A PATH TO PEACE: Mary Bergquist provided the following ancient Chinese proverb: ”When there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”
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GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION: The Marshall Community Health Library has moved to 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 101, Cameron Park. They are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is warmly invited. There will be tours of the facility and a chamber of commerce mixer will also take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 530-626-2778.
CAMERA CLUB MEETING: On Thursday, March 21, the El Dorado Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Photographer and teacher Gordon Lazzarone will be the guest speaker. This meeting is open to everyone.
LET’S HELP JIMI: You can safely dispose of E-waste and shred your unwanted documents on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Mother Lode Lions Club, 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. A $10 per vehicle donation is suggested. 100 percent of all donations collected will be used to support the recovery of JIMI LEE ROGERS, a young man hurt seriously by a hit-and-run driver. The following items are accepted: TVs (all sizes), monitors, computers, computer peripherals, cell phones, printers, copiers, fax machines, audio & video equipment, microwaves and more. We cannot accept E-waste car batteries or large appliances (e.g. stoves, refrigerators, AC units, lawnmower/yard equipment or shred hard drives).
DAY CARE SPAGHETTI FEED: A Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser for the Senior Day Care Center, Placerville, is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Mother Lode Lions Clara Scheiber Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. Dave Nilmeier will provide music. There will be a raffle, and you do not have to be present to win. Adult tickets are $10 each, and children under 10 are $5 each. You can mail your check to: Friends of Seniors, PO Box 564, Placerville, CA 95667 or contact Ruth Ann at 530-644-8519 or email info@friendsofEDCseniors. org.
REVISIT THE GOLD RUSH: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Jim Goodspeed will play the impersonation role of a composite of people from the Gold Rush era, including a bosom on a whaling ship, who jumps ship to join the Gold Rush.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT! The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following example: “Warning label on a box of nails: CAUTION! DO NOT SWALLOW NAILS! MAY CAUSE IRRITATION!”
CORRECTION ON MOTHER LODE LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT: The Mother Lode Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. (not at noon as stated a few days ago). The Easter Egg Hunt will be at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Rd., Placerville. This free event is open to the public. The hunt will start at exactly 1 p.m.. Don’t be late. There will be hundreds of eggs, but they will be gone by 1:10 p.m. Also, make sure your children bring their own Easter baskets.
SIP AND TASTE PARTY: A progressive tasting party will take place on the west end of Main Street, Placerville, on Wednesday, April 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can sip great wines and taste delicious food. Tickets are $25 per couple or $15 per person. You can pick up tickets at the following participating businesses: Winterhill, Synapse, Heyday Cafe, Dedrick’s Cheese, It’s Personal, Wine Smith, Z-Pies, Ambiance, Metal Dragonfly, Truffle Bites by Claudia Marie. Proceeds will benefit Soroptimist International, Placerville.
TAX ASSISTANCE: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is offering free help to seniors who need help preparing their tax forms. Two sites are available in Cameron Park — The Cameron Park Community Center on Tuesdays only and the Cameron Park Library on Thursdays only. To make your appointment, call 530-303-7046 between 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This program is designed for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.
A DALAI DILLY: Reading the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar will result in your finding the following thought: “Today, everything is interconnected. Destruction of your neighbor is destruction of yourself. So please, prepare your mind and heart with patience, knowledge, and skill so that in the world and in every nation there can be peace.”
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