Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: ‘Dance Night’ at Shingle Center

Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following “Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned” statement: “You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.”

 On Aug. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., will host “Dance Night.” DJ Jamie Faw will provide music, and light refreshments will be available. A $5 donation is welcome and appreciated. For more information, call Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

El Dorado Dog Owners Guild is hosting two workshops, one for small dogs on Aug. 3, and one for large dogs on Aug. 10. Professional dog trainer and former ED Dog Board member Ann Kingwill will present the workshops. Workshop topics include dog park etiquette and safety for you and your pooch at the dog park. This is a drop-in event, no need to register. This is not a workshop for dogs that have a history of aggression toward other dogs or humans. The times for both workshops are 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Folsom Dog Park at Cummings Park, 1775 Creekside Dr., Folsom. Please, no children under 12 for safety reasons. A donation of $10 is suggested. For more information, call Ann King at 916-221-8833.

 Thanks to Heidi Barron, we offer the following “Southern Cops Have a Way With Words:” “I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”

 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. Bigger bags pay bigger price.

A presentation titled “Be Aware! Preventing Scams and Fraud that Target Seniors” will be offered on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Janette Rogers-Booth will discuss scams, identity thefts and fraud. Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot.

 The Camino Community Action Committee is sponsoring the 10th annual Camino National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Camino Community Church Park, 4205 Carson Rd. This event will feature a bounce house, face painting, a classic car show, Hangtown Hawk, the bloodhound and the SWAT team. There will also be a raffle and free hot dogs. Bring a new or gently used blanket for the “Camino Gives” Christmas project (one free raffle ticket with each blanket donated). All proceeds will benefit those in need in the Camino community.

A class titled “Healthy Pregnancy”is scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Placerville. This is a Marshall Medical free class, thanks to a generous grant from Marshall Foundation. This class is designed for women in their first trimester of pregnancy or planning a pregnancy. Class topics include nutrition, exercise, fetal development, prenatal tests and pre-maturity prevention. To register for class, call 530-626-2990.

 Listed in the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar is the following baseball comment: “He slides into second with a stand-up double!” — Baseball announcer Jerry Coleman

 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Baby Basics” to be presented on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Cameron Park. The class fee is $25. First 5 El Dorado offers a scholarship to assist with class tuition. This class will cover basic care for the infant’s first few weeks of life. Class topics include: newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, plus health and safety skills. Extended family members are welcome. For exact location information and to register for this class, call 530-626-2990.

A fundraiser to send breast cancer survivors to “Northern California’s Casting for Recovery” retreat along the Trinity River is scheduled for Aug. 17 from noon-4 p.m. at the Camino Wine Plaza, 3500 Carson Rd. CFR and the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited are sponsoring this event. Admission is free, and the public is invited. There will be free wine tasting. The Stumble Inn Pub will have the grill sizzling and is donating a portion of the proceeds from all food sales. Fly casting clinics will be available, and you can learn how to tie flies. A silent auction and raffle prizes will also be offered. For more information, call Berni Bahro at 916-662-1207 or John Sikora at 916-502-2433.

 On Thursdays, you can visit the farmer’s market in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way, from 8 a.m. to noon. For additional information, visit

 Read the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “My message is the practice of compassion, love, and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color, and creed. Deep down, there is no difference.”

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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