ADVICE FROM A WOODPECKER: My pal John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Advice from a Woodpecker: Find your own rhythm. Peck away at obstacles. Be colorful. Carve out a place for yourself. Make your voice heard. It’s OK to be a little flashy. Use your head.”
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FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER: A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be available on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville. Everyone is welcome, and no reservations are required. There will be free meal delivery for homebound elderly and disabled adults. To arrange delivery, call 530-642-8183 after Nov. 11. Volunteers and donations are needed. If you would like to help, call Ellen at 530-622-6860 after Nov. 11. To contribute financially, mail a check to St. Patrick’s Church. Make the check out to “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” or take donation to any Umpqua Bank.
FREE MOVIE: Senior movie day is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Community Center Social Room, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. The movie, “Sister Act,” will be shown.
SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: If you have dinner at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, at the corner of Cameron Park Dive and Green Valley Road, Cameron Park, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, between 5 and 9 p.m., a portion of your dine-in purchase goes directly to support the Ponderosa High School “Sober Grad Night.” Raffle tickets will be for sale. For more information, visit phsSoberGradNight.org. Your participation keeps prices affordable for high school seniors to have a safe celebration on graduation night. Thank you!
AIRPARK HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: The Friends of Cameron Park Airpark are hosting their annual “Airpark Holiday Boutique” at 3239 Baron Ct. in the Cameron Park Airpark on Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will also provide safety equipment for the Cameron Park Library. For more information, call Jean Thornhill at 530-676-7575.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS CREATED: Recently the Placerville Shakespeare Club held the first of two scholarship fund drives at the club’s annual “Silver Tea.” Four $1,000 scholarships and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to local students in May. Thank you, members of the Shakespeare Club!
MEET THE MUSHROOM GUY: On Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m., “Mushroom Guy” Robert Mackler will discuss “all you ever wanted to know about mushrooms.” Attend this presentation before you eat what you found in the woods or in your yard. You can wrap your mushroom specimen in wax paper or a brown bag and bring it in for Robert to identify. This presentation will be at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.
DECODING DEMENTIA: A class titled “Decoding Dementia” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Community Center Social Room, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. The class presenter will be Roberta Rimbault, M.S. She will discuss the 10 warning signs of dementia and much more information related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The class fee is $5. For more information or to register, call 530-677-2231.
GOOD TIMES AT THE LIBRARY: “A Night at the Library” will include wine, appetizers, music, art and a silent auction in the company of your favorite literacy characters. The fun takes place on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Tickets are $30 for Friends of the Library members or $35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the El Dorado Hills Library and Face in the Book (in Town Center) or call Marilyn at 916-933-1799 or Nancy at 916-933-3823. Event proceeds will be used to purchase books for the El Dorado Hills Library.
CHOCOLATE WISDOM: Neil Pfafman forwarded the following chocolate message: “Seven days without chocolate makes one week … and weak, too.”
STORYTIME FOR SPECIAL KIDS: “Sense-sational Kids Storytime” is a special sensory storytime for special kids. This is “interactive and educational specially designed for children at the pre-school level with autism or other sensory integration challenges and their families.” This program will be offered on Saturdays, Nov. 23 and Dec. 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. For more information, call 530-621-5547. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 530-621-5547 to reserve your spot.
OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Cameron Park Old Fashioned Christmas Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. There will be hundreds of handmade crafts, specific for the holiday season. Food, beverages, wine and champagne will be available.
A DALAI DILLY: A look at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following advice: “Analyze your life closely. If you do, you will eventually find it difficult to misuse your life by becoming an automaton or by seeking money as the path to happiness.”
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