Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Flea market Sunday in El Dorado

LIFE LESSON:
 Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we have the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following advice: “I’ve learned that you should never sign a contract with blank spaces.” — Age 47

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: 
The 17th annual “El Dorado Bazaar and Flea Market” is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown El Dorado. The Buckboard Bunch will provide live music at the Hartwick House. Train rides on the El Dorado Western Train will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is available. Bring a canned item for the El Dorado County Food Bank. For more information, call 530-622-2840. Bring the kids!

BRIDGE PLAYERS UNITE!
 Bridge players play on Monday afternoons, 1:30 to 4 p.m., and on Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, Social Room, 2502 Country Club Dr. New bridge players are always welcome. For more information, call Carole Jamison at 530-676-8363.

DOG CLASS:
 Bring your dog to Rasmussen Park and walk your dog while learning how to train dogs with the assistance of Kerry McBride, owner of El Dorado Pet Club. Dogs need to be current with shots and vaccinations. Please provide verification of shots and vaccinations when registering. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, June 4 through June 25, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The class fee is $36 for Cameron Park residents or $41 for non-residents. To register for these classes, call 530-677-2231.

SMALL BUSINESS CLASSES:
 The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is offering small business classes to their members and the public. Class topics include: ” Quick Books, Internet Marketing, How to Create an Effective Business Plan, How to Start a Business, and Thinking of Selling Your Business.” For class details, call SEDCorp at 530-823-4703 or visit www.sedcorp.biz/events.

DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST:
 Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On”, which offers the following lesson: “I’ve learned that when someone hurts your feelings, it’s unimportant unless you persist in remembering it.” — Age 68

TENACIOUS TEENAGERS: 
The Youth Executive League at the Library (YELL) are the “Featured Volunteers” at the El Dorado Hills Library. They have been the moving force in the creation of the “Homework/Activity Club” at the library. YELL also participated in fundraisers, sending money to tsunami victims, making pillowcase dresses for children in other countries, collecting clothing for the homeless, and much more! Congratulations and thank yous are due for these special teenager volunteers!

AGELESS JOY EXISTS:
I will be teaching a class titled “Ageless Joy Is Possible – Part II” on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Advice will be offered to help you create a more optimistic, fun-filled daily life for yourself. Even if you missed Part I, join us for this uplifting class. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. 

JUST A TAD WRONG:
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following observation: “‘Weakest Link’ host Anne Robinson: The first two Norman kings of England had the same name. What was it? Contestant: Norman.”

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION:
A new class, “Depression and Seniors,” will be presented on Tuesday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class topics will include recognizing common symptoms and misconceptions of depression and what you or a family member can do for you to enjoy life again. You will learn how our county’s Peer Counseling program can help. Senior Peer Counselors Marilyn Mumm and Doug Gradall will be the speakers. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

LIBRARY OPEN HOURS:
 The Cameron Park Library is open during the following times: Monday 10-5; Tuesday noon-7; Wednesday 10-5; Thursday noon-7; Friday 10-5; second Saturday of month 10-3.

PRESCHOOL BOOKS:
A list of local library “preschool and day care” books is available at the libraries. A couple of book titles include, “See You Later, Mom” and “Look Out Kindergarten. Here I Come.”

HOLIDAY CLOSURES:
 The El Dorado Hills CSD will be closed on May 27, Memorial Day, and July 4, Independence Day.

HITCH A RIDE:
 If you need a ride to the El Dorado Hills Library, call Dial-A-Ride at 530-642-3696.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following reasonable advice: “Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents and then later on in our life when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. Since at the beginning and end of our lives we are so dependent on others’ kindness, how can it be that in the middle we neglect kindness toward others?”

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column three weeks in advance to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or drop them off at 1360 Broadway. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.

Bob Billingsley

Bob Billingsley writes Heard Over the Back Fence three times a week, keeping his pen on the pulse of the community. He also writes a biweekly column called Billingsley's Bullets, in which he uses “sideways” thinking to make your day a little easier to handle.
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