Heard over the back fence: Give blood in Georgetown

By From page B1 | February 10, 2014

NOT SO MODEST T-SHIRTS: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt quotes: “Welcome to Awesomeville, population me.” “Keep Calm and Agree with Me.”

BLOOD EQUALS ICE CREAM: A blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Hall, Main St., Georgetown. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit. Donors must bring a photo ID. Participants earn My Blood Source rewards, which can be redeemed for items, such as movie tickets or coupons for Baskin Robbins ice cream.

CHECK OUT YOUR RELATIVES: On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This meeting is an opportunity for members to “share and tell” about their research experiences. Drop-ins are welcome. Visitors are encouraged to drop in early to chat with members.

AFFAIR OF THE HEART: Marshall Medical Center is presenting an “Affair of the Heart” free heart-health event on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. This event is described as “an evening of heart-healthy foods by local restaurants, wine tasting, health screenings and talks presented by Marshall Medical Center experts.” Exercise demonstrations will also be presented. Please RSVP by visiting or call 530-626-2811.

SINGERS NEEDED: If you enjoy singing, now is the time to join the local choral group, “Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills.” Auditions are being scheduled now. Check out or call 530-677-6964 for information and to schedule an audition.

DON’T GIVE UP: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “Life always offers you a second chance . . . It’s called tomorrow.”

ADHD MEETING: The monthly ADHD meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The meetings are designed for parents and their children, and open discussion is encouraged. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

READING FOR THE DOGS: The “Paws for Reading” program allows little readers to work on their reading skills. The children read to therapy and guide dogs every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

SING VALENTINES TIME: The Sacramento Valley Sweet Adelines’ quartets — which includes El Dorado County members — are offering “Singing Valentines” for Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The $40 package includes two songs, a Valentine card with original verse, a long-stemmed silk rose and an elegant box of chocolates. To order your Singing Valentine for a loved one, call 916-420-1662 or visit

HEARING ETIQUETTE: Paul and Wendy Chafer provided the following quote: “How many times is it appropriate to say ‘What?’ before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?”

SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: If you visit Kobe Surf and Turf on Wed., Feb. 12, for lunch or dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., a portion of your purchase goes directly to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Tell your server you are there for the fundraiser. Both dine-in and take-out apply. Kobe Surf and Turf is in Burke Junction at 3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park – phone number 530-672-9210. For more information, visit

AARP SENIOR DRIVER COURSE: If you are age 50 or older, you are eligible to take the “AARP Smart Driver Course” on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class fee is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Class topics include update on DMV information, rules of the road and defensive driving for older drivers. Pre-registration with payment is required. To register, call 916-358-3575.

DANCE IN SHINGLE SPRINGS: On March 7, Friday, the Shingle Springs Community Center will host their monthly dance at the Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., from 7 to 9 p.m. DJ Jamie Faw will provide the music. Light refreshments will be available. A $5 donation is appreciated.

GREAT CHILI AND GREAT CONVERSATION: For those who like to plan ahead, the El Dorado Community Hall has scheduled a “Chili Cook-Off” for Saturday, March 15. Cocktail hour is 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Chili entries must be turned in at 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children 12 and under pay $4. If you bring a chili for judging, you eat free! Chili must be in a crock pot. It is recommended that you follow traditional chili color and texture for judges’ scoring. This event will be at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd., Town of El Dorado.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Would you know what to do if a friend or family member was experiencing a mental health emergency? The Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra De Dios Dr., El Dorado Hills, is presenting a “Mental Health First Aid” training session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and March 22, in the Media Center of the Church. This free session is designed to provide “greater knowledge about mental health challenges and an action plan for helping those in need. You’ll be able to recognize the signs of someone in crisis and be prepared to offer support & guidance toward professional help.” If you would like to attend, call Rosie at 916-215-1523. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and there will be morning refreshments. For more information, visit [email protected].

A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar contains the following quote:
”My I become at all times, both now and forever,
A protector for those without protection,
A guide for those have lost their way,
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those without light,
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter,
And a servant to all in need.”

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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