Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Book publishing tips offered

From page B1 | June 04, 2014 |

FIRE IS NOT LOGICAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following quote: “How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?”

HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK: Author Erin Dealey will offer tips and tricks regarding “Navigating the Wild World of Publishing” on Saturday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Ms. Dealey is a traditionally published author, former high school teacher, and head of the Theatre Department of Sugar Fine Arts Club. Read more about her at This is a free event.

JAPANESE ITEMS GARAGE SALE: El Dorado County “People to People International” will host a garage sale of Japanese items on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3236 Baron Court, Cameron Airport, Cameron Park. Items for sale include teaching resources, dishes, books, toys, wall decor, clothing and much more. All proceeds will go towards supporting “Sister City” activities.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: On Friday, June 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Center will host their monthly dance night. Music will be provided by DJ Jamie Faw, and light refreshments will be offered. A $5 donation is welcome. Come on out to 4440 South Shingle Rd. and enjoy a relaxing evening. For more information, call Pat Johnson at 530-677-2269.

ENJOY READING CLUB: The Summer Reading Club at the Placerville Library is scheduled from June 17 through Aug. 2. Children through the fifth grade can earn prizes as they read books; and there is a weekly drawing to win more prizes! On Tuesday, June 17, the Summer Reading Club kick-off party is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the library, 345 Fair Lane. You can sign up for the Summer Reading Club and enjoy a wild animal presentation. Free popsicles will be provided. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

PESSIMISTS ARE HANDY: Editor Mike Raffety provided the following Steven Wright quote: “Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.”

 The El Dorado High boys and girls golf team in conjunction with the El Dorado High School Booster Club is holding a golf tournament to help fund the athletic teams at El Dorado High School. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 16, at 1 p.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. The cost is $85 per player. Cost includes golf cart, lunch and BBQ dinner. Contests, auction and raffle will also be held. Contact Karen Weinhold at or Dale Kasnic at For tickets, you may also call 530-622-3634, Ext. 1257.

DEFINING A HERO: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “I believe that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.”

MAH JONGG PLAY TIME: Mah Jongg players play every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Beginners are always welcome to play this simple, yet fun, rummy-like tile game. You can learn how to play American or Chinese Mah Jongg. The group leader is Margie Yowell.

GET OUT OF THAT CHAIR! A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise?” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The following description of the class is offered: “Classes include safe stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands, range of motion, and simple movements. Both sitting and standing exercises are incorporated. Benefits include: lower blood pressure, improved circulation, and increased stamina and muscle strength. Group Leader: Yvonne Griffin.” A drop-in donation of $2 is appreciated.

OLDER WOMEN RULE: Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which contains the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that old women can get away with anything.” —  Age 40

BEAD-AZZLE IT! A class titled “Bead-azzle It!” is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn how to make a simple beaded necklace and earrings. Bring a $20 supply fee to the Senior Center to hold your spot. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575. The instructor is Nora Kolthoff.

SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUNGSTERS: For those who like to plan ahead, the Salvation Army Summer Camp is scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 1. The cost for the five days is $25, non-refundable. The camp is for youngsters, ages 7 to 15. The fee and completed health history information must be received by July 11. Reservations are on a first-come basis only. There are two age groups — Discovery Camp for children ages 7 to 11 (20 campers , ten each of boys and girls) or Teen Camp for ages 12 to 15 (two girls and two boys). If you are interested, please contact Hope at 530-919-4943.

DROP YOUR EGO: John Bruno sent the following quote from “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar:” “Ego is excess cargo.”

SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS: A monthly caregiver support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This group can provide care-giving strategies, education, and resources. Respite care is available to qualified caregivers. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

“WINE FOR WORDS” FUNDRAISER: The “Wine for Words” fundraiser for the Placerville “Friends of the Library,” Placerville Chapter, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This event includes wine tasting, a catered dinner, plus a silent auction and raffle. The guest author will be Nancy Herman, who wrote the book “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party.” Tickets are $50 for each person. For ticket purchase information, call 530-621-5540.

A ZEN ZINGER: Review the “Zen” calendar, and you will discover the following quote: “It is good to tame and watch the mind, which is flighty and difficult to restrain, rushing about wherever it will, restless and difficult to perceive. A mind well-watched, a mind tamed, brings happiness.” — The Dhammapada 

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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