LIFE CAN BE TASTELESS: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Sometimes life just sucks the jelly right out of your doughnut.”
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ART IN THE ORCHARD: The El Dorado Arts Council, in partnership with the Apple Hill Growers Association, will present the 11th annual “Art in the Orchard” on Sept. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Enjoy the food and the art! This year’s participating venues are: Fudge Factory Farm, Grandpa’s Cellar, Kids Inc., Larsen’s Apple Barn, Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyards, Mill View Ranch, Patrick’s Mountain Grown Berries, Pine-O-Mine, Rainbow Orchards, Smokey Ridge, and Wofford Acres Vineyard. Admission to all venues is FREE! Net proceeds will benefit the community arts programs of the El Dorado Arts Council
SKEPTICAL OBSERVATION: Paul and Wendy Chafer provided the following “Cool Quote:” “I don’t believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we’re very skeptical.” — Arthur C. Clarke
PJ ENTERTAINMENT: PJ Storytime will be offered for 3-to-5-year-old children on Wednesday (today), Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Participants will also be able to build a craft, with craft material provided by Home Depot, to make a homemade gift for National Grandparents Day, Sept. 8.
READER’S TREASURES: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are priced by the bag or individually. There are lots of books, tapes, etc., and I am always happy to help carry your purchases to your car.
THE ANSWER IS BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following comment: “The wind won’t make it easier, but it will make it less difficult.” — golf commentator Bernard Gallacher
DEAL THE CARDS! On Mondays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., you can play Bridge at the Cameron Park Community Center in the Social Room at 2502 Country Club Drive. Drop-ins are welcome.
PROSTATE CANCER GROUP: On the first Thursday of each month, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 202, in Cameron Park. These are relaxed meetings and provide discussion, latest information on prostate cancer research. Family members are also encouraged to attend these open-to-the-public meetings. For more information, call 530-672-7050.
CHECKING OUT THE RELATIVES: On Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., the Roots and Gold Dust Genealogy Club will meet; and their speaker will be Marian Kile. Her topic will be “PC Tips – Ways to Make Your Research and Documentation Easier.” Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be available. For meeting location information, call Paul Hodel at 530-622-3299.
ENJOY A TOTAL BODY WORKOUT: A class titled “Still Going Strong” is available on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class workout includes 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength, and 20 minutes of core/flexibility. Bring a mat, weights and water. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. Punch cards may be shared by husband and wife teams. Gina Bartok, certified senior fitness specialist, will be the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 for more information.
CHECK OUT THE STARS: The Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory is located on the campus of the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville. The observatory offers free viewing to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, visit CommunityObservatory.com.
HELP RAISING A CHILD: Are you a grandparent, other relative or even a close family friend or Godparent raising a child because the birth parents cannot? Lilliput Children’s Services is a non-profit program designed to help you in “navigating through services, provide supportive services and to strengthen your family.” For more information, call 916-941-8799.
SWAP FOR TREASURES: The Cameron Park Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Sign up for your space (rain or shine ) by calling 530-677-2231 or visit Website cameronpark.org. Advance space cost is $15.
CLEAN OUT YOUR GARAGE! Cameron Park Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clear out your garage and clear your yard of unwanted clippings. Take them to Camerado School, 2480 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park. Fire Safe Council will provide free chipping. For more information, call 530-677-2231 or visit cameronpark.org.
A DALAI DILLY: Look over the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following comment: “In this age of degeneration when one meets with all sorts of problems and adverse circumstances, the practice of generating positive thoughts is very effective. If someone lacks this practice, even though that person might be a very serious meditator, he or she will meet with many hardships and hurdles.”
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