HUSBAND’S PLEA: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt plea: “Someone tell my wife I’m retired.”
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BARGAIN BUYS ON BOOKS: The Cameron Park Library used books sale is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Used books on sale for $5 a bag. Children’s books are 10 cents each. If you have books to donate, bring them to this sale or to the front desk of the library.
PLAYTIME FOR CHILDREN: The “Play to Grow” program for children, ages 1 week to 3 years old, is offered on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Lane. Parents and kids play together and create art, too. Parents learn about local resources available to help in the parenting of toddlers. For more information, call 530-621-5500.
DOGS ARE EXPENSIVE: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “Stuff You Didn’t Know” quote: “The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of 11 is $16,400.”
HOOK UP FOR FUN: Beginning Jan. 7, the “Needle Arts Club” will meet at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Bring your own needles, hooks, yarn, and thread. If you don’t have these items, other members will hook you up for the first session so that you’ll know what to buy. All skill levels are welcome. Drop-ins are welcome.
CUSSING COUSINS INFORMATION: On Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., the Gold Dust Genealogy Club will meet at the LDS Center, 3275 Cedar Ravine, in the upper building, Placerville. Linda Johnson will speak on “Cussing Cousins” and aunts, uncles, grandparents, too. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, call Mary-Lee Gilliland at 530-642-2002.
CINDY SAMPLE TO SPEAK: Cindy Sample is the author of “Dying for a Date” and “Dying for a Dance.” Both books are about El Dorado County events. Her third book is titled “Dying for a Daiquiri.” On Sat., Feb. 8, she will be speaking at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Lane. She will sign and sell her books, starting at 11 a.m.; and she will speak in the library at 1:30 p.m. Stop by and meet Cindy.
LIVE NEAR PEERS: I have learned that three ladies, in their 90s, are living next door to one another, locally, and have done so for well over 30 years. The ladies are alert, mobile and happy with their lives, with family members living near by. For safety reasons, they do not want their names or addresses published. Maybe the secret to living a long, comfortable life is to live next to your age group?
INVEST IN LOVE: If you read the book, “Live and Learn, and Pass It On,” you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that love is a great investment. No mater who you give it to, it returns great dividends.” — Age 67
MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION: The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present the NAMI “Family to Family Educational Program,” beginning on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Faith Episcopal Church, 2200 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. This is an 11-week program, taught by family members who have been trained by NAMI certified instructors, who know what it is like to have a loved one who is dealing with mental illness. To enroll in this program, call 530-621-4834 or 530-677-2676.
YVONNE CAN HELP YOU: “Think You Can’t Exercise?” is a class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The daily drop-in fee is $2. Yvonne Griffin is the group leader. Class activities include: safe stretching, range of motion, simple movements, strengthening exercises, sitting and standing exercises. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
ENJOY LOCAL THEATER: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center has a “Theater Group” which carpools and attends local theatrical or musical productions. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
FLY FISHING ADVICE: On Thursday, Jan. 16, the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at the El Dorado National Forest conference room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Forni Rd., Placerville. Morgan Thalken, noted fly designer for Umpqua Inc., will be a guest speaker. Intrepid anglers Pat Weddle and Randy Hansen will present a PowerPoint on some hot steelhead fishing. If time permits, retired Dr. John Murphy will describe the ins and outs of fly fishing in Yellowstone. Coffee and cookies will be available. For more information, call 916-502-2433.
HOW MUCH ARE YOU WORTH? John Bruno forwarded the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” — Bernard Meltzer (1914), American Law Professor
SENIOR INDEPENDENCE CLASS: A free senior legal seminar titled “Preserving Senior Independence” is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Class topics include estate planning and protecting yourself against scams and I.D. theft. Donations are appreciated. Registration for this class is not required. For more information, call 530-621-6369 or visit edcgov.us/HumanServices.
ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH: Donna Biles was recently honored as “Rotarian of the Month” by the Cameron Park Rotary Club. She was recognized for her active participation in club projects, including the Show N’ Shine festival and the annual Christmas dinner and auction. Congratulations, Donna!
CARDIO AND STRETCHING MOVES: A class titled “Fitness Fusion” combines different types of cardio/Zumba strength and stretching moves. Bring a towel and water with you. This class is offered on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. The instructor is Gina Bartok, Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. For more information or to register for this class, call 916-358-3575.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “When attachment starts to develop, try to find negative qualities in the object of your desire.”
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