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Heard over the back fence: It’s baby bird time

By From page A2 | March 23, 2011

HUMMINGBIRD COUNSEL: My buddy John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Hummingbird” T-shirt statement: “Sip the sweet moments, let your true colors glow, don’t get your feathers ruffled over little things, just wing it, take yourself lightly, keep your visits short and sweet.”

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TINY TURKEYS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue has scheduled a class titled “Introduction to the Baby Bird Nursery” 10 a.m.-noon March 26 at the SWR Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. This year, the Baby Bird Nursery will include baby quail and turkeys, plus songbirds. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. Classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public. Many volunteers are needed for the nursery.

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JUST DUCKY: On March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., a class titled “Water Fowl and Game Birds” will be presented by Sierra Wildlife Rescue at the SWR Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. Classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public.

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UPGRADING PLACERVILLE: The Placerville City Redevelopment Agency is considering plans to upgrade the business districts of Broadway, Main Street and Placerville Drive The League of Women Voters is sponsoring an information forum regarding this matter noon-2 p.m. March 31 at Denny’s Restaurant, 99 Fair Lane, Placerville. Cleve Morris, Placerville city manager, will be the featured speaker.

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TINY BUBBLES: A basic instruction class to learn how to play the ukulele is offered on Mondays, March 28 through April 25, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The instructor is Lew Johnson, and the class fee is $36. Bring your ukulele with you. If you don’t have a ukulele, you can order one from the instructor (approx. $36). For more information or to register for class, call 916-358-3575.

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INTUITION The Zen calendar states the following thought: “There is something in us that is wiser than our head.” – Arthur Schopenhauer.

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LET’S MAKE A DEAL: It’s time for the Placerville Shakespeare Club’s annual bridge party at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. Men and women bridge players are welcome. The $35 a pair fee includes a morning snack, lunch, cash prizes and door prizes. The fun starts at 10 a.m. March 29. Partners will play together the entire day. Call Melba at 530-622-3726 for reservations. Call Doreen at 530-626-0531 for more information.

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RESTORING THE RAPTORS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue has scheduled a class titled “Rehabbing Raptors” for March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the SWR Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Reserve your spot by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. Classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public.

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SCHOOL “DAZE” STUFF: The Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following student definition: “A fairy tale is something that never happened a long time ago.”

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IS SHE/HE READY TO READ? A program titled “Traditional Preschool Storytime” is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Fridays, April 1, 8 15,  29, at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. There will be stories, songs, and crafts with a focus on pre-reading skills and early literacy fundamentals.

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HERBERT FUNDRAISER: The “Miners Rock” Walk-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, starting at the area near the Veterans Memorial site in the County Government Center, Bldg. B, off Fair Lane, Placerville. The walk starts at 9 a.m. After the walk is finished, there will be a barbecue at 11 a.m., and raffle prizes will be available. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk does not include bicycles, scooters, skate boards, wagons, horses or dogs. For more information or to obtain your pledge sheet, visit Website [email protected]

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CHICK FEED: The Sierra Wildlife Rescue  group will open its Baby Bird Nursery around May 1. Many volunteers are needed to feed the rescued baby birds. Two classes are scheduled to teach volunteers how to feed and care for the baby birds. The first class will be held on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. The second class will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Both classes will be at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. To register for class, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. If you find an orphaned or injured baby or adult bird, call 530-621-4661.

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A DALAI DILLY: My “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presented the following thought: “Reframe bad circumstances as forces assisting your spiritual development.”

Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure that there will be space available for your important announcement.

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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