TIMING IS IMPORTANT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Everybody makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when no one is looking.”
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FIREFIGHTERS FUNDRAISER: The Diamond Springs-El Dorado Firefighters Association invites you to attend their Classic Car Show at the Fire Department, 501 Main St., Diamond Springs, on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register your car, call 530-626-3190. There will be a bounce house for the kids plus a dunk tank and snow cones. There will also be a barbecue, great music and a beer wagon. Show goes on, rain or shine.
LOCAVORE DINNER TIME! On Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op will sponsor their Locavore Dinner at the Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Tickets are $30. Children under 18 pay $15. Children under 5 do not pay. Tickets can be purchased at the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op on Placerville Drive or Saturday mornings at the farmers market on Main St. from 8 a.m.-noon. Tickets also available at the door. The menu will be created by Bill Bartok, a local chef, and he will be using organically grown food from local growers. The selection includes dishes for meat lovers as well as vegans and vegetarians, along with homemade desserts from the Co-op members. For more information, contact Percy McManus at 530-672-9898.
LEARN FROM YOUR DEFICIENCIES: John Bruno provided the following “Quote of the Day:” “Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968) American writer
SAVE WATER IN YOUR HOUSE: Complimentary water-efficiency devices and services are available to EID and city of Placerville customers. To save water inside your house or office, the following devices and services are available: “Request low-flow bathroom faucet aerators and showerheads for self-installation. Detect and fix leaks in your toilets. Displace water in older toilets with tank bags.” You can pick up retrofits at EID’s main office at 2890 Mosquito Rd., Placerville. You can schedule a survey by calling 530-642-4126 or emailing email@example.com. I went to EID and received quick and friendly help from the young woman in the reception area. I took my free faucet aerators and showerheads home.
FREE CONCERTS: Free Friday night concerts at the El Dorado Hills Community Park, 1021 Harvard Way, will start on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The featured band will be “Pop Fiction.” They will feature favorite ’70s disco hits, ’80s new wave and rock classics, plus alternative, techno and hip music.
FLOWER ICE CUBES: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Like Hacks” suggestion: “Use the bottom portion of an empty 2 liter pop bottle to make flavored ice for your punch bowl. It will look like a flower!”
FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District informs us that the “Adult Flag Football 6 vs 6 Pass-Only League” is scheduled from Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, on Sundays. The deadline for registering your team is Aug. 29. The team fee is $425. For more information regarding registration, call 916-933-6624.
SQUEEZING IS HEALTHY: The “Senior Times” offered the following “Health Booster:” “Give Someone a Squeeze. A 10-second hug lowers blood pressure by increasing the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowering the stress chemical cortisol, according to a new study.”
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT: Bill Schultz, recorder-clerk-registrar of voters, forwarded the following important announcement: “Residents affected by the Sand Fire, help for voting is available! Please contact us at 530-621-7480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com for any questions you may have regarding your voting status or your ability to vote in the Sept. 9 special election and the Nov. 4 general election. We will do everything we can to enable you to vote in a county election.”
DOG LOVERS BOOKS: There is a pamphlet at our libraries titled “I Love Books about Dogs.” The pamphlet lists 27 books for dog lovers.
UNDERSTANDING CARBOHYDRATES: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You.” This class is targeted for any adult interested in the topic and for people with diabetes. Participants will learn the role of carbohydrates in their diet, meal planning, managing weight and tips for dining out. This class will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3581 Palmer, Bldg. 600, Cameron Park. The class is usually covered by insurance policies. For fee information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.
10 WARNING SIGNS: A presentation titled “Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters” is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Learn the warning signs, what do do if you notice the signs and why early detection is important. To reserve your spot, call 1-800-272-3900.
EL DORADO TRUE GOLD: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Placerville Shakespeare Club has scheduled their “El Dorado True Gold: Notable Women’s Stories” for Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at their clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Ladies will dress in period costumes and present character vignettes of pioneer women during the Gold Rush era and beyond. You can purchase your $20 tickets early from the Historic Cary House Hotel 530-622-4271. Or go to placerville-shakespeare.com.
CRAFT SALE VENDORS WANTED: The El Dorado Hills Holiday Art and Craft Fair is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6. If you would like to be a vendor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-933-6624.
A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following thought: “‘Off the trail’ is another name for the Way, and sauntering off the trail is the practice of the wild. This is also where — paradoxically — we do our best work. But we need paths and trails and will always be maintaining them. You must first be on the path, before you can turn and walk into the wild.” — Gary Snyder
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