DOGGONE GOOD IDEA: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Dog” T-shirt statement: “”Be loyal. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk. Unleash your talents. Hide your favorite snack. Make new friends. Learn new tricks, no matter your age. When a loved one comes home, always run to greet them.”
TEEN DANCE TOURNAMENT: A “Dance Central” tournament is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the El Dorado Hills Library,7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Registration includes a free piece of pizza. Registration is from noon to 12:30 p.m., and dancing starts when registration is completed. There is a $10 entry fee for ages 10 and up. The grand prize is $100. Second place is $50, and third place is $25. For more information, call 916-358-3500. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to meet new friends while having fun.
WAKAMATSU TOUR: The Wakamatsu historical tour is scheduled for Nov. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Adult tour fee is $10. Children, ages 12 to 18, pay $5. Contact ARC at 530-621-1224 to sign up for tour and for meeting location.
NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, has scheduled a “Night at the Library” fundraiser for Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the library. The evening includes music, lovely art work, a raffle and a silent auction. Wineries and local artists will also be showcased. Original art will be for sale. Tickets are $30 for Friends of the Library members or $35 for non-members. For more information, call Sharon Booth at 916-933-2130.
HOW ABOUT A TRAIN RIDE? The El Dorado Western Railroad have been offering train rides on Sundays (next one will be Nov. 17), at El Dorado Station (weather permitting), from noon to 4 p.m., next to the El Dorado Community Hall in the town of El Dorado, 6000 Oriental St. A $5 donation is appreciated for ages 9 and up. A donation of $3 for ages 3 to 8 years old is also appreciated. Rides are available on the first and third Sunday in the town of El Dorado.
TOWN MEETING IN THE PINES: The last Town Hall meeting for the Pollock Pine-Camino area for this year will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, located at 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, next to the Knotty Pines Bowling Alley. The November meeting guest speakers will be CHP’s Quinn Cuthbertson and Sheriff John D’Agostini.
MASTER YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA: A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” will be offered at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The class fee is $29, and the instructor is Bob Gouine. Bring your camera manual and extra batteries. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.
FREE MOVIE: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is showing the movie “Hitchcock” on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson. This movie has a PG-13 rating. Popcorn will be available!
STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: Geneva (Berwith) Young graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1996. She then graduated from UC Santa Barbara, followed by Penn State Medical School. Dr. Young recently graduated from the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program and is working at the Children’s Hospital of Central California as a pediatric anesthesiologist. It always feels great to recognize a local success story. Geneva’s relations and friends are very proud of her, and so am I. Congratulations!
TURN ON THE LIGHTS: The “Festival of Lights” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Main St., Placerville. Main St. will be closed to traffic to accommodate the public visiting locations up and down Main St., enjoying the music and entertainment provided. Santa will be greeting the public. There will also be stagecoach rides, the tree lighting, and the Holly Jolly Trolley. This event is a great way to jump your holiday spirit.
REMEMBERING THE CHILDREN: “Community Gift Trees” contain the first names of children, their ages and their Christmas wishes. You can select a name or two, and provide Christmas gifts to children from low-income families. Community gift trees are located at the following locations through Dec. 9: El Dorado Hills Library, Cameron Park Library, Placerville Library, and Placerville Main St. Court House. For drop-off options of gifts, call Kathy at 530-676-0707 or Liz at 530-295-2305.
A DALAI DILLY: Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following quote: “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.”
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