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Heard over the back fence: Authors galore in EDH

From page B1 | November 01, 2013 |

 John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I have been SINGLE for awhile and I have to say it’s going VERY WELL. Like . . . it’s working out. I think I may be THE ONE!”

The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, welcomes local authors showcasing their works, celebrating their success and sharing their stories. This free event takes place on Nov. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. The following authors will speak: Suzanne-Marie English – “The Etiquette of Kindness;” Dan Cohen – “Adventures of Flapjack;” Cindy Sample – “Dying for a Daiquiri;” Jordan George – “Winds of Fate;” Percy McManus – “101 Secrets to Good Health;” Robin Kruzik – “My Me in the Mirror;” Sue Peterson – illustrator for Robin Kruzik; Dan Winkleman – “Lake Natoma, a Ranger in Search of Waldon Pond;” Christine Mercer – “Arrow of the Mist;” Lori Mortensen – “Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg;” Bill Carpenter – “The Two Hour Leader;” Sherry Joyce – “The Dordogne Deception;” Janelle Courville – “Lily at Large;” Chris Pedersen – “Prisoner of Carroty Castle;” Natalie Jane – “Three Cousins – Adha, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia;” Cordelia Smythe – “Murder Mystery dinner Games;” and Bob Billingsley – “Heard over the Back Fence.” Signed books will be available for sale at this fun event.

 FHAWN (Foothill Health and Wellness Network) will meet on Nov. 6, noon to 2 p.m., at the Cozmic Cafe, Placerville. Frank Taylor will speak about the Tibetan Sound Healing Bowls. The public is invited. Lunch is $10. Please call Julie Strassburger at 530-350-7226 to reserve your spot. Call must be made by Nov. 4.

Neil Pfafman of Placerville provided the following “Chocolate Wisdom:” “A nice box of chocolates provides your daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?”

 Local post offices are having their annual food drive, which runs until Nov. 8. Postal customers can leave non-perishable food items near their mailbox until Nov. 8. Carriers from Coloma, Cool, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lotus and Pilot Hill post offices will pick up the non-perishable items.

 Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following statement: “So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.”

 The Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., will be selling used books on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library. Used books are for sale for $5 a bag. Children books are 10 cents each book. The library needs used books, especially paperbacks and westerns. You can donate books at this book sale.

 The following classes are being offered by the Cameron Park Community Services District: Fly fishing, puppy socialization, basic guitar, gardening, CPR, hunter safety, and Cooking with Susan – weekly classes. Dance classes include – Foxtrot and Mambo/Salsa, Hula and Ballet at the Barre, and Zumba Gold Toning. NEW this month – Jazzercize! Additional classes include Tai Chi, Ping Pong, Thai cooking, Light and Easy Exercise for Seniors. For more information regarding times and location, call 530-677-2231.

 Monika and I and our daughter Shellie had a great time at the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers’ Club’s Fashion Show and delicious lunch. Congratulations to Fashion Show Chairman Sylvia Root and her outstanding committee, including the elegant models. Proceeds create scholarships for local students.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet in the dining room of the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Tom Schulz will give a short demonstration on what he does for mental and physical dexterity therapy . . . crafting walk sticks from local wood. Refreshments will be served. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Would you like to get to know your digital camera? Instructor Bob Gouine will teach you how to operate your camera with “best photos” results. The class is scheduled for Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $29. Bring extra batteries. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

 The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that if you put marital problems on the back burner, they are sure to boil over.” — Age 66

 Would you like to work out in a chair? A class titled “Sit and Get Fit” will train your entire body, using various pieces of equipment while you remain seated. Bring water to class. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. The instructor is Gina Bartok, Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

 CEDAPP will honor volunteers for the Pollock Pines-Camino area on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Apple Mountain Golf Resort from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme for this event is “Harvest for the Hungry.” Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food, which will be delivered to the Pollock Pines-Camino Center to be distributed to the needy. For ticket or other information, call 530-613-1332.

 The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville, has finished restoring the beautiful windows of their historical church. Leland J. Hill informs us that the church will offer an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, to invite the public to view the windows. The open house invitation is to thank everyone who contributed to restoring the windows.

An AARP Mature Driver class is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-members. Your check payment holds your spot. You must attend all eight hours to receive your certificate of completion. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following thought: “Given human beings’ love of truth, justice, peace, and freedom, creating a better, more compassionate world is a genuine possibility. The potential is there.”

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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