Heard over the back fence: Find your place in space

By From page B1 | May 21, 2014

BE QUICK AND LIVE: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Things to Ponder:” “There are two kinds of pedestrians . . . The quick and the dead.”

EXPLORE THE COSMOS: A new class titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection” is scheduled for Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This presentation will include astronaut perspectives, elementary astronomy and ancestral history. You will discover our place in space. The speaker will be Mike Turney. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

MOTHER GOOSE TIME! “Mother Goose on the Loose” is a very special lap-sit storytime for children ages 2 and under. Bring your little one to the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., on May 23 at 10:30 a.m.

FREE MOVIE PASS: A community blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regal Cinema, 337 Placerville Dr. Blood mobiles will be in the lower parking lot. All donors will receive one free movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Donors must bring a photo ID. Drink plenty of fluids before donating.

IMITATE THE WEATHER: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Ponderosa” (some things to think about): “All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.”

SOCIAL SECURITY ANSWERS: Avoid the pitfall of filing for Social Security by attending a presentation scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Come with your questions. The presentation will be from 2 to 3 p.m.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST-AID: Would you like to learn the signs and strategies to assist people when dealing with their mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts? A free class titled “Mental Health First-Aid” is offered on Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, (you must attend both classes), from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 501, Cameron Park. Pre-registration is required. Call 530-626-2990 to register.

CHEROKEE LIFE LESSON: Cherokee life lesson for today is: “We learn more from negative experiences.”

HAND AND FOOT FUN: The “Hand and Foot” game is played on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

PRACTICE FORGIVING: Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we have the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice.” — Age 15

COUNTY FAIR TIME: Don’t forget! The El Dorado County Fair will take place between June 12 and June 15. Bring the kids for a great time!

TODDLER TIME! “Toddler Time” is a program designed for children, ages 2 to 3 years old. This program takes place on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. “Toddler Time” encourages early literacy skills through songs, rhymes and stories.

CONTROL CARBOHYDRATES: A class titled “Carbohydrates and You” will be offered on Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. In this class, topics will include the role of carbohydrates in your diet, meal planning, managing weight, and tips for dining out. The class fee is usually covered by insurance. Call 530-672-7021 to register and to discuss class fee.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS: Legal assistance for seniors is available for those 60 and over. Call 530-621-6154 to schedule an appointment for the second Thursday of each month in El Dorado Hills.

HIGH SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado High boys and girls golf team in conjunction with the El Dorado High School Booster Club is holding a golf tournament to help fund the athletic teams at El Dorado High School. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 16, at 1 p.m. at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. The cost is $85 per player. Cost includes golf cart, lunch and BBQ dinner. Contests, auction and raffle will also be held. Contact Karen Weinhold at [email protected] or Dale Kasnic at [email protected] For tickets, you may also call 530-622-3634, Ext. 1257.

GUITAR JAM: A “Guitar Jam” session is offered on Thursdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This group is for people who already play the guitar to some degree and want to improve their playing skills. The instructor is Lew Johnson. A $5 donation is appreciated. Drop-ins are welcome.

A ZEN ZINGER: Take a glance at the “Zen” calendar, and you’ll discover the following quote: “Never cut what you can untie.” — Joseph Joubert

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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