YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE: Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following interesting thought: “It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.” The ladies at the Mountain Democrat office felt this statement applied to me.
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BUY LOCAL PLANTS: A “Native Plant Sale” is scheduled for Sat., April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the County Government Building A/B, 330 Fair Lane, across from the Placerville Library. There will be native perennials, shrubs, grasses, trees, native gardening, landscaping and plant books, posters and more! Cash and checks only, please. All sales are final. Visit www.eldoradoCNPS.org. Presented by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). CNPS is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.
STORIES FROM THE EXPERTS: The Storytellers Guild members offer stories and songs at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Craft activities are also available. Children of all ages are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3500.
CORRECTION ON MOTHER LODE LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT: Mother Lode Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. (not at noon as stated a few days ago). The Easter Egg Hunt will be at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Rd., Placerville. This free event is open to the public. The hunt will start at exactly 1 p.m. Don’t be late. There will be hundreds of eggs, but they will be gone by 1:10 p.m. Also, make sure your children bring their own Easter baskets.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME FUN! A “Preschool Storytime” program is available on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for children ages 4 and 5 years old. Wonderful volunteer Mrs. Lurey will be there, presenting stories, songs and craft activities at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: On Tuesday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet in the dining room of the El Dorado County Senior Center, 937 Spring St, Placerville. There will be refreshments. The purpose of this group is “to share personal experiences and coping strategies in a supportive environment and to gain knowledge from experts.” Drop-ins are welcome. The guest speaker for the April 2 meeting will be Barbara Walters of the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. She will discuss Medicare and upcoming federal health care laws.
BIRTHDAY – IN DOG YEARS: The “Paws Reading Program” at Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., features our furry friends dogs, who listen attentively to young children who read stories for them. One of the dogs, Satchel, will celebrate his 10th birthday on April 2 at 4 p.m. at the library. The public is invited to his birthday party.. The “Paws” dogs have been working guide dogs or therapy dogs for adults.
READERS’ SPECIAL DEALS: Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot), Placerville. Please note that books are now priced by the bag or individually.
SWAP MEET: On Saturday, April 20, the Cameron Park “Swap Meet” will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. You can sell your treasures or hunt for new ones. Sign up now to rent your space for $15. The meet will be at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. rain or shine. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
HOW TO DRINK SODA: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following instructions: “WARNING: DRINK THEN SWALLOW.” – Label on the side of a Pepsi bottle, Norway (thanks to Nathaniel Adragna)
CLEAN OUT YOUR GARAGE: The Cameron Park “Clean Up Day” is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Camerado Middle School, Shingle Springs, and across the street of McAuliffe Park. Clean unwanted junk out of your garage; and clean your yard of unwanted clippings and tree trimmings. Items can be donated to Snowline Hospice. A Hospice representative will be available. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
SENIOR GAMES DAY: On the fourth Tuesday of each month, “Senior Games Day” is offered at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., from 10 a.m. to noon. Games such as Mexican Train, Crown 5, Hand and Foot, Bingo, Yahtzee, Pinochle and Rummy Kube will be played. Coffee, tea and good conversation are available, too.
SPRING SING: The Sensational Singing Seniors are happy to present “Younger Than Springtime: The Ageless Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.” They will be singing on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. On Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m., they will be at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gloria Starelli-Bruno at 530-622-6855. This group is very entertaining and fun to be around.
A DALAI DILLY: A glance at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following statement: “It is said that if you want to know what you were doing in the past, look at your body now; if you want to know what will happen to you in the future, look at what your mind is doing now.”
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