HOW TO HANDLE CROOKS: An anonymous reader sent us a nice, complimentary letter and the following statement: “A counterfeiter came to a small town and entered a store. He handed an $18 bill to the rube behind the counter and asked, ‘Could you change this for me, please?’ The ‘rube’ glanced at the bill, smiled, and said, ‘Sure. Would you like two 9s or three 6s?’”
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RECEIVE A FREE MOVIE PASS: On Thursday, Dec. 26, you can be a blood donor from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinema El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater, 2101 Vine St. Bloodmobiles will be in the parking lot. Donors will receive a free movie pass. Donors must weigh at least 100 pounds and be at least 17 years old. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Also, potential marrow donors can register for “Be the Match” program. Walk-ins are welcome! Donors must bring a photo ID.
P.M. SLEEPING: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following observation from the American Association of Retired People: “Question: As people age, do they sleep more soundly? Answer: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.”
REDUCE WATER USAGE: The following item appeared in EID’s “The Waterfront” newsletter: “DID YOU KNOW? EID offers complimentary plumbing retrofits for your home or business to help you reduce interior water use. Receive low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads for self-installation by contacting us at 530-642-4126 or email@example.com.”
A FEW LIFE LESSONS: Thanks to John Bruno, we have the following life lessons from the “Handbook of Life:” ” 1 – Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 2 – The best is yet to come. 3 – However good or bad a situation is, it will change.”
FREE USE OF COMPUTERS: If you are 60 years of age or older, free open computer time is available at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Computer users must be registered to use the computers. You may register by picking up a packet at the Senior Center or by requesting a packet be mailed to you. For more information, call 530-621-6369.
STORYTIME FOR LITTLE ONES: The El Dorado Storytellers Guild’s “Storytime” is presented on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Bring your little ones to this entertaining time with some great storytellers. For more information, call 530-621-5500. Because of the holidays, “Storytime” will not meet on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30.
BINGO! On Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m., bingo is played at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Local grocers, Raley’s and the Nugget, offer discount purchases of their $5 gift cards, which players can win. You pay $3 for 2 bingo cards. Drop-ins are always welcome.
ARE YOU READY TO ZUMBA? In the zumba class you will dance a different routine to each of nine to 12 songs, including Latin rhythms, hip hop, country and disco. Zumba classes are offered every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Reservations are not needed. Dress comfy, wear sneakers, and bring a water bottle.
THEY’RE OFF AND RUNNING: All West Tours is presenting a “Day at the Races” on Thursday, Jan. 30. The bus tour includes the following: Admission to the reserved seats at Golden Gate Fields, hosted buffet lunch at the Turf Club, racing program, All West transportation, and driver gratuity. The trip price is $90 per person. “(Note: All guests are requested to dress in a smart casual style. Stylish denim or festive hats are welcome as is stylish casual footwear including tennis shoes. Sweat pants/suites, T-shirts, baseball hats, and flip-flop style shoes are strongly discouraged. Guests who arrive in shorts of any style, tank tops or sleeveless shirts will be denied access into the Turf Club).” Call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 to reserve your spot.
GET THOSE NEEDLES MOVING: The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild has elected the following 2014 Chapter Advisory Board: President – Bobbi Bullard; Vice President of Membership – Cindy Shamrock; Secretary – Karen Starkel; Treasurer – Teri Prouty; Community Service – Jan Hopkins; Education – Kay Muraoka; Neighborhood Group Leader Coordinator – Adrienne Anderson; Newsletter Editor – Alberta Mendonca; Publicity – Pat Farrell; Special Events – Sandy Wagner.
FOLSOM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: The Folsom High School Class of “64″ is planning their high school reunion for October 2014. For information regarding the reunion, call Bev Smith at 916-834-1996 or Roger Terneuzen at 775-240-2520. We have been told there are several graduates in our area.
A DALAI DILLY: A look at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following advice: “If we lose hope and remain with pessimism, that is the greatest failure. So, in spite of difficulties, remain with optimism.”
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