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Bob Billingsley

Heard over the back fence: Yell Bingo

GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: 
The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]

Billlingsley’s Bullets: Call me Mr. President

It seems like everyone wants to be the next president of the USA. Dull and interesting candidates are running or plan to run. I am convinced that no one is more qualified to run than I am. Giving speeches is fun for me, and applause makes me feel young and handsome. • Having a presidential […]

Heard over the back fence: Kindness is important

GARDEN SHOW AND MORE: The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a garden show at its store on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be food and fun for everyone. If you bring a can of food for the Food Bank, it will be appreciated. VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: […]

Heard over the back fence: How to succeed

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 26. For more information please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383. GET […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tours and more

WILD TURKEY BANQUET: The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its first annual banquet on Friday, May 15 at the American Legion facility at 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, games and a warm atmosphere. The cost is […]

Heard over the back fence: Free car show

SPRING DINNER FUNDRAISER: The Community Resource Center is sponsoring a Spring Dinner on May 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds in Placerville). This is a fundraiser to serve veterans, moms and dads who lost jobs, seniors and others who are homeless or in danger of […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: The aging process requires patience

April 17 was my birthday. I would like to share the following birthday card quotes with you: “Drinks well with others.” “Once upon a time, a very special person was born, who was destined to change the world … Calm down — it’s not you. It’s Jesus.” “When you’re old, your butt cheeks droop. Your […]

Heard over the back fence: Find a friend

ROOKIE COMPUTER LESSONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering, by appointment, free beginning computer lessons for seniors. These three 1-hour lessons are offered to seniors, age 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers, including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. […]

Heard over the back fence: Listen to your cow

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF: 
A free electronic waste drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive in Placerville. Pre-collection drop-off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos 530-748-5917. The following items will be accepted: monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, CDs, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital […]

Heard over the back fence: Mother’s Day Breakfast

SPRING CLEANING FUNDRAISER:
 A fundraiser for the Bipolar Insights Education Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive, Placerville. Pre-collection drop off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos at 530-748-5917. To determine what items are not accepted, call 530-642-0859. Microwaves can be accepted, but a $5 […]

Heard over the back fence: Painting with oils

PAINTING WITH OILS:
 Beginners and advanced beginners are welcome to the Painting with Oils class. Students will learn about types of canvas and paints to use. Please bring a photo to class. The class will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Required supply list available upon registration. Only odorless/non […]

Heard over the back fence: Bicycle rodeo

BICYCLE RODEO: A Bicycle Rodeo for ages 3 and up is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado County Library, 2500 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The rodeo will teach safe riding habits and improve cycling skills. Call 530-677-2231 to register for this free event. REMEMBERING BERTE REYNOLDS: 25 […]

Heard over the back fence: Tres de Mayo dinner

FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE: The You Are Not Alone (YANA) program is a free calling service that provides daily phone calls to check on the health of senior citizens. For more information call 530-621-6255. CINCO (TRES) DE MAYO DINNER: On Sunday, May 3 a Tres De Mayo dinner will take place at the Pleasant Valley Grange, […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to skateboard

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Students of Mr. Hodgin’s Oak Ridge High School’s history class will offer history presentations. The public is invited. DANCE NIGHT AT SHINGLE SPRINGS: On Friday, May 1, you can enjoy […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Appreciation — the ultimate compliment

When anyone tells you that they appreciate you, your world suddenly becomes special, maybe even perfect, at least for a while. It also means that whatever you did or said to deserve your compliment made a difference in that person’s life — sometimes for the moment and sometimes for a lifetime. • The appreciation compliment […]

Heard over the back fence: Toddler time fun

CAMINO CLEAN-UP DAY: Camino Clean-up Day is April 25 from 8 a.m.-noon at the following location: Sierra Pacific parking lot on Snows Road (off of Carson Road). Watch for the signs. Snowline Hospice will be there with their truck to accept e-waste and gently used donations. To volunteer or inquire about vehicle abatement, please call […]

