Monday, April 21, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Kids Expo Saturday

Carlyn White provided the following “Great Lesson On Stress:” “Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.”

 Don’t forget the Kids Expo scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. No pets, smoking or alcoholic beverages permitted.

The “Step by Step 2013 Walk” to raise money for non-embryonic stem cell research for the cure of Parkinson’s Disease is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. The walk starts from 4300 Golden Center Dr., Placerville, across Weber Creek footbridge. For more information or to make a donation, call Joanie Evans at 530-626-1558.

 On Monday, April 22, the Monday Bridge Club is presenting “Daisy Daze,” a champagne luncheon and bridge play at the Cold Springs Country Club, Placerville. The cost is $15 per person. Free champagne will be served from 11 a.m. to noon, with lunch starting at noon. Men and women are invited. No partner is needed to play bridge.. For more information, call 530-626-3589 or 530-622-8141.

 The Patron’s Club scholarship luncheon is scheduled for April 26, at noon, at the Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. Tickets are $12. Major raffle tickets are one dollar each. Tickets may be purchased from Patron members or at the El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville, and at Folsom Lake College in Folsom. Proceeds provide scholarships for local students to attend Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center Community College. For more information, call 530-621-0907 or 530-677-8515.

 Monika and I attended the grand opening of the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 101, Cameron Park. There was a great turn-out for this new, beautiful library. It’s always fun to talk to Alison Clement.

I was sorry to read that Chuck’s Restaurant closed its doors on March 23. How could you not love former employees Lauri, Gwen and Shannon? It was a fun place to meet friends and enjoy the “down home” atmosphere. Maybe a new owner will appear soon — let’s hope for a new opening. Thank you ladies for making my days better. 

 Clara Neilsen provided the following “What Does Love Mean?” statement: “You really shouldn’t say, “I love you unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.” — Jessica – Age 8.

 Free caregiver support groups are available at the following locations: The third Tuesday of every month at 5:30-7 p.m., sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane; second Tuesday of every month at 2:30-4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193. Refreshments are served. Also, free respite care is available to qualified caregivers, but pre-authorization is required by calling 530-621-6151.

 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Diabetes Education: Weight Management.” This class will be available on Wednesday, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., or Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both classes will be in Placerville. Class topics will include the following topics: How to lose weight and keep it off; meal planning; strategies for eating out; how to make positive lifestyle changes. The cost of the class is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with MD referral. Call 530-672-7021 to register for this class and for exact location information.

 Are you an employer who will need staff for the summer season? The “El Dorado County Connections — One Stop” program offers you a wide variety of business services, including candidate screening, interview tips, and information regarding hiring incentives. Connections — One Stop is open to the public for employers and job seekers; and all services are free! Connections — One Stop is located at 3047 Briw Rd., Placerville, and office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 530-642-7131 or email

 On Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the “Spring Antique, Craft and Garden Show” is scheduled at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Admission is free! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. EDDOG will sponsor a wine tasting fundraiser booth. For more information regarding this event or vendor information, call 530-677-2231.

 If your child is 18 years old or younger he/she may qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal or other low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance. Free assistance is available to help with the application process. For more information, call 1-800-388-8690.

 Look over the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following suggestion: “Be kind whenever possible . . . It is always possible.”

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 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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