IRISH BLESSING: Fay Harnage of Placerville provided the following Irish Blessing: “May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart might desire.”
DINNER, RAFFLE AND PRIZES: The second annual dinner for California Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation (COHAF) is scheduled for March 30 at 5 p.m. at the Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. COHAF is a partnership of conservation organizations, outdoor industry and other groups and individuals who support science-based wildlife management and the preservation of hunting rights in California. For more information or to reserve your table, call Wanda Gaines at 916-532-3735 or Rick Bulloch 916-606-7039.
POETS POUR IT OUT: The “Poetry in Motion” group will meet on March 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Bring your own poems to share, read from your favorite poets, or just come to listen.
10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S: A class titled “Know the 10 Signs” will be presented on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Preregistration is required. Call 1-800-272-3900 to register. A speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss the 10 signs that may indicate Alzheimer’s disease is a possibility. Participants will learn warning signs, what to do if you notice the signs, and why early detection is important.
POTENTIAL REHABBER CLASS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering a class titled “Rehabbing Water Fowl and Game Birds,” on March 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. This class is designed for prospective rehabbers. The class will be at the SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT: A class titled “Your Plan for Success” is being offered by Marshall Medical on Tuesday, April 9, from 1 to 3 pm., in Cameron Park. This “Diabetes Education” class will give you a better understanding of the following: Reducing your risk-long-term complications; Exercise – make it work for you; Staying motivated; Diabetes and emotions. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with MD referral.
THINK SMALL: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “Never buy a car you can’t push.”
THE GOOSE IS LOOSE: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” is a lap-sit, free storytime for little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This program is presented on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr.
KICK BACK AND RELAX: A meditation class is offered on the third Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville. There will be a non-sectarian Buddhist Dharma discussion and guided meditation under the direction of Jeff Hoji Keller, Associate Minister, Shingon Shu Western Fellowship/Shingon Shu Hawaii. Donations are appreciated but not expected. For more information, please contact Jeff Hoji Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-709-1392 or facebook.com/ShingonShuWesternFellowship.
VENDORS ARE NEEDED: The Camino Community Action Committee has informed us that vendors are needed for Apple Blossom Days Craft Fair and Flea Market, scheduled for April 27, at Apple Mill Storage, Camino. For more information, call 530-644-7421.
FREE KIDS ENTERTAINMENT: ”Children’s Storytime” is available for children, ages 3 to 5 years old. This program offers stories, books, and crafts activities on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive.
MARCH GARDENING ADVICE: The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following gardening hints for March: ”- Put yellow jacket traps out early to trap the Queen. - Plant cool season vegetables. Sow warm season veggies indoors. - Rototill gardens and add organic matter. Do a soil test to see what nutrients you need to ad. - Fertilize roses, evergreens, fruit trees, and berries. - Prepare new lawn beds 6″ deep. - Shop for summer blooming bulbs and spring blooming shrubs. - Spray roses with fungicide to prevent black spot and powdery mildew. Try kelp spray and see us for care guides. - Hoe or pick spring weeds. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds. - Hand-pick or spray star thistle seedlings before they bolt (develop flowers).
READY TO TRAVEL? Fliers are available at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., for the following upcoming trips: South Dakota, Thailand, Monterey overnight, Hearst Castle at Christmas, Skunk Train, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland — and so much more! For information, you may also call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.
A DALAI DILLY: The following statement appears in the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar: “If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience, and understanding.”
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