SOLAR SYSTEM ADVICE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt solar-system-advice statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!”
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SPRING CARNIVAL TIME: A Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Admission is free! The carnival will feature face painting, music, kettle corn, juggling lessons, carnival games, prizes, bounce house, and cotton candy — rain or shine. Game tickets and concessions will be available for purchase. “Circus of Smiles” will provide entertainment. YELL, Youth Executive League at the Library, will sponsor this event.
MEET THE CANDIDATES! You can meet the District 4 and 5 Board of Supervisors candidates to hear their views on trails in our county on Wednesday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Organ Room, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Drive. This event is hosted by the Trails Advocates of El Dorado County.
IN-LAW QUESTION FOR GROOM-TO-BE: Paul Chafer forwarded the following quote: “SUPPORT A FAMILY: The prospective father-in-law asked, ‘Young man, can you support a family?’ The surprised groom-to-be replied, ‘Well, no. I was just planning to support your daughter. The rest of you will have to fend for yourselves.'”
BREAKFAST AND EGG HUNT: On Saturday, April 19, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Gold Trail Grange will host a community all-you-can-eat Easter scramble breakfast, which includes a serving of 49 scramble, salsa, sausages, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, tea or cocoa. Tickets are $6 each. Kids under 10 eat for $3. Free parking available at the Grange and State Park. Following breakfast at noon, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the State Park for kids under 10 years of age. Drive out to 319 Highway 49 in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma.
SNEAKINESS MOVES AROUND: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book contains the following quote: “I’ve learned that people are never sneaky in only one area of their life.” — Age 40
GARAGE SALE AND CRAFT FAIR: Talented crafters or people who are doing spring cleaning are invited to bring their treasures which they can live without to the Apple Blossom Community Garage Sale and Craft Fair. The sale takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Apple Mill Storage at the corner of Larson and Carson roads in Camino. At closing time, Snowline Hospice will bring their truck to take away all of your unsold donations. For more information, call Betty Linville at 530-644-7421 or visit caminocac.com.
CLEAN UP DAY! The Cameron Park “Community Clean Up Day” will be Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park and Camerado Middle School. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
NON-EXISTENT WORD: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar offers the following observation: “‘Dord’ appeared in the dictionary for five years before anyone realized there is no such word.” My editor disagrees with this. Mike Raffety says he personally knows some “dords.”
SPRUCE UP THE PARKS! The annual “Renew California Communities Day” is scheduled for April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Promontory Community Park, El Dorado Hills. The public is invited to participate in a day designed to give back to the community by repairing and/or enhancing local parks. For more details, contact Mike Cottrell at 916-614-3215 or visit email@example.com.
FANTASY BOOK CLUB: The high school “Fantasy Book Club” meets on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. You can read best-selling fantasy novels and join in interesting discussions with high-school-age members.
OOH-LA-LA: The French Social Club meets on the 1st Friday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The club meets to practice the French language, share heritage, sing songs, enjoy French cuisine, and discuss French history. Group leaders are Terry Provenza and Ellen Weinbaum. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
OPTIMIST GETS IT DONE: My friend John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day”: “The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.” — J. Harold Wilkins
ENJOY THE PARADE! For our efficient plan-aheaders, it is noted that the annual Pollock Pines 4th of July Parade is in the planning stage and moving forward. The Rotary Club of Pollock Pines-Camino informs us that, as usual, the parade will run from the Crystal View Shell Station to the Pollock Pines Community Center. To sign up to be in the parade or for more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, go to pollockpines-caminorotary.org, or call 530-306-4405.
A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “A monk: ‘What is the most urgent phrase?’ Yun-men: ‘Eat!'” — Yun-Men’s One Word Zen
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