Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Dog talent show Sunday

LISTEN TO THE WOLF:
 The following “Advice from a Wolf” T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “Trust your instincts * Be at home in nature * Keep your den clean * Stand fur what you believe * Stay on track * Howl with your friends * Be a leader * Pack life with good memories!”

“CANINES GOT TALENT:”
 The second annual “Canines Got Talent” (AKA “Silly Pet Tricks”) is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, at noon, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. To enter your dog, you need to pay a $5 fee at the Eduction/Announcer Table at the Fairgrounds, available all day on Saturday, May 25, and until 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. Proceeds will benefit the El Dorado County Sheriff’s K9 Unit. 

TOUR OUR MUSEUM:
 The May 21st meeting of the Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society will be a tour of the El Dorado County Historical Museum, 104 Placerville Drive, at 1 p.m. Bring a sack lunch to eat in the garden area, next to the museum, prior to the tour.. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, call Paul Hodel at 530-622-3299.

THE MEANING OF ANTICIPATION:
 Thanks to Heidi Barron, we have the following “I Can Still Hear My Mom Now!” statement: “My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. ‘Just wait until we get home.’”

CLEAN UP DAY!
A community clean-up day for El Dorado Hills residents is set for Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at VPD, 4250 Town Center Blvd., West Town Center Shopping Center, El Dorado Hills. For more information on non-acceptable materials & optional disposal, log onto edhcsd.org and follow links for “waste/recycling collection.” 

ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS: 
The El Dorado Hills Library invites teenagers to join “Teen Tuesdays” on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., from June 11 through July 9. Arts, crafts and other activities are available, just for teens, at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Middle school and high school teenagers are invited.

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS:
A pamphlet titled “Short Story Collections” is available at our local libraries. This pamphlet lists short stories books available, such as “Ford County,” “This Is a Voice from your Past” and “Homeland and Other Stories.”

DEPRESSION AND SENIORS:
A new class titled “Depression and Seniors” will be presented on Tuesday, June 11, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class participants will learn how to recognize common symptoms and some misconceptions about depression. There will be discussions about what you can do to enjoy life again, and the County’s Senior Peer Counseling program will be discussed.. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL:
 Clara Neilsen provided the book,”Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following lesson: “I’ve learned that people treat me the way I allow them to treat me.” — Age 47

MANAGING CARBOHYDRATES:
 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class for diabetes education titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You,” on Thursday, June 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Placerville. The class is designed to cover the following topics: “Carbohydrates and diet, Meal planning, Managing your weight, Tips for dining out.” The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with MD referral. For exact location information or to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

HOW ABOUT A BAD DAY?
 Thumbing through the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, I found the following statement: “Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today.” —Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, talking to the Senate floor to herald a better-than-expected unemployment report showing the economy lost just 36,000 jobs in February 2010, compared to 651,000 in the same month the prior year.

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER RECOGNIZED:
 Martha Martinez is the “Featured Volunteer” for the Pollock Pines Library. For several months she has helped with re-shelving books and organizing other materials. Martha also volunteers at her church and at the elementary school. Martha, thank you for your many contributions to our community.

TUTORIAL CRIBBAGE:
 The Gold Country Cribbers meet year-around for American Cribbage Congress play. Play in the summer is informal. Upon request, lessons are available. This group meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. For more information, call Carl Backers at 916-947-0190.

TRAVEL TO THE BADLANDS:
 El Dorado County Travelers is presenting a trip to South Dakota, the Black Hills and Badlands, from July 23 to July 29. The double rate is $2,099. Singles pay $2,599. For more details about the trip or to reserve your spot, call Star Walker at 530-621-6255.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following recommendation: “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”

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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