SOUND IS EXPENSIVE: John Chapman sent me the following sign: ”AUTO REPAIR PRICE LIST
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Placerville Earth Day celebration on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. There will be earth-friendly arts and crafts, information booths, food, drinks, and children’s activities for this free event. Please, no dogs or alcohol. The following entertainers will be performing: the Thankful Heads, the Celtic Method, String Thing, Rat Stomp, Tamra Godey, and Bear Foot Singers. Bring a picnic lunch, low-back lawn chairs and sunscreen.
BIPOLAR INSIGHTS FUNDRAISER: An electronic waste drop-off collection drive is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive. The following items will be accepted: “Monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, CDs, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, copiers, laser and multifunction scanners and fax machines, small household appliances such as toasters, microwaves, mixers and blenders, vacuum cleaners with the dust bag removed, curling irons, lamps etc.” For more information, call Cathy Clarke-Amos at 530-748-5917.
GET ON BOARD! A Shingle Springs Depot train ride is scheduled for April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Ages 9 and up pay $5, and ages 3 to 8 pay $3. For more information, call 530-621-5865. These rides are available on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
TELEPHONE SCAM: Some crooks are calling people, claiming to be from the IRS and requesting personal information, such as Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. Don’t give them any information.
HAWK ADVICE: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Advice from a Hawk: Soar to new heights. Be a keen observer. Swoop down on opportunities. Rise above it all. Spread your wings. Find a field that suits you. The sky’s the limit.”
OPOSSUMS REHABBING CLASS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering a rehabbers class for opossums, to be held on May 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. The class is free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from non-members. To reserve your spot, call Barbara at 530-621-2650.
HOSPITAL BLOOPER: The following “Hospital Chart Blooper” was received from Sarah St. John: “Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.”
FREE CHILDREN’S BOOK: The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” program is available on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Bring the kids! A free book is provided to the first 30 families. For more information, call 530-621-5547.
INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL GIFT: Recently the Diamond Springs Art Association donated $100 for art supplies to Independence High School. Art teacher Linda Mueller received the donation and was very appreciative.
PANCAKES AND MORE BREAKFAST: To support local youth and adult aviation programs, Hangtown EAA 512 is offering a pancake breakfast on May 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. The pancake breakfast includes eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets are $6. Children 12 and under pay $3. These monthly pancake breakfasts will be offered on the first Saturday of each month through October. For more information, call 530-626-4165.
USED BOOKS SALE: On May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cameron Park Library will have a used books sale at the library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Used books sell for $5 a grocery bag full. If you would like to donate books, bring them to the sale or drop them off at the front desk of the library. For more information, call 530-621-5500.
AUXILIARY NEEDS YOU: Marshall Hospital Auxiliary offers many volunteer opportunities for those interested in joining their group. If you are a potential volunteer, call to schedule an interview. Call 530-626-2643 or 530-677-3543.
QUILTERS UNITE: The Gold Bug Quilters Club meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Beginners and experienced quilters are welcome. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
MOSAIC GLASS ART CLASS: A Mosaic Glass Art Class meets at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church from noon to 3 p.m. at 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills. The cost for the class is $10, a donation for materials. Classes will be available on May 9 and May 23. For more information, call 916-933-1441.
LEARNING TO LET GO: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that there comes a time when you must stop grieving over the death of a loved one and get on with your life.” — Age 67
BUSINESSES RECOGNIZED: Recently the following businesses received the 2014 Business Award: Small Business of the Year: Spot on Signs & Graphics, Trish & Bill Tratos; Start Up Business of the Year: Table Nectar Catering & Manzanita Kitchen & Events Kimberly Medici & Andy Tannehill; Home-Based Business of the Year: NT Designs, Nancy Murphy; Community Service Business of the Year: Thompson’s Auto & Truck Centers, Jeff Thompson; Grant Winners: Floyd Family Photography &, Elder Options.
MOTHER TERESA HOME FUNDRAISER: On June 2, at 1 p.m., the Mother Teresa Maternity Home Golf Tournament will be sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The tournament will be played at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, Placerville. If you register before May 1, you pay only $140 per person or $560 for a foursome. After May 1, the tournament fee is $150 per person, which includes golf, cart, range balls and dinner. Extra dinners are $35. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Please mail your entry forms in before May 30. This enables us to put foursomes together for those people that have not registered as foursomes, and also get things going on time. Make all checks payable to the Knights of Columbus. Mail to: Mike Lamoureux, PO Box 71, Placerville 95667. For more information, please contact Mike Lamoureux at 530-622-5325.
A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar has the following quote: “To generalize is to be an idiot.”— William Blake
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