CAN’T RESIST CHOCOLATE: Neil Pfafman of Placerville provided the following “Chocolate Wisdom:” “Left-over chocolate, what is that? I’ve never heard of that.”
GRANDPARENT CHILD RAISING: A presentation titled “Parenting . . . The Second Time Around” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you are a grandparent, aunt, sibling, or even a godparent raising a child because the parents cannot, you will learn to navigate through local available services. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
BINGO! On Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Bingo is played at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Local grocers, Raley’s and the Nugget, offer discount purchases of their $5 gift cards, which players can win. You pay $3 for 2 bingo cards. Drop-ins are always welcome.
COUNTRY LANES PRIVILEGE: It is indeed a privilege to have so many beautiful country lanes in our county. Remember to slow down and enjoy the view. Slowing down also saves lives, human and otherwise.
TRICK OR TREAT: On Oct. 31, the kids can trick or treat on Main St., Placerville, from 4 to 6 p.m. Merchants will provide goodies while supplies last. There will be a costume contest and carnival.
READER’S RAPTURE: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are priced by the bag or individually.
CAN’T RESIST BOOKS: Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that I can’t visit a bookstore without buying something.” — Age 44
EAT WELL AND AGE WELL: Marshall Medical Center is sponsoring a free “Healthy Aging” seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m., at Marshall’s Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., No. 101, Cameron Park. This “Eat Well, Age Well” seminar will be presented by Amy Triplett, registered dietician. Space is limited. Register by calling 530-626-2778.
ANGER DEFINED: My pen pal Clara Neilsen states, “Anger is only present if there is a winner and loser and blessings are win-win. Even if you are right and you know it, don’t tell ‘em’. Be a blessing! Collect a coupon!!”
FUNDRAISER TO PURCHASE BOOKS: ”A Night at the Library” will be an evening of wine, appetizers, art and music at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Tickets are $30 for Friends of the Library or $35 for non-members. Your ticket includes a complimentary wine glass. Proceeds will allow purchasing books for the library. Come on out on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m.
BREAKFAST WITH OUR VETERANS: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast for a very reasonable price. Breakfast includes juice, coffee, eggs, sausage, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy, too! Breakfast is available on the first, second and third Sunday of the month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive, adjacent to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
HELPING MOM AND BABY: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Childbirth Education.” This class is a condensed, fast-paced childbirth class focusing on the stages of labor, medical options, and pain management. Pregnant women and their partners are encouraged to attend this class. The class fee is $60. First 5 El Dorado offers a generous scholarship to assist with class tuition. Bring snacks, drinks and your lunch for lunch break. This class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 530-626-2990 for location information and to register.
QUILTERS UNITE: The Gold Nugget Quilters meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Drop-ins are welcome.
FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: A free caregiver support group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193. Free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Pre-authorization is required for respite services. For more information, call 530-621-6151.
COFFEE, TEA AND FRIENDS: The “Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Community Center Social Room, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. The Nov. 12 session will feature Mary Cory from the El Dorado County Historical Museum, and she will discuss the history of El Dorado County.
AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD: A new class titled “Avoid Scams and Fraud” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Learn how to avoid being a victim. Detective Simon Brown from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dept. will be the presenter. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
FREE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM: El Dorado County residents can save big on their energy bills by taking advantage of free weatherization services, if they qualify as low-income property owners. For program eligibility guidelines, call 530-621-6333 or 530-621-6150 or visit edcgov.us/humanservices.
MEET LUNCH GUESTS: The El Dorado Senior Nutrition program is seeking volunteers for the sign-in desk at their nutrition site at the Mother Lode Lions Hall in Diamonds Springs during the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers welcome and sign in the lunch guests. For more information, call 530-621-6160.
MATURE DRIVING CLASS: An AARP Mature Driver Class is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A certificate of completion is issued if you attend all 8 hours. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
MOTHER GOOSE IS BACK: The award-winning program “Mother Goose on the Loose” takes place on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This lap-sit storytime is for children, ages 1 week to 2 years old. A combination of music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read are all part of this program.
A DALAI DILLY: A glance at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following thought: “Compassion is not religious business; it is human business. It is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.”
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