THINK GOOD THOUGHTS ONLY: Review the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will find the following advice: “Make a commitment that, for the next few weeks, you will practice dropping and/or ignoring any negative and fearful thought that enters your mind.”
RIDE THE SHUTTLE: Free shuttle rides to the Apple Hill area will be available from Oct. 6 through Oct. 28, on weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle services will be available at Schnell School, Placerville, and at the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station, just off Highway 50, on Eight Mile Rd., Camino. For more information on the Apple Hill Shuttle or any El Dorado Transit services, call 530-642-5383 or visit us online at eldoradotransit.com.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Saturday, Oct. 13, is the day for the Cameron Park “Used Book Sale” at the library, 2500 Country Club Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everything on sale for $5 a bag. Children’s books are 10 cents each. Also, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a good time to bring your donated books for the library. You can bring them to the book sale or drop your donated books at the front desk of the library. Paperback book donations are especially needed.
HONOR OUR TROOPS FUNDRAISER: A “Honor Our Troops Fundraiser” spaghetti feed is scheduled for Oct. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Firemen’s Memorial Hall, located behind the Diamond Springs Fire Station, 501 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. Adult tickets are $7. Children tickets are $5. For ticket locations, call Cyndi Romano at 916-207-4194 or purchase tickets at the door. Proceeds will fund care packages to soldiers in the war zone.
HOLD YOUR NOSE: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar offers the following “Medical Speak:” “Since the patient stopped smoking his smell is beginning to return.”
SPECIAL SPEAKERS IN POLLOCK PINES: The Pollock Pines Library is hosting speakers Renee Tully (a Holocaust survivor) and Takashi Yogi (an expert on the Japanese internment). This free event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. Refreshments will be served.
FREE HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO: A Health and Wellness Expo is scheduled for Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Vendor booths are available for $50 for a 10 x 10 booth. The Expo will feature vendors, exhibitors, free health screenings and healthy food and drinks. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
SHOW, SHINE AND FLY-IN: Soroptimist of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park Rotary are hosting their 23rd annual “Show and Shine and Fly In”, benefiting local projects and programs. The fun takes place on Oct. 13 at the Cameron Air Park, Oxford and Fairway, Cameron Park. Admission is free, parking is $3. Enjoy the cars, planes and motor cycles on display. Breakfast is available at 7 a.m. The Ponderosa Band performs at 10 a.m. Lunch starts at 11 a.m., and beer and wine will be available. There will be vendors booths, and a bounce house for kids. For more information, go to shownshineflyin.com or call Peggy Sue at 530-676-0233.
ESTATE PLANNING CLASS: A senior legal seminar titled “Estate Planning for the 99 percent” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center dining hall, 937 Spring St. This class will offer a view of wills, trusts and probate for those with less than a fortune. You will learn how to plan a transfer of your estate to loved ones.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presents the following thought: “We still need a lot of material development, but at the same time we blindly believe that if you receive the maximum material development, all human problems are gone. That’s totally wrong, unrealistic, and shortsighted.”
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