PUNCTUATION IS IMPORTANT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Let’s eat grandma. Let’s eat, grandma. Punctuation Saves Lives.”
CRAB FEED FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado County Search and Rescue Council has scheduled their Crab Feed fundraiser for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the “Main Hall,” El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Cocktails (no host bar) will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. You can dance from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are available at Raley’s, Placerville, and Bel Air, Cameron Park, or call Linda at 530-620-5550 or Shirley at 530-622-3794. Tickets are $45 after Dec. 31.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: The Gastroenterology Medical Clinic is now accepting new patients at their new location at 1000 Fowler Way, Suite 7, Placerville. Telephone number is 530-622-6430. You can meet their newest associate, Drew Ingram, MD.
CHAIR YOGA IN ACTION: A “Chair Yoga” class is offered on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Instructor Donna Rixmann provides this class, which includes an introduction to yoga movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques. People with limitations due to previous injuries or chronic conditions may want to consider this class. A $37 punch-card is available for 5 classes at the CSD registration office. Call 916-933-6624 to register. You may also choose to pay a $10 drop-in fee per day.
RETRIEVING CAN BE DIFFICULT: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following American Association of Retired People quote: “Question: Is it common for 60-plus-year-olds to have problems with short-term memory storage? Answer: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is the problem.”
CHOCOLATE ADDICTS UNITE: The annual “Chocolate Affair” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Purchase your $35 ticket by noon, Feb. 7, at the following locations: CAMERON PARK: - Cameron Park Florist, 3300 Coach Ln., #A1. - Cameron Park Health Foods, 3342 Coach Ln. - Sierra Vista Bank, 3311 Coach Ln. - SS/CP Chamber of Commerce, 4095 Cameron Park Dr. DIAMOND SPRINGS: - The Windfall, 484 Main St., No. 13. HISTORIC EL DORADO: - Hartwick House, 484 Main St., No. 13 EL DORADO HILLS: - Calif. Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., No. 105 - Sandra D’s Fashion & Accessories, 3941 Park Dr., No. 60. - Face In A Book, 4359 Town Center Dr., No. 113. PLACERVILLE: - 49er Federal Credit Union, 225 Placerville Dr. - River City Bank, 348 Main St. - Paint Spot, 1303 Broadway. POLLOCK PINES: - Belle’s and Beau’s, 6100 Pony Express Trail. - PP/Camino Chamber of Commerce, 4123 Carson Rd., No. A. SHINGLE SPRINGS: - Paint Spot, 3965, No. A, Durock Rd.
CLEAN UP YOUR MESS! The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a couple’s relationship by how tidy each leaves the bathroom for the other one.” — Age 51.
JOYCE IS FEATURED: Joyce Weaver is the “Featured Volunteer” at the Georgetown Library. The “Between Friends” newsletter described Joyce in the following fashion: “At several of the Georgetown events this year, she helped children at the FOL booth make creative paper objects. One of these was making eagle puppets for the Fourth of July, and at another children’s event she helped the kids make beautiful insects out of paper. She has held several events at the library where she teaches people to make collage circles. Random images are placed on collage circles and words are put on them to say what the images mean. We thank Joyce for all her creativity and hard work!” Congratulations, Joyce. Thank you for your commitment to our community.
RESOLUTIONS TIME! Happy New Year! Monika is still working on my resolutions. She looks serious and determined as she moves to the second page of what I need to change!
ROAD CONDITIONS ALERT: To find out if chains are required for your travels, call 1-800-427-7623.
AFTER 5 CLUB GATHERING: The free “After 5 Club” support group is designed for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group participants share information, coping strategies and options in the group setting. The next meeting will be on Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Center, 935-A Spring St., Placerville. For more information, call 530-621-6180.
FUNDRAISER – A SUCCESS STORY: The eighth annual “Wine for Words” fundraiser at the Placerville Library was a huge success. $6,000 was contributed to the Placerville Main Library book fund. Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsors El Dorado Savings Bank, Placerville Friends of the Library, and Face in the Book. Auction and raffle donors are also very much appreciated.
KINDNESS IS STIMULATING: John Bruno provided the following “Practice Kindness” statement: ‘Talk to people at work about one of your random acts of kindness and ask what one of theirs is. Disclosure stimulates us to do more by emphasizing the pleasure of giving with no strings attached.”
BRAND NEW ROCKHOUND: The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society is proud to announce the following new member: Susan Kohler. Welcome aboard, Susan!
LIBRARY OPEN HOURS: The Cameron Park Library is open during the following hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday – 12 noon -7 p.m.; Second Saturday of every month – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A DALAI DILLY: Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will see the following quote: “No amount of wealth can buy an extension on life, and no matter how much money we have accumulated and have in the bank, even if we are millionaires, on the day of our death none of it can help; we have to leave it all. In this respect, the death of a millionaire and the death of a wild animal are alike.”
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