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Heard over the back fence: Michelle Flood to sign book

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ADVICE FROM A WOLF: 
John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “ADVICE FROM A WOLF. ‘Advice: Trust your instincts. Be at home in nature. Keep your den clean. Stand fur what you believe in. Stay on track. Howl with your friends. Be a leader. Pack life with good memories.’”

BOOK SIGNING IN CAMERON PARK:
 Local author and artists Michelle Salazar Flood will be signing her book, “Years of Silence,” at the Snooty Frog Restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be available. The Snooty Frog Restaurant is located in Burke’s Junction, 3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park.

PROCRASTINATOR’S OATH: 
My friend Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Maxine” saying: “I find it helps to organize chores into categories: Things I won’t do now; things I won’t do later; things I’ll never do.”

TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: 
It is that time of the year again! Would you like to volunteer or have a Toys for Tots barrel placed at your business? For more information, visit toysfortots.org.

STORYTIME FOR KIDS:
 Storytime is presented every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. This class is for children, ages 3 to 5 and their adults. The session includes songs, rhymes, stories, age-appropriate crafts, and lots of fun. Register at Storytime and receive a free book and book bag for your child.

HOOTERS MEETING: 
The Breast Cancer Support Group, AKA “Hooters,” will now be meeting on the second Friday of each month at 681 Main St., Placerville. On Nov. 8, they will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Group members include newly diagnosed ladies and ladies who are years post op. For more information, contact “Charlie” Hall at 916-644-3963 or Fay Alexander at 530-620-3436.

CHOCOLATE WISDOM:
 Thanks to Neil Pfafman, we offer the following chocolate advice: “Put ‘Eat chocolate’ at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done today.”

IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY:
A class titled “Brain Connections” meets on the third Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The class is described in the following way: “Nourish your body and your brain by enjoying breakfast with us. Together we will identify practical ways to increase memory and stay mentally sharp while also having fun.” Call the Senior Center at 916-358-3575 to hold your spot! Reservations are a must! The class fee is $5. Judy Bakke is the facilitator.

FUN AND ADVICE AT THE LIBRARY: 
Our libraries have a pamphlet titled “Rx Medical Thrillers,” which lists 11 medical thriller books. They also have a pamphlet titled “Do It Yourself,” which lists over 25 books to help you complete that home repair or remodel project.

SHARE THE FUN:
 John Bruno forwarded the following “Practice Kindness” quote: “Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously.”

FOOD BANK NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers for the Food Bank of El Dorado are needed at Warehouse in Diamond Springs for food sorting and repackaging, rescue route aid; Class B drivers; administrative office light housekeeping volunteer in Cameron Park.

FORGET THE BAD STUFF:
 The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book includes the following life lessons: “I’ve learned that when bad things happen to me, I should keep the lesson but throw away the experience.”

PASS THE GRAVY, PLEASE:
 The Senior Nutrition lunch for today is “Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, oatmeal date bar, juice and wheat bread and milk. The suggested donation is $3 for adults, 60 years old or older. For location information for the nearest Senior Nutrition site closest to your house, call 530-621-6160.

DON’T BE NERVOUS:
 The Toastmasters’ group can help you overcome nervousness when you have to speak publicly or at work. The “Statement Makers” group meets on the first three Wednesdays of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in Raley’s meeting room, Park Drive, El Dorado Hills. For more information, contact Petrice Foxworthy, text or call 503-306-5604, cambridgechiro@msn.com.

EL DORADO TRANSIT CLOSED VETERANS DAY: 
El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING:
A holiday tree lighting is scheduled at the Town Center, El Dorado Hills, on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the upper level of Theater Plaza at 6:30 p.m. A “stuff your stocking game” for the first 125 kids will take place at 4 p.m. The “Rockin Road” show takes place between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m.

AVOID BEING A CYNIC:
 Read the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will discover the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that although there may be reasons to be cynical, it never helps to correct the situation.” — Age 51

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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