Heard over the back fence: Senior citizen prom

HOW ABOUT SOME SPAGHETTI? The $3 senior lunch on April 23 is: spaghetti with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, half banana, French bread and milk. This lunch is for seniors, 60 years and older. For location of nearest senior lunch site for you call 530-621-6110. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, April 25 a Taco Feed Fundraiser will take […]

Heard over the back fence: Wildflower walk

SPANISH STORYTIME: Children, ages 2 to 5 and their adults, are invited for evening stories, songs and crafts, in Spanish and English, every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Kids can wear their jammies. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME: The Children’s Storytime class is designed […]

Heard over the back fence: Glow in the dark walk

DONUT … THE PERFECT GIFT: Today is my birthday. Although I am a devout health fiend, I will accept a glazed old fashion donut as a birthday present — today only. FOSTER CHILDREN FUNDRAISER: On April 18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. a rummage sale to benefit El Dorado County Foster Children will be held at […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero style

APRIL ‘POOLS’ DAY:
 You can enjoy “April ‘Pools’ Day” on Saturday, April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Pool, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Bring the entire family. For more information call 916-933-6624. CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY:
 The public is invited to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-noon, at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Cake auction time

LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE: 
To celebrate “National Library Week,” April 12-18, the Cameron Park Library is sponsoring an “Open House” on Friday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. Drive out to 2500 Country Club Drive and check out the library’s new carpet. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, is sponsoring […]

Billingsley’s bullets: You control the present

I guess we all know someone who allows his/her past to control his/her present life. Past mistakes continue to haunt these people. Sometimes, they repeat these mistakes and seem surprised with the results. Why would they expect different results? If they discover that the new love partner is an active alcoholic, they may believe or […]

Heard over the back fence: Mystery wine tour

UNIVERSE NOTIONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering the following presentation: “El Dorado Hills Senior Center has invited Amateur Astronomer and volunteer Docent at the Rotary Club of Cameron Park’s Community Observatory (located in Placerville), Mike Turney, to give his presentation titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection.” Today […]

Heard over the back fence: Hugs are healthy

50 PERCENT OFF BARGAIN: 
Gym Fees Reduced: Cameron Park Community Services District’s Community Gym can be used during off-peak times with up to 50 percent off the regular fee. Available times include weekdays and Sundays before 4 p.m. (when available). Please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231 to book the gym. BEWARE […]

Heard over the back fence: Let’s take a hike

LIONS’ GRAND RE-OPENING:
 The Mother Lode Lions Club invites you to its long-awaited grand Rr-opening, Saturday, April 18, 1-9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and visit the newly remodeled building. The grand re-opening activities include: face painting, a raffle, a magician and dance music from 6-9 p.m. provided by the “Fabulous Liars.” Lunch can be purchased […]

Heard over the back fence: Brining and pickling

EASTER EGG HUNT:
 Mother Lode Lions is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville. Don’t be late, the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. sharp. JOIN THE HIKERS: On April 12, you can join Tim and Angela Jackson from 8 a.m.-noon […]

Heard over the back fence: Don’t be fooled

BLOOD DONATION TIME:
 Today from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, (off Durock Road), Shingle Springs. Participants earn MyBloodSource rewards that can be redeemed online for great items like a T-shirt or movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome. The blood drive is sponsored by the Placerville Elks Lodge No. […]

Heard over the back fence: Home and Garden Show

LIONS CLUB GRAND REOPENING: 
The Mother Lode Lions Club, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads, Diamond Springs, has scheduled its grand re-opening for Saturday, April 18 from 1-9 p.m. Activities include face painting, raffles, music from 6-9 p.m. provided by The Fabulous Liars band. For a minimal fee, barbecue lunch and dinner will […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Some conversation is very important

When someone important in your life says, “You just reminded me that there is something important that we need to discuss,” drop whatever you are doing and pay close attention to what is about to be said. • Do not interrupt the speaker, and do not become immediately defensive. You can speak your piece after […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance the night away

