Heard over the back fence: St. Patrick’s Day March 17

By From page B1 | March 17, 2014

MATH IS NOT EASY: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “There are 3 kinds of people in this world: Those that are good at math, and those that aren’t.”

GET OUT THE GREEN! Today is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear green. When I was young, we had permission to pinch anyone who was not wearing green. In today’s “suit-happy” world, I’m not sure you should pinch without their permission. I changed my name to O’Billingsley for today.

DANCE THE ZUMBA: A Zumba dance class is offered to anyone over the age of 50. This is a high intensity dance that includes a mixture of Latin-based and international music, along with modern U.S. music. The class meets on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Participants must wear comfortable clothing with tennis shoes. Bring a towel and water. There is no charge for this class, and reservations are not needed. For more information, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.

FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES: The “2’s and 3’s on the Go” program is offered on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Ms. Debbie presents interactive storytime and songs. This program is designed for 2- and 3-year-olds and their parents.

SENIOR OF THE YEAR NEWS: Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Senior of the Year award. The Senior of the Year is “selected based on their exemplary volunteerism and dedication to the community. Nominees must be 65 years or older and be residents of El Dorado County. Nominations for the 2014 Senior of the Year Award are being accepted through April 28. Applications can be picked up at the Placerville, El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe senior centers or by calling 530-621-6255.”

DON’T ROCK THE BOAT: Paul Chafer sent the following “Old Jewish Jokes” quote: “My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife calls it the dead sea.”

HAVE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY: A “Healthy Pregnancy” class is offered by Marshall Medical. This class is designed for women who are considering becoming pregnant or have recently become pregnant. Class topics include: nutrition, exercise, fetal development, prenatal tests, hazards to avoid, and preventing pre-term labor. The class will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 530-626-2990 for location, more information and to register for class.

SPOIL THAT BABY! Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Baby Basics.” This class will review basic newborn care for the first few weeks of life. Class topics include newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, and health and safety skills. The class will be held on Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 530-626-2990 for location, more information, and to register for class.

DOG TRAINING CLASSES: For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Hangtown Kennel Club is offering dog training classes beginning April 10. Classes are held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds every Thursday at 7 p.m. For the April 10 class only, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. for the registration process and the fitting of collars and leashes. This is a six-week training session. Puppy and beginning obedience classes are $90 and includes a leash & collar. All other obedience classes are $75 for the six-week session. For more information, visit the Hangtown Kennel Club website at or call Cathy Keeler to enroll, 530-622-6909.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE! The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op is offering a “Spring Rummage Sale” on April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2900 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. Donations and volunteers are needed. For information regarding donations, call Melisa Clark at 530-621-3663. Spaces for rent are available for $20. Proceeds will benefit Farmers Market EBT programs.

ART SHOW AND SALE: The Diamond Springs Art Association (DSAA) will present the “Art Show and Sale,” beginning Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18, at the El Dorado County Government Building B, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Friday, when they close at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Western.” There will be a free raffle, and the winner will receive a Joan Miller painting. Admission is free.

ADULT BOOK CLUB: The Adult Book Club at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. The book to be discussed on April 9 is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

PHOTO CONTEST IN THE HILLS: To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Apple Hill Growers Association is sponsoring a photo contest. Photographers, 18 years or older, are encouraged to submit photos that show the appeal of Apple Hills farms, including scenery, people, produce and products of Apple Hill farms. The Grand Prize winner will have his/her photo featured in an Apple Hill Growers Association publication, receive two invitational only 50th anniversary celebration dinners, 50th anniversary merchandise, and a $100 Apple Hill Growers gift certificate. The People’s Choice winner will have his/her photo featured in an Apple Hill Growers Association publication, will receive a $100 Apple Hill Growers gift certificate, and a gift basked of Apple Hill products. Deadline for submitting photos is March 31. Complete photo contest details and rules are available at For information, call Robyn Delfino at 530-306-6565.

LIBRARY NEEDS YOU: The Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, needs volunteers. Volunteers are needed for shelf reader, shelver, circulation aide, book mending, lobby or monthly book sales, technical services, book processing and more. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar contains the following quote: “A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes.” — Mark Twain

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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