REWARDS OF MEDITATION: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following wise quote: “Buddha was asked, ‘What have you gained from meditation?’ He replied, ‘Nothing!’ ‘However,’ Buddha said, ‘Let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old, age and death.’”
JOIN THE FUN! The Cameron Park Community Services District’s “Activity Guide” is available at the Cameron Park Community Center located at 2502 Country Club Dr. (across from the Cameron Park Library). The Activity Guide lists classes, day trips and clubs available at the Community Center.
DOUBLE ZAG: Officials at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., have informed us that the following students have graduated recently: Joesph Little of El Dorado Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Tyler Wroblewski of El Dorado Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Congratulations! Graduating from college is not a “walk in the park.” It requires hard work and mature discipline. Good luck in your future careers.
HOW TO KEEP A JOB: John Bruno forwarded the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: ”Be kind to rude people. They need a mentor. Passion moves us, but discipline and virtue determine our course. An impressive resume may get you a job, but it’s character and results that keep it.”
HOP ON THE TRAIN: Every Sunday, the El Dorado Western Railroad provides train rides. The ride June 8 will be at the Shingle Springs Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Dr. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up is appreciated. The donation request for ages 3 to 8 is $3. For more information, call 530-626-8688 or 530-409-8473.
BENEFIT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: The “Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends Series” takes place every sedond Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. On June 10 Dr. Jeff Hill will discuss the “Benefits of Physical Activity.”
RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO READ: The Mother Daughter Book Club of the Placerville Library is recommending the following books for readers in the fourth to eighth grades (partial list): “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbit; “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett; “Penderwicks: a Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy” by Jeanne Birdsall; “President’s Daughter” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; “Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett; “Chasing Redbird” by Sharon Creech; “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo. A pamphlet describing each book is available at the library.
SPLATTER FACTOR: Thanks to Clara Neilsen, I have the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On’” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that you can’t throw mud without getting a little on yourself.” — Age 66
THE FAIR IS COMING! Don’t forget that our El Dorado County Fair starts on June 12 and ends on June 15. “The 2014 El Dorado County Fair is themed ‘Photos, Fathers & Fair.’ This year marks the 75th anniversary of the fair in its current location and the 155th anniversary of the first documented fair held in 1859 in Coloma. For more information visit eldoradocountyfair.org or call 530-621-5860.”
FREE USE OF COMPUTERS: The Senior Computer Center is located at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Open computer time is available to anyone, 60 years or older. You must be registered to use the computers. You can register by picking up a packet at the Placerville Senior Center or by requesting a packet by mail. This free service is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 530-621-6369.
PASSING THE BUCK: Paul Chafer forwarded the following educational material: “WHY: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck?’ BECAUSE: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.”
UKULELE JAM! A class titled “Ukulele Jam” is designed for those who already play the ukulele to some degree. Players get together to increase their skills and add songs to their repertoire. This group meets on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The instructor is Lew Johnson. A $5 donation is appreciated. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
STROKE EDUCATION GROUP: A “Stroke Education and Support Group” meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 681 Main St., Room 208, Placerville. Bring your brown bag lunch. For more information, call 530-626-2642.
A ZEN ZINGER: Check out the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following Zen expression: “When the wooden man begins to sing, the stone woman gets up to dance.” Zen Saying
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