Heard over he back fence: It’s time to buy tix for Lobster on the River

By From page B1 | August 25, 2014

PREVENTING INSANITY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “In medieval times, it was believed that owning a cat could help cure insanity.”

LOBSTER ON THE RIVER: Placerville Rotary invites all of us to join them for the “Lobster on the River” fundraiser to benefit local community projects. The fun will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Coloma Resort in Coloma. Cocktails and appetizers served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Your $65 tickets includes a lobster or filet mignon dinner. Tickets available online at or at: Thompson’s Toyota, Sierra Gold Graphics, the Paint Spot, Stymeist Auto Body & Frame, Coloma Resort, Mountain Democrat, Terrie Prod’hon, CPA, California Overhead Door. For more information, call 530-622-1731.

CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR: Folsom Lake College presents “Spotlight Night,” a workforce training and career exploration fair, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway. Spotlight Night will feature information on Folsom Lake College’s career and technical education degree and certificate programs. Also, industry partners will be showcasing employment opportunities plus interactive demonstrations. Admission is free (a daily parking pass can be purchased for $2).

FAMILY FUN DAY: Automotive Excellence will host its fifth annual Car Show and Family Fun Day at its facility at 4600 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville, on Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Car enthusiasts with custom or classic cars can enter for a $20 fee. The event is free for all others. The event will include car judging, food, music, raffle prizes, cake walk and cake contest, vendors, a Monster Slide, a putting contest and more. Proceeds from the event help support New Morning Youth and Family Services Emergency Children’s Shelter. Vendors and Vehicles are wanted. E-mail or call for info/applications at [email protected] or 530-622-2701 – Randi.

TAILGATE FUNDRAISER: On Sept. 7, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., will host tailgate sales at the Center. No reservations are required. Just drive in and sell out of your trunk or tailgate. The cost is $10 a space.

EARN A FREE MOVIE PASS: On Thursday, Aug 28, you can donate blood at the Regal Cinema at 337 Placerville Dr. from 1 to 6 p.m. Blood mobiles will be in the lower parking lot. Donors will receive a free movie pass. Donors must bring a photo ID. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. For more information, visit

HOW TO BE SATISFIED: Thanks to Clara Neilsen giving me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” I offer the following life lesson from this book: “I’ve learned that it is very satisfying to work hard at work that’s worth doing.” — Age 52

SATURDAY NIGHT GOOD TIMES: “Saturday Night in the Park” is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Park, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. This popular summer finale will have everyone up and dancing by the end of the night! Featuring live entertainment, great activities, fun stuff for the kids, interactive games, thrilling inflatables, more food choices, free wine tasting, local businesses, free samples and giveaways.

REMEMBER YOUR TOES: The “Senior Times” offers the following “Health Booster” advice: “The tops of your toes — as well as the tips of your ears and the back of your neck — tend to get burned frequently, so be sure to lather sunscreen on these places.”

EDUCATIONAL LUNCHEON: An educational luncheon entitled “Social Media Archetypes . . . Is Your Organization Having an Online Identity Crisis?” is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sequoia, 643 Bee St., Placerville. Where do you start (or start over) with a social media strategy? If you are new to social media, heading straight to the profile template may be tempting. If you have been using social media for a while, you may think the easiest strategy is to link all of your accounts and cross-post the same message. . . Join Bryan Merica of IDMLOCO as he explores the Seven Archetypes of Social Media Engagement. Payment due with registration by Thursday, Sept. 11. Cost is $35. For further information and to make your reservation, call 530-642-9984.

POLLOCK PINES SPECIAL VOLUNTEER: Mary Ellen Comerford is the “Featured Volunteer” for the Pollock Pines Library. She and her husband, Pete, are active in Placerville and Pollock Pines community organizations, including their parish. Mary Ellen has been a Friends of the Library board member for the past three years, currently serving as the chapter secretary and always volunteering for whatever needs to be accomplished. Congratulations, Mary Ellen, on being selected as “Featured Volunteer.” Thank you for your service to the community.

