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Heard over the back fence: Mad scientists day and haunted gingerbread houses

By From page B1 | October 21, 2013

NOT SO COMMON SENSE:
 John Chapman provided this T-shirt statement: “Common Sense . . . so rare, it’s kind a like a super power.”

MAD SCIENTIST DAY:
 Thursday, Oct. 31, will be “Mad Scientist Day” at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This fun session is designed for children, ages 3 to 5 years old. For more information, call 916-358-3500.

BUILD A HAUNTED HOUSE:
 On Oct. 30, students can build a haunted gingerbread house at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Middle school students can create their haunted house at 2:30 p.m. High school students build their house at 3 p.m.

MURDER FOR DINNER?
A pamphlet is available at our libraries. This “Recipes for Reading” pamphlet lists books for a category of “A Murder for Dinner,” such as “Plateful of Murder” by Claudia Bishop.

MEET THE AUTHORS:
 The El Dorado Hills Library is planning an “Author Afternoon” on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. Local authors will be showcasing their works and sharing their stories. More details will be available on the authors. I have been invited to attend and look forward to meeting our readers.

DELICIOUS POT STICKERS:
A class titled “Got Pot Stickers” is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Students will make a dozen healthy pot stickers. Please bring a $10 supply fee to hold your spot. You must register one week prior to class. To register, call 916-358-3575.

NOVEMBER ART SHOW:
 The Diamond Springs Art Association will present their annual art show and sale beginning Monday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 8, at the El Dorado County Government Building B, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville. Open hours for the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, except Friday, when the show closes at 3 p.m. There will be a free raffle, with the winner receiving an original painting from a local artist.

DRAWING IS FUN:
A new class titled “Basics of Drawing” will be offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 29 through Nov. 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class members will learn the basics of drawing, the five basic shapes, and the effects of light, including proportions of faces. A required supply list will be available at registration. The class fee is $39. Call 916-358-3575 to register.

STAINED GLASS MOSAIC:
A new class titled “Create Your Own Stained Glass Mosaic” is scheduled for Thursdays, Nov. 7 through Nov. 21, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The registration deadline is Oct. 25. A supply fee of $30 is payable upon registration. No prior experience is necessary to create your colorful stained glass mosaic. To register, call 916-358-3575.

BUY THE GOOD STUFF:
 The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book has the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that it’s best to buy the expensive paint that covers in one coat.” — Age 29 

DIABETES EDUCATION CLASS: 
Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Diabetes Education: Gaining Better Control,” on Wed., Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Placerville. Class topics include the following subjects: Key Tools for managing diabetes, Making sense of your blood glucose numbers, Medication options, and Emotions & diabetes. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, with an MD referral. For exact location information and to register for the class, call 530-672-7021.

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT:
 “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. This group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. The Nov. 7 session will discuss, “Let’s Give Thanks . . . for our wonderful life.”

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE:
 The Wednesday Bridge Group meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The daily drop-in fee is $3. Bill Taggart is the instructor. You can receive informal lessons during the first hour, with game play and practice during the final two hours. These sessions are not designed for brand new beginners.

BEARDED LADY IN TOWN?
 The following statement is from the book “disorder in the American Courts:”
”ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town, I’m going with male.”

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP:
A monthly caregiver support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This group provides care-giving strategies, education, resources, and a shoulder to lean on. Group members are encouraged to share experiences and ideas. Drop-ins are welcome.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar has the following advice: “Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.”

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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