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Bob Billingsley

Heard over the back fence: Fix your bike

FIX YOUR BIKE: 
A new class titled Bicycle Maintenance is scheduled for July 12 from noon-2 p.m. at the Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. This class covers beginner bike maintenance knowledge, detailing the different parts of a bicycle and how the parts work together, just in time to get your […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tips for July

GARDEN TIPS FOR JULY: 
The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following July garden tips: “Saturday, July 4 — Happy Independence Day! We’re closed in honor of the holiday. • Harvest vegetables regularly. Old fruit left on the plant will inhibit production. • Water early in the day to prevent disease. Mulch to maintain moisture. Keep […]

Heard over the back fence: Tasty Sushi

SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS:
 Marion West forwarded the following good news. PEO Chapter XA in Cameron Park is delighted to announce the winners of its 2015 Rachel Champion Scholarships. El Dorado High School graduate Brooke Yates and Oak Ridge High School graduate Emma Olds received a $500 renewable scholarship. Brooke Yates will be attending University of Nevada, […]

Heard over the back fence: Great Book Prices

GREAT BOOK PRICES: 
We recently received the following reminder: “Join us and take advantage of some great deals on gently used books sponsored by the Friends of the Library, El Dorado Hills Branch. Our books are now sold by the pound and there are books in every category. The early bird sale starts Friday, June […]

Heard over the back fence: Cooking Advice

SUMMER FIREWORKS: 
Drive out to Cameron Park Lake and enjoy the Summer Spectacular on Saturday, June 27. Gates open at 2 p.m. There is live music all day and fireworks at dark. Organizers say this is the best fireworks in El Dorado County. Enjoy the kids’ carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s better not to be stupid

Joyce Sequichie Hifler wrote the book “A Cherokee Feast of Days.” This is a book of daily meditations. She wrote, “If you argue with stupid reasoning you end up being stupid – Expressing an opinion can run you out of bounds and into areas that are not yours to argue. And no one has any […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a stamp collector

FREE COUNSELING FOR SENIORS: Senior Peer Counseling is available to adults, 55 years or older. A wide range of counseling is available. For more information or to make an appointment call (530) 621-6304. RIVER CATS GAME TRIP:
 The El Dorado County Seniors Activities Program has a trip scheduled to a Sacramento River Cats game on Wednesday, July […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Fair Time!

IT’S FAIR TIME!
 Today is June 17 and tomorrow the El Dorado County Fair opens and runs through June 21. Bring the kids and friends! $3 SENIOR LUNCH:
 Adults 60 years and older can receive a lunch for a $3 donation at one of six locations in the county. Lunch is served from noon-12:30 p.m. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Belly Dance Class

PARK AND RIDE CLOSURE:
 Very recently we received the following notice: “Please be aware that due to sealing and striping being done at Town Center, the El Dorado Hills Park and Ride lot at Post Street will not be served Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17. Please park at the Vine and Mercedes lot […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on board!

ATTEND OUR COUNTY FAIR!
 The following El Dorado County Fair information was recently received. The El Dorado County Fair is June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Attendees in military uniform get in free. For information visit [email protected] BRIAN’S MAGIC SHOW: 
On June 18 from 10-11 a.m. Brian Scott will put on […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

THE FAIR IS COMING!
 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: 
A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Avoid doomsday people

Every morning we choose an attitude to start the day with. We can have an optimistic approach and look forward to the day unfolding, or we can dread the day, assuming there is no joy ahead. • You start each day in bed. If you share a bed, one of you may say, “You snored […]

Heard over the back fence: Watch your balance

SMART STUDENT RECOGNIZED:
 Officials at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore., have informed us that Julia Jacobs, an elementary/education major from El Dorado Hills, was placed on the Dean’s List after earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the 2015 spring semester. Congratulations Julia! We look forward to your bright future. YELL BINGO! 
You […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun at the Lake

HARD WORKING STUDENTS:
 Oregon State University has announced that the following students from El Dorado Hills recently graduated: Brian K. Buenzli, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Amy E. Hahn, bachelor of science, finance; Kathryn M. Kasabian, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, economics; Thomas P. Massa, bachelor of science, digital communication Arts; Taylor M. Zetlin, […]

Heard over the back fence: The Fair is back

E-WASTE COLLECTION: The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste event […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero party

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS GRADUATE: Oregon State University officials have informed us that the following students from Cameron Park recently graduated: Hannah L. Hichborn, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Sara L. Orofino, bachelor of science, cum laude, zoology; Evann L. Stabenow, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, exercise and sport science. Congratulations to all of you! We […]

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. […]

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