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Heard over the back fence: It’s nature’s way to be wild

By From page A2 | April 11, 2011

ARE YOU WILD ABOUT NATURE? Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s “Wild About Nature” festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Rd., Cameron Park. This free event will include kids activities, such as making Mother’s Day cards and bird houses, plus working on coloring and activities books. Master Gardeners will present demonstrations and Nor-Cal Bats will discuss bats. Refreshments will be available.

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WHERE’S CAPT. NEMO? On Thursday, April 14, at noon, the SIRS (Sons in Retirement) group will have their monthly luncheon at the 50 Grand Restaurant in Pollock Pines. A representative from the Nautilus Corp. will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 530-644-1405.

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SPRING BREAK FUN FOR KIDS: You can occupy the kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by dropping in at the Scout Hall at Benham Park, 3071 Benham St., Placerville, from Saturday, April 16, through Friday, April 22. Activities for this program include building a walk-in castle, a dinosaur, etc., playing musical instruments, play dress-up and creating a unique piece of art. These events are for children ages 3 through 12. Parents/guardians must stay with children at all times. Siblings are welcome. To sign up for this program, call 530-642-5232. The classes costs $5 per class if prepaid or $7 at the door

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ADIOS MR. DILTS: Monika and I were disappointed that we were out of town and missed the memorial service for Clarence “Bub” Dilts. He was a man I looked up to. I called him a “straight shooter.” He didn’t know how to “beat around the bush” about important issues to our community. His letters to the editor were straight forward and educational. Protecting his community was his ongoing goal. I wish I could have a cup of coffee with him — today!

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MARSHALL HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER: On Tuesday, April 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Marshall Hospital Auxiliary is presenting a book fair fundraiser for the hospital. Check out the books, including children’s books and educational games. The public is enthusiastically invited. Stop by and shop at the Conference Room of Marshall Hospital.

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WILDLIFE LOVERS SCHOOL: The Sierra Wildlife Rescue program has scheduled a class titled “Opossums” for Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Also, on April 23 is another class titled “Medication Basics” (hands on), from 1 to 3 p.m. Both classes will be held at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Parking is limited, so reservations for the classes are required. To reserve your spot, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650. All classes are free for SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from nonmembers.

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN: The eight-hour AARP Driver Safety Course for drivers 50 years old or older is scheduled for April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days, at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. To receive a certificate of completion, you must attend both days of the course. The class fee for AARP members is $12. Non-AARP members pay $14. Pre-registration is required by calling 530-621-6255.

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GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS: Many seniors are caring for their grandchildren. A class has been created to inform grandparents about their legal rights and responsibilities. What do you do if you want to pursue custody of your grandchildren? Attend the Tuesday, April 19, class, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, if you want to know more about grandparents rights. For more information, call 530-621-6154.

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TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR HWY 1: If you plan to travel to Big Sur or have reservations at state parks in the Big Sur area, you have to get there by way of the southern route, due to damage to Highway 1. For more information, call Roy Stearns at 916-654-7538.

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SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES: CoDA (Co-Dependence Anonymous) will start on Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m., at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 Main St., Room 103, Placerville. For more information, call Lee at 530-503-5420.

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DIABETES DATA: A class titled “Diabetes Essentials” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. This class will help you understand diabetes and teach you how to use your diabetes meter and how to control blood glucose. For more information and to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

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FAMILY FINDINGS: On Wednesday, April 20, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Linda Todd will be the guest speaker, and her speech topic will be “Using Adobe Photoshop Elements to Restore Photos and Documents.” Visitors are always welcome. For more information, visit [email protected].

Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure that there will be space available for your important announcement.

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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