Heard over the back fence: Meet the author at CP Library

By From page B1 | January 31, 2014

COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Common sense is like deodorant, the people who need it most never use it.”

USED BOOKS FOR SALE: On Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., will be selling used books for $5 a bag. Also, author Cindy Sample will be available for signing her books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will speak at 1:15 p.m. She is the author of the Laurel McKay mystery series, including “Dying for a Date,” “Dying for a Dance,” and “Dying for a Daiquiri.” Also, she was the winner of the 2011 Northern Calif. Publishers and Authors Fiction Award. Come on out and meet Cindy. 

DON’T MESS WITH CATS: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Do not meddle in the affairs of cats. For they are cunning and you sleep with your mouth open.”

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Marshall Hospital Auxiliary has volunteer drivers’ interviews scheduled for Feb. 13, May 14, Aug. 13, and Oct. 15. For more information about the Feb. 13 interview to recruit volunteers, call 530-626-2643 or call Mary O”Brien at 530-677-3543.

IT’S SIMPLE – BE KIND: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book gives us the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the best advice you can give anyone is ‘Be Kind’.” — Age 66

HEALTH ON THE WAY: The El Dorado Community Health Center will be coming to 3104 Ponte Morino Dr., Cameron Park, in March. More details to follow.

PJ FUN: “PJ Storytime” at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, takes place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Bring the little ones in their P.J.’s and enjoy the stories. The next session will be on Feb. 26.

CHOCOLATE THOUGHT: Neil Pfafman provided the following chocolate “wisdom:” “The preservatives in chocolate make you look younger.”

ALL ABOARD! “Mexican Train” dominoes is played on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Beginners and drop-ins are welcome. Ray Martin is the group leader. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

WHY BE A LIAR? Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “Do you know why people cheat and lie? . . . Because they know it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.”

EVENT CANCELED: We were just informed that the “Family Wellness Event” scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park, has been canceled. 

NO WISHFUL THINKING: Review the “Zen” calendar, and you will find the following thought: “It’s called enlightenment. It’s nothing more or less than seeing things as they are rather than as we wish or believe them to be.” — Steve Hagen

SENIOR COMPUTER CLASS: Computer classes are being offered on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class for Jan. 24 is “Saving, Storing Files.” Class topics include keyboard, mouse and basic functions of the computer. Bring your laptop or tablet for hands-on practice. There is no fee for this class. David Chighizola is the instructor. Preregistration is required. Call 530-677-2231 to register.

HUNTING IN YOUR BACKYARD: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Maxine” saying: “If the price of food gets any higher, I’ll be setting out animal traps in my backyard.”

ZUMBA WORKOUT: Classes titled “Zumba Basic” are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. The class fee is $35 for Cameron Park residents or $40 for non-residents. Rosalie Steams is the instructor. Classes will feature “exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats.” For more information, call 530-677-2231.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: A “Stroke Education and Support Group” meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 681 Main St., Room 208, Placerville, from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your brown bag lunch. For more information, call 530-626-2642.

LET GO OF THE PAST: John Bruno sent the following “Seize the Day” quote: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Will Rogers

AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: How about starting off the New Year by helping others? The Marshall Hospital Auxiliary needs and wants you to join this special group of volunteers. If you are interested, please call for an interview at the Auxiliary Cottage at 530-626-2643 or call Mary O’Brien at 530-677-3543.

OFF-SITE RECYCLING CENTER: The El Dorado Hills Recycling Center , 4421 Latrobe Rd., El Dorado Hills, has the following hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. daily; lunch times may vary). Accepts recyclables, electronics, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and yard waste. Need more info? Visit:

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: AARP is presenting a class for those 50 and older. The “Smart Driver Course” will provide current DMV information and introduce defensive driving techniques for older drivers. Pre-registration with payment is required. The instructor is Ralph Hern. The class will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, on Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Feb. 18 through Feb. 25. The class fee for AARP members is $15. Non-members pay $20. Checks only, please, made out to AARP. To register, call 916-358-3575.

DONATE YOUR VEHICLE: You can support Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County by donating your car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV. Free towing. Vehicles are accepted if they are running or not. Call 1-888-7-DONATE or visit to make your donation.

ARE CHAINS REQUIRED? To check out road conditions, call 1-800-427-7623.

A DALAI DILLY: In the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, the following thought is presented: “A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.”

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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