LISTEN CAREFULLY: John Chapman handed me the following T-shirt quote: “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.”
TAILGATE SALES: The Shingle Springs Community Center will hold “Tailgate Sales” on the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., beginning March 2. Sell anything out of the back of your car or pickup, including clothing, furniture, bird houses, jewelry, tools, etc. Spaces are limited and cost $10 to rent, first come, first served. For more information, call Pat Johnson at 530-677-2269.
TENDING TO VETERANS NEEDS: The “Sew 4 Vets” group enjoys camaraderie while stitching together items, such as bibs and blankets, for veterans in homes or hospitals throughout the state. This group meets at the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 Placerville Dr. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday and the second Thursday, February through May, and then from July through October. Lunch is available at the meetings for a $5 donation. To learn more about this giving group, call Karen Wilson at 530-676-2022.
HIGHWAY ADVICE: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following quote: “Semi trucks traveling at 65 mph need 420 feet to stop.”
VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: Officials at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Wash., have informed us that Aaron Lee Wolfe of El Dorado Hills has been placed on the Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, Aaron had to complete at least 12 credits for the autumn quarter and attained a 3.50 or higher grade-point average. Congratulations, Aaron! Keep up the great grades and create a bright future for yourself.
LEARN BASICS OF DRAWING: A class titled “Basics of Drawing” will be presented at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Tuesdays, March 11 through April 15. All classes take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants will “learn the simple basics of drawing: the 5 basic shapes and the effects of light; values creating form, shadows and highlights; perspective, both one and two points; and shapes and proportions of faces. A required supply list will be available at registration.” To register, call the CSD registration office at 916-933-6624. Jimmie Claire Grann will be the instructor. The class fee is $49.
COUNTY FAIR — A WINNER: Did you read Pat Lakey’s article regarding our county fair winning more than a half-dozen awards from the Western Fair Association? We salute Jody Gray, CEO of the El Dorado County Fair, her staff and volunteers! Congratulations!
UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: On the second Tuesday of each month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the “Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The topic for discussion on March 11 will be “Medicare 2014 — What’s New?” Find out about changes to the Medicare Program and how these changes affect you. On April 8, I will have a presentation titled, “Is It Possible to Have Ageless Joy?”
SENIOR QUIZ: Carlyn White forwarded the following “Old Timers Test:” “Question: Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name? Answer: Johnny, of course.”
LOCAL ARTIST RECOGNIZED: Oak Ridge High School graduate Bryan Valenzuela has been awarded $5,000 “in recognition of his exceptional talent and demonstrated ability” by the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists. Congratulations, Bryan! Keep up your successful, creative efforts!
SPRING FLING CRAFT FAIR: For you plan aheaders, the Mother Lode Lions Club is sponsoring a “Spring Fling Craft Faire” on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Clubhouse, 4701 Missouri Flat Rd., Diamond Springs. In addition to crafts, there will be used books, refreshments, and many more items for sale.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH? Day and evening classes are available for adults who want to learn English. For dates, times and location of classes, call 530-642-5644 or call Ann Lynn Bjerke (teacher) at 530-626-0217 or 530-642-5683.
WORRYING IS OVERRATED: Thanks to Chris Reeg, we offer the following quote: “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.”
ARE YOU FIT 4 LIFE? The “Fit 4 Life” class is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class is designed for those who are “active aging” and described as: “Perfect for those who are ‘active aging.’ An effective and balanced low impact workout that combines cardio, strength, balance and some core work. Bring a mat and water.” The class fee is $50 for a 10 class punch-card or $80 for a 20 class punch card. Gina Bartok is the instructor. To save your spot, call 916-358-3575.
SEEK SOLITUDE: The “Zen” calendar contains the following quote: “Only in solitude do we find ourselves.” — Miguel De Unamuno
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