Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Parenting 2013 seminar Wednesday

 My friend John Chapman sent the following figurine “Mall Therapy” statement: “Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.”

A presentation titled “Parenting in 2013″ is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. Keynote speaker will be David Love, MFT. Topics to be discussed include media, bullying, violence, single parenting, and the role of father. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $25, which can be presented at the door. Please RSVP to 530-295-2403 or or on the Website at

”PJ Storytime” is designed for children, ages 3 to 5 years old and their adults. Activities include enjoying stories, songs and crafts in your jammies! The next session will be April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.

 An “E-Life Concert for Charity” is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Keith Greeninger will entertain with guitar and vocals. Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Please RSVP to For more information, call Jeanette Thomas at 530-676-0206. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Shingle Springs Community Center.

 Clara Neilsen provided the following German proverb: “God gives the nuts, but He does not crack them.”

 The Relay for Life Committee is presenting a community informational rally on April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd. Information regarding the “Relay for Life Walk”, to be held Sept. 7 and 8 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, will be offered. Advice regarding fielding a walk team or joining an existing team will be available. You may also sign up as an individual. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 530-306-5013 or 530-919-7310.

Marshall Medical is sponsoring a 6-week series of “Childbirth Education” classes, on Tuesdays, April 30 to June 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Placerville. The class fee is $70. Scholarships are available to assist with paying the class fee. Class topics will include information regarding labor, delivery and postpartum issues.

Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled “Diabetes Education: Weight Management.” This class will be available on Wednesday, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., or Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both classes will be in Placerville. Class topics will include the following topics: How to lose weight and keep it off; meal planning; strategies for eating out; how to make positive lifestyle changes. The cost of the class is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with MD referral. Call 530-672-7021 to register for this class and for exact location information.

A pancake breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Placerville Airport. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $6. Children 12 and under pay $3. Proceeds benefit local youth and adult aviation programs, including Young Eagles and Civil Air Patrol. For more information, call 530-626-4165.

A “Cinco de Mayo Taco Fiesta” is scheduled one day early. On Saturday, May 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., you can purchase tacos at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, corner of Missouri Flat Rd. and Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs. You can eat the tacos in the Lions Hall or buy them to take home. Tacos are $1.50 each or four for $5. You may also purchase a dinner of 2 tacos, beans and rice for $6. For more information, call 530-644-8519. Proceeds will benefit the El Dorado County Friends of Seniors group. Food tickets can be purchased at the See’s candy shack in the Mother Lode Lions Hall parking lot or in the hall on the day of the event.

On Saturday, May 4, the United Methodist Women’s annual Tea and Fashion Show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foothills Methodist Church, 3301 Green Valley Rd., Rescue. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through May 1 in the church office on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A full tea is offered, and fashions will be provided by Leah Marie Fashions, Off Broadway and Reloveit. For more information, call 530-677-4910.

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.

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