Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Blood drive at Elks Lodge

 Heidi Barron forwarded the following “Southern Cops Have a Way with Words” — actual comments taken off their car videos: “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”

 The Placerville Elks Lodge is sponsoring a community blood drive on Wednesday, July 31, at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct. (off Durock Rd.), Shingle Springs, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for donors. Donors must bring a photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome. Also, donors earn My Blood Source rewards. You can redeem your rewards online for great items!

A five-session course for seniors titled “Beginning PC” is scheduled for Tuesdays, July 30 and Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The course fee is $15. Class topics will include mouse & keyboard training, managing your files, surfing the internet, and an introduction to word processing. For more information, call Naomi at 530-621-6369.

A new class titled “Tai Chi for Better Balance” will be offered on Tuesdays, from Aug. 6 through Aug. 27, at the Dance Studio at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. This class will focus on flexibility, stability and balance. There will be warm-up exercises, practice of Tai Chi forms, cool down and meditation. The class fee is $30 for Cameron Park residents or $35 for non-residents. Roy Imai is the instructor. To register for this class, call 530-677-2231.

 The “Threads of Live Auction” featuring quilts and fine art, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Rd., Placerville. The live auction starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include wine tasting and light refreshments. A no-host bar and live music will also be available. Tickets are available at “Flowers on Main,” Main St., Placerville, and at the Marshall Foundation for Community Health and at the Marshall Medical Center Cancer Resource Center in Cameron Park. Quilt donations accepted through July 31, and fine art donations through Aug. 9. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 530-622-1121 or e-mail or search

 Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following “Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned:” “No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.”

 Once again the Placerville Peace Officers Association is collecting school supplies for children at Schnell and Sierra Elementary Schools. If you would like to donate pencils, rulers, crayons, scissors, erasers, etc., you can drop your donation off at the Placerville Police Dept., 730 Main St., Monday through Thursday to Sgt. Dan Maciel. For more information, call 530-642-5210.

A class titled “Your Plan for Success” is being provided by the Marshall Medical Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program. This class is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., at 681 Main St. (second floor), Placerville. The following class topics will be discussed: “Reducing your risk — long-term complications; Exercise — make it work for you; Staying motivated; Diabetes and emotions.” For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-672-7021.

 The following statements are from the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar: “I’m working 30 hours a day at least.”— Singer Kanye West, in a tweet

 Oregon State University officials have notified us that the following students of El Dorado Hills have been placed on the Scholastic Honor roll for the spring term: Briana K. Buenzli, Sophomore, Pre-Apparel; Connor B. Edlung, Junior, Construction Engineering Mgt.; Reid B. Edlund, Freshman, Biology; Kathryn M. Kasabian, Sophomore, Economics; Jamie R. Merritt, Sophomore, Environmental Sciences; Taylor M. Zetlin, Sophomore, Animal Sciences. These high achieving students were required to have a 3.5 grade-point average and carry at least 12 graded hours of course work. Congratulations to all of you! We salute your hard work, your discipline, and your success!

 The Placerville Lions Club has elected the following officers for the 2013-2014 term: President George Haruff; 1st VP Mike Ocenosak; 2nd VP Sue Davis; Secretary Ellen Yevdakimov; Treasurer Derrell Roberts; Tail Twister Gene Tabb III; Directors 2 yr. Denise Metz and Debbie Bellnap; Directors 1 yr. Pat Lebeck and Larry Bellnap; Membership Director Bill Lebeck. Congratulations to all of you! Have a productive, fun year!

Bring the kids to the Nature Center and Bookstore located in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park, off Highway 49, in Coloma. This kid-friendly Center is free and open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 530-621-1224. Lots of nature lessons at this place.

Recently, the Placerville Shakespeare Club awarded scholarships to the following students to help pay their college expenses: Union Mine High School — Jordan Buxton and Sydney Fields; El Dorado High School — Carly Bray, Emma Holm and Sarah Erickson; Oak Ridge High School — Kristi Buckendorf. Thank you, Shakespeare Club members.

 The Senior Activities program is coordinating a senior trip to Monterey, scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Trip fee includes travel by motor-coach bus, visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium, overnight stay at boutique hotel, tour of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf, movie tour of beautiful Monterey Peninsula and much more. The trip cost is $495 double or $659 single. For more information or to register for this trip, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 or e-mail at

A peek at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following thought regarding “intention:” “Our intention should not be spoiled by the eight worldly preoccupations: gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, and fame or infamy.”

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 2889 Ray Lawyer Dr. 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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