VEGETARIAN VIOLENCE: Mary Ann Putnam forwarded the following “Assorted Thoughts” statement: “Every day, thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians. Help end the violence.”
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COWBOYS AND CORNBREAD: The “Cowboys and Cornbread” festival, featuring the Hangtown Harmonica Championship, is scheduled for July 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Admission cost is $10 per carload. This absolutely fun day features: mutton busting; chili cook-off; cowboy poetry; live music by Halie O’Ryan & Johnny D.; 2nd California Calvary living history; blacksmith demonstrations; chuckwagon BBQ, suds, wine and moonshine; horseshoe tournament; kiddy corral; ranch sorting competition; corn bread and salsa competition; and stage coach rides.
CAMPOUT IN CAMERON PARK: We just received information that a “Community Campout” for you, your children or grandchildren is scheduled for this Friday, July 12. For more information or to pre-register today, call 530-677-2231.
POLLOCK PINES BOOK SALE: On Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pollock Pines Library will host its second annual book sale. Hundreds of books, videos and audios will be for sale.
WILD ANIMALS PRESENTATION: A “Wild Things Animals Presentation” is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children of all ages are invited.
HOW TO LIVE LONGER: Review the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will find the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that optimists live longer than pessimists. That’s why I’m an optimist.” — Age 84.
FARMER’S MARKET ON FRIDAYS: The Government Center Farmer’s Market is available every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library parking lot, 345 Fair Lane. Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are welcome.
TEEN TUESDAY ART AND DANCE: “Teen Tuesdays” take place on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Each week there is an art project and “Just Dance” competition on the Wii. The art project for July 16 is “Duct Tape Creations.” For more information, call 530-621-5547.
NEW LEADERSHIP ENERGY: Recently the Placerville Shakespeare Club installed the following new officers: President — Janice Masterton; 1st Vice Pres. — Merrilee Heffernan; 2nd Vice Pres. — Kathy Walter; 3rd Vice Pres. — Raelene Nunn; Secretary — Margaret Lockwood; General Fund Treasurer — Edna Knutsen; Renovation Fund Treasurer — Joyce Francies; Mollie Hurd Fund Treasurer — Dianne Rowe; Directors at Large — Betty Ackley and Dee Little. Congratulations to all of you! We wish you a fun and productive year!
TRAVEL FACT: Paul and Wendy Chafer provided the following traveling information: “The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.” — George Roberts
CAREGIVER PLANNING: A class titled “Care Planning for Change” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The speaker will explain how having a successful care plan can reduce stress and help prevent a crisis from occurring. The speaker will be Ginger McMurchie, geriatric care manager, Elder Case Management of Northern California. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.
A WHOLE LOT OF REPEATING: Thanks to Paul and Wendy Chafer of El Dorado Hills, we offer the following example of “hypocrisy:” “My mother taught me abut hypocrisy: ‘If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!'”
MANAGING YOUR MEDICATION: A class titled “Medication Management” will be presented on Thursday, July 25, from 10 to 11:45 a.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. In this class you will be taught best practices for managing your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and supplements. The instructor will be Terry McPeek, RN. Free in-home respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Call today for respite care at 530-621-6151. Pre-authorization is required.
SHOPPERS DELIGHT: The California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St. No. 105, El Dorado Hills, needs a couple of friendly volunteers at the center. The center is located in the middle of the huge Town Center shopping mall. If you enjoy helping people and working with friendly people, this will be your “cup of tea.” For more information or to volunteer, call Sylvia at 916-358-3700.
READY TO WRITE? The Creative Writer’s Club meets on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This club is designed for high-school-age writers and offers an opportunity to meet other writers.
LOST ON VACATION: Check out the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will discover the following sports wisdom: “Q: Where did you go on your hunting vacation? Baseball player Jim Gantner: Oh, one of those Canadian proverbs.”
SENIORS GAME DAY: On the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, “Senior Game Day” takes place at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The games played include Mexican Train, Dominoes, Crown 5, Hand and Foot, Bingo, Yahtzee, Pinochle and Rummy Kube. Enjoy the games, the company, coffee and tea.
FARMERS DELIGHT: Need some fresh fruit or vegetables? The El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers’ Market is open on Sundays, 8 a.m,. to 1 p.m., in Town Center.
A DALAI DILLY: Thumb through the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will locate 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 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.