Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Dog circus coming to library

From page B1 | June 27, 2014 |

I’M BROKE! John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an out-of-money experience.”

BUSY BEE DOG SHOW: The “Busy Bee Dog Show” will present a one-ring dog circus with amazing tricks on Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The kids will love it. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

USED BOOKS SALE: On Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway will be selling used books by the pound. For information and other events at the library, go to and select “Upcoming Events” or call 916-933-9626.

UNANSWERED PRAYER: Paul Chafer sent the following prayer observation: “UNANSWERED PRAYER: The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why. ‘Well, Honey,’ he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. ‘I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.’ ‘How come He doesn’t answer it?’ she asked.”

ENTOMOLOGY SHOW FOR KIDS: On Wednesday, July 16, at 1:30 p.m., the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, will provide presenters who will bring a variety of insect specimens as well as live animals. The presentation will be at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. For more information, call 530-644-2498.

SENSE-SATIONAL KIDS: A special sensory storytime for special kids is scheduled for July 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This event is described as follows: “An interactive and educational program specially designed for children at the preschool level with autism or other sensory integration challenges, and their families.” Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 530-621-5547 to register.

MORE MOVIES ON THE GRASS: When is the last time you saw an outdoor movie? Filmfare is presenting the movies “Summer Shorts,” which includes “The Band Concert” (Mickey and Donald), “Hook and Ladder” (Little Rascals), “Why Man Creates” (Oscar winner), “The Dentist,” (W.C. Fields), and “Hog Wild” (Laurel and Hardy). If you wear shorts, you receive free popcorn. Donations for the movies are welcome. The movies are shown on the grass at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 8:45 p.m. July 19. Bring your lawn chair!

NOT SO MODEST ME: When I return from vacation, I am always surprised that the Mountain Democrat is open for business. I assumed that they would have to close if I am gone for a week or more!

TEDDY BEAR CAMP-OVER: A Teddy Bear Camp-over is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Children, ages 3 to 7, are invited to bring their teddy bears for campfire activities and stories. The teddy bears, not the children, spend the night. The next morning, July 24, children and their adults are invited back to pick up their teddy bears from 9 to 10 a.m. and to enjoy a light breakfast with library employees.

ALMOST 100% FRIEND: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “We Is Friends” statement: “WE IS FRIENDS
Me and You is friends, You smile, I smile, You hurt, I hurt, You cry, I cry, You jump off a Bridge, I gonna miss your E-mails.”

CREATIVE WRITERS UNITE: Would you like to meet other high-school-aged writers and share ideas and writings? On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., high-schoool-aged writers meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK: Every Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, Marshall Medical Center offers free blood pressure clinics in the Lab and Imaging Center, at 3581 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park.

ARE YOU OVERHEATED? The Senior News newsletter offered the following advice regarding heat-related illness:
”Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat-related illness, such as: - sudden onset of dizziness - rapid heartbeat - nausea - chest pain - mental changes - breathing problems.”

ANIMAL EVACUATION: For information regarding what to do regarding animal evacuation during natural disasters, such as a runaway fire, call 530-621-5795 or 530-621-7631. An informational pamphlet is available at the Placerville library.

NOT REALLY A SOLUTION: Editor Mike Raffety provided the following Steven Wright (comic) statement: “My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”

AEROBICS DANCE WORKOUT: A class titled “Rhythmic Aerobics” is scheduled on Mondays, July 7 through July 28, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. While dancing to beautiful music, you will stretch and work up a little cardio. The instructor is Ana Luisa Rincon. The class fee is $44 for Cameron Park residents or $49 for non-residents. To reserve your spot, call 530-677-2231.

A ZEN ZINGER: A glance at the “Zen” calendar reveals the following suggestion: “Wake up! Go into yourself and thoroughly investigate on your own!” — Master Yun-Men

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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