IMPORTANT STUDENT: Carlyn White forwarded the following “Children Are Quick” statement: “TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago. WINNIE: Me!”
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UPCOMING ART FILMS: The Spring 2013 Art Film Series will be shown at the Regal Theater, 337 Placerville Dr., on the following dates at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. only: “The Intouchables” – 2-26 and 2-27; ”Hyde Park on the Hudson” – 3-5 and 3-6.
PRESERVATION OF HISTORICAL CHURCH: The Church of Our Savior, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville, is having a fundraiser to help pay for restoration work of the church building. The fundraiser will be at the church on Sunday, March 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Cahersiveen Irish Band will be performing old Irish songs, American folk classics, and edgy Scottish and Breton jigs and reels. Tickets are $15 each or $30 per family. Tickets are available from Tom and Lee Weilkert at 530-644-0382, or you can pick them up at the El Dorado Arts Council office at 459 Main St., Placerville.
OLDER SONS CRAB FEED: The “Older Sons of Italy in America” group is presenting their 17th annual crab feed on Saturday, March 2. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The fun will take place at the Community Services District facility, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $45 each. Music will be provided by “Taboo.” To order your tickets, call 916-933-0476 or 916-947-6513.
SAY THAT AGAIN? The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following “double talk?”: “Made of 60% Polyester and 40% Polyester.” — In the product information about a fleece jacket on Sears.com.
LEARN TO PAINT WITH OILS: A class titled “Learn to Paint with Oils” is scheduled on Tuesdays, March 5 through March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Judy Fratus is the instructor. The class fee is $54. Beginners or those who need a refresher course will learn to stretch their own canvas and how to make a medium and more. Supply list will be available when you register. Pre-registration is required. Call 916-358-3575 to register.
CREATE A GREEN GARDEN: The “Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The topic for March 12 will be “Let’s Recycle Something Old Into Something New.” Juliet from El Dorado Nursery will discuss how to create a “green” garden from your recycled old junk. The class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
DIABETES HEALTH CLASS: Marshall Medical is offering a diabetes class titled “Your Plan for Success” on Thursday, March 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Placerville. The following topics will be discussed: Reducing your risk – long-term complications; exercise – make it work for you; staying motivated; diabetes and emotions. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.
FUNDRAISER FOR DWAYNE: Local resident Dwayne Nystrom is quite a guy. After a freak accident three years ago, he landed in a wheelchair. Currently he is highpoint man for the Sierra Storm, a wheelchair rugby team. Dwayne needs a new wheelchair that’s professionally fitted to his body. A fundraiser to help purchase the chair is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 4 to 9 p.m. This spaghetti feed will be held at the Firefighters Memorial Hall in Diamond Springs. For more information, call Diane at 530-417-2310. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. If you are unable to attend this fundraiser, you may make a donation in Dwayne’s name at El Dorado Savings Bank in Diamond Springs.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Somerset Pioneer Lions Club has scheduled their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dancing fundraiser for Saturday, March 16, at the Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Rd., Placerville. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. Dinner to follow. Tickets are $20. Children under 10 years of age are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the Somerset Pioneer Lions Club in their efforts to help those in need. For tickets and information, contact Keith Hunderfund at 530-620-6705 or Leedy D’Agostini at 530-263-0796.
SPAGHETTI AND SALAD DINNER: El Dorado County Senior Daycare is presenting a benefit dinner on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, Pleasant Valley Rd. at Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. The cost for this spaghetti and salad dinner is $10 for adults and older children. Children under 10 years old pay $5. For tickets or more information, call Ruth Ann at 530-644-8519. Tickets will be sold at the door, also.
A DALAI DILLY: “To counter anger, you should cultivate love and compassion,” according to the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar.
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