Heard over the back fence: e-waste collection Saturday

By From page B1 | April 04, 2014

ADVICE FROM A GARDEN: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Garden” T-shirt statement: “Cultivate lasting friendships * Sow seeds of kindness * Listen to sage advice * Don’t let the little things bug you * Be outstanding in your field * Take thyme for yourself * No Vining!”

E-WASTE DISPOSAL: Gold Country Vaulters have partnered with the CEAR Co. to recycle any E-waste collected on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Springs Arena and Livery, 4420 El Dorado Rd., Placerville. For information regarding which E-waste items will be accepted, call Colleen Kelly at 916-320-2948. This is a free event. These young women are trying to raise $1,000 for the GC Vaulters to buy equipment for a competition tournament coming up on April 13.

CARBOHYDRATES CLASS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” on Thursday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Participants will learn the role of carbohydrates in their diet, meal planning, managing weight, and tips for dining out. The class fee is usually covered by insurance. For more information and to register for class, call 530-672-7021.

LASAGNE FUNDRAISER: A benefit dinner for the Tracey family is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Earthtrek Expeditions, 7308 Highway 49, Lotus. Tickets are $25 for this lasagne dinner. Children under 5 do not pay. Tickets can be purchased at Combellack’s and Sportsman Hall. For more information, call Mindi Dragony at 530-621-5636.

LYING IS DANGEROUS: Paul Chafer sent the following “Life After Death” quote: “‘Do you believe in life after death?’ the boss asked one of his employees. ‘Yes, Sr,’ the new employee replied. ‘Well, then, that makes everything just fine,’ the boss went on. ‘After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you!’”

LUNA FEST MOVIE TIME: The Luna Fest is scheduled for April 10 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m. The Soroptimists of Cameron Park will present nine or 10 films by, for or about women. Tickets are $15 general and $8 for students. Complementary desserts will be available. Last year it was standing room only. Get your tickets early from a Soroptimist or call 916-933-8205.

SAVE A HORSE: “All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc.” sponsors “Pony Pals Farm Day” every other Saturday for youngsters, age 4 to 12 years old. The sessions are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Farm days include: Basic horsemanship skills; farm animal petting zoo; hands-on experience with ponies; basic ranch chores; and themed arts and crafts. The cost for each session is $15. The next session is April 12. For more information or to register for session, contact Wendy Digiorno at 916-520-4223 or visit

USED BOOKS SALE: The Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., will have their used books sale for $5 a grocery bag full on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.

BLOOD DRIVE IN EDH: A “Community Blood Drive” is scheduled for Monday, April 14, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way. Please bring photo ID. Eat and drink before donating.

FORUM FOR JUDGE CANDIDATES: A forum for all five judicial candidates competing for two judgeships in Superior Court is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Camino School, 3060 Snows Rd., Camino.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS: If you are a senior citizen and need legal assistance, call 530-621-6154 to schedule an appointment in El Dorado Hills for the second Wednesday of each month.

PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY: A new class titled “Preparedness 101″ is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class will offer recommendations to help you prepare for emergencies, such as extreme weather, wildland fires, and other natural disasters. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following advice: “Please be willing to make mistakes. The way is not just one straight road. That would be too boring. Lose your way. Sometimes our practice is to wobble to one side, then return to upright. Wobble to the other side, then return to upright . . . This is a practice of human beings. When you do lose your way and make mistakes, try not to create harm for yourselves or others. One problem in reading these old stories is thinking the ancient masters were super-beings. They were just people. Lose your way, but then return. Do not forget the rest of us.” — Taigen Dan Leighton

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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