I’LL BE BACK: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “My train of thought has left the station.”
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HIGH SCHOOL REUNION TIME: On Sunday, March 9, at noon, the El Dorado High School Alumni Association will have their 34th annual luncheon and welcome anyone who attended El Dorado High School. The luncheon will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Reservations are required by March 1. To reserve your spot, please call Susan (Frizzell) Meyer at 530-622-5881 or Barbara (May) Luther at 530-622-1180. The cost for lunch is $25.
AFFAIR OF THE HEART: The Marshall Medical Center and the Cameron Park CSD are presenting the “Affair of the Heart” public health event. This event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. There will be guest speakers, health club vendors, health screenings, healthy food samplings and wine tasting. Admission is free.
COMPUTER 101 CLASS: David Chighizola is teaching a class designed for the novice computer user. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on-practice. The classes for Friday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 28, are “Downloading photos and documents, storing files (2-21), and Searching the internet (2-28), from 9 a.m. to noon, both days. There is no fee for these classes, but pre-registration is required. To register, call 530-677-2231. The classes will be held at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.
FALL PREVENTION SEMINAR: A “Fall Prevention Seminar” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Marshall Community Health Library at 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 101 (upper campus), Cameron Park. “Fall Prevention. J.C. Laverty, RN & Margie Jamrowski, PT, from Marshall Medical Center will share information about keeping you and loved ones safe from falls. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Call the library at 530-626-2778.
LEARN CAREGIVING SKILLS: A class titled “Introduction to Caregiving Skills” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. This class will teach you practical skills designed to care for the elderly in a home-care or assisted-living setting. The class fee is $35 per person. Roberta Rimbault is the instructor. Call 530-677-2231.
CHILI AND CORNBREAD FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Center is sponsoring a chili and cornbread dinner and social at the Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., Shingle Springs. Proceeds will go towards improvements to the Center. For ticket information, contact Keri or Heidi at 530-677-2462.
CREATE A SAFE HOME: A presentation titled “Accommodations for Aging in Place” is being offered on Tuesday, March 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $5. To reserve your spot, call 530-677-2231.
HONOR BAND RECOGNITION: Cameron Mosbacher from Ponderosa High School has been selected, after audition, to be a participant in the 2014 Calififornia All State Honor Band. Cameron is the 17-year-old son of Dave and Susette Mosbacher and is a member of the Ponderosa High School marching, symphonic and jazz bands under the direction of Mike Gunderson. Congratulations, Cameron! Approximately 1,500 students auditioned, and the best participants were selected for the Honor Band.
DON’T GIVE UP: John Bruno provided the following “Seize the Day” quote: “Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.” — Bishop Robert South
DEMENTIA ADVICE: A new presentation titled “Conversations about Dementia” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This presentation is designed to help you talk with your family about challenging and uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Learn some tips on how to break the ice to set the stage for productive conversations about dementia. The presenter will be Denise Davis, Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
GOOD-BYE TO HAY FEVER: A new class titled “Say Good-bye to Hay Fever and Allergies” is scheduled for Friday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn how massage pressure points and eating naturally can enhance your natural healing power to reduce allergies. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
FUNDRAISER FOR SENIORS: The “Friends of El Dorado County Seniors” are offering their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall at 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. A no-host bar will be available, as well as raffle prizes. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 10 years of age. All proceeds will go to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council Senior Assistance Program, and will be used to create defensible space around senior citizens’ homes. To purchase tickets, you may send your check to Friends of Seniors, PO Box 564, Placerville 95667. For more information, please call: Ruth Ann at 530-644-8519 Friends of Seniors or Pat at 530-622-7121 Fire Safe Council, or Robin at 530-622-4848 MORE.
SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op has informed us that the “Spring Rummage Sale” is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2900 Cold Springs Rd. Donations and volunteers are needed! You can drop off donations at the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op, 535 Placerville Dr. To sign up as a volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are available if you would like to sell items. Spaces are $20. Contact Melisa Clark at the Co-op at 530-621-3663.
NEW DANCE FLOOR? Have you been to the Mother Lode Lions Hall in Diamond Springs lately? Check out their beautiful new floor. Get out those dancing shoes!
ALWAYS GO FORWARD: Chris Reeg provided the following life lesson: “So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.”
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