Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Heard over the back fence: Colored glass day at Snowline store

EXPAND YOUR UNIVERSE:
 Clara Neilsen provided the following “Zoom Out” statement: “You can’t see the whole sky through a bamboo tube.” — Japanese proverb.

GLASS COLLECTORS DAY:
A “Cavalcade of Colored Glass” will be presented tomorrow, April 13, at the Snowline Hospice Thrift Store, 455 Placerville Dr., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a huge variety of glass products, including bottles, vases, dishes, glasses, jars and a large variety of glass decor.

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
 Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following “Great Lesson on Stress:” “We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.”

RESTORE OLD PHOTOS:
 The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:15 p.m., in the community room of the El Dorado Hills Library, 1455 Silva Valley Parkway. Katherine Weedman-Cox will be the guest speaker, and her topic will be “Restoration of Photos.” Come early and meet the club members.

VERY SMART STUDENT: 
Oregon State University officials have informed us that Danielle E. Donley of Cameron Park has been named to the Scholastic Honor Roll after posting a 3.5 or better grade point average. Congratulations, Danielle! Keep up the great grades!

NON-EXISTENT CHILD’S CHOICE:
 After reviewing the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I located the following statement: “Sometimes you’ve got no choice where you’re born.” — Broadcaster Geoffrey Boycott.

KICKS FOR THE KIDS: 
”Children’s Storytime” takes place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 3 to 5, and their adults are welcome to enjoy stories and crafts activities.

ESSAY WINNERS LUNCH:
 An “Award Lunch Celebration” is scheduled for April 20 at noon at the El Dorado County Office of Education, Board Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Rd., Placerville. The following Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest winners will be recognized: 1st place – Danay Nipar, $1,000; 2nd place – Annie Van Den Broeke, $500; 3rd place – Andy London, $250. Lunch cost is $17. Professor Lisa Pruitt will be guest speaker. To order tickets, on or before 4-15, call 530-621-0409 or e-mail chapmanfrancais@yahoo.com. A special thanks for teacher Liz Ketelle for all her help.

JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM:
 David Long provided the following statement from the writings of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein: “If it can’t be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion.”

TEA TIME FOR THE LADIES:
 The “Mad Hatter Iris Tea” is being presented on Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. There will also be a raffle and awards for “Best Iris Specimen” and “Best Iris Arrangement.” Tickets are $5, and seating is limited. For tickets or more information, call Marti Dunn at “Books ‘N Bears,” at 530-621-1766. Wear your finest, craziest or most elegant chapeau!

SPINAL INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 
There is a spinal-cord injury group that meets regularly in Placerville. Their goal is “to foster improved physical, mental and emotional health for wheelchair users.” For more information, call Lynn Murray at 530-295-7620.

PJs AT THE LIBRARY:
”PJ Storytime” is for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and takes place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This fun program includes stories, songs and craft activities at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Put the jammies on the kids and show up on April 24.

GET OUT OF THAT CHAIR:
 Have you convinced yourself that you can’t exercise? A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes, You Can!” is offered for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The daily drop-in fee is $2. The ever-effervescent Yvonne Griffin is group leader. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

NEEDLES AFTER DARK:
 The El Dorado Hills “Nite Knitters” meet on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. No knitting experience is required to join this group. Leal Thompson is the group leader. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

INSULIN INFORMATION: 
Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Insulin Essentials,” which is scheduled for Wedesday, May 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Placerville. Class topics will include: the benefits of insulin, gaining better control, achieving a balance. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, with MD referral. To register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

A DALAI DILLY:
 Look over the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will see the following love thought: “To generate true love, you need to know how it differs from attachment.”

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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