SAVE THE DUCKS! Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following “Life Hack:” “Never feed bread to ducks. They can’t digest it properly and it could kill them.”

DIAL-A-RIDE AVAILABLE: Senior transportation to the Senior Centers and to personal appointments is available by calling Dial-A-Ride at 530-642-3696. This is a first-come, first-served policy. It is recommended that you reserve your ride by calling three business days in advance. Reservations for your ride can be made from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CREATE YOUR MOSAIC: A new class titled “Create Your Own Stained Glass Mosaic” is scheduled on Thursdays from Sept. 11-25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You can learn a fun and easy technique for creating unique, colorful stained glass mosaics. Your $30 (cash) supply fee holds your spot and provides you with all the glass and materials needed to produce a delightful conversation piece. No prior art experience necessary! Registration deadline: Sept. 4. To register, call 916-358-3575.

BECOME AMAZING: John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “We have failed to recognize our one great asset: time. A conscientious use of it could make us into something quite amazing.” — Friedrich Schiller, German writer (1759-1805)

HOW TO LIVE HEALTHIER: A free class titled “Healthier Living Workshop” is scheduled on Mondays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The following class description is offered: “If you have heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, arthritis, diabetes or any other chronic condition that affects your life, learn to take back control. Develop the skills and confidence to manage your health conditions and symptoms. We will discuss medications, working with your health care team, goal setting, problem solving, how to relax and handle difficult emotions, and tips for eating well. A light snack will be included. Reservations are a must!” To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

PARTNERS IN CARE NEEDS YOU! The Partners in Care program needs a few friendly volunteers to help at their thrift store in Placerville. Hours are flexible, and volunteer duties include greeting people, process purchases, sort merchandise, and set up displays. If you would like to volunteer, contact Blanca Diaz Houle, Manager, at 530-626-8125.

FOOD BANK WISH LIST: The Food Bank of El Dorado County has submitted a wish list for the following items: – Reams/Boxes of 8.5 x 11 Copy Paper – 1″ and 3″ Binders (New or Gently Used) – Yellow Legal Pads of Paper – Numbered Binder Divider Tabs (1-25) – #10 Windowed Envelopes – 1″ x 2 5/8″ Laser Labels – Letter Sized Hanging File Folders – Pencils – AAA/AA Batteries – Radio with Antennae. All donations may be dropped off at the Food Bank between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (except 11 a.m.- noon. for lunch) at 4550 Business Dr., Cameron Park.

EXPLORE MINE INFORMATION: A “Gold Rush and Mining History” research day is available at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, 104 Placerville Drive (next to the fairgrounds), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the following days: Aug. 30, Sept. 27, and Oct. 18 (during the Gem & Mineral Show at the fairgrounds). A $2 donation per person is appreciated. For more information, call 530-621-5865.

REDUCE YOUR STRESS: Marshall Medical Center is hosting a stress reduction series on Mondays, from Sept. 15 through Nov. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 202, Cameron Park. A free informational talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, at the same location. For more information, call 530-672-7050.

“AFTER 5 CLUB” GATHERING: The “After 5 Club” is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The “After 5 Club” meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering is Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935-A Spring St., Placerville. For information, call Senior Day Care Services at 530-621-6180 or visit

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Samuel B. Holman graduated from Golden Sierra High School in June. Samuel was an honor student and will be attending Sierra College in the fall. Samuel submitted an essay which helped him win a scholarship from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Congratulations, Samuel! Your school grades and winning the essay argue for a bright future for you.

FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE: The “You Are Not Alone” (YANA) program is a FREE telephone calling service that provides daily phone calls to seniors. For more information, call 530-621-6255.

SENIORS CONCERT: For those who like to plan ahead and those who love to hear the “Sensational Singing Seniors” sing, they will be performing on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Their concert will be “Seasons of Love.” Monika and I will be there to enjoy the concert.

A ZEN ZINGER (or ABSENCE MAKES THE MIND GO WANDER): If you glance at the “Zen” calendar, you will find the following observation: “Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something.” — Charlotte Joko Beck

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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