Heard over the back fence: Move clocks ahead March 9

By From page B1 | March 07, 2014

OLD-TIMERS’ QUIZ: Carlyn White provided the following “Old-Timers’ Test:” “Question: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet.”

MOVE IT FORWARD: Do not forget to set your clocks forward on March 9 at 2 a.m.

BABYSITTERS CLASS: Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Super Sitters.” Boys and girls, ages 11 to 15, are taught how to become competent and responsible babysitters. This class is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 530-626-2990 for location, more information, and to register for this class.

SCHOOL VISITORS’ DAY: El Dorado Adventist School has scheduled their Visitors’ Day for Tuesday, March 11, at 8 a.m., at 1900 Broadway, Placerville. A parent tour and reception, with morning refreshments and a complementary lunch, will be served. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 530-622-3560.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH: On Monday, March 17, the movie “Last Vegas” will be shown at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Admission is free. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen. I saw this movie, and you can enjoy lots of laughs, and the price is right!

ROMANTIC THRILLERS LIST: Our libraries have a pamphlet tilted “Romantic Thrillers,” which lists nine thriller books you might want to check out.

CAMERON PARK SPECIALTY CLASSES: The Cameron Park Community Services District is offering the following “specialty classes:” Cooking with Chef Susan, Wines of the World, Let’s Uke, Essential Oils, Making Math Fun for Parents and Golf Lessons. Safety classes – Hunter Safety, CPR and First-Aid Courses, Lifeguard Title 22 and other essential Guard training classes. If you are interested, check out the online Activity Guide at or call the district office for more information at 530-677-2231.

ALWAYS TIME FOR FUN: A review of the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book reveals the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that you always find time to do the things you really want to do.” — Age 64

ARE CHAINS REQUIRED? To check out Road Conditions, call 1-800-427-7623.

GENEALOGY 101 CLASS: If you want to explore your family tree, you should attend the “Genealogy 101″ class scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn how to start to build their family tree and how to conduct more advanced research. You will leave with needed forms. The presenter will be Trevor Thomas from the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

TEST FOR OLD-TIMERS: Carlyn White forwarded the following “Old Times Test” question: “Question: If you were running a race, and you passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now? Answer: You would be in second. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.”

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE: Legal assistance for seniors, age 60 and older, is available. Call 530-621-6154 to schedule your appointment in El Dorado Hills.

REVIEW YOUR MEDICATION: A new presentation titled “Brown Bag Medication Review” will be available on March 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., by appointment, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You are invited to put all of your prescription medications, supplements and over-the-counter medications in a brown bag and bring them to the Senior Center for a consultation with a pharmacist. This is a private, one-on-one consultation to get your questions answered. Call 916-358-3573 to arrange your appointment. The pharmacist will be from the Walgreen’s El Dorado Hills pharmacy staff.

NEW APPETIZER RECIPES: A new class titled “Totally Tapas . . . Appetizers Anyone?” is scheduled for March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is a hands-on opportunity to make and sample hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Please bring a $20 for the supply fee to the Senior Center to hold your spot. Nora Kolthoff will be the instructor.

YVONNE CAN HELP YOU: “Think You can’t Exercise?” is a class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The daily drop-in fee is $2. Yvonne Griffin is the group leader. Class activities include: safe stretching, range of motion, simple movements, strengthening exercises, sitting and standing exercises. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

HOSPICE NEEDS YOU: Many volunteers are needed for the Snowline Hospice Program, including help needed at the thrift stores. If you would like to help, call Barbara Smiley at 530-621-7820.

JUMP ON THE TRAIN! You can play “Mexican Train Dominoes” on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Beginners are always welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

CLEANUP DATES: El Dorado Disposal will hold community cleanup events on the following days: Cameron Park, Saturday, April 26; Camino, Saturday, May 10; El Dorado Hills, Saturday, May 17; city of Placerville, Saturday, June 7. At these events you can drop off trash, bulky items, green waste and recyclables. For more information about these events, call 530-626-4141 or 916-985-1162, or visit

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: You “plan aheaders” might like to know that the El Dorado County’s Home and Garden Show is scheduled for May 2 through May 4 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on: Friday, May 2, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

USE MY EYES: John Chapman provided the following plaque statement: “‘If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are.’ Love, Grandma Taylor.” 

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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