JUST BE YOURSELF: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Pretending I’m a pleasant person all day is exhausting.”
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READER’S RAPTURE: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are now priced by the bag or individually.
GUITAR LESSONS: A new class titled “Introduction to Guitar” is scheduled for Thursdays, Jan. 9 through Jan. 30, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The class fee is $39, and Lew Johnson is the instructor. Class instruction uses the book “Step One: Teach Yourself Guitar” (Hal Leonard). Participants will learn chords, strums, picks and songs. Bring a guitar and the aforementioned book to class. No experience necessary. To register for class or for more information, call 916-358-3575. The class takes place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CLASS: A new class titled “Helping You Understand the Affordable Care Act” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class topics include the following items: How ACA affects you, details regarding Medicare and health insurance for those not covered by Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal managed care and more. Debbie Stack will be the speaker. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: In June 2013, Marco Antonio Brambila Estanislao was chosen as Gold Country Employee of the Month. Recently, he was selected as the Gold Country “Employee of the Year.” Congratulations, Marco!
FREE MOVIE TIME: The movie of the month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The movie is described as follows: “Believing that his father left him a message before dying in the Sept. 11 attacks, young Oskar Schell embarks on an emotional odyssey through New York City to find the lock that matches a key he found among his father’s belongings.” Drop-ins are welcome. Popcorn available!
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A new class titled “Thanks for the Memories” is scheduled on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from Jan. 21 through March 25 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Classes fill quickly. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. This class is an opportunity to meet new friends and share each other’s life journey stories. Share experiences and lots of laughs, too.
iPAD WORKSHOP: The iPad Workshop will show how to set the settings, access e-mail, browse the web, download apps, read books, listen to music, take photos and use Face Time. This free class will fill up quickly. Bill Welty is the instructor. The class is scheduled for Jan. 28 or Feb. 4 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
ROTARY GENEROSITY SHINES: The Rotary Club of Cameron Park recently contributed $3,600 to be sent directly to specific Rotary contacts in the Philippines to help people suffering in the Philippine disaster. Thank you, Rotarians.
STORIES AND CRAFTS FOR KIDS: “Children’s Storytime” is a program for children ages 3 to 5 and is offered at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through May 16. Stories and craft activities are available for children and their adults.
YOU CAN UKE: No ukulele playing experience necessary for this class. You will learn to play using “Mel Bay’s Easy Ukulele Method Book One,” by Mary Lou Dempier. Bring a ukulele (no baritones) and a copy of the Mel Bay book. The class will be held on Mondays, from Jan. 6 through Feb. 3, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $39. Lew Johnson is the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve you spot.
ANATOMY INFORMATION: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Stuff You Didn’t Know” quotation: “It is impossible to lick your elbow.”
BOARD MEMBER NEEDED: The Camino Union School District is seeking a new board member for a provisional appointment. To apply, submit a provisional appointment application to Eric Bonniksen, superintendent, by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 8. The provisional appointment application is available at the Camino Union School District and on the website at caminoschool.org on the Board of Trustees page. If you have questions about this process, you may call Jody Westfall at 530-644-4552, ext. 213.
MAKE A LIFE FIRST: Clara Neilsen gave me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” — Age 58
FINAL “AGELESS JOY” CLASS: For those who like to plan ahead, my final class for the “Ageless Joy Is Possible” series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575. Bring your spouse to this class.
BREAKFAST WITH OUR VETERANS: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast for a very reasonable price. Breakfast includes juice, coffee, eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy, too! Breakfast is available on the first, second and third Sunday of the month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive, adjacent to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
MOTHER GOOSE IN TOWN: On Thursdays, through May 15, the “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is offered for children, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This class is offered at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This award-winning program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following statement: “Like smoothing a wall before painting a mural or preparing a field before planting, the cultivation of a true feeling of equality provides the groundwork for the next step in the path to love: recognizing all sentient beings as the best of friends.”
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