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Heard over the back fence: Fireworks July 3 in EDH

From page B1 | July 01, 2013 |

 Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following child’s response: “Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, ‘Why is the bride dressed in white?’ The mother replied, ‘Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.’ The child thought about this for a moment then said, ‘So why is the groom wearing black?’”

 The fourth annual “Fireworks Jubilee” will be presented at the El Dorado Hills Town Center on Wednesday, July 3, from 6 to 11:30 pm. There will also be a chili cook-off, kids activities, a parade, food vendors, and beer garden, plus live music on three stages. Great way to start the holiday celebration!

On Thursday, July 4, a mountain bike ride is scheduled in the vicinity of Sly Park, Jenkinson Lake. This is a 15-20 mile ride with lots of elevation change, mostly dirt roads and single track trails. For all outings, contact the leader, John Le Pouvoir at 530-644-7295 or for meeting times/location/what to bring.

 Recently the El Dorado Hills Fire Department recognized Rob Austerman as “Volunteer Firefighter of the Year” and Ben Cowles as “Firefighter of the Year.” Congratulations to both of you, and thank you for protecting us.

 Thanks to John Bruno, we offer the following positive quote: “I have resolved from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.”

Wii bowling is a video bowling way to improve your balance and hand-to-eye coordination. A new class titled “Strikes, Spares and Seniors — Introduction to Wii Bowling” is scheduled on Wednesdays, July 17 through July 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 9900 Lassen Lane. “Experts” from the Center will be present to teach and offer some good ol’fashion competition for participants. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. Avoid gutter balls!

On the third Saturday of each month, the Cameron Park Wine and Art Jubilee is held at Burke Junction, Cameron Park. This free event is seeking local artists to display and sell their creations. The next event is scheduled for July 20, from 5 to 9 p.m.

A “Stay and Play” program is available for ages 1 to 3 years old, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. You can join your child for stories, rhymes and interactive playtime with your infant or toddler. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

My pen pal Clara Neilsen gave me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: I’ve learned that you can’t judge boys by the way they look.” — Age 15. As my mother often said, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Becky Bell, president of Mother Lode Lions Club, recently presented the Melvin Jones Fellow award to Lion member Christine Didlot — a well-deserved award for a hard-working member. This is a very prestigious award, given for outstanding “humanitarian services.” Christine seems to be everywhere when it comes time to help those in need. Congratulations, Christine!

Read the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will locate the following statement: “Family Feud host Richard Dawson: Name a kind of bear. Contestant: Papa.”

 Allie Jones of Placerville was a 2008 graduate of Union Mine High School. Three weeks ago she graduated from Scripps College of the Claremont College Consortium with honors and cum laude designation in her degree of Economics, Environment, and Policy. Proud family members are Spencer, Tom and Beth Jones of Placerville and grandparents Robert and Velma Goodlin of Cameron Park. Allie enjoyed her time in the 4-H Youth Commission, where she became interested in public policy issues. Congratulations, Allie. We look forward to your very bright future.

 El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Thursday, the 4th of July. The business office and dispatch center will also be closed.

 The Parkinson’s meeting originally scheduled for July 2 has been cancelled due to the July 4th celebrations. This group will meet on Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.

A class titled “Bead-Azzle It!” is available on Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will create a simple beaded necklace and earrings that will “bead-azzle” your friends and relatives. Bring a $20 supply fee to the Senior Center to reserve your spot. Reservations are a must! Nora Kolthoff is the instructor. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

 On Tuesday, July 23, there will be a proposal submitted to the Board of Supervisors to lease the property on Perks Court for a homeless shelter. For more information, visit

A new class titled “Healthier Living” is scheduled for Thursdays, July 25 through Aug. 29, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This free workshop will include “medication, working with healthcare team, goal setting, how to relax and handle emotions, and tips for eating.” A light snack is included. Reservations are a must! Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot! The workshop facilitator is Sydni Aguirre from Dignity Health. If you have any chronic problems that affect your life, you should consider attending.

 Look over the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will observe the following thought: “When you engage in fulfilling the needs of others, your own needs are fulfilled as a byproduct.”

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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