JUST BE YOURSELF: Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” This book lists life lessons by people, ages 5 to 95, including the following statement: “I’ve learned that the best thing about growing older is that now I don’t feel the need to impress anyone.” — Age 79.
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CREATE YOUR OWN WREATH: A class titled “Wreath Making . . . Au Naturale!” is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. This class will be at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Join local resident Syd Whittle to create your festive holiday wreath from pine cones and all natural materials. Bring a $10 supply fee, payable to the instructor. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 29. Call 916-358-3575 to register.
BREAKFAST WITH VETERANS: On the first, second and third Sunday of each month, from 7 to 11 a.m., our veterans offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy.
BINGO BONANZA: Bingo games are available on Mondays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Local grocers, Raley’s and Nugget markets, offer discount purchases of their $5 gift cards, which players can win. Stop by and enjoy the senior lunch before the bingo games start. You pay $3 for two bingo cards. Additional cards are $1 each.
NEEDLE NEWCOMER: The Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, Placerville, is very pleased to welcome new member Zoe Ann Brown. Welcome aboard, Zoe!
SUSPICIOUS NOTE: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar notes the following “School Daze” statement: “Dear School: Please eckuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.”
YOGA FROM THE CHAIR: The “Adaptive Chair Yoga” class meets on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants with limitations due to previous injuries, chronic conditions or general inflexibility should consider this class. You may purchase a five-class punch card for $37 (good for 90 days) or a $10 drop-in card. To purchase cards, call 916-933-6624.
SHOWER CAP UTILITY: Review the “Who Knew?” calendar, and you will discover the following household tip: “When you get plastic shower caps at hotels, save them for your suitcase. They are the perfect covers for dirty shoes!”
CHURCH CRAFT FAIR: A craft fair of hand-made items is scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10 at the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. On Friday, Nov. 9, the craft fair hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food for sale.
BEARD ADJUSTMENT: Thanks to Carlyn White, we have the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun: “I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.”
OLD-FASHION CHRISTMAS FAIR: On Nov. 17, an “Old-Fashioned Christmas Craft Fair” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 530-677-2231.
HOSPICE NEEDS YOU: Snowline Hospice needs some dependable people to serve as volunteers at the thrift stores. Stop by one of the stores and find out how you can help. Visit Website for locations, or simply call 530-344-4416.
NO NOVEMBER BOOKS SALE: Due to the Veterans Day holiday, there will not be a used books sale at the Cameron Park Library during November. The library will not be open on Saturday, Nov. 10. The library is running very low on used books donations. Please bring your used books to the library or to the used books sale on Saturday, Dec. 8.
NEW VITALITY, NEW DRIVE: Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 rolls out the red carpet for the following new members: Terry Privott, Pauline Ross, Tom Goettsch, Sal Livorsi, Al Garlick, LaVerne Dean, Phil Dawson, Dee Beukens, Valerie Walker, John Livorsi, and Gino Rinaldi.
SENSATIONAL SINGING SENIORS: For those of us who like to plan ahead, you should be aware that the Sensational Singing Seniors will be returning to the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.
A DALAI DILLY: If you glance at the “Insight form the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will find the following thought: “As long as we live in this world, we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but also everyone who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.