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Heard over the back fence: Medicare enrollment period near

By From page B1 | October 11, 2013

DON’T REACH TOO FAR:
 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “The last time I reached for the stars I pulled a muscle.”

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: 
Medicare open enrollment takes place between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. HICAP provides free one-on-one counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. HICAP is offering the following two free workshops regarding Medicare benefits and Medicare costs: Friday, Oct. 25, at El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 10 a.m. and on Monday, Oct. 28, Placerville Senior Center at 1:30 p.m.

A RED SKELETON QUOTE:
 Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following “Red Skelton’s Recipe for a Happy Marriage:” “Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.”

HALLOWEEN AT THE LAKE:
 A Halloween carnival and pumpkin patch will be held at the Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd., on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Put on your costume and enjoy this event. This event includes old fashion carnival games with prizes, a pumpkin patch maze, crafts, a costume parade, food refreshments and more. Admission is free.

WIFE KNOWS BEST:
 Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following statement:
”Water in the carburetor
WIFE: There is trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor.
HUSBAND: Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous.
WIFE: I tell you the car has water in the carburetor.
HUSBAND: You don’t even know what a carburetor is. I’ll check it out. Where’s the car?
WIFE: In the pool.”

CHORUS NEEDS NEW MEMBERS: 
The Sierra Gold Chorus, Auburn Chapter of Sweet Adelines, includes members who live in El Dorado County. Ladies of all ages are invited to attend Monday rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. at Burback Hall, DeWitt Center, 11577 E. Ave. in Auburn. For more information, call Carolie at 530-478-0130, Barb at 530-885-4202, Bev at 916-663-2105 or visit the Website at sierragoldchorus.org.

THERE HE GOES AGAIN:
I noticed there is a new real estate brokerage in town, titled Delfino Becker Real Estate. Margot Delfino, Realtor, and attorney David Becker have teamed up for this new venture. I know Dave Becker, and I have always admired his energy, his intelligence, and his singing voice. He always has time for a new venture or adventure. Good luck to both of you!

COOK A SUPER SOUP!
A class titled “Super Soups” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The menu will include Pumpkin-Ginger Soup, Creamy Turkey Vegetable, and one other delicious fall soup. Participants will take home recipes for these three soups and more. A $15 supply fee is required to hold your spot. Registration deadline is Oct. 18. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL AND MORE:
 The El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado, is sponsoring a “Harvest Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. A beef and mushroom braised stew will be served at 5 p.m. There will also be a crafts and bake sale, plus a bird house auction. You can listen to 1940s to 1960s music while you enjoy dinner. Seating is limited in the church hall. Tickets are $8. For tickets call Marti Dunn at the Books N Bears Store at 530-621-1766.

BLOOD IN THE HILLS:
A blood drive is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Service District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 916-453-3039.

SENIOR TOUR IS TERRIFIC:
 My wife, Monika, and daughter, Shellie, recently took a senior bus trip from our county on a one-day tour of Golden Gate Park, the Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. Both reported that the tour guide, El Dorado Hills CSD General Manager Brent Dennis, did a great job by providing interesting and humorous information about the Park and San Francisco, all the special gardens and some behind-the-scene places which the average tourist does not get to see. The trip was lots of fun and educational, too. Thanks, also, to bus driver Ernie No. 1, who provided lots of humor and a safe ride.

GOLDEN GOOSE IS COMING:
 For those plan-aheaders, the “Golden Goose Craft Show” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both shows will be at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. This 20th annual craft show will feature fall and Christmas items and everyday home decor items. Prizes and a raffle are included. Admission is free.

A DALAI DILLY: 
The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following advice: “When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.”

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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