Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Eskaton opening new development

John Chapman provided the following “Advice from the Moon” T-shirt statement: “Live life to the fullest * Be someone to look up to * Don’t be phased by difficulties * Take time to reflect * Enjoy a little space * Honor the cycles of nature * Light up the night!”

The grand opening of the cottages of Eskaton Village, 3380 Blairs Lane, Placerville, is scheduled for May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be offered. Ann Roos, harpist, will provide entertainment. Tours of the cottages will be offered. For more information, call Pamela Dallas at 530-295-3400.

 Are you having problems using your digital camera? A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $29. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

 The Alzheimer’s Association support group is designed for families, friends and caregivers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. This free group meets every third Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

Thanks to Heidi Barron, we offer the following “I Still Can Hear My Mom Now!” observation: “My mother taught me GENETICS. ‘You’re just like your father.’”

I will be teaching a class titled “Ageless Joy Is Possible — Part II” on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Advice will be offered to help you create a more optimistic, fun-filled daily life for yourself. Even if you missed Part I, join us for this uplifting class. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

On Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., a class, sponsored by the Marshall Medical Center, titled “Healthy Living with Diabetes” will be presented in Placerville. Class topics will include the following subjects: Reducing your risk – long-term complications; Exercise – make it work for you; Staying motivated; Diabetes and emotions. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare, with MD referral. Also, scholarship money is available to help pay the class fee. To receive exact location information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

 Janet Kenneweg reminds us that the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center will be closed for the holidays on May 27 and July 4. 

 The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” provided by Clara Neilsen offers the following good advice: “I’ve learned that I don’t feel my age as long as I focus on my dreams instead of my regrets.” — Age 85

 Tom Alexander is the new Exalted Ruler for the Placerville Elks Lodge 1712. Congratulations, Tom! Outgoing Exalted Ruler Dave Kreps continues to receive numerous accolades for the fine leadership he provided. Congratulations to you, too, Dave!

The El Dorado Hills Library Summer Reading Program is presenting a free concert for kids of all ages, titled the Poodlums. The concert will be on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500. 

 Paging through the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I discovered the following observation: “‘Weakest Link’ host Anne Robinson: For what type of triangle might one use Pythagoras’s theorem? Contestant: One with three points.”

The “Rotary Wine at Town Center” festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., in the Town Center Shopping Center, El Dorado Hills. This event will showcase El Dorado, Amador and San Joaquin Counties’ fine wineries, breweries, and several local restaurants. There will also be live music and numerous silent auction items.

An AARP Mature Driving Class is scheduled for Saturdays, June 1 and June 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. You must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion. The class fee is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-AARP members. Pre-registration is required. The goal of this class is to help drivers 50 years or older refresh their driving skills. For more information, additional class locations and/or registration forms, contact 530-621-6150 or download a form at:

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following sage advice: “Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being . . . . The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That’s the way.”

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 1360 Broadway. 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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