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Heard over the back fence: Jewelry and wine or squirrel rehabbing Saturday choice

By From page A2 | February 03, 2012

SOME THINGS DO NOT CHANGE: 
Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contained the following “Disorder in the Court:” “Q. What is your date of birth? A. July fifteenth. Q. What year? A. Every year.”

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REDS, WHITES AND JEWELS SHOW:
 Tomorrow, Feb. 4, the Cameron Park CSD will host “The Reds, Whites and Jewels Show” at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Doors are open from 1 to 5 p.m., and admission is free. This is a wine tasting and jewelry show. While you browse, you can enjoy light appetizers and sampling regional wines. Money from the wine will benefit the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild.

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WILDLIFE REHABBING CLASSES:
Sierra Wildlife Rescue is offering a class titled “Introduction to Local Wildlife” on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Also, a class titled “Rehabbing Squirrels” will be held on Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. The “Introduction” class is for new rehabbers. Classes are held at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Parking is limited, so please make reservations for classes by calling Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650 or visit [email protected] Classes are free to SWR members. A $5 donation is requested form the general public.

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RECOGNIZING A SCAM: 
A new class titled “Predatory Scams on Seniors” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Caitlin Peterson from the Better Business Bureau will discuss how to protect yourself from scams on the phone, over the Internet, or in person. Medicare and investment scams will also be discussed. To reserve your spot, call 916-358-3575.

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HOW’S YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? 
Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteers continue to provide blood pressure checks on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.

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PENCIL ERASER SOLUTION:
 The “Who Knew?” calendar offers the following advice: “The easiest way to remove black scuff marks from a vinyl floor? Just use a pencil eraser! It really works!”

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SMART EXERCISING NOW:
A class for seniors, 50 years old or older, is titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes, You Can!” and is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Both sitting and standing exercises are offered and include safe stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands, range of motion, and simple movements. The daily drop-in fee is $2. The group leader is Yvonne Griffin.

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FREE SUPPORT GROUPS:
 The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers the following free support groups:
First Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.— 330 Fair Lane Rd., Conference Room A, Government Center, Placerville. Third Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — 681 Main St., Suite 103, Marshall Community Health Library, Placerville.

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MARITAL DISHARMONY:
 Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar presented the following “Disorder in the Court:” “Q. Are you married? A. No. I’m divorced. Q. And what did your husband do before you divorced him? A. A lot of things that I didn’t know about.”

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DOWN-HOME JAZZ:
 The Ponderosa Jazz Band consists of 22 students in grades 9 through 12. This band will be performing for the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club members on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville. For more information, call Judy Orchard at 530-295-1027. This band will also be performing at the El Dorado High School District Jazz Night on Feb. 22 at Union Mine High School, El Dorado.

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MARKETING FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
 Marshall Foundation for Community Health informs us that an educational luncheon titled “The Power of Renew” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m., at the Sequoia, 643 Bee St., Placerville. The presenter will be Catherine M. Connolly, CFRC, a renowned expert in membership and direct marketing. Reservations with payment are required, and the deadline is Feb. 14. The cost for this presentation is $35. For more information, call 530-642-9984 or e-mail [email protected].

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EDHS ALUMNI LUNCHEON: 
For those who like to plan ahead, the El Dorado Union High School Alumni Association has scheduled their 32nd annual luncheon for March 11 at the new American Legion Hall on Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Anyone who attended El Dorado High School is welcome to attend this luncheon. For exact location and time information and to reserve your spot, call Susan (Frizzell) Meyer at 530-622-5881.

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A DALAI DILLY:
 Check out the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar and you will discover the following advice: “Analyze your life closely. If you do, you will eventually find it difficult to misuse your life by becoming an automaton or by seeking money as the path to happiness.”

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 in Placerville. You may call Bob Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Wednesday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure there will be space available for your important announcement. First and last name of contact person are required.

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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