Heard over the back fence: Friends of Seniors fundraiser

By From page B1 | July 25, 2014

WHAT ARE SENIORS THINKING? My friend Paul Chafer sent the following “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I’ll do the second day, I have no idea.”

FRIENDS OF SENIORS FUNDRAISER: A “Wine in the Vines” fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way, Placerville. There will be Sierra Vista wines served, light refreshments by Diane Wilkinson, live music by Hickory Wind, drawings and a giving tree. Tickets are $25 per person and limited capacity. For more information, please contact Clyda at 530-626-8189 by Thursday, July 24, or mail check to Friends of Seniors, PO Box 564, Placerville 95667.

HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION: A “Harry Potter Birthday Celebration” is scheduled for July 31, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Participants will decorate cupcakes, mix potions, and play Hogwarts-inspired games. Also, you can win prizes by playing Harry Potter trivia. For more information, call 916-358-3500. This event is for ages 5 and older.

BUTTERFLY ADVICE: My pal John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Butterfly” T-shirt statement: “Let your true colors show * Get out of your cocoon * Take yourself lightly * Look for the sweetness in life * Take time to smell the flowers * Catch a breeze * We can’t all be monarchs!”

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Gold Country Retirement and Health Center will celebrate “National Night Out” on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4301 Golden Center Dr., Placerville (behind Schools Credit Union). Overflow parking available in the Schools Credit Union Plaza and Medial Offices. The “Annual Concert on the Green” will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with music provided by the “Black Tuesday” band. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks (while supplies last); Bounce House for the kiddies, classic cars, Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. See our visiting Miniature Horse, informational booths on crime prevention, disaster preparedness, Girl Scout program, and more. Bring your own picnic and lawn chair to enjoy a night of music, fun, and fellowship.

SWIM LESSONS AVAILABLE: There is still time to sign up your child for swim lessons. Lessons include eight 25-minute long sessions, taught by the Cameron Park CSD lifeguards. For more information, visit the CSD Website at or give them a call at 530-677-2231.

THINK BEFORE YOU TALK: My friend and neighbor, Paul Chafer, forwarded the following “Hello Operator” quote: “Customer: ‘I’ve been calling 700-1000 for two days and can’t get through; can you help?’ Operator: ‘Where did you get that number, sir?’ Customer: ‘It’s on the door of your business.’ Operator: ‘Sir, those are the hours that we are open.’”

YOUTH FUNDS AVAILABLE: The City of Placerville has a “Recreation for Youth Fund” that provides financial help for children of all ages and abilities to participate in Placerville recreation activities, provided by the Placerville Recreation and Parks Depatment. This fund is to ensure that no child be denied a chance to participate because they are unable to pay. For more information, call 530-642-5232.

EARLY DETECTION MATTERS: Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not typically a part of aging. A class titled “Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters” will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Disruptive memory loss may be a symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Registration requested. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.

DO NOT TRIM TREES: Sierra Wildlife Rescue urges all of us to wait to trim our trees. Numerous orphaned or injured baby birds and squirrels are hurt when trees are trimmed or fallen this time of the year. SWR recommends that we wait until late fall to trim.

READING OUT-LOUD BOOKS: I discovered a pamphlet at the Placerville Library which was titled “For Reading Out Loud!” The pamphlet lists 27 books for reading out loud and also lists the “listening level” for every book. The listening level lists grade levels, such as “grades to 4th grade.” The books are available at the library.

SAVE THE DATE! For those who enjoy planning ahead, the Sierra Wildlife Rescue champagne lunch/brunch is scheduled for Sept. 28. More details to follow.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following observation: “How often, in handling the garbage, have I received the most illuminating flashes! How often in washing the greasy dishes or cleaning out the sink have I meditated well and profitably! I might say in all seriousness that I am often nearer to God when doing the dirty chores than when listening to Bach or Mozart.”— Henry Miller

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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