Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Fleet Reserve revs up motorcycle show

 John Chapman delivered the following T-shirt statement: “I have decided that I no longer want to be an ADULT! If anybody needs me, I’ll be in my Tree House, Coloring & Eating Candy!” 

 Our local Fleet Reserve Association is hosting the “Hangtown Motorcycle Show and Competition” on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall parking lot, next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Motorcycle entry fee is $10. Vendor space, 10×10 spot, is $25. Food and drinks are available for nominal cost. The public is invited, and admission is free. Proceeds will benefit local veteran’s programs. If you would like to be a vendor or need more information, call Kris Lannum at 530-676-4113 or 530-350-8121. 

 The “Summer Reading Club” is for children through the fifth grade. “Storytimes and Fun” are scheduled for June 18 and 25 and July 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 11 a.m. This particular series, “Carrot Mob Toddler Adventures” is for youngsters, age 18 months to 2 years old. The fun takes place at the Placerville library, 345 Fair Lane.

 Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following Will Rogers’ quote: “A man learns by two things. One is reading. The other is association with smarter people.” 

A free “iPad 101 Workshop” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class description states, “This class will show you how to: set the settings; access e-mail; browse the Web; download apps; read books; listen to music; take photos and videos and use FaceTime.” To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575. 

 On Wednesday, June 19, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the community room of the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. It is suggested you arrive early to meet the current members. The speaker will be Kim Parker, and her topic will be “Developing Timelines to Aid Your Genealogy.” 

 The Summer Reading Club will meet on Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This “Puppet Art Theater” is for children of all ages.

 Outdoor projector movies are shown at the Placerville library, 345 Fair Lane. The June 29 movies will be “The Red Balloon” and “White Mane.” Movies start at 8:45 p.m. on the library lawn. Donations are welcome. Popcorn is available for 75 cents. Bring your own chair and blanket. 

Children through the fifth grade are invited to enjoy summer crafts classes on Thursdays, June 20 and 27, and July 11, 18 and 25, at 2 p.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Drop in and create something! 

A new class titled “Intro to Pastel Painting Workshop” is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class will teach all the basics of working with pastels. Preregistration and supply purchases are required before class starts. Registration deadline is June 21. Jimmie Claire Grann is the instructor, and the class fee is $29. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided. To register, call 916-358-3575. 

My pen pal Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that when you judge others, you are revealing your own fears and prejudices.” — Age 49 

 Classes titled “Tai Chi for Better Balance” are scheduled for Tuesdays, July 9 through July 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the dance studio at Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. No Tai Chi experience is necessary. These classes include warm up exercises, practice of Tai Chi forms, cool down and meditation. The class fee is $30 for Cameron Park residents or $35 for non-residents. There is an illustrated manual of Tai Chi forms for $8 (payable to instructor Roy Imai). Please preregister by calling 530-677-2231. 

 The Marshall Medical “Diabetes Class Series” is presenting a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You,” on Tuesday, July 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Cameron Park. Class topics will include: Carbohydrates and diet; Meal planning; Managing your weight; Tips for dining out. For exact location information or to save your spot, call 530-672-7021. 

On Monday, July 1, the Placerville El Dorado County Republican Women will meet at the Golden Waffle Cafe, on Broadway St., Placerville, at 10:30 a.m. The speaker, scheduled for 11:15 a.m., is Laurel Brent-Bumb, chief executive officer of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. 

If you review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, you will find the following statement: “If the mind is dominated by hatred, the best part of the brain, which is used to judge right and wrong, does not function properly.” 

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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