Heard over the back fence: Ice skatng rink to open

By From page B1 | December 11, 2013

ADVICE FROM A MOOSE: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt advice statement: “Think big. Spend time in the woods. Eat plenty of greens. Hold your head up high. Stay on track. Keep your nose clean. It’s OK to be a little wild.”

ICE RINK IN PLACERVILLE: The Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink opens on Saturday, Dec. 14, and remains open through Sunday, Jan. 5. Skating sessions are 1 1/2 hours long and start at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, plus a $2 skate rental fee. For more information, visit

SAY “CHEESE” WITH SANTA: A “client Appreciation” open house benefiting Toys for Tots is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Century 21 Select Office, 4601 Post St, El Dorado Hills. There will be food and refreshments, a coloring contest for kids up to age 12, and free photos with Santa. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Century 21 Select Office any day prior to Dec. 16. You may also call 916-933-4500 to have your donation picked up.

FREE PHOTO WITH SANTA: Free photos with Santa will be available on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Vitek Mortgage Group Office, 183 Placerville Dr., Suite C. Snacks and treats will also be available! For more information, call 530-621-0222.

HANDBOOK OF LIFE: John Bruno provided the following life lessons from the “Handbook of Life:”
– “Dream more while you are awake.
– Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
– Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
– Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
– Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
– No one is in charge of your happiness except you.”

TEA WITH THE CINNAMON BEAR: “Tea in Toyland with the Cinnamon Bear” is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Town Hall, 549 Main St., Placerville. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.. Tea is served at 1 p.m. Children tickets are $5, and adult tickets are $8, advance sale only. Tickets are on sale at El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, 542 Main St., Placerville – 530-621-5885, and at the Bookery, 326 Main St., Placerville – 530-626-6454.

“NO SPILL” MUG: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Maxine” saying: “My travel mug is ‘no spill’ as long as I ‘no drink’ out of it.”

TEENAGER COMMITTEE: A young adult library committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. Teenagers, between the 7th and 12th grades, discuss programs for the library. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

NEW TO THE AREA? Are you a senior and new to the El Dorado Hills area? A “Senior Center Orientation” class is available on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Join other seniors for a “talk and tour” of the Senior Center, located at 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You will learn about the various senior programs available. A continental breakfast will be served

DOG GUILD HAS MOVED: The El Dorado Dog Owners Guild has permanently moved to the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Monthly meetings will be held in the classroom next to the gym. Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

WHERE ARE THE SNOW TIRES? Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “Maxine” saying: “Time for a snow tire recall. I can’t recall where I put them.”

SCHOLARSHIP SUCCESS STORIES: PEO Chapter XA in Cameron Park is delighted to announce that the Rachel Champion Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to El Dorado High School graduate Rebecca Davis, who is now attending San Francisco State University. A $500 scholarship for “Continuing Education” to assist Christina Long-Reed in completing her Paralegal Certificate at American River College was also awarded. Congratulations, ladies!

BUY CANDY FOR GOOD CAUSES: The Emblem Club is selling See’s candy at 1318 Broadway, formerly Chuck’s Restaurant, Placerville, until Christmas Eve. Proceeds will benefit those in need and includes food baskets, scholarships and assisting the Head Start program. Doors will open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CHOCOLATE MESSAGE: Neil Pfafman provided the following “chocolate logic:” “Saw chocolate- wanted chocolate  threw a fit  got chocolate.”

CRYSTAL’S SUCCESS STORY: Crystal Keeler is married and the mother of Kylan, Kadyn and Kamdyn. Congratulations to Crystal for recently passing her pharmacy technician examination. I assume this working mother did not sleep much in recent and even several months in order to study for this exam. Kudos also to husband, Matt, for his encouragement, love and support. What a success story!

WALK THE LINE: Mitzi Stockel forwarded the following “The Importance of Walking” statement: “The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”

A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar has the following thought: “If you have willpower and reasonable courage – not blind courage but courage without pride – even things that seem impossible at a certain stage turn into being possible because of continuing effort inspired by that courage.”

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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