BEING SPECIAL IS NICE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “I’m not weird, I’m a limited edition.”
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FUN FOR YOU AND THE KIDS: A “Family Place Workshop” for parents and their kids, ages 1 to 3 years old, is scheduled for Fridays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 1, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. Parents and kids play together, create art and meet new people. For more information, call 530-621-5500.
PRENATAL YOGA WORKSHOP: A “Prenatal Yoga Workshop” is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is a monthly, on-going workshop. The cost is $30 for Cameron Park residents or $35 for non-residents. Please baring your yoga mat/blanket and a pillow or two. Wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. Bring water and crackers if you need them. There are so many activities offered during this workshop that I suggest you call the instructor Glenda Hill at 530-409-2997 for details.
SEARCH AND RESCUE FUNDRAISER: The 28th annual Search and Rescue Council Crab Feed will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Main Hall Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for social hour. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Dancing music from 9 p.m. to midnight will be offered. Tickets are available at Raley’s Market, 166 Placerville Dr., Placerville, and Bel Air Market, 510 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park. Tickets are $45. Call Neldine at 530-677-6383 or Shirley at 530-622-3794 for tickets. Proceeds to benefit El Dorado County Search and Rescue.
HOW TO BLOSSOM IN 2013: Our good friend Mitzi Stockel of Somerset forwarded the following quotation: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming garden who makes our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust.
MOTHER TERESA FUNDRAISER: The Mother Teresa Maternity Home of El Dorado is presenting the 10th annual “Celebration of Life” dinner on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Gurnell Hall at St. Patrick’s Church in Placerville. Tickets are now on sale. To reserve your tickets, call 530-957-7656 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. This event sells out every year.
FAME AWAITS YOU: Joe Wilson is offering guitar lessons on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for beginners. On Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m., lessons are offered for advanced beginners. For more information, call 916-358-3575. Lessons will be at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.
OBVIOUS CONCLUSION: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar offers the following “Sportspeak:” “Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.”
THE JOY OF BEING LITTLE: A class titled “Celebrating the Joy of Childhood” is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. This program is for families with children, ages 1 week to 5 years old. There will be “social-emotional enrichment activities” and free books! For more information, call 530-621-5500.
HOW HIGH SHOULD YOU GO? Volunteers from the Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary continue to provide free blood pressure checks on the second Thursday of each month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.
LOOKS ARE DECEIVING: Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we have the following life lesson to present: “I’ve learned that you can’t tell how far a frog can jump just by looking at him.” — Age 79.
STORYTIME FOR BABIES: The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is for children ages 1 week to 18 months old and their adults. This 30-minute storytime starts at 10 a.m. on Jan. 16, 23, and 30, at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT: A free Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Refreshments will be served. Also, free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Pre-authorization is required for respite services. For more information, call 530-621-6151.
TOP ROCKHOUND OF THE YEAR: Tony Charlton has been honored as “Rockhound of the Year” by the El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society. He has been lapidary chairman for several years, and he will be second vice president next year. Also, he has supervised lapidary workshops and given numerous presentations. Plus, he has led many field trips. Congratulations, Tony!
DUMP YOUR CORRODED BATTERY: The El Dorado Disposal Services newsletter, “One Person’s Trash,” noted the following recommendation: “If you have corroded, lead acid, wet cell, or automotive batteries, they can be dropped off as household hazardous waste at the Material Recovery Facility on Fridays and Saturdays, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Material Recovery Facility is located at 4100 Throwita Way in Placerville.”
SCHEDULE IMPORTANT ACTIVITY: Review of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following advice: “Schedule time for inner work. If you wait until all your chores, responsibilities, and everything else is done before you get started on a program of spiritual practice, it will never happen. Guaranteed.”
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. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.