CONTESTANT CONFUSION: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following wrong answer: “Postcode Challenge host Angus Purden: He was referred to as King James I in England. What was he called in Scotland? Contestant: George.”
A VISIT BY THE NUNS: On Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m., the Theravadan Nuns of Aloka Vihara in San Francisco will give a dharma talk at Boeger Winery in Placerville. You must RSVP by calling 530-644-4349 if you plan to attend. Boeger Winery is located at 1709 Carson Rd., Placerville.
CONCERT IN THE PARK: Free Friday Night Concerts are scheduled at the El Dorado Hills Community Park. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Also, food, bounce houses and other children’s activities are available. “Ike and Martin” will perform on July 26, “Rock Monsterz” will perform on Aug. 9. For more information, call 916-933-6624.
HOME IS VERY IMPORTANT: Read the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will see the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that being a success at the office is not worth it if it means being a failure at home.” — Age 51
SHOWCASE TIME AGAIN! Showcase Saturdays are scheduled for July 27 and Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Town Center, El Dorado Hills. You can stroll the boulevard and enjoy beer and wine tasting, live music and give-away drawings. Also, concerts will be presented at the Steven Young Amphitheater from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The beer and wine tasting costs $7, includes a commemorative glass.
PASTEL PLEASURE: Are you aware the “Signature Member Art Show” is on display through July 27 at the El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC) Art Space Gallery, 459 Main St., Placerville, Tuesday through Saturday? The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Sierra Pastel Society is sponsoring this event.
ELIMINATE DRAMA IN YOUR LIFE: Mary Ann Putnam forwarded the following recommendation from “Assorted Thoughts:” “There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.”
FLOWER GIRL ARRIVES: Daisy Michele Billingsley was born on July 14 at 9:49 a.m. She weighed in at 8.2 pounds and is 20.5 inches tall. Daisy and Mom, Rebecca Monique Billingsley, are doing just fine! Daisy is absolutely perfect in every way!
COOP ANNUAL LOCAVORE DINNER: It’s time for the Placerville Natural Foods Coop’s annual “Locavore Dinner.” The public is warmly invited to attend on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedord Ave., Placerville. Tickets are $30 for adults or $15 for children 18 years old or younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Coop (formerly Noah’s Ark), 535 Placerville Dr. or at the Placerville Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. This dinner will feature organic foods from local growers. This is a great opportunity to meet local growers.
REPUBLICAN WOMEN UNITE: On Monday, Aug. 5, the El Dorado County Republican Women, Placerville, will meet at the Golden Waffle Cafe on Broadway St., Placerville, at 10:30 a.m. Vern Pierson, district attorney of El Dorado County, will be the guest speaker. To reserve your spot, call 530-676-3788.
APPRECIATE THE PRESENT: My friend Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following good advice: “Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.” — Joshua Loth Leibman.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: AARP has scheduled an AARP Driver Safety Course for Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at the Placerville Senior Center on Spring St. Drivers, 50 years old or older, are invited to attend. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 530-621-6150. Completion of this class may save you money on your automobile insurance.
SUNDAY AT THE MARKET: The Farmers Market at the Town Center, El Dorado Hills, continues to be open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monika and I went last Sunday, met some friends, and later enjoyed eating the farm products.
MEDICARE QUESTIONS? HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program for Medicare Beneficiaries) is available to answer your questions about Medicare or Long Term Care. Appointments are available on the fourth Friday of each month by calling 530-621-6180.
RECYCLING CENTERS: You can drop off your recycling items at the following locations (partial list): 582 Truck St, Placerville, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. daily). Accepts recyclables, electronics, household batteries, and fluorescent bulbs; 3510 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park (Located behind CVS), 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. daily). Accepts recyclables, electronics, household batteries, and fluorescent bulbs. For more information visit ElDoradoDisposal.com.
COUNSELING FOR SENIORS: Are you feeling lonely, depressed, isolated or stressed out? You may want to call the “Senior Peer Counseling” program and arrange a confidential, one-on-one counseling session. There is no charge for this program. For more information, call 530-621-6304.
A DALAI DILLY: Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following thought: “To remain discouraged is not the way of a human being. We are not birds and animals, so it is not enough for us to simply lament and complain, but we should use our intelligence and work hard.”
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