CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Ponders” (some things to think about): “I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.”
FATHER’S DAY FUN: A Father’s Day barbecue supper featuring pulled pork, potato salad, calico coleslaw, a chocolate eclair dessert, lemonade, ice tea or coffee, is scheduled for Father’s Day, June 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, Coloma (in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park). Adults pay $8, and kids under 10 eat for $4. Beer and wine available for purchase. Free parking available at the Grange.
SPEED KNITTING: A knitting class featuring the continental method with purl variation (speed knitting) is scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., June 16 and June 19, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The instructor is Linda Siqueido. The first class teaches longtail caston and knitting. The second class teaches purl variation (speed knitting). A supply fee of $10 is payable to the instructor. The class fee is $54 for Cameron Park residents or $59 for non-residents. To register for class, call 530-677-2231 or visit www.cameronpark.org.
DIABETES CLASS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Insulin Essentials” on Wednesday, June 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 600, Cameron Park. In this class, the benefits of using insulin to gain better control and balance of diabetes will be discussed. The class fee is usually covered by insurance. To receive more information regarding class fee and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.
SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTED: Maryellen Ware informs us that the Mother Lode Lions Club recently presented the following scholarships at Union Mine High School: Kyle Fuqua — Mark Schmidt Scholarship, $1,000; Chandler Bruttig — Dewey Ware Scholarship, $1,000; Sara Ladd — Mother Lode Lions Scholarship, $1,000; Trisha Tolbert — Mother Lode Lions Scholarship, $1,000; Sonia Valera — Mother Lode Lions scholarship, $1000; and Kaitlyn Console — Mother Lode Lions Scholarship (renewal), $500. Congratulations to all of you, and may you excel at college/university through hard work and discipline and determination.
FREE PTSD EVENT: The Military Family Support Group is sponsoring a “Community PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Event” on Tuesday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event takes place at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville. At 6:30 p.m., the following guest speakers will talk: William Blaylock, local author of “Invisible: PTSD’s Stealth Attack on a Vietnam War Veteran;” Ursula Lewis, LMFT, local practitioner; and Tim Thompson, chaplain, military and law enforcement veteran. Admission is free for this information fair, and the public is invited. Wells Fargo Bank will provide refreshments.
ROTARY RECEIVES AWARDS: At the District Conference in Sparks, Nev., Cameron Park Rotary received the following awards: Club Administration — Needs Assessment Project, Vocation Service, Vocational Grants from the Darol Rasmussen Endowment Fund — Public Image, Rotary Club Central Award. Congratulations, Rotarians!
PLANNING FOR SUCCESS: Marshall Medical will sponsor a class titled “Your Plan for Success” on Tuesday, June 24, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. In this class you will learn how to reduce your risk of diabetes complications, how to stay motivated, and how to deal with your emotions. The value of exercising will also be discussed. The class fee is usually covered by insurance or scholarships. For more information regarding class fee and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.
FIREWORKS AT THE LAKE: A “Summer Spectacular” is scheduled for June 28 at Cameron Park Lake. Gates open at 2 p.m. Fireworks start when it is dark. There will be a kids’ carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft vendors, exhibitions and an amazing fireworks show. Tickets are $5 at the gate or $3 in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.
CRIBBAGE PLAYERS UNITE: You can play cribbage on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The Gold Country Cribbers meet year-round to play American Cribbage Congress League cribbage. Also, lessons are available upon request. For more information, call Carl Backers at 916-947-0190.
A ZEN ZINGER: Check out the “Zen” calendar, and you will discover the following statement: “The sun is shining — the sun is shining. That is the Magic. The flowers are growing — the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic — being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me — the Magic is in me . . . It’s in every one of us.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett
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