ADVICE FROM T-SHIRT KING: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Hawk” T-shirt statement: “Soar to new heights * Be a keen observer * Stoop down on opportunities * Rise above it all * Spread your wings * Find a field that suits you * The sky’s the limit!”
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AVOIDING NURSING HOME: The “Coffee, Tea and Friends Group” will meet tomorrow, Feb. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Marian Lowe from Cameron Park Physical Therapy will discuss easy exercises you can do at home to help you maintain strength and balance. This presentation is free.
LONG-TERM CARE ADVICE: Diana Steele, Senior Attorney from the Placerville Senior Center, is presenting a class titled “Planning for Long-Term Care” on Tuesday (tomorrow), Feb. 12, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
LOGICAL RESPONSE: Carlyn White provided the following “Children Are Quick” statement: “TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty? GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.”
FRANCIE DILLON FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Hills Library is presenting the “Francie Dillon Fundraiser” on Friday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Admission price is $5 per person or $15 per family. There will be performances by the “Poodlums and Puppet Art Theater.” This fundraiser is to celebrate and thank Francie for her performances for children. All proceeds will help pay for medical expenses.
ROAST BEEF IN LATROBE: Eldo Rebekah Lodge is having their annual roast beef dinner on Feb. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at the IOOF Hall in Latrobe. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit heart and arthritis organizations.
FOOD AND EDUCATION COMBINATION: The Sons in Retirement group (SIR) will have their monthly luncheon meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the 50 Grand Steakhouse in Pollock Pines. Guest speakers will be Mary Cory and Bill Gray. They will discuss “Mining in El Dorado County.” Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., and lunch is served at noon.
LEARN ABOUT MARIJUANA LAWS: An El Dorado County Legal Professions Association general meeting and MCLE credit workshop is scheduled for Feb. 19. Registration is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Presentations by Attorney Dain Weiner and a representative from the Sheriff’s Department will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This presentation will be at the offices of Child Support Services, 3883 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs. Reservations are a must. Absolutely no walk-ins are permitted. To register, call Schuyler Bayless at 530-391-1374 or Sandra Nerwinski at 530-626-5175 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROTECT YOUR PETS: If you review the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, you will find the following statement: “JUMBO AEROSOL – Kill Household Insecticide Effectively – Effectively Destroys a Wide Range of Household Pets.” – Label on a Vietnamese bug spray can
LEARN ABOUT THE HOMELESS: On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club will have their luncheon meeting at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville. The guest speaker will be Ron Sachs, director of operations of Hangtown Haven Inc. For reservations, call Doris Sachs at 530-620-5602.
VETERANS FUNDRAISER: The VFW 2680 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser for a Veterans Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr.
REHABBING SKUNKS: Classes titled “Rehabbing Skunks” and “Rehabbing Squirrels” are being presented by Sierra Wildlife Rescue on Saturday, Feb. 23. The skunks’ class is from 10 a.m. to noon. The squirrels’ class is from 1 to 3 p.m. Both classes will be at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Reserve your spot by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650.
HELP FOR ENERGY BILLS: We received the following information from the El Dorado County Department of Human Services: “The federally-funded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps income-eligible families pay their energy bills. If you are eligible, HEAP can help you pay for electricity, wood, propane, or heating oil. Benefits are paid once a year. The amount of the benefit depends on your household income and size and how much your energy bill costs compared to your income. Even if utilities are included in your rent, HEAP may be able to help. Applications can be picked up at 937 Spring St, Placerville. 530-621-6150.”
A DALAI DILLY: A glance at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following thought: “If you do not have the capacity to love yourself, then there is simply no basis on which to build a sense of caring toward others.”
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