CHEERFUL IS BETTER: John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Try always to be the cheerful guest. Remember, curiosity and generosity are two antidotes to aging.”
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EFFECTIVE AUG. 1: Residents of the Outingdale service area are once again subject to a Stage 4 Water Emergency. Due to state restrictions, outdoor water use is prohibited. Total water use is limited to 50 gallons per person per day, or 401 cubic feet (approximately 3,000 gallons) per person in each bimonthly billing cycle.
SMALL ANIMAL HELP: Do you have a hard time giving your small animal medication? Grandpa’s Compounding Pharmacy is having a free teaching seminar Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to help teach you how to properly give your animal medication. For more information and to RSVP, you can call the pharmacy at 530-622-2323.
LOOK BOTH WAYS: If you read the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that when the light turns green, you had better look both ways before proceeding.” — Age 33
BLOOD DRIVE IN GEORGETOWN: A community blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall on Main Street, Georgetown. Donor will earn MyBloodSource rewards, which can be redeemed for movie tickets or coupons for Baskin Robbins ice cream. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. There is no upper age limit for blood donations.
CONVERSATION CONFUSION: Carlyn White forwarded the following “I Believe” statement: “I Believe … That just because two people argue, It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, It doesn’t mean they do love each other.”
EDHS CLASS REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1959 will have its 55th reunion party on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Log Cabin Cafe at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Pondorado Rd., Camino, 530-644-0345. The cost is $30 per person. Please send your check to Meryl Mortimer Endean, 4810 Juanita Dr., Shingle Springs 95682 or to Barbara Franchi Howe, 7410 Green Valley Rd., Placerville 95667. The party will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 530-409-0581.
HEAD LICE MYTH: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following: “Myth: People who get head lice have bad hygiene. Truth: Clean hair is actually easier for head lice to cling to.”
CLASS REUNION FOR TWO SCHOOLS: We recently reported the following: The Ponderosa Class of 1964 has scheduled its 50th class reunion at the Smith Flat House in Placerville on Sept. 13. For more details, please call Kathy Duffield Weldy at 530-622-8257 or Betty Dean Linville at 530-644-7421. This class reunion is actually for both Ponderosa and El Dorado High School Classes of 1964.
ALUMNI PICNIC SCHEDULED: The El Dorado High School Alumni Association is having its 34th annual picnic at the High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill on Sunday, Sept. 15, at noon. Anyone who has attended El Dorado High School is very welcome and encouraged to come and meet new and old friends. You can bring your own lunch or you can purchase one at the restaurant. For more information, call Susan (Frizzell) Meyer at 530-622-5881 or Barbara (May) Luther at 530-622-1180.
BANANA FIRST-AID: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life Hacks”: “Holding a banana peel over a bruise (for 10 to 30 minutes) will remove its color!” Are they referring to the banana or the bruise?
WINE AND ROSES FUNDRAISER: Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring its ninth annual “Gala Wine and Roses” fundraiser on Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 681 Main St., Placerville. This event includes a wonderful silent auction, door prizes and live music. Ticket prices are $25 for one or $37.50 for two. Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall Hospital gift shop. For more information, call 530-622-1441, ext. 2725, or Norma at 530-676-1844 or Marilyn at 530-672-9798.
FREE INFORMATIONAL TALK: The “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program” is designed to reduce pain, anxiety and depression. This program is offering an eight-week series of presentations on Mondays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 6. A free informational session, regarding this series and the stress reduction program, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Ste. 2021, Cameron Park. For more information, call 530-672-7050.
TRIPS FOR 2015: For those who enjoy planning ahead, Sherri Pellegrini from the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce informs us that the following two trips are scheduled: Discover and explore the Imperial Splendors — Prague, Vienna and Budapest in March 2015. The islands of New England trip is planned for Sept. 2015. Info meeting on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. Contact the Chamber at 916-933-1335 for more information.
A ZEN ZINGER: Browse the “Zen” calendar, and you will find he following thought: “Life is something that has to be lived and not talked about.” — Carl Gustav Jung
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