NATURE LOVER ADVICE: John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from a Heron” T-shirt statement: “Wade into life – Keep a keen lookout – Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet – Be patient – Look below the surface – Enjoy a good reed. Go Fish!”
GET RID OF E-WASTE: Snowline Hospice informs us that from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on alternating Saturdays, through the end of September, you can bring your e-waste or scrap metal to their Reuse and Processing Center at 180 Industrial Rd., Placerville, on the following dates: SCRAP METAL: July 7, 21; Aug. 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29. E-WASTE: July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25; Sept. 8, 22. For more information, call 530-626-1641.
BUY OF THE MONTH: The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can buy a grocery bag full of used books, games, puzzles, etc. for $5. If you bring your own reusable, cloth bag, you pay only $4. Drive into the parking lot in back of the library, 345 Fair Lane.
CORK ADVICE: The “Who Knew?” calendar offered the following household hint: “The next time you attempt to open a bottle of wine only to have cork end up in the bottle, reach for a (clean) comb? Just hold the comb over the spout and pour, and it will catch any bits of cork.”
RECHARGE YOUR BODY: A new class titled “Easy Self-Care” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado H:ills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class members will learn to massage their own hands, stretch their shoulders and neck muscles from a sitting position. The class description states: “Also hear about acupressure points to ease symptoms of cough and asthma, improve sinus symptoms and more. Learn how to recharge your body ‘batteries’ and the importance of eating and drinking natural local foods. Call the Senior Center to hold your spot.” Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. The instructor is Yuko Nagahashi-Lee.
COOKING GLOBAL DISHES: A workshop featuring a global dish is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This cooking workshop will feature Weekend Gourmet (dill spinach dip stuffed baby bliss potatoes, arugula, micro greens and berry salad, crispy chicken scallopini with herb sauce, and roasted citrus-asparagus. The class fee is $35 plus a supply fee of $10. The instructor will be Suzanne Griffin, certified natural chef. Registration deadline is July 13. Call 916-933-6624 to register. At the conclusion of the class, students will sit down to a family-style meal.
OVER EASY, PLEASE: Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, on the first, second and third Sunday of each month, from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adults pay $5, and kids pay $2. Proceeds are utilized to help veterans, their families, and to assist other community charitable organizations.
WATCH YOUR SPELLING! Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Wrong Word:” “I stood on the beach as the serf blew in my face.”
CLASS OF “82″ REUNION PARTY: The 30-year class reunion for the El Dorado High School is being planned. Set aside the date of the reunion party. Plan to be there for the 1982 class reunion on Saturday, July 21. More details to follow . . . soon.
EDHS CLASS OF 1992 REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1992 has scheduled a 20-year reunion party for Saturday, July 28, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Pondorado Rd., Camino. Tickets can be purchased at the following link: http://edhsclassof1992.eventbrite.com. Email any questions to email@example.com.
STUDENT SUCCESS ANNOUNCEMENT: Officials from Gonzaga Universality, Spokane, Wash., have informed us that Tiffani Gonzales of El Dorado Hills recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree. Tiffani, congratulations! Your hard work and academic success has created a bright future for you. We are proud when our local students succeed.
JUST BE KIND: A look at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar revealed the following kind thought: “We can’t change the world, but to make the world a brighter place we don’t need to. All we really have to do is focus on those little acts of kindness, things we can do right now.”
TAKING CARE OF YOUNGSTERS: For those who like to plan ahead, SPEAR (Suicide Prevention Education Action Resource) is having a “Wine and Olive Oil” tasting event on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 4360 Town Center Dr., El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 a couple in advance. Tickets at the door are $25 per person. Wine tasting from local wineries will be offered. There will also be appetizers, desserts, fancy chocolates and live music. To purchase tickets, contact Vivian at 530-676-2119 or purchase tickets at The Mountain Democrat, Placerville; We Olive Oil, 1000 White Rock Rd., El Dorado Hills 916-933-1650 in the Montano Shopping Center; Mechanics Bank, Town Center Dr., El Dorado Hills; 3 Brothers Restaurant, Coach Lane, Cameron Park. Proceeds will help kids who may be suicide risks.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar has the following praise for America: “I always admire America, not its economy or military power, but mainly as a champion of democracy, freedom, human value, of human creativity.”
GARDEN TIPS FOR JULY:
- “Harvest vegetables regularly. Old fruit left on the plant will inhibit production.
- Water early in the day to prevent disease. Mulch to maintain moisture. Keep mulch six inches from the trunks.
- Renew flowering ground covers and perennials; shear and fertilize with an all purpose or Rose and Flower food.
- Spray caterpillars with Lawn & Garden Spray with Spinosad or Citrus Fruit and Nut Orchard Spray by Bonide.
- Feed lawn. We like Dr. Earth lawn food. If water is limited, skip feeding.
- Check sprinkler and irrigation systems for problems.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.