Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life brunch at Rainbow Orchards

DON’T PUSH ME TOO FAR:
 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “You are about to exceed the limits of my medication.”

RELAY FOR LIFE RAINBOW EVENT:
A “Rainbow for Survivors’ Relay for Life” event is scheduled for tomorrow, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Dr., Camino. You can learn about the Placerville Relay for Life event. This event will feature brunch, music and prizes. This brunch will honor all cancer survivors of El Dorado County and cancer caregivers. Sounds like a fun event!

FUNDRAISER FOR YOUNGSTERS:
A “Golf for Kids Sake” tournament is scheduled for July 29 at 10 a.m. at the Cameron Park Country Club, 3201 Royal Drive. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 530-626-1222 or e-mail jodie@mentors4youth.org. Proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW:
A free “Cruise Night-Classic Car Show” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., in Burke Junction, Cameron Park. For more information, call 530-677-5282.

WHERE IS CANADA?
 Look at the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will see the following astute questions:
” Don’t all Canadians wear raccoon hats? Where can I buy one?
 Where does Alberta end and Canada begin?
 Do you have a glacier at this visitor’s center?”

— actual questions asked of Canadian forest rangers.

CAMINO CLASSIC CAR SHOW:
 The Camino National Family Fun Night Out and Classic Car Show is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Camino Community Church lawn area. If you live in the Camino area and would like to show your car, call Sonny Wells at 530-644-2267 or visit sonnywells1@yahoo.com.

PLAYERS NEEDED:
 The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is conducting a survey to find out who would bed interested in joining a group of chess players or a group of bridge card players (beginners). If you are interested, call 916-358-3575.

TAHOE BUS TRIP FOR SENIORS:
 The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is coordinating a bus trip to South Lake Tahoe on Aug. 4. The bus departs from El Dorado Hills Raley’s at 9:15 a.m. and returns at approximately 7:15 p.m. The trip fee is $37. On arrival you receive $20 in machine vouchers or a free buffet lunch if you have a Harrah’s or Harvey’s Players Card. If you don’t have a Players Card, one can be obtained. Registration deadline is July 29 or when bus is full. To reserve your spot, call 916-933-6624.

LIBRARY FOOD DRIVE:
 Through July 31, you can drop off non-perishable food items at your local library. These donations go to the Food Bank of El Dorado County to feed the needy in our community.

LEARN BETTER BALANCE:
A class titled “Tai Chi for Better Balance” is being offered on Tuesdays, Aug. 6 through Aug. 27, at the Dance Studio in the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Cub Dr. Classes are scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program “includes warm up exercises, practice of Tai Chi forms, cool down and meditation, and includes a monthly assessment of participant’s condition based on selected physical tests. No Tai Chi experience is necessary.”

BOWLING FUNDRAISER: 
Mother Lode Lions is sponsoring their sixth annual “Friendship Bowling Tournament” on Sunday, Aug. 11. Check-in time is 11:30 a.m. Bowling starts at noon. Entry fee is $17.50, free use of bowling shoes. To reserve your spot, call Mitzi Stockel at 530-626-5102 no later than Aug. 2. The fun takes place at Knotty Pines Lanes, Sanders Drive and Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines (behind the Post Office). Proceeds will benefit the Dewey Ware Scholarship Fund for local high school graduates. I haven’t bowled in 40 years, but I will be there!

BENEFITS OF AGING:
A class titled “The Gifts of Aging” is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This class “will be an opportunity to express and explore the challenges while honoring and celebrating the gifts that come with more time on the planet.” The speaker will be Julie Interrante, MA. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP:
 Marshall Medical Center has a prostate cancer support group that meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 3581 Palmer Dr., Bldg. 202, Cameron Park. This free group is open to the public. Also, friends and family are welcome to attend these sessions. For more information, call 530-672-7050.

GET THOSE NEEDLES OUT!
A Knit and Crochet Group meets on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Brand new knitters and crocheters and seasoned veterans are all welcome. Instructors are on hand to teach beginners. Group facilitators are Diane Haug, Janey Mason and Carol Timms. Drop-ins are welcome.

A DALAI DILLY:
I reviewed the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar and found the following insightful statement: “Unfortunately, love and compassion has been omitted from too many spheres of social interaction for too long. Usually confined to family and home, their practice in public life is considered impractical, even naive. This is tragic.”

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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