Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Church rummage sale Thursday-Saturday

 Those who read the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar will discover the following statement: “Warning label on a Razor Go-Kart: Caution: This product moves when in use.”

 The 76th annual St. Patrick’s Ladies Rummage Sale will take place on Aug. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remember, Aug. 3 is bag day. You pay only $1 for everything you can get into a grocery bag. The fun takes place at Grunell Hall, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville.

 A”Bullying Prevention” workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way. There is a $10 materials fee. To register, call 916-941-8482.

 Used books are for sale on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane (in the back parking lot). Please note that books are priced by the bag or individually. There are lots of books, tapes, etc., and I am always happy to help carry your purchases to your car.

 Recently, the following Placerville Lions were honored for their service to the community. The following awards presented were: The Melvin Jones Award to George Haruff; Lion of the Year Award to Pat Lebeck; M.T. Kelley Award to Mike Ocenosak. Ford McCoy was presented the International Lions Club Award for forty-five years of service to Lionism. Ford has served the Placerville Lions for half of the 90 years it has served the community.

 You are invited to attend one of the 20 neighborhood parties to celebrate “National Night Out” Aug. 6 with your neighbors. You could attend a kick-off party at 5 p.m. at MORE, 399 Placerville Dr., Placerville, or one of the following sites: Sierra School, 1100 Thompson Way, Placerville; El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville; Placerville Aquatics Center/Benham Park, 3071 Benham St., Placerville. Come on out and meet your neighbors and your neighborhood cop. The goal of these get-togethers “is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.”

 The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, provided by Clara Neilsen, noted the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that it’s disastrous to forget your anniversary.” — Age 44

Marshall Medical is offering a class titled “Childbirth Education” on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Cameron Park. This is a condensed, fast-paced childbirth class, which focuses on the stages of labor, medical options and pain management. Pregnant women and their partners are invited to attend. The class fee is $60. First Five El Dorado is offering a generous scholarship to assist with the class fee payment. Bring snacks, drinks and your lunch for the short break. For exact location information and to reserve your spot, call 530-626-2990.

 Officials at Oregon State University have notified us that Payton A. Gates of El Dorado Hills has been placed on the Honor Roll after posting a straight A average. To be placed on the Honor Roll, a student must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work each semester. Congratulations, Payton! Wow! We salute your outstanding grades and wish you continued success at the university and in your bright future.

 On Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m., the “Gold Country Cribbers” play at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Summer play is informal. Lessons are available upon request. For more information, call Carl Backer at 916-947-0190.

 The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary members continue to provide important services in the main hospital, the gift shop and several outpatient facilities. An orientation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. This meeting is designed for prospective volunteer members and to discuss the Auxiliary services and explain how to join this valuable group. Auxiliary members must be 21 years old or older. For more information or to register for this orientation class, call Linda Militello at 530-622-4823 or leave a message at 530-626-2643.

 On the second Thursday of each month, you can enjoy free movies in the social room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Popcorn is available! For movie titles playing, call 530-677-2231.

 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar noted the following suggestion: “You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love, and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.”

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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