TELEPHONE CONFUSION: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press “ONE” For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?”
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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: On Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Center will host their monthly dance night at the Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is appreciated. Music will be provided by DJ Jamie Faw. A short dance lesson will also be provided.
TURN ON THE LIGHTS! The Pollock Pines Christmas Tree Lighting Gala will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m., in front of El Dorado Savings Bank on Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. The tree will be lit following the evening’s entertainment of dancing in the streets, with On-Stage Productions. There will be carols by the Sierra Ridge Choir. Jolly St. Nick will spread holiday joy. Come on out and meet your neighbors!
TOYS FOR TOTS INFORMATION: If you need information for Toys for Tots barrel locations or if you would like to volunteer, please call 530-344-9384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEAVY THINKING: Mitzi Stockel forwarded the following “The Importance of Walking” statement: “We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
TAI CHI: The Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., is offering Tai Chi for Better Balance: Tuesdays, Nov. 26 – Dec. 17. For exact times, class fees, and to register for classes, call 530-677-2231.
TRANSIT HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the El Dorado County Transit Authority will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. The business office and dispatch center will also be closed. Normal operations will resume on Saturday, Nov. 30.
PJ FUN AT THE LIBRARY: The “Friends PJ Storytime” is offered in Spanish and English on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This program is scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Kids, ages 2 to 5, are invited to hear stories and to work with crafts. Snacks are also provided.
CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY: A class titled “Close-up and Macro Photography” is being offered on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class description is as follows: “Both your point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras do a great job on macro photography. Let’s explore the world of close-up photography. Bring your camera, manual and extra batteries. The class fee is $29. To register, call 916-933-6624.
SENSATIONAL SINGERS: The Sensational Singing Seniors will present “The Nifty Fifties” on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This concert will feature selections from movies, early rock and roll, country classics and popular singers and groups. The singers are led by the talented Gloria Starelli-Bruno. Refreshments will be served.
FREE PHOTO WITH SANTA: Snowline Hospice is sponsoring a free 4 by 6 photo with Santa at the “Just Off 50″ thrift store at 3961 El Dorado Rd., Placerville. Have your picture taken on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a limit of one picture per family.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN ACTION: The Friends of El Dorado County Seniors invite the public to help fund the second annual “Senior Santa” program. This program assists seniors who have a hard time getting out and cannot afford to buy Christmas presents for their loved ones. Seniors are treated to an afternoon of shopping on Dec. 10. They are treated to an afternoon lunch, taken shopping and brought back to wrap presents and enjoy holiday snacks. If you would like to donate to this program, send a check payable to Friends of El Dorado County Seniors and send to PO Box 564, Placerville 95667. For more information, call 530-626-6323 or info@friendsofEDCseniors.org.
WINTER CRAFT BAZAAR: On Thursday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Winter Craft Bazaar at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. The bazaar includes: Yard art, homemade soaps, dried flowers, quilts, gift baskets, crocheted items, decorated gourds, and bookmarks.
A CHOCOLATE QUESTION: Neil A. Pfafman of Placerville provided the following chocolate observation: “QUESTION: Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? ANSWER: Because no one want to quit.”
SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT: Union Mine High School has only 35 openings available for incoming El Dorado Union High School District ninth grade students who want to attend Union Mine High School beginning the 2014-15 school year but do not reside in the school’s attendance boundary. The submission deadline for interested students is Dec. 17. For more information, call 530-622-5081, Ext. 7224 or 7210.
CRAFTERS NEEDED FOR WINTER FAIR: The Bayley House Winter Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49 in Pilot Hill. Crafters are wanted, and reservations are being taken for craft spaces, inside and outside the barn. For prices and application information, visit baleyhouse.org or call Kim at 530-823-2787.
FOOD AND HISTORY COMBINATION: On Dec. 21, the El Dorado County Historical Society will have their annual Christmas luncheon at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville. Don Uelmen will give a presentation on the history of the Lincoln Highway. To reserve your spot, call Kay Murdock at 530-626-7073.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: On Mondays, from 2 to 4 p.m., children can work on their homework at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following idea: “Fulfilled desire may provide a sense of temporary satisfaction; however, the pleasure we experience upon acquiring a new car or home, for example, is usually short-lived. When we indulge our desires, they tend to increase in intensity and multiply in number. We become more demanding and less content, finding it more difficult to satisfy our needs.”
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.