THINKING CAN BE HARD: Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” In this book, people ages 5 to 95 offer life lessons, such as the following one: “I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to react than it is to think.” — Age 55
FREE VACCINATIONS: Free vaccinations for children who qualify are available at the following locations: - Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - White Rock Village Apartments, 2200 Valley View Parkway, El Dorado Hills, on the 3rd Monday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. - Georgetown Community Center, 6329 Lower Main St., Georgetown, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12 to 2 p.m. - Grizzly Flats Community Church, 5061 Sciaroni Rd., Grizzly Flats, on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. - Pioneer Park, 6740 Fairplay, Somerset, on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For information regarding who qualifies for free vaccinations, call 530-621-6100 or check the Public Health website at edcgov.us/PublicHealth.
UPDATE ON HAITI: Leisa Faulker and Paul Burke, founders of “Children’s Hope,” will be at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. They will offer a historical overview of Haiti and provide an update on current conditions in Haiti. They will focus on their work in Haiti’s poorest slum, Cite Soleil. Admission is free.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: Renee Tully will share her experiences at the concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II. Her presentation will be on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3275 Cedar Ravine Rd., Placerville. For more information regarding this free event, call Carol Miller at 530-647-6790.
GRANGE CRAB FEED: The Pleasant Valley Grange is offering a crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40. This event always sells out. To order tickets, go to www.pvgrange.org or call 530-644-1602. This dinner is a seafood feast of fresh crab, homemade clam chowder, green salad, garlic bread and cheese cake. Wine and other drinks are available for purchase. The entrance to the grange is 100 yards west of the intersection of Newtown and Pleasant Valley Roads.
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SNOWSHOE ADVENTURE: The local Maidu Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a snowshoe walk on Saturday, Feb. 23, unless blizzard conditions exist. Snowshoers will meet at the CVS parking lot, 6450 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, at 7:30 a.m. to carpool. For more detailed information, call John LePouvoir at 530-644-7295 or visit email@example.com.
HOOTERS MEETING: The breast cancer support group, aka “Hooters,” will now be meeting on the second Friday of each month at 681 Main St., Placerville, upstairs in the Apple/Pear room. Meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These meetings are for those diagnosed with cancer and for those who are up to years post op. For more information, call “Charlie” Hall at 530-644-3963.
LOOKING OVER THE EDGE: A glance at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar reveals the following blunted cliche: “It’s a double-headed sword.” – Basketball player Gilbert Arenas
LIVE YOUR VISION: A “Watercolors” series of classes is being offered on Thursdays, Feb. 21 through March 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $30. Participants will learn to use color and brush techniques of their own vision. A supply list will be available upon registration. To register, call 916-933-6624. The instructor for these classes is Annie Adams.
CANCER PHYSICAL THERAPY: The Cancer Survivor Group at Marshall Medical will meet on Monday, March 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 3581 Palmer Dr, Bldg. No. 600, Cameron Park. There will be a free presentation by Christina Delang, MPT. She will describe ways to stay active during treatment and how to overcome the after effects of cancer treatment. For more information or to register for this presentation, call 530-672-7050.
LEGAL HELP FOR SENIORS: A legal seminar titled “Advanced Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney” is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. An attorney from Senior Legal Services will discuss advanced health care directives, wills, trusts, simple estates and long-term care planning. Admission is free. For more information, call 530-621-6154.
A DALAI DILLY: Looking at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following notion: “The essence of all spiritual life is your emotion, your attitude toward others. Once you have pure and sincere motivation, all the rest follows. You can develop this right attitude toward others on the basis of kindness, love, and respect, and on the clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.”
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