Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Painting raffle for library

From page B1 | June 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I thought I wanted a career . . . turns out I just wanted paychecks.”

 Thanks to the generosity of Jack Sweeney, the Friends of the El Dorado County Library are raffling off a beautiful painting by local artist Thaleia Georgirdes. It originally hung in Jack’s office and has been valued at approximately $1,440. Raffle tickets can be purchased now through Aug. 25 at the front desk of all county libraries.

 Free “G” rated movies, popcorn and beverages are available on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The July 10th movie will be “Piglet’s Big Movie.” For more information, call 530-621-5547.

A monthly dance night, on the first Friday of each month, will be hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Center. The next dance will be on July 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center, 4400 South Shingle Rd. A $5 donation is appreciated. Music will be provided by DJ Fau, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Maria Brugger at 530-306-4614.

 Look at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will find the following contradiction: “OPEN. GOVERNMENT SEMINAR WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.” — Associated Press headline.

 The “Story and Play” program offers stories, songs, rhymes and an interactive playtime with your infant and toddler. This program is designed for ages 1 to 3 years old, and is offered on July 1 and July 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr.

 Clara Neilsen provided the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that, ultimately, takers lose and givers win.” — Age 58 

Senior Game Day takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Seniors are welcome to enjoy two hours of coffee, tea and board and card games. For more information, call 530-677-2231. Enjoy the games and conversation from 10 a.m. to noon.

 Recently Cameron Park Rotarians Steve Long, Janice Falek and Bill Gallant distributed 43 bikes to local children in need. Thank you, Rotarians!

The “Summer Reading Club” is offering “Carrot Mob Toddler Adventures” on Tuesdays, through July 23, at 11 a.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. This family-fun program for toddlers (18 months to 2 years old) offers “lively movement and healthy eating activities.” For more information, call 530-621-5547.

 The welcome wagon rolls out for the following new members of the El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society: Pamela and Dennis King, Marla Porter, Karen Powell and Francine Shannon. It’s time to dive into the dirt!

 Filmfare is an outdoor projector movie program that takes place on the grass (lawn) of the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 8:45 p.m. The July 20 movie will be “Way Out West,” starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, plus “Berth Marks,” starring Laurel and Hardy as musicians enduring a train trip. Donations are welcome.

 The Front Yard Nursery provided the following garden advice for June (partial list):

• “Rebuild watering basins around trees and shrubs for deep watering.

• Protect ripening fruit with bird netting or scare tactics such as reflective tape, plastic owls, old CDs, plastic snakes, old neck ties, or wind chimes. Put up just as fruit ripens so the
birds don’t become too familiar with the devices.

• Remove spent flowers on annuals for rebloom.
- Feed azaleas, camellias, gardenias and rhododendrons with azalea food.

• Feed lawns with Endure 16-16-16 or Dr. Earth organic lawn fertilizer.

• Feed perennials and shrubs that have extensive bloom times with 16-16-16 or Rose & Flower Food by Dr. Earth.

• Plant a batch of herbs near the kitchen door for easy access to instant flavor.

”Friends for Survival” is a national and local program designed for those who have experienced a death by suicide of a family member or friend. A variety of peer support services are provided. For more information regarding this local program, call 530-647-8864.

The Rotary Club of Cameron Park rolls out the welcome mat for new members Sheldon Maughan and Terry Rogers. Welcome aboard, gentlemen!

 A glance at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar reveals the following thought: “What irritates us in the first place is that our wishes are not fulfilled. But remaining upset does nothing to help fulfill those wishes. So we neither fulfill our wishes nor regain our cheerfulness. This disconcerted state, from which anger can grow, is most dangerous. We should try never to let our happy frame of mind be disturbed. Whether we are suffering at present or have suffered in the past, there is no reason to be unhappy.” 

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 1360 Broadway. 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.

Discussion | 1 comment

  • Fran DuChampJune 24, 2013 - 1:23 am

    ART WORK BENEFITS LIBRARY...this is too easy...maybe another time. (The squirrel from the Pollock " mural" had disappeared--now its back --I believe it is a squirrel--I could up load the pics of this ever changing mural--apparently the director has allowed the mural to be repainted over and many murals will be painted in the same place? lololol)

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