Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Art movie scheduled at Regal

HOW CAN I WIN? 
John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “When I’m right, no one remembers. When I’m wrong, no one forgets!”

RUST AND BONE MOVIE:
 On March 12 and 13, the movie “Rust and Bone” will be shown at the Placerville Regal Stadium 8 Theater, 337 Placerville Dr., as part of the Spring Art Film Series. Show time is 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. only. This is a love story between a former boxer and a killer whale trainer.

SONGBIRD FIRST-AID: 
Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering a class titled “Songbird First -Aid” on March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. This is a class for prospective rehabbers. Reserve your spot by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or visit sierrawildliferescue.org. Classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the public.

FREE FOOD AND WINE TASTING:
 The El Dorado County “Business Showcase” is scheduled for Friday, March 15, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. Admission is free, and there will be free food and wine tasting. This will be an opportunity to learn about our local film industry and many other local businesses. For more information or to reserve a booth, contact the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corp. of EDC at 530-621-5885 or eldoradocounty.org.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE:
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a program recently expanded into an “Emergency Notification Program,” where seniors and the disabled can enter a county-wide database to be assisted during a disaster or evacuation. You can learn about this program at a class scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The speaker will be Jaime Walkley from the STAR program.

BEWARE OF DOG: 
Carlyn White sent the following “British Humor Is Different” statement: “Classified ad in U.K. newspaper: ‘Free puppies, 1/2 cocker spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor’s dog.’ ”

ARE YOU READY TO UKE?
 Classes titled “Let’s Uke” are scheduled from March 18 to April 15, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The fee for this series of classes is $36. Lew Johnson is the instructor. No uke experience necessary. Preregistration is required by calling 916-358-3575. Bring your ukulele, or pick up an information sheet on purchasing a ukulele when you register.

NEED HELP WITH TAXES?
 An AARP Tax-Aide is available to help you prepare your taxes, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Appointments are made for Thursdays. Call 916-740-7746 to make your appointment. No drop-ins, please.

ALPHABET SUBTRACTION:
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar noted the following idea: “There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary.”

—Journalist John Elfreth Watkins Jr., who collected forecasts by “the wisest and most careful men in our greatest institutions of science,” in the Ladies’ Home Journal, 1900.

VISIT FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW:
A trip for seniors is scheduled to attend the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show on March 21. This is an all-day trip. The bus leaves from Placerville. The trip fee is $69. For more details, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255. The $69 includes the show, transportation, and driver gratuity.

WILDLIFE INFORMATION:
 If you want to know more about wildlife in El Dorado County, you can attend a class scheduled for Friday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Volunteers from the Sierra Wildlife Rescue program will be the presenters. To save your spot, call 916-358-3575.

I NEED TO KNOW:
 If my name appears in the latest Grand Jury Report, would someone call me, please.

BOOK LOVERS UNITE: 
Would you enjoy meeting monthly to discuss books and authors? The Book Club meets on the last Friday of each month, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Mary Pearson is the group leader. Club members choose the book selections.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT:
The Cameron Park Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, at Rasmussen Park, Mira Loma Drive. Admission is freer. Easter bunnies will arrive at 10 a.m. The egg hunt starts at 10:20 a.m. At about 11 a.m., Easter bunnies will be available for pictures. Free paining and bounce house will be available for a nominal fee. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS:
A Better Business Bureau Seminar to provide tips on avoiding scams in our area is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The speaker will be Cailin Peterson from the Better Business Bureau. Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot. 

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following thought: “Along with love, compassion is the face of altruism. It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others’ sufferings without acting to relieve it.”

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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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