AVERAGE IS JUST FINE: John Chapman of Folsom sent us the following T-shirt statement: “Aim for average . . . . you’re rarely disappointed.”
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THE RAILROAD IS COMING: The Placerville/Sacramento Valley Railroad group is eager to let everyone know that they plan to extend an excursion railroad line from the main station in Folsom, through Latrobe, and then to Shingle Springs. On March 9, today, they will have a presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 7672 South Shingle Rd., Latrobe. Refreshments will be provided.
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PARTAKING THE PASTA: Placerville Elks Lodge no. 1712 invites the public to enjoy a pasta dinner on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs.
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LISTEN, LOOK AND LEARN: Pam Stoddard sent me the following Lao-Tzu quotation: “If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.”
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CHILI CONTEST AND CHILI DINNER: The annual chili contest, chili dinner to raise money for the El Dorado Community Hall will take place on Saturday, March 12, at the El Dorado Community Center in the town of El Dorado. Bring your chili entry for the contest at 4 p.m. to the Community Hall. Chili dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For $8 you receive chili, a salad, and cornbread. Prizes will be given to chili contest winners from first place to fifth place.
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QUALITY QUILTS: The Hartwick House’s annual “Past to Present” Quilt Show and Sale will take place from Sunday, March 13, through Friday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the historical town of El Dorado. This is a great opportunity to stroll down El Dorado’s Main Street shops to enjoy viewing the beautiful quilts at several businesses. For more information, drop in at the Hartwick House, 6237 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado, or call 530-622-2840.
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BRING OUT THOSE TOOLS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following garden tips for March:
• “Put yellow jacket traps out early to trap the queen.
• Plant cool season vegetables. Sow warm season veggies indoors.
• Rototill gardens and add organic matter. Do a soil test to see what nutrients you need to add.
• Fertilize roses, evergreens, fruit trees, and berries.
• Prepare new lawn beds 6 iunches deep. Get handout on lawn preparation.
• Shop for summer blooming bulbs and spring blooming shrubs.
• Spray roses with fungicide to prevent black spot and powdery mildew. Try kelp spray.
• Hoe or pick spring weeds. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds.
• SEMINARS: Making Your Own Compost 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, and Monday, March 28.
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WOOF, WOOF — DOG-A-THON TIME: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is presenting its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, May 14, at Schnell School/El Dorado Trail, Placerville. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Dogs and people start their walk at Schnell School for the 2.5-mile course. You must register by April 14 to receive a free T-shirt. This fun day also includes a dog costume contest, a Frisbee return contest, and an owner and dog look-alike contest. The highest sponsored dog of the overall event will be the grand-prize winner and designated publicity dog for 2012. All donations and donation forms must be turned in at the walk on May 14 to qualify for Top Dog Honor and prizes. The registration fee is $16. For registration form and any other information, call 530-626-6715.
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TARZAN’S ABODE: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Addled Ad:” “For sale: Very unique home in downtown Craigsville. Large lot. Many trees. One you will enjoy living in.”
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ALUMNI LUNCH: Enjoy a good lunch and contribute to the El Dorado High School Scholarship Fund. The El Dorado High School Alumni Associaton is having its 31st annual luncheon on Sunday, March 13, in the Marshall Room, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Anyone who has attended El Dorado High School is welcome to attend. There will be lots of gifts and a silent auction, including “get away” homes for a week. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. To make your reservation and to learn exact time of luncheon, call Susan (Frizeel) Meyer at 530-622-5881 or Mary Ann (Harris) Harper at 530-677-2357 or Barbatra (May) Luther at 530-622-1180.
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A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS: Mike Raffety provided the following “Speeding in Wyoming” story: “A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar post in Cheyenne, Wyo. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded with another mailed photo of handcuffs.”
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FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE: My friend Mitzi Stockel of Somerset provided the following accurate statement: “Happiness keeps you sweet, trials keep you strong, sorrow keeps you human, failures keep you humble, success keeps you glowing, but . . . only friends keep you going!!!”
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A DALAI DILLY: My “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar noted the following: “Without enemies you could not fully engage in the practice of patience — tolerance and forbearance.”