Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Heard over the back fence: Prom boutique Friday

90-YEAR OLDS ARE SMART:
 Thanks to Carlyn White, the following “Just Grins and Snickers” statement is offered: “Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table. ‘Young man, we’re both 90 years old,’ the husband said. ‘We may not have 45 minutes.’ They were seated immediately.”

PROM BOUTIQUE DAY: 
We just received formation that “Prom Boutique Day” will take place on Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories will be available at no cost to students. For more information, call 530-677-3859.

OLD DOUGH:
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following interesting classified ad: “Free Female Bagel, 1 1/2 Years. To Good Home Please!” — Classified ad in an Iowa newspaper.

PANCAKES AND AIRPLANES:
A pancake breakfast will be offered on Saturday, April 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Breakfast cost is $6 a person. Children 12 and under pay $3. Proceeds support local youth and adult aviation programs, including Young Eagles and Civil Air Patrol. For more information, call 530-626-4165 or visit hangtowneaa512@org.

FREE FUN FOR KIDS:
 The annual “Kids Expo” is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Dr. This event is for children 10 years old or younger. Admission is free. There will be over 100 activities and booths. For more information, call Rene Line at 530-644-0569, Ext. 101.

LOVE IS IN THE SMELL: 
Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we offer the following “What Does Love Mean?” statement: “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other:” — Kari – Age 5

MOTHER GOOSE RIDES AGAIN: 
The “Mother Goose on the Loose” award-winning program is a lap sit storytime for little ones, ages 1 week to 2 years old. This program is offered on Fridays at 10:30 and at 11 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. The program includes music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. For more information, call 530-621-5500.

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP:
 Caregiver support groups offer an opportunity to share information and to feel a connection to to other caregivers. The next caregiver meeting will be on Tuesday, April 9, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the new location — Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193, adjacent to the Calif. Conservancy Corps’ facility. Refreshments will be served. Also, free respite care is available to qualified caregivers. Pre-authorization is required for respite services. For more information, call 530-621-6151. Drop-ins are welcome.

BET ON LONGEST NOSE: 
David Long provided the following quotation from the link to the Amber Page with the Lazarus Long quotation, which comes from the writings of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein: “It has long been known that one horse can run faster than another — but which one? Differences are crucial.”

RESCUE BABY BIRDS:
 Volunteers are needed to feed and care for orphaned baby birds at the Sierra Wildlife Rescue Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Classes on feeding and caring for the orphaned babies will be held in April at the following times: April 6, 10 a.m-noon; April 9, 7 – 9 p.m.; April 20, 1-3 p.m.; and April 23, 7-9 p.m. You only need to attend one class in order to qualify. Children 10 or older are welcome to volunteer if accompanied by a parent. For more information or to register for classes, call Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650.

WHY SAVE THE EARTH? 
Carlyn White provided the following “Great Lesson on Stress” statement: “Save the earth . . . it’s the only planet with chocolate.”

BBQ CELEBRATION:
 Back 40 Texas BBQ restaurant, 3977 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs, is celebrating their 20th year in business. Great food and great service is a winning combination. Congratulations! 

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 
Every third Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Alzheimer’s Association support group meets at the Moni Gilmore El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This group is for families, friends and caregivers of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. This free group is provided by trained facilitators Ginger McMurchie and Felicia Juntunen. Learn effective ways to cope with and care for your loved one. Walk-ins are welcome.

A DALAI DILLY:
 The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offers the following observation: “Through money or power you cannot solve all problems. The problem in the human heart must be solved first.”

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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