Heard over the back fence: Plan now for ‘Touch of Paradise’

By From page B1 | May 07, 2014

NOT UP TO PAR: Sarah St. John sent the following comment that appeared on a student’s report card in N. Y. City: “Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve.”

PARADISE IN PLACERVILLE: The St. Patrick’s Ladies Society’s luncheon, “A Touch in Paradise,” is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at Gurnell Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10. There will be good food, prizes and desserts. For reservations or information, call Barbara Goyette at 530-622-9299 or Susan Meyer at 530-622-5881.

FEATURED VOLUNTEER: Janice Clanton is the “Featured Volunteer” for the Cameron Park Library. Janice handles the “Honors Book Sales” in the library lobby. She also assists with the “Second Saturday” book sales and other projects. The “Between Friends” newsletter describes her as “One hard-working lady.” Congratulations, Janice, for being selected as the “Featured Volunteer,” and thank you for your service to our community.

EMERGENCY CLASS FOR KIDS: On Wednesday, May 14, a presentation titled “Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program” will be offered at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. This program will be at 11:45 a.m. and is tailored for children. The instructor will teach children how to prepare for emergencies in a light-hearted way. Kits will be on display, and handouts will be offered. For more information, call 530-644-2498.

JUMP ON BOARD: The El Dorado Western Railroad runs their train every Sunday, weather permitting. The first ride leaves at noon. The last ride leaves at 3:15 p.m. The May 18 ride will be at 6000 Oriental St. in the town of El Dorado, next to the El Dorado Community Hall. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up is appreciated. A $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 is also appreciated.

LONG-TERM CARE DISCUSSION: Eskaton Village of Placerville will feature Denise A. Ash of N.Y. Life on May 15 at 5 p.m. at Eskaton Village Placerville Center, 3397 Blair Lane. Her speech topic will be “Understanding Long Term Care.” RSVP to 530-295-3400 to reserve your spot.

DOES LOVE MEAN NOTHING? Paul Chafer sent the following question and answer: “WHY: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love?’ BECAUSE: In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the U.S., Americans (naturally), mispronounced it ‘love.’”

BE THE LIBRARY’S FRIEND: Ann Mintmier forwarded the following information: “The annual membership drive for Pollock Pines Library’s Friends of the Library is under way. Dues are $10 for individuals or $25 for families. To become a member or to renew your membership, please send a check to PPFOL, PO Box 757, Pollock Pines 95726, or drop by the Library Tuesday from noon-7 p.m. or Wednesday or Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also pay with PayPal by going to For more info please email [email protected] or call Anne at 530-644-2739.

VETERANS ID CARDS AVAILABLE: Are you aware that new Veterans ID cards are issued to veterans every Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, by appointment, inside the Veterans Memorial Building, at the Office of Veterans Affairs, 130 Placerville Dr? Please bring your DD 214 or other identifying documents. If you do not have any documents, they can be ordered from the Department of Defense. Call 530-621-5840 to schedule your appointment.

MAKE A DECISION! Check out the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will discover the following life lessons: “I’ve learned that it’s best to be decisive, even if it means I’ll sometimes be wrong.” — Age 51

STORYTIME FOR AGES 0 TO 5 YEARS: On Wednesdays at 11 a.m., the “Story time and Crafts” class is offered at the Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail. Siblings are always welcome, too.

FIT FOR LIFE: A class titled “Fit 4 Life” is designed for those who are involved in “active aging.” This class is described as “An effective and balanced low impact workout that combines cardio, strength, balance and some core work.” Bring a mat and water. This class for seniors takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the El Dorado Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. For more information, call 916-358-3575. The class fee is $50 for a 10-class punch-card or $80 for a 20-class punch-card.

STREET SMARTS PREVAIL: Thanks to John Bruno, we offer the following “Life’s Little Instructions” calendar quote: “Years teach, but it’s experience that begets wisdom.”

SUCCESSFUL SMART STUDENT: Oregon State University officials have informed us that Carl J. Hughes of Diamond Springs has been placed on the Scholastic Honor Roll after maintaining a 3.5 or better grade-point average during the winter semester. Great job, Carl! We congratulate your hard work and your success.

CASA NEEDS YOU! CASA El Dorado is seeking volunteers to become “CASA Advocates” to serve the abused and neglected children of our community. To find out more about the upcoming classes for new volunteer Advocates, please contact Michelle Vien in Placerville at [email protected] or call 530-622-9882.

DEFINING A HERO: Clara Neilsen gave me the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that heroes are people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.” — Age 77

NEW ROCKHOUND: El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society extends a red carpet and welcomes new member Logan Briggs.

BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUPS: “Bipolar Insights” support groups are available for individuals, families and the community. A $5 donation is appreciated for the following sessions:  Sunday at 7 p.m. Marshall Medical Conference Rm., 681 Main St., #207 and #208 (upstairs), Placerville; Monday at 7 p.m. Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Rm. 304, Placerville.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following quote: “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” — Meister Eckhart

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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