Monday, April 21, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Blacksmiths strike while the iron is hot

 Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following “Just Grins and Snickers” statement: “I was in the six-item express lane at the store, quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line, pushing a cart piled high with groceries. Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart, and asked sweetly, ‘So which six items would you like to buy?’ Wouldn’t it be great if that happened more often?”

 We just received information that the California Blacksmith Association is having a “Spring Conference” April 4-6, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr. There will be demonstrators and “hands-on” education workshops. A gallery of metal art is open to the public. For exact times and other information, visit

 Clara Neilsen provided the following “What Does Love Mean?” statement: “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” — Rebecca – age 8

 The Spring Member Art Show is the Placerville Arts Association chance to share great art from our local artists. From April 8 through April 12, art is on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville. Stop by and enjoy the local talent. 

Placerville Elks Lodge 1712 qualified for a $2,000 grant after raising over the amount necessary to qualify for the grant. $2,000 was presented to the Upper Room program. Thank you, Elks.

The Social Media Business School is presenting a class titled “Power Up Your Linked In Profile” on April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Rd., Room B-2, Placerville. For fees and more information, call 530-621-5885.

My late friend Dewey Ware told me to always be careful when a person often says, “I’ll be honest with you.”

The Hands 4 Hope Youth Board is hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser on Friday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakehills Community Church, 7000 Rossmore Ln., El Dorado Hills, to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. Table sponsorships and event tickets available online at Tickets will also be available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will also help fund outreach programs for high school teenagers in “Team Inspire.

A little bird told me that Ruth Miller recently celebrated her 90th birthday with “rock-hound” friends. Happy birthday, Ruth! 

 The Cameron Park Library’s used books sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 9 1 p.m., at the library, 2500 Country Club Drive. Everything is on sale for $5 bag. Children’s books are 10 cents apiece.

A “Camino Serves” night is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Rd., Camino. Proceeds will benefit the “Camino Cares” program, which provides basic, necessary clothing at Christmas time for children in the Camino area. Once again the Forester owner is allowing Camino Community Action Committee members to wait tables, tend the bar, and bus tables – keeping the tips for the “Camino Cars” program. If you want to volunteer, call 530-644-7421. Diners are needed, too!

 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following headline: “Alsea Artist Mae Hitchcock swivels the barrel she painted with a bear in her studio on Tuesday.” — Headline in the Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times.

 “Healing All Together” is a Snowline Hospice program for grieving children. This program helps children work through their feelings after a loved one dies. Adult facilitators are needed for the peer support group that meets every other Thursday evening for 16 sessions. For more information, contact Sue Watson or Barbara Smiley at 530-621-7820.

Reviewing the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, I found the following thought regarding competition: “There are two types of competitive behavior. One is a sense of competition because you want to be at the top. You create obstacles and harm someone. That competition is negative. But there is a positive kind of competition, which benefits the individual, the competitors, and the economy. Let your competitors also grow, without any sense of harming them.”

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 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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