storyteller will introduce Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Tickets will be sold in advance only at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, 542 Main St., Placerville, 530-621-5885, and at the Bookery, 326 Main St., Placerville, 530-626-6454. Tickets will be on sale Nov. 11 and are $5 per child and $8 per adult. Adults should be accompanied by a child.
HONORING VETERANS: The Soroptimists of the Sierra Nevada Region are interested in locating a female veteran or currently active military female in the Placerville area who would like to receive information about Soroptimist International of Placerville. The Soroptimists have created a new program to honor those military or veteran women that can be located by Nov. 15. When located, the women will be invited to club meetings and offered a free trip to the annual conference, scheduled for April, in Reno, Nevada. For more information, call Barbara Smiley at 916-813-6281.
EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER: The “Help Feed the Hungry Empty Bowls” supper fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 16 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Hall, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville. The Upper Room Dining Hall receives half of the funds and the Semilia Nueva organization in Guatemala receives the other half. Supper includes a home-cooked meal of soup, bread, a beverage, and you get to keep the hand-made bowl. There will be live music by Coloma Celtic and Doug of the Rusty Buckets Band. Suggested donation for supper is $15 to $50. For more information, visit Carla Turoff at email@example.com. For other information, contact Maureen Dion-Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING: A class titled “Holiday Shopping” is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. The speaker will discuss how to shop safely, how to compare prices, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How to find free shipping on holiday articles you want to purchase will also be discussed. Some Internet experience is necessary to attend this class. Call 530-621-6369 to register for this class. The class fee is $5.
START THE A.M. RIGHT: John Bruno provided the following positive quote: “Every morning when you wake up, go through a mental cleansing. Release any bitterness, forgive the people who hurt you, and let go of every disappointment.” — Joel Osteen
SUPPORT OUR FIREFIGHTERS: For our plan-aheaders, the following information is offered. The Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association will offer their annual crab banquets. The banquets will be held at Perry Creek Winery on Saturday, Jan 11 and Jan. 18, and at Skinner Winery on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Additional information and the option of buying tickets for the events are available by calling 530-306-4852 or pioneervolunteerfire.org/crab-banquet. The website also includes links to local lodging options if needed. This is an event you do not want to miss!
HOME SUPPORT SERVICES INFORMATION: The In Home Support Services (INSS) Advisory Committee needs representations to serve on their committee. Recipients of in-home care services and providers of in-home care services are encouraged to serve on this committee. For more information or to join the committee, call Carol Keates at 530-622-4848. The INSS will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the MORE Building, 399 Placerville Dr.
VIKING FEST: Normally, this column does not include Citrus Heights items. However, a lot of people with Norway connections request this item annually. The “Viking Festival” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at San Juan Masonic Hall, 5944 San Juan Ave., Citrus Heights. This festival includes craft items, demonstrations, bakery goods, Scandinavian merchandise, and gift items. Lunch will be available, which includes open-face sandwiches, fish soup, waffles and Viking-on-a-stick. Admission is free.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Maxine Saying:” “If your friends can accurately guess your age, you need to find dumber friends.”
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: Free “English as a Second Language” classes are available every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Green Valley School, 2380 Bass Lake Rd., Rescue. For more information, call 530-677-3686 or 530-672-9405.
A DALAI DILLY: According to the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
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