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Heard over the back fence: Homeless needs are discussion topic

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A KID’S LOGIC:
 Carlyn White forwarded the following “Children Are Quick” statement: “TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s . . . Did you copy his? CLYDE: No, sir. It’s the same dog. (I want to adopt this kid! ! !).”

PANEL DISCUSSION FOR HOMELESS:
 A panel discussion to address the needs of homeless people is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 549 Main St., Placerville. Your questions and concerns are welcome at this meeting.

FAMILY PHOTOS IMPROVED:
A class titled “Photographing Family and Friends” is scheduled for Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn the basics of photographing human subjects. To register for this class, call 916-933-6624 or visit edhcsd.org.

DON’T FOLLOW THIS ADVICE:
 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “When you REALLY want to SLAP someone, do it and say ‘MOSQUITO!’”

SEW FOR FUN: 
The local American Sewing Guild group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

“GREEN FIRE” IN PLACERVILLE:
 The Emmy award-winning film “Green Fire” will be shown at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville, on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance. You can purchase tickets at the Natural Foods Coop, 535 Placerville Drive. For more information, call 530-748-9365.

SENIOR FITNESS CLASS:
 A”Functional Fitness for Seniors” class is available on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., March 4 through March 28, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The fee for this series of classes is $64 for the public. Cameron Park residents pay $59. The instructor is Deborah Parker. This class will focus on flexibility, balance and strength. To arrange for fee payment and to register, call 530-677-2231.

JUST CALL HIM “BONES:”
 Jim Riordan of Cameron Park has a new nickname . . . just call him “Bones.” Over the years, Jim has broken 27 bones in activities such as: motorcycle racing, flying planes, sky diving, and go cart adventures. He looks good for the shape he is in!

MAHJONG LESSONS:
 Instructor Dorothy Kohlmeister will be teaching beginners how to play Mahjong on Fridays, March 8 to March 29, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

LINDA IS BACK:
I noticed that Linda Marsden has returned to the real estate business at Lyon Real Estate office, Placerville. Good to see you back, Linda.

SENIOR-RELATED TOPICS:
A topical discussion group for seniors meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The topic for the March 7th “Let’s Talk” session is “Those Winter Blues.” For more information, call 916-358-3575. The group leader is Terry Provenza.

THE  SWAMI WAY:
 One of our readers, John Bruno, forwarded the following advice: “Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” — Swami Sivanada

BOOKS ABOUT TERRORISM:
 Our libraries have a pamphlet titled “Military and Special Operations in the War on Terror.” These non-fiction books are available at our libraries. A couple of titles available include the following: “Seal Target Geronimo,” the inside story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden; and “Outlaw Platoon,” heroes, renegades, infidels, and the brotherhood of war in Afghanistan.

TURN OLD INTO NEW:
 On March 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Juliet from El Dorado Nursery will conduct a class at the Cameron Park Community Services building, 2502 Country Club Dr. She will help participate to create a green garden from old junk. Bring your recycled items, such as 4 to 6 inch planting-sized baskets, large mugs, vintage boxes or tin cans. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

GOOD PIG AND BAD BOY:
 Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” This book offers life lessons from people ages 5 to 95, such as the following: “I’ve learned that if you give a pig and a boy everything they want, you’ll get a good pig and a bad boy.” — Age 77

NIGHTTIME KNITTERS:
 The El Dorado Hills “Nite Knitters” meet on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Beginners can learn to knit or crochet. No experience necessary. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar noted the following thought: “The task of man is to help others; that’s my firm teaching, that’s my message. That is my own belief. For me, the fundamental question is better relations; better relations among human beings — and whatever I can contribute to that.”

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.

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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