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LOCAL AUTHORS’ PRESENTATIONS: On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, the following authors will discuss their secrets for writing popular genres: Cindy Sample, author of “Dying for a Date, Dying for a Dance and Dying for a Daiquiri;” Linda Townslin, author of “Focused on Murder;” Elaine Faber, author of “Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and Angelic Journey, and Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Shingle Springs resident Drew Kimzey has been accepted by the Peace Corps for service in the eastern Caribbean. He is in training on the island of St. Lucia. Dew graduated from Ponderosa High School, where he was captain of the debate team and editor of the school newspaper. He graduated from Sac State and is in their master’s program. Drew, we are proud of your ongoing success. We look forward to your bright future.
HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENT: Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pa., officials have notified us that Trenton J. Bromenschenkel of El Dorado Hills has been named to the Dean’s List at the university, which requires at least a 3.50 grade point average for the semester. Congratulations, Trenton! It’s always great to learn when our hometown students succeed. Keep up the great grades!
WHERE IS SPENCER BRUTTIG? Union Mine 2009 graduate Spencer Bruttig is currently in Ghana, Africa, directing a film documentary called “The Right to Dream” about a boys and girls school sponsored by Americans and the International Soccer Federation.
DEFINING PROGRESS: The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that bigger is not always better, and that going faster is not necessarily progress.” — Age 75
COUNTRY LINE DANCING: If you are 55 years old or older, you can participate in a “Country Line Dancing” class on Fridays from 8 to 8:55 a.m., Aug. 8 through Aug. 29. The class fee is $35. Learn a fun way to dance socially without a dance partner. To register for this class, call 916-933-6624. The classes will be held at 2222 Francisco Dr., El Dorado Hills.
DANCE FITNESS CLASS: A class titled “Zumba Gold” is designed for those 55 years old or older. The class is described as “exhilarating and invigorating with easy to follow moves.” Classes are held at 2222 Francisco Dr., El Dorado Hills, on Wednesdays from 11 to 11:55 a.m. on Aug. 6-27. The class fee is $35. To register for this class, call 916-933-6624.
PARKINSON’S MEETING: We just learned that a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.
PONDO PATRIOTS FUNDRAISER: The Pondo Patriots are a traveing baseball team of local young players. A “Pasta-Palooza” fundraiser dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Rd., Rescue. Tickets are $30 for guests, ages 16 and older. Under 16 are free. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call Mikol Maitland at 530-302-7075.
ROD AND GUN CLUB PICNIC: The El Dorado Rod and Gun Club’s annual picnic is scheduled for Aug. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Rd., Placerville. The public is invited. Tickets are free for children under 5. Tickets for children 5 to 10 years are $5. Children over 10 years and adults pay $10. Tickets can be purchased at the picnic or online at edrgc.com. If you are planning on attending, please bring a dish to share, either salad or dessert. (If your last name begins with A thru P, please bring a salad. If your last name begins with Q thru Z, please bring a dessert). Come on out and enjoy the tri tip, chili beans, garlic bread and beverages. For more information, call Letty Baumgardner at 530-409-3006 or call 530-903-8331.
SPECIAL TRAIN RIDE: The El Dorado Western Railroad will host a round-trip train ride from the Shingle Springs Station all the way to the El Dorado Station Sunday, Aug. 31. Normally the Sunday trip only goes half that distance. Call 530-626-8688 or 530-409-8473. Higher ticket prices apply.
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: A Tai Chi class for ages 15 and up is scheduled for Wednesdays from Aug. 13 through Sept. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main St. Tai Chi improves balance, coordination, overall health and reduces stress. The class fee is $40. To register for class, call 530-642-5232.
GAME DAY AND COOKIES: Every second Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the “Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Aug. 12 will be “game day” with cookies. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: The Marshall Cancer Resource Center transports cancer patients to and from appointments in El Dorado County. Volunteer drivers are needed and must be 21 years of age with three or more years of driving experience as well as a clean driving record. A physical exam must be passed and immunizations will be given at no charge to the volunteer. For more information, please contact Marshall Community Volunteer Services by calling 530-344-5458.
FRIENDS FOR SURVIVAL: Friends for Survival Inc., is an organization of people who have been affected by a death caused by suicide. Peer support services are offered to comfort those in grief and to encourage healing and growth. For more information, call 530-647-8864 or 916-392-0664.
INSIGHT IS IMPORTANT: Review the “Bits and Pieces” magazine, and you will discover the following thought: “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life experience.” — Oliver Wendall Holmes
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.