HOW TO LOSE CALORIES: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Life Hack” quote: “Eating celery is technically exercise. When you eat celery, you burn more calories digesting it than you consume.”
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HUGE CRAFT FAIR: The 17th annual Placerville Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main St., Placerville.
CAMINO BARN DANCE: The Camino “old-fashioned Barn Dance” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Dr., Camino. Live music will be provided by “Hill Country and Friends.” Tickets are available now or at the door. For more information regarding ticket costs and locations, call 530-644-7421 or visit Website caminocac.org. Proceeds will benefit programs in the Camino area.
IT’S UP TO YOU: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is determined by what we do with it.” — Mary Blake
ADULT BOOK CLUB MEETING: The El Dorado Hills library’s “Adult Book Club” meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the library,7455 Silva Valley Parkway. On Aug. 13 they will discuss the book, “Mr. Penumbra’s Book Store,” written by Robin Sloan.. For more information, call Cecilia Finch at 916-933-2111.
RAILROAD PRESENTATION: Historical lectures are presented by the El Dorado Historical Society in the social room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The Aug. 21 presentation will be “History of Railroads in El Dorado County.” The presentation will be from 1 to 3 p.m.
TALKING TO AN ANGRY WOMAN: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “A Few Good Smiles” quote: “Telling an angry woman to calm down works about as well as baptizing a cat.”
MEET THE CANDIDATES: The Shingle Springs Community Alliance invites all voters to attend a District 2 Supervisor Candidates Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Dr.
DEFINING STUPID: My favorite bumper sticker for this month: “Road rage is a synonym for moron.”
CLIMB ABOARD: The El Dorado Western Railroad is offering train rides every Sunday, weather permitting. The first ride leaves at noon. The last ride leaves at 3:15 p.m. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up and a $3 for ages 3 to 8 is appreciated. The Aug. 17 train trip will be in the town of El Dorado, 6000 Oriental St., next to the El Dorado Community Hall.
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE: On Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 p.m., Main Street Strollers is sponsoring a free party to introduce you to square dancing at the IOOF Hall, 467 Main St. (near the courthouse, upstairs), Placerville. Singles and couples are welcome. Dress casually. Ladies: capris, jeans or prairie skirts are recommended. Also, on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, two free square dance classes will be offered. For information, please call Suzanne at 530-644-1709 or John & Trish at 530-313-8439. Email: email@example.com or visit mainstreetstrollers.org.
ITALIAN COOKING: A new class titled “A Taste of Italy: Part 2″ is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. In this installment, you will explore some variations of the Italian red sauce. John will show you how to make a classic marinara sauce, as well as a tomato-basil sauce that is served with a mystery but inspiring ingredient! Your $10 supply fee is required to hold your spot. The instructor is John Moalli. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
CAMERON PARK BOOK LOVERS: The Cameron Park Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. If it’s a holiday, they will then meet on the next Monday. For more information, call Doris at 530-350-7596.
THAI COOKING CLASS: A “Thai Cooking” class is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The food prepared will include seafood noodle soup, basil eggplant and chicken salad. Come hungry so that you may enjoy the meal we have prepared together. Recipes, food and all other supplies will be provided and are included in the materials fee. $10 materials fee is payable to instructor, Phonglada Foletta. The class fee is $40 for Cameron Park residents or $45 for non-residents. Call 530-677-2231 to reserve your spot.
CRATER LAKE TRIP: The El Dorado County Senior Activities Program is offering a trip to beautiful Crater Lake, Ore., from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11. The cost is $799 double or $1,024 single occ. For details or a trip flyer, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following quote: “I forsake all that thing that I can think, and choose to love that which I cannot think.” — The Cloud of Unknowing
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