TEACHER OR STUDENT PROBLEM? Carlyn White provided the following “Children Are Quick”: “TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? HAROLD: A teacher.”
DANCING IN SHINGLE SPRINGS! The Shingle Springs Community Center is presenting its annual “Spaghetti Feed and Fundraiser” on Saturday, Feb. 23. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Dancing and listening music will be provided by DJ Jamie Faw from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children 5 to 12 years old pay $6. Children under 5 years old are admitted free. For tickets or other information, call Ken or Heidi Brown at 530-677-2462.
AFFAIR OF THE HEART: A free “Affair of the Heart” event, which will focus on heart health, is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. There will be heart-healthy food-cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, health screenings and presentations by Marshall Medical Center experts. To RSVP, call 530-626-2811.
SUPPORT FIREFIGHTERS: To support our Cameron Park firefighters, a crab feed is scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Church of the Foothills, 3939 Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park. Tickets are $40 each. For ticket purchase information or other information, call 530-677-2231 or visit cameronpark.org. Doors open at 5 p.m.
NAME THAT ARTIST: If you review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, you will find the following statement: “Radio host in an on-air quiz segment: Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Contestant: Leonardo DiCaprio.” – on 2CR FM radio (UK)
BREAKFAST WITH THE ELKS: The Elks’ breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. The cost for breakfast is $7.50. Children 4 years old or older pay 1/2 price. Children 3 and under receive a free breakfast. Breakfast includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs (any way you like them), and coffee and juice. The public is invited.
IMPORTANT OPEN HOUSE: Are you aware of how the Community Resource Center provides services for the homeless in our community? The Community Resource Center at 1864 Broadway, Placerville, next to the Upper Room, is having an open house from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22; or come by any time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a tour.
YOUNG AT HEART: I have been informed that Patricia “Pat” Nerwinski celebrated her 80th birthday on Feb. 12. Pat, you don’t look or act like 80. What’s the secret? Happy Birthday!
AUTHOR TODD BORG APPEARANCE: Local author Todd Borg will be the guest speaker at the El Dorado County Retired Teachers Association meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., at the EDC Office of Education, Rooms B-1 and B-2, 6767 Green Valley Rd., Placerville. Author Borg will discuss his experiences of writing the “Owen McKenna Tahoe” mystery series. A $5 cover charge of this meeting entitles you to a delicious homemade brunch and a door prize ticket. For ticket or other information, call 530-620-0400.
FREE MOVIE: On Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., the El Dorado Peace and Justice Community is presenting a film titled “Harvest of Empire” at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The film will comment on massive immigration and our current immigration “crisis.”
ADHD MEETING: There will be an ADHD meeting on Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Guest speakers will be Drs. Cass and John Capel, and their topic will be “ADHD and Relationships.” Parents, teachers and children are welcome. For more information, call Carolyn Brooks at 916-358-3505.
PIONEER FAMILIES PRESENTATION: On Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Cathy McPherson, from the pioneer Walker family will provide a presentation on the book “Trails West,” written by her aunt, Roberta Watson Richardson. The Walker family ranch was located on much of what is now Serrano property. The public is invited. For more information, call 916-933-3173.
SHOWING OF “GREEN FIRE”: The California Native Plant Society is presenting the film “Green Fire” on Saturday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville. This Emmy-award winning film is about environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Tickets at the door are $10. Students pay $7.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following opinion: “People who call themselves religious without basic human values like compassion; they are not really religious people”
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