CHOCOLATE INTIMACY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I have a deep, meaningful relationship with chocolate.”
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SEARCH AND RESCUE FUNDRAISER: The Search and Rescue Council is sponsoring its 29th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Main Hall at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. No-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dancing will be offered from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are available at Raley’s, Placerville, and Bel Air, Cameron Park, or call Linda at 530-620-5550 or Shirley at 530-622-3794. Tickets are $45.
BABY-SITTERS CLASS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a “Super Sitters” class scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Cameron Park. The class fee is $50 per child. The following class description is offered: “This fun, informative class prepares young people 11 – 15 years old to become competent, responsible baby sitters. Topics include: child development, first aid and safety techniques, problem solving, marketing baby sitting services, role-playing and age-appropriate play/care activities (CPR not included). Bring your lunch. Snacks will be provided.” Pre-registration is required. For exact location information and to register, call 530-626-2990.
CLEVER OBSERVATIONS: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “More Aphorisms”quotes: “Money will buy a fine dog . . . but only kindness will make him wag his tail.” ”Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.”
CAREGIVER SKILLS CLASS: A class titled “Introduction to Care Giving Skills: For Family Care Givers or to Start a New Career” is scheduled for Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Class topics include how to lift and transfer safely and how to prevent bed sores for bed-bound patients. There will also be discussions regarding career opportunities in the home-care field. Registration fee is $35 and can be done at the CSD offices at 2502 Country Club Dr., on line at www.cameronpark.org, or call 530-677-2231.
LEARN HOW TO SERVE: The “Zen” calendar has the following advice: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer
STAMP COLLECTORS UNITE: The “Senior Stampers” group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you are a stamp collector or would like to be one, you will enjoy these informational sessions. Bring your stamps, albums, and ideas to share. Chris Berry is the facilitator. Drop-ins are welcome.
CANASTA CALLING YOU: You can play Canasta on Thursday evenings or Friday afternoons at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Friday play starts at 1 p.m. Thursday play starts at 5 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.
VALENTINE TREATS CLASS: A class titled “Truffles Workshop” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. In this hands-on workshop, you will use fine Belgian chocolate to create your own homemade goodies. Please bring a supply fee of $8. The class fee is $29. Registration deadline is Jan. 27. To register, call 916-358-3575.
DON’T WAIT TO ACT: The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that if you wait until all conditions are perfect before you act, you’ll never act.” — Age 64
BEST FOOD ANYWHERE: The “Let’s Talk” topical discussion group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The topic for Feb. 6 is “Best Meal Anywhere!” Drop-ins are welcome to this informal group. The group leader is Terry Provenza.
TAX COUNSELORS AVAILABLE: The AARP Tax Aide program will provide volunteer income tax counselors in our county beginning Feb. 1 through April 15. They will start returning appointment requests calls on Jan. 24th. This tax service is free to all middle to low income taxpayers, with special attention to persons age 60 and older. For appointments at Gold Country Retirement in Placerville, Lake Oaks Mobile Home Park in Diamond Springs, Placerville Senior Center and Pollock Pines Community Church, call 530-303-8115; for Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills Branch Libraries, call 530-303-7046; for Georgetown Library, call 530-887-9545; for Marshall Grange call 530-333-2590. Please be prepared to leave a message. For locations not listed here, call 1-888-227-7669.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following thought: “Merely thinking that compassion and reason and patience are good will not be enough to develop them. We must wait for difficulties to arise and then attempt to practice them.”
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