Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Magic Dan and Poodlums to appear

From page B1 | July 16, 2014 |

CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Layman’s 10 Commandments” quote: “All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it; they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry; they can’t last long either.”

MAGIC DAN SHOW: On Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., the Magic Dan Magical Show will be presented at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. Children of all ages and adults enjoy this very popular show.

THE POODLUMS ARE BACK! On July 18, you can sing, dance and learn with the Poodlums at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Children, 5 and younger and their adults, are encouraged to attend. Tickets are required! Tickets will be distributed beginning July 15 at the library. These tickets are free but must be picked up. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

GAME DAY AND COOKIES: The “Tuesday Coffee, Tea and Friends” group meets every second Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The Aug. 12 meeting will be a game day with cookies. The following games will be offered: Mexican Train, Crown 5, Hand and Foot, Bingo (designated months), Yahtzee, Pinochle, Rummykube and others.

TEST YOUR VOCAL CORDS: “Teen Tuesdays” for youngsters, 10 to 18 years old, takes place every Tuesday at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, from 2 to 4 p.m. Karaoke fun is scheduled for July 22.

ENJOY THE WILD THINGS! A presentation titled “Wild Things” is offered on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. Participants will learn about the “wild and exotic animals that share this planet with us.” Some of these beautiful critters will visit the class.

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: Officials at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., have notified us that Kaisha Nalavadi of El Dorado Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Congratulations, Kaisha! Receiving a university degree requires a lot of work, discipline and dedication. We wish you equal success for your bright future.

DON’T COUNT ME OUT: Editor Mike Raffety provided the following quote from comic Steven Wright: “I intend to live forever …  so far, so good.”

HOLY SMOKERS BBQ: On Saturday, Aug. 9, the “Human Concerns Ministry” at Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra de Dios Dr., El Dorado Hills, will host its annual barbecue in the Social Center at the church. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. The “Holy Smokers” will prepare barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green salad, and rolls plus lemonade, tea and dessert. Music will be available. Adult tickets are $13. Children 12 and under pay $7. Family of five or more pay $45. Call the church at 530-677-3234 or stop by the church office to purchase tickets.

COUNCIL ON THE MOVE: For my efficient, plan-ahead readers, the El Dorado Arts Council plans to move to the historical Fausel House at 772 Pacific St., Placerville. A grand opening party will be held on Nov. 1.

MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT: Marshall Medical’s “Diabetes Class Series” is offering a class titled “Weight Management” on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Cameron Park. Class topics include: “Lose weight and keep it off * Learn meal planning * Strategies for eating out * Make positive lifestyle changes.” For exact location information, to register and to discuss class fee, call 530-672-7021.

BUMPER STICKER FUN: Mimi Kover of El Dorado Hills sent me the following bumper sticker: “Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.” Feel free to substitute any name you want instead of Harry Reid, if you so desire.

LET’S GO HIKING! The American River Conservancy has scheduled a hike from Woods Lake to Round Top Lake for Aug. 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following description of the hike is offered: “This is a seven-mile moderate to intermediate hike with some steep parts. Fit 12-year-olds and older are welcome with adult supervision. Call to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville area). The number to call to reserve your spot is 530-621-1224.

BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUPS: “Bipolar Insights” support groups are available at the following locations: Sunday at 7 p.m. at Marshall Medical Conference Rm., 681 Main St., Rooms 207 and 208 (upstairs), Placerville. Monday at 7 p.m. at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Rm. 304, Placerville. For more information, call 530-642-0859.

MAIN STREET CRAFT FAIR: On Sunday, Aug. 10, Main Street, Placerville, closes to host the “Craft Fair” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 100 artisans will be featured. The “Late for Dinner” band will provide great entertainment. For more information, call 530-672-3436.

A ZEN ZINGER: Review the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following suggestion: “Don’t just do something. Sit there.” — Sylvia Boorstein

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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