CHOCOLATE WISDOM: Neil Pfafman sent the following chocolate statement: “Two phases: Money talks — Chocolate sings.”
COATS FOR THE NEEDY: Morning Star Lodge No. 20, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Placerville, is sponsoring a coat collection for the homeless and the needy, for children and adults. Coat donations can be dropped off at Walmart, Kmart, and Arian’s Supply Store in Placerville. Please make donations by Dec. 20 — and we thank you.
WAKAMATSU TOUR: A “Wakamatsu Historical Tour” is scheduled for Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting place will be in the Gold Hill area. The cost for the hike is $5 for children and $10 for adults. For exact location of meeting place and to sign up for this tour, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-621-1224.
SINGING IN YOUR PJs: Children, ages 3 to 5 and their adults, are invited to “PJ Storytime” on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The children can enjoy stories, songs and craft activities in their jammies! Guess what? Santa will be dropping by! For more information, call 530-621-5547.
IMPROVE YOUR MARRIAGE: Clara Neilsen gave me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that if you really want to do something positive for your children, you should try to improve your marriage.” — Age 61
VISIT WITH SANTA: On Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa will be at the Party Royal store at 3970 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs. Parents can bring their cameras and take pictures of the kids with Santa. A camera is not mandatory for the kids to visit with Santa. Free hot chocolate and coffee will be available. Kids can leave a letter for Santa, too. There will also be a donation box for the Food Bank of El Dorado for those who want to donate. For more information, call 530-676-4453.
RAMSEY WOOD STORIES: On Dec. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Ramsay Wood will read from his two volumes of fables: “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal” and “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Conflict and Intrigue.” The reading will be at the Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St., Placerville. The reading is free and open to the public – 21 years old and older. After the reading, Ramsey will sell copies of “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal.” For more information, call 530-295-2496 or 530-621-4147.
CLIMB ABOARD! The El Dorado Western Railroad is offering train rides (weather permitting) on Dec. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at 4241 Mother Lode Dr., Shingle Springs, next to the Shingle Springs Depot. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up is appreciated. A $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 is also appreciated.
POETRY IN MOTI0N: ”Poetry in Motion,” a poetry read-around, will take place on Monday, Dec. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. All ages are welcome to this free event. Bring your poems to share with others, or read some of your favorite poems, or just come to listen.
LEGO BLOCK PARTY: A “Lego Block Party” takes place on the first Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. The whole family is invited to enjoy an hour of building with Duplos and Legos. Your Lego creation will be displayed in the library. Drive out to the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, and join the fun!
READING GOES TO THE DOGS: The “Paws for Reading”program for children takes place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 4 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children can practice their reading skills to their four-legged friends. Registration is required. Call 530-621-5547 to register.
AMAZING BRAIN CLASS: A free class titled “The Amazing Aging Brain – Secrets to Brain Wellness” will be presented on Wednesday, Jan 15, at 2 p.m., at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 101, Cameron Park. Judy Bakke, MA, will be the presenter. Class topics include learning how to maintain brain wellness, lifestyle tips, what’s new in brain research, and some fun brain challenges. Please pre-register by calling 530-626-2778.
TOP SCAMS FOR SENIORS: The “Senior News” newsletter notes the following “Top scams” for seniors to be aware of (partial list): ”1. Counterfeit drug scams operated on Internet. The danger is that seniors may be purchasing substandard or unsafe drugs. 2. The Charity Scam — Money is solicited for fake charities, often after natural disasters.”
SENIOR PEER COUNSELING: Adults, 55 years or older, are eligible for services offered by the Senior Peer Counseling Program. For more information, call 530-621-6304.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following advice: “My advice is that for real marriage, there is no hurry: proceed cautiously and marry only after good understanding; then you will have a happy marriage. Happiness in the home will lead to happiness in the world.”
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