Heard over the back fence: Author Naida West at Clarksville confab

By From page B1 | March 19, 2014

T-SHIRT LOGIC: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “If only closed minds came with closed mouths.”

NAIDA WEST APPEARANCE: The Clarksville Region Historic Society will meet on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Author Naida West will be the guest speaker. Naida West has received many honors for her historic work, notably her trilogy “Eye of the Bear, “River of Red Gold,” and her new book “Rest for the Wicked.”

DEAL THE CARDS! The Placerville Shakespeare Club is presenting their annual “Let’s Make A Deal” bridge party at the Club, 2940 Bedord Ave., Placerville. The public is invited to play bridge, enjoy food and possibly win a door prize. The entry cost is $40 per pair. For more information and to reserve your spot, call 530-622-3726 or 530-295-1771. The fun takes place on March 26 at 10 a.m.

BLOOD DRIVE DATE: Placerville Elks Lodge 1712 is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, March 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Ct. (off Durock Rd.), Shingle Springs. Donors receive a T-shirt and earn MyBloodSource rewards. Donors must bring a photo ID.

DO WHAT’S RIGHT: The “Bits and Pieces” magazine notes the following thought: “Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.” — J. C. Watts, Jr., Politician

CHECK OUT YOUR RELATIVES: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:15 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Arrive early, if you like, and meet the members. The guest speaker will be Ron Cannon, and his topic will be “Researching Your Civil War Ancestor.” Drop-ins are always welcome.

FACE THE MUSIC: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.” — Elizabeth T. King

TOTAL TAPAS! On Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fabulous cook Nora will show you how to create hot and cold d’oeuvres, and you get to sample them! Please bring a $20 supply fee to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, to reserve your spot. Nora Kolthoff is the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. The class will be at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center.

EVERYONE IS PUZZLED: Paul Chafer sent the following “Old Jewish Joke:” “A doctor held a stethoscope to a man’s chest. The man asks, ‘Doc, how do I stand?’ The doctor says, ‘That’s what puzzles me!’”

ANNUAL PARKING LOT SALE: The Spiritual Center for Positive Living is having their annual parking lot sale on April 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 3104 Ponte Marino, Suite 100, Cameron Park. New and gently used merchandise will be featured. For more information, call 530-677-2300.

TAX COUNSELING AVAILABLE: Income tax counselors are available through April 15. This free service is available to all middle and low income tax payers, with special attention to persons age 60 and older. To make your appointment at the Cameron Park Library, call 530-303-7046.

IMPROVE PORTRAITS: A new class titled “Taking ‘People’ Pictures” is scheduled for Friday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $29. Bob Gouine is the instructor. Bring your camera, two sets of batteries, a tri-pod (if you have one), and your camera manual. You will learn how to enhance your portraits. To register, call 916-358-3575.

BE CAREFUL ON VACATION: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa since it was built in 1372.”

KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP: The “Knit and Crochet Group” meets on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Brand new knitters or crocheters and seasoned veterans are all welcome.

PJ PARTY TIME: A mom and daughter PJ party is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym, 1021 Harvard Way. Activities will include nail painting, arts and crafts, and photos. Pajama party junk food will be available while you watch a classic movie. Call 916-933-6624 to reserve your spot. Ages 3 and up and their moms are invited.

KINDNESS IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that regardless of how little you have, you can always give comfort and encouragement.” — Age 64

AVOID RATTLESNAKES: For you plan-aheaders, the “Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs” classes are scheduled for May 3 and 4, and June 28 and 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These classes fill up quickly. The cost for the class is $70 per dog. Each dog goes through a field course with rattlesnakes. You must pre-register by calling Cathy Keeler at 530-622-6909 from 6 to 9 p.m. Deadlines for registering are April 24 and June 22.

DAY CARE TO OPEN: Senior Day Care Services are scheduled to open on Monday, March 31, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. For more information, phone 916-358-3560 or 530-621-6180 or email [email protected].

COMMUNITY INFORMATION: “Covered California” people are available at local libraries to explain covered Califorina programs, including MediCal. The deadline for this open period is March 31. Appointments or drop-ins can visit the following locations now: Location 1 – El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, every Tuesday, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Location 2 – Placerville Library,
345 Fair Lane, every Wednesday, 12-7 p.m. To arrange an appointment, call 916-628-1000 or 916-225-0526. Email: [email protected].

MEDICARE COUNSELING: The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program for Medicare Beneficiaries (HICAP) is making appointments to answer your questions regarding Medicare or Long Term Care. To arrange your appointment, call 530-621-6369.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following advice: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” — Lao-Tsu

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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