GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar presents the following idea: “Give exercise a try. What have you really got to lose? Find something you enjoy: walking, jogging, hiking, biking, even running in place at home or on a treadmill. Do something. You’ll be sweating the small stuff far less, and in time, you’ll think it was one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.”
FRUGAL ENTERTAINMENT: The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can buy a grocery bag full of used books, games, puzzles, etc. for $5. If you bring your own reusable, cloth bag, you pay only $4. Drive into the parking lot in back of the library, 345 Fair Lane.
UPDATE ON NEW MORNING FUNDRAISER: The New Morning Benefit Concert is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. We have been informed that the ticket price includes appetizers and wine/beer tasting between 6 and 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., there will be a no host bar available. For more details regarding the concert, call Bea Crossen at 530-676-7166.
DISHWASHER DATA: Thumb through the “Who Knew?” calendar and you will find the following household hint: “Keep a spray bottle filled with water and a bit of dishwasher detergent near your dishwasher. If a dish is heavily soiled, spray it down before you put it inside. The detergent gets working on the food immediately, so you won’t have to rinse your dishes before putting them inside, or run a separate ‘rinse’ cycle before you do your dishes.”
GRAVY ON THE SIDE, PLEASE: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, on the first, second and third Sunday of each month, from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County fairgrounds.
EDHS CLASS OF “87″ REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1987 Reunion Committee has scheduled a reunion party for Friday, Aug. 24. All alumni from EDHS Class of 1987 are invited to attend. Please contact the Reunion Committee at email@example.com or facebook.com/#!/groups/eldorado1987/ for immediate information re: tickets and times.
NUCLEAR WEAPON LENIENCY: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar offers the following “Stop the Presses” statement: “The Chico, Calif., city council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.”
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: The “My Time” Alzheimer’s support group will meet on Friday, Aug. 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Ruth Michelson, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is the facilitator of the group. This free group is open to the public. For more information, call 530-621-6180.
DOUG NOBLE TO SPEAK: The Sons In Retirement (SIR) will hold their luncheon/business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the 50 Grand Steakhouse, 6401 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. Doug Noble, Mountain Democrat popular columnist, will be the guest speaker. SIR is open to all men, retired or semi-retired. For more information, call 530-644-3809 or 530-644-1405.
CANCELLATION NEWS: The movie “The Lorax” was scheduled to be shown on Aug. 10 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma. This movie showing has been canceled.
TOP STUDENT RECOGNIZED: Andrew W. Juntunen of Shingle Springs has been named to the Dean’s List at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pa.. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time with a class load of 12 hours or more in graded courses and have at least a 3.50 grade-point average. Andrew, we salute your excellent academic performance. Keep up the great grades! Andrew was a Home Schooled student before going to the university.
KAREN GOOD TO SPEAK: On the first Tuesday of each month, the El Dorado County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at the El Dorado County Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. On Aug. 7, Karen Good, executive director of the Marshall Foundation for Community Health, will be the guest speaker. Karen is a very impressive person and an excellent speaker. I suggest you not miss this session.
NEW VIGOR FOR BRIDGE CLUB: The Monday Club, a bride card club for men and women has announced the following new officers: President – Patti Wooldrige; Vice President – Lorraine Zebel; Secretary – Barbara Luther; Treasurer – Ida May Hick; and Auditor – Frances Gordon. This club is open to all bridge players and meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at Denny’s restaurant, 99 Fair Lane, Placerville, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 530-626-3589.
A DALAI DILLY: Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following idea: “Sectarian feeling and criticism of other teachings or other sects is very bad, poisonous, and should be avoided.”
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