SMART STUDENT NEWS:
 Officials at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Wash., have informed us that Rebecca Rose Wolfe of El Dorado Hills was placed on its Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must complete at least 12 units for the quarter and attain a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. Congratulations Rebecca, […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun in the saddle

HOW TO BE ON TIME:
 John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I consider on-time to be when I get there.” BRIDGE LESSONS:
 Bridge card lessons and/or play are available Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The following class description is offered: “Our bridge program is […]

Heard over the back fence: Planning your estate

MACARONI AND CHEESE LUNCH:
 Today’s Senior Lunch is macaroni and cheese casserole, green beans, applesauce, juice, biscuit and milk. This $3 lunch is for seniors 60 years and older. For lunch location nearest to your address, call 530-621-6160. COMMUNITY BREAKFAST:
 The Sierra Ridge Interact Club (a Rotary-sponsored youth service club) is offering a “Community Breakfast” […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s time to play cribbage

STOP BY FOR CAKE:
 “A Helping Hand Homecare” is celebrating seven years in business. They are inviting you to stop by for some cake on March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 6092 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. JEWELRY CLASS: 
A “Fused Glass Jewelry” class will be available on Tuesday, March 31, from […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

  GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT: 
The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Does God snore?

At times my mind operates in strange ways. After watching a NASCAR auto racing recently, I thought about God’s sleeping habits. Since God isn’t human, I assume He doesn’t need to sleep. Besides, He should be available to answer prayer requests 24 hours a day. Some part of me cannot accept the idea that God […]

Heard over the back fence: Banjo players and lunch

A NICE EGOTIST: 
Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following “Philosophy of Ambiguity” quote: “One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.” WEST POINT APPOINTEE: 
John Klingberg informs us that Brendon Sauer, Ponderosa High School Class of 2013, has received and accepted an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Congratulations, Brendon! […]

Heard over the back fence: Live darefully

CLIMB ABOARD: 
On March 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the El Dorado Western Railroad will offer train rides at El Dorado Station, located next to the El Dorado Community Hall in the town of El Dorado. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up and a $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 are […]

Heard over the back fence: Deal the cards

DECIPHER FOOD LABELS:
 A new class “Sugar and Substitutes . . . and How to Decipher Food Labels” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn all about sugar and sugar substitutes, how food additives are approved and how to decipher […]

Heard over the back fence: Passing on our values

VALUE OF GIRLFRIENDS: 
Marshall Community Health Library is offering a presentation titled “Girlfriends, Good for Your Health” on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Marshall’s Upper Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, Cameron Park. To reserve your spot, call 530-626-2778. PASSING ON OUR VALUES: 
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is […]

Heard over the back fence: Celebrate our Country

MEMORY LOSS CLASS:
 A new class titled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” has the following description: “This program will cover topics such as: symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease and […]

Heard over the back fence: Mexican Train Dominoes

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS:
 The “Hunter Safety” class is for ages 10 and older. This class is scheduled for March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is an all-day class. Please bring a #2 pencil and lunch. Obtain class book from CSD and/or study online at wildlife.ca.gov. Complete the self-study quiz at the end […]

Heard over the back fence: Rebecca rolls

RELAY FOR LIFE: 
An event planning group is now forming for the next Relay for Life event. They will meet on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 1242 Broadway, Placerville. Bring a friend! REBECCA ROLLS: 
Is it true that my granddaughter, Rebecca Billingsley, is undefeated in playing tennis for Folsom Lake […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Keep your negative mouth shut

When you research the teachings of American Indians, you keep running across the idea that it’s a good idea to avoid negative statements when you communicate with others. When you are tempted to say something negative, don’t complete the sentence. • In a marriage, both parties are tempted to fire back a negative statement, especially […]

Heard over the back fence: How to measure success

HOW TO MEASURE SUCCESS:
 My pen pal John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington HIP HOP CLASS: A “Beginner Hip Hop Dance” class is […]

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