Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Free prom dresses available

HOW TO GET ALONG: 
The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following advice: “Whether you live alone, with one other person, or with many, the most effective way to create a more peaceful home environment is for you to become an example of peace.”

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FREE PROM DRESSES:
 Soroptimist International of Placerville is hosting their 5th annual “Prom Boutique” on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Inter-County Title Co., 596 Main St., Placerville. Because of donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, the prom boutique is able to provide free gowns and accessories to local high school girls. Any high school student is invited to attend and be fitted for their special gown. Only a student-body card is required. Please call 530-344-1476 or email siplacerville@soroptimist.net for further information.

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MOVIES  FOR FREE: 
You can watch movies for free on the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. The movie scheduled for April 7 is “Contagion,” rated PG-13. Films are subject to change. Call 530-621-5540 to verify film being shown.

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THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE:
 Editor Mike Raffety provided the following message from the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book: “He only lives, who living enjoys life.” — Menander

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MEMORY LOSS INFORMATION:
 A class titled “Understanding Memory Loss” is scheduled for Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn the warning signs of dementia and understand the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The latest advancements in research and resources will also be discussed. To reserve your spot in the class, call 916-358-3575.

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FIELD OF DREAMS:
 The grand opening for the Little League baseball field at Gold Trail School, 889 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville, is scheduled for March 23, noon to 2 p.m. The school band will lead the student body onto the filed for the ceremonies. The community groups and individuals who made this field happen will be recognized and thanked. Two short softball games between school faculty and employees vs. students will be played. There will also be a BBQ. For more information, call Bob Ackley at 530-409-9739.

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HOUSE CLEANING TIP:
 Thumbing through the “Who Knew?” calendar, I found he following cleaning advice: “Wash your blender in less than a minute with this simple trick! Just fill it halfway with hot water, then add a drop of dishwashing liquid, cover with its lid, and hit blender for 30 seconds. Suds will fill your blender and clean it without your having to disassemble the whole contraption.”

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BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP:
FABS (Foothill Area Bariatric Support) is a local bariatric support group. They meet on the third Monday of each month at 681 Main St., Suite 103, Placerville (Marshall Medical Library), at 7 p.m. For more information, call Ed Williams at 530-295-7290. The next meeting will be April 16.

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NEW NEEDLE ARTIST: 
The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild extends a warm welcome to new member Kolsoum Ginney.

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WRONG WORD:
 Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contains the following “Wholly Holy Blooper:” “An epistle is the wife of an apostle.”

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$3 NUTRITION:
 The lunch menu for your Senior Nutrition site for today includes the following items: Baked chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, oatmeal fruit bar, juice, wheat bread & milk. The suggested donation for this lunch is $3 for adults 60 years or older.

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DO YOU NEED A COMPUTER?
 The Senior Computer Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, is now open, Monday through Friday, from 11 am. to 3 p.m., for anyone 60 years or older, who wants to use the computer. Computer users must be registered to use the computers. Registration is free, easy and available at the Placerville Senior Center front desk.

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REGISTER EARLY: 
It’s Dog-A-Thon time! Local Lions clubs and the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired will sponsor the annul Dog-A-Thon, scheduled for May 19 at Schnell School, 2871 Schnell School Rd., Placerville, from 8 to 11 a.m. Early registration is due by April 14. The early registration fee is $10, and your dog’s name will be on the event T-shirt. T-shirts will be available for sale at the event. For more information or to register, call 530-626-6715 or visit EDCVI.org.

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HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL:
 For our well-organized, plan-ahead readers, we remind you that the Home and Garden Show is scheduled for April 27, 28 and 29. I will be teaching a class titled, “You Determine If Your Life Is Full of Roses or Weeds,” at the Home and Garden Show at the Placerville Fairgrounds on April 27th at 2 p.m. For more information, about the show, call 530-672-7166.

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A DALAI DILLY:
 Reviewing the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar results in the following belief: “Constant fear, constant anger, and hatred actually eat away at our immune system. A calm mind, compassionate mind, increases positive body elements.”

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 in Placerville. You may call Bob Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Wednesday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure there will be space available for your important announcement. First and last name of contact person are required.

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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