INTENTIONS ARE IMPORTANT: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.”
SUPPORT OUR SHERIFF’S UNITS: We just received information that there will be a cioppino feed fundraiser tomorrow, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. Proceeds will help support the Sheriff’s Honor Guard and the “Thrive with 10-35″ unit that provides back-up support for the families of sheriff employees and other volunteers in the Sheriff’s Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling Teresa Wren at 530-621-6533.
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). Great prices on all bags, including $5 for a grocery bag full of books.
BEING STUPID IS A PROBLEM: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” offers the following quote: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Bertrand Russell
PONDEROSA SPRING BANQUET: The Ponderosa High School “Spring Banquet” is scheduled for Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m., at the Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Rd. The cost is $50 per person, and seating is limited. Your ticket includes a catered dinner, student entertainment, student servers, dessert and auction items, and the fine wines of Ponderosa alumnus, Scott Harvey. The featured speaker is Mike Pereira, current Fox Sports FL Rules Analyst. For tickets and further information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOWLING FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Mark Schmidt Bowling Scholarship Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 23, at Knotty Pines Lanes Bowling Alley, Pollock Pines. Check-in time is 11:30 a.m. Bowling starts at noon. The cost is $20 per person and includes bowling shoes. This is a three-game event, and no experience is needed. Entry forms are available at the Mother Lode Lions candy shack, next to the Mother Lode Lions Hall, corner of Missouri Flat Rd. and Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. Entry forms due no later than March 14. For questions or to reserve your spot, please call Annie at 530-626-6222.
TAKE A HIKE! Donna Orth, an American River Conservancy volunteer, will lead an easy, paved 1-mile loop walk through lovely woods March 9; and participants will go around the loop three or four times, with an optional hill climb. To the south, there is a nice observation deck, overlooking the Cosumnes River. Afterwards there is a “Soup Sunday” at Miraflores Winery. Homemade soup, crusty bread, and a glass of wine will be available. Soup is free. Bring money for wine. Call 530-621-1224 to sign up and for meeting place information (Pollock Pines area). Steady rain will postpone hike. Ages 18 and up welcome. Suggested donation for walk is $5 for ARC members and $10 for non-members.
READERS HEAVEN: The Cameron Park Library’s Used Books Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Everything on sale for $5 a bag. Children’s books are 10 cents each. All antique, classic and collectible books are 50 cents unless marked differently. Also, the library will be open on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to donate books for the library to sell, bring them to this used books sale or drop them off at the front desk of the library.
HOW TO AVOID POVERTY: John Bruno forwarded the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “The creative mind never experiences poverty.”
EDHS ALUMNI LUNCH: On Sunday, March 9, at noon, the El Dorado High School Alumni Association will have their 34th annual luncheon and welcome anyone who attended El Dorado High School. The luncheon will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Reservations are required by March 1. To reserve your spot, please call Susan (Frizzell) Meyer at 530-622-5881 or Barbara (May) Luther at 530-622-1180. The cost for lunch is $25.
“WASTELAND” BRAZIL FILM: The local Maidu Group of the Sierra Club will show the film “Wasteland” on March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville. This movie was filmed in Brazil by artist Vik Muniz and shows “catadores” pickers of recyclable materials in the world’s larges garbage dump, “as they begin to reimagine their lives through both their self-dignity and despair.” A $3 donation is appreciated.
APPRECIATION IS APPRECIATED: Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we have the following life lesson from the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On:” “I’ve learned that a person’s greatest need is to feel appreciated.” — Age 45
DEAL THE CARDS! “Let’s Make a Deal,” the Placerville Shakespeare Club’s annual “Bridge Party” will be held on March 26 at 10 a.m. at the Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Participants can enjoy playing bridge, fabulous food and door prizes. Men and women players are invited; $40 a pair includes a morning snack, lunch, cash prizes and door prizes. Partners will play together the entire day. Call Melba at 530-622-3726 for reservations and Jane at 530-295-1771 for information.
TRANSIT PLAN MEETING: The public is invited to a “Transit Plan” meeting on Tuesday, March 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The goal of this meeting is described as follows: “At this meeting we will review the assessment of the needs for transit in the region, present potential changes to the transit system and ask for your input into how the transit service can be improved. A second meeting will be held this spring to review the draft transit service recommendations we identified through this planning process.”
A ZEN ZINGER: A glance at the “Zen” calendar reveals the following quote: “Truth does not need any explanation. It only needs to be seen.” — Steve Hagen
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