CHANGING YOUR LIFE: Jewel Blair sent me the following “Sex at 66″ quotation: “Answering machine message, ‘I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.’”
PAINT WITH A PAL: A group of “Painting Pals” meets on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is a non-instructional gathering in a relaxing, creative environment for artists to enjoy each other, while they paint. Drop-ins are welcome.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL: Thanks to Mary Ann Putnam, we offer the following quote: “If you care too much about what other people think, you will always be their prisoner.” — unknown.
READ TO DOGS PROGRAM: Has reading gone to the dogs? The answer is yes. The “Read to Dogs Children’s Program” takes place at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 101, Cameron Park, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month. To pre-register for a reading session for your child, call 530-626-2778. Children can bring their favorite book or choose one of the program’s books.
100% ADULT NEEDED: Peeking at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I saw the following unusual sign: “Children must be accompanied by part of an adult.” — Swimming pool sign at a hotel in Thailand
BBQ AND MUCH MORE: A barbecue chicken dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. This fun night includes a silent auction, raffle and lots of great prizes. Come on out to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Social Center, 3111 Tierra de Dios Dr., El Dorado Hills, for tasty food and good company. Tickets will not be sold after Aug. 5. Adult tickets are $13. Children 12 and under pay $7. A family of 5 or more pay $45. To purchase tickets, call 530-677-3234 or call Judy Silva at 916-933-5311. The public is warmly invited. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUCCESSFUL STUDENT NOTICE: Officials at Texas State University, Austin, San Antonio, Texas, have notified us that Helen A. Regula of Cameron Park has been named to the Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 while carrying a class load of at least 12 semester hours. Congratulations, Helen! Keep up the great grades, and create a positive future for yourself. We salute your effort!
“AWANDERING ALONG THE MOUNTAIN PATH”: Jan Le Pouvoir, secretary of the Maidu Group of the Sierra Club, informs us that a day hike is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10. The hike will be south from Carson, probably up to Round Top, six to eight miles with 1,500 to 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This hike is limited to 12 people. For all outings, contact the leader, John Le Pouvoir, at 530-644-7295 or email@example.com for meeting times, location and what to bring.
MARITAL ADVICE: Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that there are two things essential to a happy marriage — separate checking accounts and separate bathrooms.” — Age 36
HUGE CRAFT FAIR: The 16th annual Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Main Steet, Placerville. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic. Over 100 artisans will feature their pottery, jewelry, woodwork, garden items, soaps, etc. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 530-672-3436 or visit placervilledowntown.org.
CONTROL THOSE PESKY DEER: Every second Tuesday of the month, form 10 to 11:30 a.m., the “Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The discussion topic for Aug. 13 will be “Deer Resistance Gardening in the Foothills.” Class topics will include deer resistant plants, deer repellants, fencing and what not to do to keep deer at bay. Books will be available for purchase. Drop-ins are always welcome.
BINGO TIME! On Mondays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., you can play bingo at the El Dorado Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Players receive two bingo cards for $3 and can win $5 gift cards from Raley’s and Nugget Market.
DON’T MISS THIS EVENT: For those plan-aheaders, you are reminded that the annual Labor Day Bazaar is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Main St., Diamond Springs. You may enter to win a 2012 John Deere XUV550 Gator. Tickets available at the Diamond Springs Fire Station 49, located at 501 Main St. For more information, call 530-626-3190.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following advice: “When a problem first arises, try to remain humble and maintain a sincere attitude, and be concerned that the outcome is fair.”
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