IS “EXERCISE” A DIRTY WORD? Neil Pfafman sent the following quotation: “Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise,’ I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”
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AVOID ADULTHOOD: John Chapman is to blame for the following T-shirt statement: “I have decided that I no longer want to be an ADULT! If anybody needs me, I’ll be in my Tree House, Coloring & Eating Candy!”
“I HEAR THE TRAIN A COMING:” You can jump aboard the El Dorado Western Railroad train on Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Drive out to the Shingle Springs Depot at 4241 Mother Lode Dr., Shingle Springs, and hop on the train. A $5 donation is requested for ages 9 and up. Children ages 3 to 8 donation request is $3.
HANGTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE is 1 p.m. Sunday. Dec. 1 staring on Broadway and going through downtown Placerville.
READY TO WRITE YOUR FIRST BOOK? The “Writers’ Bloc” group meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. This group is described as a group “where you can share your passion for the written word, hone your skills and support each other’s work.” They review fiction, non-fiction, or poetry with kind and constructive comments. Drop-ins are welcome.
STAY OUT OF THE WAY: John Bruno sent the following Chinese proverb: “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
ANTIQUE TOYS CLASS: A class titled “Antique Toys of Days Gone By” will be offered on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Antique wind-up and lithograph toys and comic-strip-related toys will be available. The history of toy companies will be discussed. The presenters will be Pete White and Bill Sturch.
FAMILY COMES FIRST: Review the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, and you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that you should invest in your family first and in your career second.” — Age 48
EASIER EXERCISE FOR SENIORS: A new class titled “Light and Easy Exercise for Seniors” is scheduled for Dec. 2 through Dec. 16, on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Dance Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $25 for Cameron Park residents or $30 for non-residents. This class is designed with low impact moves, use of chairs and body bands, while participants “Rock to the Oldies” music. Susie will make this class fun. To reserve your spot, call 530-677-2231.
LET’S PAY BACK TO THE LIBRARY Our libraries provide many services to people of all ages. Currently the library is seeking volunteers for positions such as shelf reader, shelver, circulation aide, book mending, lobby or monthly book sales, and technical services and book processing. I guarantee you that you will meet some very nice fellow volunteers. If you would like to help out, call 530-621-5540.
DON’T BE A PAIN IN THE NECK: A “Hand or Neck/Shoulder Massage” is available on the third Monday of the month for a 15-minute appointment between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. for a $10 suggested donation at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Instructor Yuko Nagahashi-Lee specializes in holistic massages as well as deep tissue and energy work. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
PUT THE PHONE AWAY: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following statement: “Putting your phone away and paying attention to those talking to you is called ‘RESPECT.'”
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The Cameron Park Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Marshall Medical Cancer Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 202, Cameron Park. For more information, call Richard Montgomery at 530-672-2961 or 916-213-5593.
SIT DOWN CLASS: A class titled “Sit and Get Fit” is offered on Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You can train the entire body by using various pieces of equipment while you remain in your chair. Bring water to class. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card.
FREE MOVIES: Movie matinees are offered every Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar contains the following recommendation: “I myself still occasionally become irritated and angry and use harsh words toward others. Then, a few moments later when the anger has subsided, I feel embarrassed; the negative words are already spoken, and there is no way to take them back. Although the words have been uttered and the sound of the voice has ceased to exist, their impact still lives on. Hence, the only thing I can do is to go to the person and apologize, isn’t that right?”
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