Heard over the back fence: Health plan info day at library

By From page B1 | March 21, 2014

TURN THE LIGHT OFF: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “If we are not meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?”

HEALTH PLAN WORKSHOPS: March 31 is the last day of open enrollment for “Covered California Health Plans.” On Wednesday, March 26, from noon to 7 p.m., there will be a final “Covered Calif.” workshop and enrollment event to answer your questions and help you get covered by the March 31 deadline. For more information, visit [email protected] Counselors are available at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Call 530-621-5540 for the hours they are available.

AGELESS JOY CLASS: I will be teaching a class titled “Ageless Joy is Possible” on April 1, Tuesday, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Creating and maintaining joy in your life, no matter how old you are, will be the focus of this class. Refreshments will be served. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited to about 50 people.

FREE . . . BUT COSTLY: Pat Langkau provided the following quote from “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar: “REAL “FREE STUFF” ADS FROM NEWSPAPERS: Toilet: could be fixed up. A little dirty, and it leaked and overflowed last time it was used. My son stuffed an action figure down it, so if anyone picks this up and fixes it, can you drop the action figure back off at my house?”

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Caregiver Support Group shares information and ideas regarding the caregiver role. On the second Tuesday of each month, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., a free caregiver support group meets at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193 – next to the Calif. Conservation Corps. For more information, call 530-621-6151. Pre-authorization is required for respite service.

WE LOVE YOU, GRAYSON: The Shingle Springs 4-11 Club is sponsoring a blood drive to support Grayson Klein Knight on Tuesday, April 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. A bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Dr (next to Buckeye Elementary School). Grayson was recently diagnosed with leukemia. For your appointment, call Dawn Martin at 916-416-0944 or visit [email protected].

ALL ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You.” You will learn the role of “carbs” in your diet, meal planning, managing weight, and tips for dining out. The class takes place on Thursday, April 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. To register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

CAREGIVERS SHARE EXPERIENCES: If you are a caregiver, you will probably enjoy meeting with a free caregiver support group to share ideas, information and experiences on the firs Friday of every month at 1:30 to 3 p.m., coordinated by El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. For more information, call 530-621-6180.

FREE MOVIE PASS AVAILABLE: A blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regal Cinema, 351 Placerville Dr. Bloodmobiles will be in the lower parking lot. Donors must bring a photo ID. Potential marrow donors can register for “Be the Match” through BloodSource. For more information, visit

SPRING CARNIVAL FUN: The El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival is scheduled for the following dates: Thursday, April 10, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, April 11, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, April 12, noon- 11 p.m.; Sunday, April 13, noon-10 p.m. Butler Amusements will be waiting for you at the Town Center, El Dorado Hills. There will be thrilling rides and numerous games. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Oak Ridge High School basketball team.

EGG HUNT AND MORE: An Easter Eggstravaganza and egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Candy and prize-filled eggs will be collected by the children. The Easter Bunny will show up. There will be four egg zones (Ages 0 – 3, 4 – 5, 6 – 7, and 8 and over). This event will also feature a magic show, music, face painting, balloon artists and carnival games hosted by “It’s Kids Time.”

RESCUE WILDLIFE: Sierra Wildlife Rescue sent the following “release” regarding the Baby Bird Nursery: “Training for perspective Baby Bird Nursery volunteers to feed orphaned and injured young birds at SWR’s Wildlife Center in late spring-summer will be held in April on four separate dates. “Introduction to the Baby Bird Nursery” will be held April 5, 10 a.m.- noon; April 8, 7-9 p.m.; April 19, 1-3 p.m.; and April 22, 7-9 p.m. To reserve your spot, call Barbara at 530-621-2650.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following thought: “Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.” — Richard Whately

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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