Heard over the back fence: Placerville celebrates 90 years of Lionism

By From page B1 | May 30, 2014

TIME IS VALUABLE: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Thought Provoking:” “Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children.” — Anthony Douglas Williams 

90 YEARS OF SERVICE: On June 7 at 6 p.m., the Placerville Lions Club will celebrate 90 years of serving those in need in our community. There will be an evening of good food, remembering and dancing, at the American Legion, Post 119, hall at 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Tickets are available from Lion members and cost $30. For more information, call Martha at 530-677-4891 or Sue at 530-672-8532.

CONNECTING WITH THE COSMOS: A presentation titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection” will be offered on Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Mike Turney will explore our intimate connection to the cosmos and our place in space.

PLACERVILLE EVENTS: The following events are scheduled for June in Placerville: Saturday, June 7 – Wagon Train on Main Street  noon- 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21 — “Main Street Matters” Reveal Celebration  4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 — Bell Tower Brewfest  6- 9 p.m. JUNE – OCTOBER Daily (light poles on Main Street) — Banners on Parade 2014.

CEMETERY FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for the restoration of the Clarksville Cemetery is scheduled for June 7, from noon to 4 p.m., at 4540 Post St., Suite 230, El Dorado Hills. This fundraiser will feature a guided tour of the cemetery (free shuttle), live music, raffles, food and drinks for sale and more. For more information, contact Jim and Erlinda Vindler at 530-391-1490 or [email protected] or go to & click on “Community Projects.” This is a family-friendly event. Bring the kids, the parents and grandparents! All donations are tax deductible.

“LIMELIGHT” RECOGNITION: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we offer the following information: “WHY: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’? BECAUSE: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the center of attention.”

AIR PARK GARAGE SALE: The Friends of Cameron Airpark are sponsoring a garage sale in the Cameron Park Airport at 3171 Boeing Rd. on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fundraiser will go towards purchasing safety equipment for the airport, an automated weather observation system. Stop by and meet the friendly FOCA members.

FREE T-SHIRT TIME: The El Dorado Hills Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, June 9, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the blood mobile, which will be located in the CSD parking lot, El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Donors receive a free T-shirt. Bring a photo ID. Eat and drink before donating.

MS. O: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar noted the following information: “First Miss Black America Contest: 1968. Miss Black Tennessee 1971: Oprah Winfrey.”

KICK OFF PARTY: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, is having a “Summer Reading Club Kick Off” party on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at the library. Children, from babies to age 18, are invited with their adults. Rubio’s Mexican Restaurant will provide book markings for one free child’s meal. There will also be face painting, carnival games and bubble blowing.

WHAT EXACTLY IS INSULIN? Marshall Medical is offering a class titled “Insulin Essentials” on Wednesday, June 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 201, Cameron Park. Class topics will include “the benefits of insulin, gaining better control and achieving a balance.” For more information or to register for this class, call 530-672-7021.

BUSINESS SUCCESS RULE: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that the secret of success in business is surprisingly simple: Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.” — Age 73

BAYLEY HOUSE BARN SALE: You can still reserve your space to sell your items at the annual Bayley House barn sale. The barn sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bayley House, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. Space rentals are $20 outside or $25 inside the barn. Reservations must be paid in advance. To reserve a space, mail your check to FOBH, PO Box 365, Cool 95614 or for more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 530-887-8848. Bring your own table, chairs and umbrella. Lunch items, such as hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, will be available for purchase. Also, your small children can enjoy the Bayley Barn playground equipment.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following observation: “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple: the philosophy is kindness.” — The Dalai Lama

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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