YOU OTTER READ THIS: John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from an Otter” T-shirt statement: “Time to play. Keep your whiskers clean. Cherish clean water. Be spontaneous. Stay active. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. Be otterly amazing.”
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HANGTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE TIME! Set aside the date for the annual Hangtown Christmas Parade, scheduled for Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. on Main Street, Placerville, rain or shine. The Toys for Tots barrels will be available at the Bell Tower if you want to bring a new, unwrapped toy for needy children.
WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL: The annual Markham School Arts Festival is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, at Markham School, 2800 Moulton Dr., Placerville. This free festival includes: Holiday gifts, crafts, jewelry, local art, entertainment, sixth grade song/cup performance, band concert, and food/drink vendors. The following schedule will be in place: Art Show: featuring students’ art: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Band Concert: 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Book Fair: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Craft/Gifts Fair: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., in multipurpose room. Food Court: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
NOBODY IS PERFECT: My friend Jewel Blair-Smith gave me the following quote: “I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.”
CREATE A RECYCLED PLANTER: The Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center social room, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. On Dec. 10, Juliet from El Dorado Nursery will help participants create a recycled planter. Bring recycled items, such as 4 to 6 inch planting-sized baskets, large mugs, vintage boxes or tin cans.
SENIOR CLASSES GALORE: The following classes are available at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.: Light and Easy Exercise, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Gold Nugget Quilters, Bridge, and Mahjong. For details regarding location and times of these classes, call 530-677-2231 or email email@example.com.
SAVING MONEY REGARDING WORDS: The Cameron Park Library sells used books on the second Saturday of each month at the library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Most items are priced at $5 per grocery bag. You can fill your bag with used books, CD’s, videos and magazines. Come on out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF: Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that when a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience ends up with the money and the man with the money ends up with experience.” — Age 59
PJ STORYTIME: On Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m., “PJ Storytime” takes place at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This program is designed for children, ages 3 to 5 and their adults. While comfortable in their jammies, kids enjoy stories, songs and crafts activities.
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.
CHOCOLATE WISDOM: Neil Pfafman provided the following chocolate logic?: “If you can’t eat all of your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer, but if you can’t eat all your chocolate, that may be sign of a deeper problem.”
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.
A DAY OF MEDITATION: On Sunday, Dec. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nuns Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Anandabodhi are presenting a day of meditation and Dharma guidance on “Listening to Natural Law.” This session will be held at the Camp Lotus meeting room at 5461 Bassi Rd., Lotus. There will be a potluck at 10:30 a.m. and instruction from the nuns from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more details regarding donations and other details and to register, please contact Mike Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-626-1640.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following idea: “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility . . . without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.”
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