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Heard over the back fence: Drop in for a poetry reading

By From page B1 | September 27, 2013

HOW NOT TO BOOST MORALE: 
Read the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will see the following statement: “Oh, for those still here next month, the organization morale picnic is still on.” — Corporate manager during a meeting discussing layoffs (thanks to Lance Latimer)

POETS UNITE!
 The “Poetry off the Shelves” group has poetry readings on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. Drop-ins are welcome. Bring your own poetry or enjoy listening to other readings.

SENIOR COMPUTER LESSONS:
 One-on-one computer lessons for seniors are available at the Placerville Senior Computer Center, 937 Spring St. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To arrange your lessons, call 530-621-6369.

BENEFITS OF UNEMPLOYMENT:
 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Having a job interferes with my plans for world domination.”

UNDERSTANDING MEMORY LOSS:
A class titled “Understanding Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Basics” is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your.

HEALTHY DIABETES INFORMATION:
A class titled “Healthy Living: Your Meter and Gaining Better Control” is designed for diabetics and includes the following topics: Making sense of your blood glucose numbers, medication options, and tips on eating out. The class will be presented on Tuesday Oct. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Cameron Park. For exact location information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

ACTIVE AGING” CLASS:
A class titled “Fit 4 Life” has the following description: “Perfect for those who are ‘active aging’. An effective and balanced low impact workout that combines cardio, strength, balance and some core work. Bring a mat & water.” You can attend this class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

CHOCOLATE ADVICE: 
Neil Pfafman of Placerville provided the following chocolate advice: “Put ‘eat chocolate’ at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.”

GRIEF SHARE SUPPORT GROUP: 
”Grief Share” group meets weekly to help those who are grieving. This group meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Christian Center, 4414 Commodity Way, Cameron Park. For more information, call Bob Halk at 530-622-9747 or 916-203-3997.

PRICE IS RIGHT” CONTESTANT:
 We have been informed that Freda Gorman of Placerville was to have been a contestant on the “Price Is Right” TV show Sept. 26. 

NEWBORN EDUCATION CLASS:
A class titled “Baby Basics” is being sponsored by Marshall Medical on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Class topics include: newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, as well as health and safety skills. The class fee is $25, which is covered by many insurance companies. For exact location information, more fee information, or to register for class, call 530-626-2990.

WATCH YOUR KIDS!
 Denise Kucharek forwarded the following restaurant sign: “We love kids, but please keep yours at your table! Unattended kids will be given a shot of Espresso and a free puppy. — The Management”

STILL GOING STRONG!
 On Tuesdays, from 8 to 9 a.m., a class titled “Still Going Strong” is available at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class offers a workout of 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength, and 20 minutes of core/flexibility. Bring a mat, weights and water. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch card or $80 for a 20-class punch card. Call 916-358-3575.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL:
 A “Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Patch”is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd. This event is for children 12 and under. This free event is sponsored by Marshall Medical and will include old fashion carnival games, prizes, pumpkin patch, crafts, costume parade and food refreshments. For more information, call 530-677-2231 or visit our Website at cameronpark.org.

ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS WANTED:
 Artists and crafters are needed for the annual Art and Craft Fair to be held at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 23. The vendor price for booths is $55 for a 10 x 10 space. If electricity is needed, add $10. The deadline to register for your booth is Oct. 18. For more information or to pay booth fee, call 530-677-2231.

KINDNESS IS VALUABLE:
 John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” — Arthur Helps

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following advice: “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

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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