Heard over the back fence: Two opportunities to find out about your ancestors

By From page B1 | May 16, 2014

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar noted the following comments regarding age: ” At age 90: Marc Chagall’s paintings became the first living artist’s work to be exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris (1977).  At age 92: Dr. Paul Spangler of San Luis Obispo ran his 14th marathon footrace. At age 93: P.G. Wodehouse wrote his 96th book. That was in 1975, the year he was knighted. At age 102: Alice Pollock published her memoir “Portrait of My Victorian Youth (1971).” It was her first book.”

CHECKING OUT THE FAMILY CLOSET: The Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the Family History Center in the Church of the Latter-day Saints building, 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville. Vi Parsons will speak on the topic, “Where There’s a Will There Is a Probate.” Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call Mary-Lee at 530-642-2002.

CONTROLLING DIABETES: A class titled “Gaining Better Control” is offered by Marshall Medical on Tuesday, May 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn key tools for managing diabetes, making sense of the numbers, and medical options for diabetes. The class will be held at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., : Placerville. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans. For class fee information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

THE POWER OF BLOGGING: On Wednesday, May 21, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the community room at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Lorenzo Cuesta will speak about the “power of blogging and how to use these power forums to make family connections.” Members and visitors are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. to become acquainted with each other.

FUNDRAISER FOR VETERANS: The Sew4Vets group sews and makes lap quilts, walker bags, and other items that are sent or taken to the veterans hospitals in Yountville, Reno, Mather and Fresno, and they support veterans in care homes in our community. Sew4Vets will be setting up a display table for the POW/MIA’s at the Umpqua Bank in the Goldorado Shopping Center, Cameron Park, from May 19 through May 26.

HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: I just received information that Snowline Hospice needs volunteer facilitators for “Healing All Together,” a place “where boys and girls and their families can work through their feelings after the death of a loved one.” Tomorrow, May 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be an informational meeting at Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. For more information, call 530-621-7820.

SPRING DINNER PASTA FEAST: A Spring Dinner Pasta Feast is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Dr., from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under 10 pay $5. Kids under 3 do not have to pay. Proceeds will benefit the Community Resource Center with housing, supportive services and homelessness prevention.

GET IN LINE! A weekly line dance class is offered on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. No partner and no experience is necessary. Enjoy the dancing right after lunch. Pat Nathan is the dance instructor. A $3 optional donation is appreciated.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER? The “Writers’ Bloc” group meets on the first Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville County Library, 345 Fair Lane. Teens and adults are invited. Drop-ins are welcome. At the meetings you can share your passion for writing, hone your writing skills, and gain encouragement from other group members. Members are encouraged to submit a manuscript of no more than five pages, and to bring 8 copies for group discussion.

PANCAKE FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST: The Hangtown EAA 512 Flying Group is sponsoring a pancake fundraiser breakfast to benefit local youth and adult aviation programs, including Young Eagles and Civil Air Patrol. The breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Breakfast cost is $6 per person. Children 12 and under pay $3.

JELLY BELLY LIMOUSINE: You can ride in a limousine (Ages 6+) to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield. This trip includes a tour of the factory. The trip is scheduled for Friday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour departs from the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The fee is $49 for Cameron Park residents or $54 for non-residents. Call 530-677-2231 to arrange your ride.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following thought: “What tools do we need to use? Only one. We’ve all heard of it, yet we use it very seldom. It’s called attention.” — 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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