Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time

By From page B1 | November 22, 2013

 John Chapman sent me the following T-shirt statement: “Instead of a sign that says ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ I need one that says ‘ALREADY DISTURBED, PROCEED WITH CAUTION.’”

TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Don’t forget that the Toys for Tots cardboard boxes are out and about at local businesses. Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child or two.

 The El Dorado Western Railroad will offer train rides on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. (weather permitting), at 6000 Oriental St., next to the El Dorado Community Hall, in the town of El Dorado. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up is appreciated. Also, a $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 is appreciated.

A free breakfast with Santa takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa. If you don’t have a camera, Santa’s helper will take a photo of you. There will be lots of Santa-fun and crafts for kids. Enjoy the pancakes and sausage!

A blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regal Cinema, El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater, 2101 Vine St., El Dorado Hills (Town Center). Blood mobiles will be in the parking lot. Donors will receive one free movie pass. Donors must bring a photo ID.

 The Aloka Vihara Nuns Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Anandabodhi will speak about “The Benefits of Quieting the Mind” on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville.

A pamphlet at our libraries titled “Great Short Story Collections” is available. This pamphlet lists several short story writers and their books, with a brief description of each book.

 Every Tuesday, from 4 to 5 p.m., the little ones can work on their reading skills with an audience of therapy and guide dogs. The reading fun takes place at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr.

The “Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair” will be offered at the CSD Pavilion at 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Candles, holiday decorations, and unique arts and crafts and jewelry will be for sale. Come on out on Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Darlene Ryan informs me that an anonymous “Knight in Shining Armor” was in Denny’s restaurant at lunch time on Oct. 29. Darlene, Phyz, Irene, Terry, Lee, June, Dee, Mary and Audrey finished their lunches and discovered the “Knight” had paid for all their lunches. The ladies appreciated this kind gesture and offer a big “thank you” to this generous male — make that nine kudos! 

 The Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., is offering the following classes for adults: Fly fishing, puppy socialization, basic guitar, gardening, CPR, hunter safety, and Cooking with Susan weekly classes. Dance classes include Foxtrot and Mambo/Salsa, Hula and Ballet at the Barre, and Zumba Gold Toning. New this month is Jazzercize! Additional classes include Tai Chi, Ping Pong, Thai cooking, Light and Easy Exercise for Seniors, and lots of Yoga. For dates, times and location of classes, call 530-677-2231.

 The French Connection is a social club that meets on the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. “This FUN French Club will meet to practice the French language, recall your heritage, sing French songs, eat French foods and share recipes, and go on outings that feature French history.” Drop-ins are always welcome.

 You can support the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of El Dorado County by donating your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or RV, running or not. You donate online at or call 1-888-7-Donate. 

An “All West Tour” for El Dorado County seniors is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14. This trip includes bus transportation to the Sacramento Esquire IMAX Theatre and tickets to see “Flight of the Butterflies” and “The Last Reef.” Also, lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory will be provided. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 3 to 3:30 p.m. The price of this trip is $65. Final payment for this trip is due by Dec. 13. Call Star Walker at 530-621-6255 to reserve your spot.

 The following viewpoint appears in the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar: “With the realization of ones’ own potential and self-confidence in ones’ ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones’ own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities.”

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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