THINK BEFORE YOU ACT: Clara Neilsen gave me the book, “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” This life-lessons book offers advice from people ages 5 to 95, such as the following insight: “I’ve learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.” — Age 27.
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FREE ANNIVERSARY PARTY: KFOK Community Radio is sponsoring a free 10th anniversary party, “Thanks for the Giving Concert” on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Marshall Grange, 4940 Marshall Rd., Garden Valley. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; and the concert, featuring Paul Kamm and Eleanore McDonald (Achilles Wheel) will start at 7 p.m. No tickets will be sold. Donations, at the door, will be gratefully accepted. Beer, wine, soda, juice, snacks and desserts will be available. For more information, call 530-333-4335.
SUPER STUDENT: Susan O’Farrell graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1969, when she was homecoming queen. Currently she is working on her second college degree. She was recently placed on the Dean’s List at Ashford University, Iowa, after maintaining a 3.96 grade-point average. Congratulations, Susan! Keep up those great grades!
KITTY SAFETY SUGGESTION: Cruise through the “Who Knew?” calendar, and you will find the following suggestion: “Cat lovers, beware! When it’s time to trim the tree, never use tinsel if you have a pet kitty. Cats love to play with tinsel and eat it, and it can be deadly if it gets stuck in their digestive system.”
REWARDS FOR BLOOD DONORS: A blood drive is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Community Services District Pavilion building, 1021Harvard Way (corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills). Donors must bring a photo I.D. Donors earn reward points for a Baskin-Robbins ice cream coupon or other items. For more information, call 916-453-3039.
EARLY HAPPY HOUR: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “We Stand Corrected” statement: “The following typo appeared in our last community news announcement: ‘Lunch will be gin at 12:15 p.m.’ Please correct to read ’12 noon.'”
DIVIDE BLOOD DRIVE: A community blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall, Main St., Georgetown. You can register and earn points for Baskin-Robbins ice cream or other items. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must bring a photo I.D. and should drink plenty of fluid before donating. For more information, call 1-800-4420, ext. 60039.
HOLIDAY FAIR AND LUNCH: The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville, is having a Holly Fair fundraiser on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. The fair will feature baked goods, jams, jellies and hand-crafted items. You may purchase a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You pay at the door. Adults pay $7.50, and children under 12 pay $1.50. Admission to the fair only is free. The $7.50 charge is for the lasagna lunch. For more information, call 530-622-2191 or 530-622-2441.
SUPPORT OUR FIREFIGHTERS: A community breakfast fundraiser for the Cameron Park Fire Department is scheduled for Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Explorer Post 89 will host this event. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, orange juice and a chance to win raffle prizes. For more information, call 530-677-2231. Breakfast cost is $5.
CHRISTMAS IN EL DORADO: A Christmas dinner will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Rd., El Dorado. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Majesty’s. Tickets in advance are $15 per person or $25 per couple. “At the door” tickets are $18 per person or $30 a couple. Please bring an unwrapped new toy for any age. The toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program. Advance tickets are available at the Irish Pub, Spanky’s, or by calling Ann Lee at 530-626-0549.
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS! ”An Advent Gift” is a readers’ theater production of songs, poetry and stories for the Advent and Christmas season. This production takes place on Dec. 9 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville. A delicious ham dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Church’s parish hall; and the Advent Gift entertainment starts immediately after dinner. No reservations or tickets are required, although free-will offerings will be accepted. For more information, call 530-644-0382. The public is invited.
JUST SAY “THANK YOU”: When you wake up tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), count your blessings and just say “Thank You” to show your appreciation. HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!
PRACTICE CORRECTLY: A review of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following advice: “Keep in mind that practice doesn’t make perfect — perfect practice makes perfect. In sports, it’s helpful to know this because otherwise you could be spending many hours practicing something — but in reality, you might be doing nothing more than practicing bad habits. This idea is even more important in our daily lives.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.