Heard over the back fence: Be a volunteer next year

By From page B1 | December 27, 2013

WAIT A MINUTE! John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Never ues a preposition to end a sentence with.”

CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB: Do you love to write and discuss your ideas with other high school students? The Creative Writers Club meets on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Drop-ins are welcome.

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”

The “Nite Knitters” meet on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary. Leal Thompson is the leader of the knitting group. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

THE MONKS ARE COMING! The Tibetan Monks are returning to Placerville from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15, in residence at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. There will be a full schedule of Tibetan cultural presentations. “For a complete schedule of events go to see the Placerville Friends of the Tibet Facebook Page at Or see and click on “Events.” More information on the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, including bios on the individual monks, can be found at the Foundation Website at

CRIBBAGE CHALLENGE: The Gold Country Cribbers play cribbage on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. They meet year around for American Cribbage Congress League play. Lessons are available upon request.

ANTIQUE EXPERTS: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote from the American Association of Retired People: “Question: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus-year-olds when they enter antique stores? Answer: “Gosh, I remember these.” 

COMPUTER LESSONS FOR SENIORS: Free beginning computer lessons are available at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Three one-hour lessons are offered to seniors, ages 50 and up, who need basic instruction on the basics of computers, including internet and e-mail. Participants must have a computer at home to practice improving their skills. To scheduled your free lessons, call 916-358-3575. 

IT’S THEM – NOT ME: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book reports the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that how people treat me is more a reflection of how they see themselves than how they see me.” — Age 49 

FREE ESL CLASSES: Free “English as a Second Language” (ESL) classes are available on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Green Valley School, 2380 Bass Lake Rd., Rescue, Room E5, on lower level campus. The classes will include phonics, pronunciation, vocabulary building, grammar, reading, writing, accent reduction and an emphasis on conversation skills.

DON’T PLUG YOUR DRAIN: EID’s newsletter, “The Waterfront,” presented the following advice: “Sending fats, oils, or grease (FOG) down your sink drain or toilet can lead to sewer clogs, which could result in wastewater backing up into your home, business, or neighborhood. And that could mean costly clean-up and repairs. You can dispose of household FOG by putting it in a sealed container or mixing it with something absorbent — paper towels, shredded newspaper, or cat litter would do the trick — before placing it in the trash.”

POW WOW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The El Dorado County Indian Council, Inc., and the Foothill Indian Education Alliance will one again present the “Festival of the Americas Pow Wow” in October 2014, in El Dorado County. If you would like to be a part of the planning for this celebration, the committee meets once a month. All Native and non-Native people are welcome to help out. To volunteer or for more information, call 530-621-3096. 

RECYCLE YOUR PAINT: Want to get rid of your left-over cans of paint? You can drop paint off at Sherwin-Williams, 693 Main St., Placerville. Phone number 530-621-1810. “Be aware that leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted. Sites have limits; please call ahead to check hours and whether the site can accept your amount of paint. For other sites: or 855-724-6809.” 

HOW TO MEASURE SUCCESS: John Bruno supplied the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.” — Unknown 

AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: How about starting off the New Year by helping others? The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary needs and wants you to join this special group of volunteers. If you are interested, please call for an interview at the Auxiliary Cottage at 530-626-2643 or call Mary O’Brien at 530-677-3543. 

HOSPICE NEEDS YOU! Many volunteers are needed for the Snowline Hospice Program, including help needed at the thrift stores. If you would like to help, call Barbara Smiley at 530-621-7820. 

FREE SUPPORT GROUP: “My Time” is a free support group for people who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Participants share their experiences, possible options that worked for them, and coping strategies. This group meets on the first Friday of each moth. The next meeting will be on Jan. 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. For more information, call 530-621-6180.

DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presents the following statement: “We, the present generation, have to make a clear picture. We have to make some kind of preparation for a happier, friendly, peaceful next century. So that when my generation is ready to say goodbye, we can hand over to the next fresh, broad-minded generation a more hopeful world; then they can look after it themselves.” 

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column three weeks in Backers at 916-947-0190.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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