NOT PERFECT BUT BLESSED: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Lessons Learned in Life:” ” I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed.”
EAGER BEAVERS FROM OSU: Oregon State University officials of Corvallis, Ore., have informed us that the following students will graduate in June: “Cameron Park: Danielle E. Donley, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Accountancy. Camino: Robert A. Leaf, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering. Diamond Springs: John R. Pierce, Bachelor of Arts, History, Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife. El Dorado Hills: Megan M. Chisick, Bachelor of Science, Marketing; Connor B. Edlung, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering Management; Amy E. Hahn, Bachelor of Science, Finance. Pollock Pines: Sara M. Wilson, Master of Natural Resources, Natural Resources. South Lake Tahoe: Travis S. Moore, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Food Science and Technology.” Congratulations to each and everyone of you. We salute your hard work, your discipline and your impressive success.
DAISY MOVES FORWARD: I couldn’t convince Editor Mike Raffety that a front-page headline should be “Daisy Walks Across Living Room — Unassisted.” My 9-month great-granddaughter Daisy recently took a big step and more in her life journey.
LINE DANCE LESSONS: Have you thought about learning how to line dance? Lessons are offered by Pat Nathan and Shelly Mills on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A $3 per class donation is appreciated. No partner and no experience are necessary.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar offers the following observation: “The Sacramento Kings’ Lionel Simmons missed two games due to tendinitis from playing video games.”
USED BOOKS SALE: On the first Saturday of each month, the Placerville Library sells used books at the library, 345 Fair Lane, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can buy a grocery bag full of books, tapes, etc. for $5. Bring your own canvas (cloth) bag and save a dollar.
JELLY BELLY LIMO TOUR: Ages 6 and up are welcome to enjoy an “About Time Limousine” tour of the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield. The tour is scheduled for Friday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour departs from the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The fee is $49 for Cameron Park residents or $54 for non-residents. Bring some money to buy a bag of two of your favorite jelly bellies.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: On Thursday, June 12, at 1 p.m., there will be an “Ice Cream Social/Reading Club Kick, Off” at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. There will be ice cream for all ages. The Reading Club is for school age youngsters. Youngsters can earn prized for reading. For more information, call 530-644-2498.
BIG BUCKS PRESIDENTS: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: ”The Six Richest U.S. Presidents (adjusted for inflation) 1. John F. Kennedy ($1 billion); 2. George Washington ($525 million); 3. Thomas Jefferson ($212 million); 4. Teddy Roosevelt ($125 million); 5. Andrew Jackson ($119 million); 6. James Madison (101 million).”
DIABETES INFORMATION: Marshall Medical is presenting a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” on Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 681 Main St., second floor, Placerville. Class topics will include carbohydrates and diet, meal planning, managing your weight and tips for dining out. For more information or to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.
CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN: A class titled “Brain Connections” is offered on the third Friday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You can join Judy Bakke for a light breakfast as she shares “promising research, exercises and games to challenge your brain and keep you mentally sharp.” Reservations are a must! The drop-in fee is $5. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
UPCOMING SENIOR TRIPS: A new series of senior trips has been scheduled. A “Bridge to Bridge” cruise is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23. The trip is described as follows: “This trip will sell out fast! Enjoy a spectacular view while dining at Fog Harbor Fish House, a San Francisco landmark. Afterward, board the Red and White Fleet for a sightseeing cruise sailing under both the Golden Gate Bridge and new Bay Bridge. During the audio tour, you’ll learn about the city’s unique natural history, architecture and Native American culture. This is an incredible trip. Cost is $135 pp. Ppayment is due at the time of registration.” To reserve your spot, call 530-621-6255.
A ZEN ZINGER: Glance at the “Zen” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.” — Antonio Porchia
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