Heard over the back fence: Car show at Elks Club

By From page B1 | July 07, 2014

WATCH OUT FOR ME: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I am currently UNSUPERVISED. I know, it Freaks Me Out Too. But the Possibilities Are Endless!”

SHOW AND SHINE SHOW: The Placerville Elks Lodge is presenting their “Show and Shine Car and Motorcycle Show” at the Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs, on July 12. Gates open at 8 a.m. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards for Best of Show, Best Modified, Stock and Best Motorcycle 1972 and prior, please. $15 entry fee if preregistered and prepaid. $20 at the door. Make checks payable to Elks 1712 and mail to 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs 95682. For more information, please call Gene Sorensen at 530-391-5777. Admission to see the show is free.

SAVING OUTSIDE WATER: Are you aware that complimentary water efficiency services are available to EID and city of Placerville customers? To save water outside, in the landscape, the following services are available: — Request a water efficiency landscape survey. — Learn how to upgrade your irrigation system to be more water efficient. — Learn how to convert your automatic controller to weather or soil moisture based. Schedule a survey by calling 530-642-4126 or e-mailing [email protected].

BREASTFEEDING CLASS: Marshall Medical is offering a class titled “The Breastfeeding Experience” on Wednesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cameron Park. “Information provided will help you understand lactation, learn basic latch-on and positioning and deal effectively with common challenges. A must for expectant moms.” The class fee is $25. First 5 El Dorado offers scholarships to assist with class tuition. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-626-2990.

YOU ARE THE SHOT CALLER: Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following quote: “I BELIEVE … That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.”

SUPER SITTERS CLASS: Marshall Medical is presenting a class titled “Super Sitters Class” on Friday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cameron Park. “This fun, informative class prepares young people 11-15 years old to become competent, responsible baby sitters. Topics include: child development, first-aid and safety techniques, problem solving, marketing baby sitting services, role-playing and age-appropriate play/care activities (CPR NOT included). Bring your lunch. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-15 years old.” The class fee is $50 per child. For exact location information and to register, call 530-626-2990.

ONLINE SAFETY FOR SENIORS: The NARFE (National Active-Retired Federal Employees Association) will meet on July 21 at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. A speaker from Intel will offer a presentation on “Online Safety for Seniors” and will tell seniors how to protect themselves while going online. For more information, call Steve Almy at 530-620-3401.

CONVENIENT HEARING: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Old Folks” quote: “Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, ‘You’re really doing great, aren’t you?’ Morris replied, ‘Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’ The doctor said, ‘I didn’t say that . . . I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur; be careful.’”

CARE PROVIDERS INFORMATION: A class titled “Legal and Financial Issues for Care Providers” will be presented on Tuesday, July 8, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The presenter will be the charming Diana Steele, El Dorado County Senior Citizens’ attorney. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

SUMMER KIDS CAMPS: Kids summer camps are offered in July and August. Scholarships are available. For a complete listing and description of camps, stop by the Cameron Park Community Center at 2502 Country Club Dr., or call 530-677-2231.

6-YEAR OLD LOGIC: The “Grands and the Greats Gazette” newsletter noted the following “Where Grandma Lives” observation, contributed by Flora LaForce: “A 6-year old was asked where his grandma lived. ‘Oh,’ he said. ‘She lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.’”

EXPLORE MINE INFORMATION: A “Gold Rush and Mining History” research day is available at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, 104 Placerville Dr. (next to the fairgrounds), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the following days: July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, and Oct. 18 (during the Gem & Mineral Show at the Fairgrounds). A $2 donation per person is appreciated. For more information, call 530-621-5865.

RIDE THE FUN TRAIN: You can play Mexican Train dominoes on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. If you have never played, others will be happy to teach you the game. Drop-ins are welcome. 

2’s AND 3’s ENTERTAINMENT: The “2’s and 3’s on the Go” program is designed for 2- and 3-year-olds and their adults. They can join Ms. Debbie for stories, songs, and other activities on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: Senior Nutrition Services needs volunteer drivers for the home-delivered meals program in the Placerville, Pollock Pines and Camino areas. Volunteer drivers deliver lunches weekdays. If you are interested in helping, call 530-621-6160.

SECOND (INDIANHEAD) SEARCH: We received the following request regarding the army’s 2nd Infantry Division: The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and the 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Neb., from Sept. 16-20, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at [email protected] or 224-225-1202.

A ZEN ZINGER: Check out the “Zen” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.” — Yiddish Proverb

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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