Monday, April 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life car wash Saturday

BEST WAY TO DRINK MILK:
 Review the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” and you will find the following “life lesson:” “I’ve learned that milk tastes best when drunk straight out of the plastic jug.” – Age 48. ( I bet a guy wrote this!)

NEED A CAR WASH?
 ”Team Walking Shoes” invites you and your car to a fundraising car wash on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Arco Gas Station/Mini Mart/Car Wash at 3055 Forni Rd., Placerville. All proceeds go to “Relay for Life” in Placerville, an event of the American Cancer Society.

JUNK FOOD STORYTIME:
 Children, ages 3 to 5, are invited to “Junk Food Storytime” on Friday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m., at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This class includes stories, songs and crafts. Each family will receive a free book. For more information, call 530-621-5547.

COMMON SENSE ADVICE:
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar notes the following hygiene advice: “Warning label on a Fresh Brush toilet cleaner: FLUSHABLE, SEPTIC-SAFE … DO NOT USE FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE.”

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE:
 Jan Le Pouvoir of the Maidu Group of the Sierra Club informs us that a Mountain Bike Ride is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, in the vicinity of Sly Park, Jenkinson Lake. This is a 15- to 20-mile ride with lots of elevation changes, mostly dirt roads, and single track trails. For meeting times, location, what to bring, call John Le Pouvoir at 530-644-7295 or visit jadedreprobate@gmail.com.

GO YOUR OWN WAY:
 The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” provided by Clara Neilsen, offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that when things go wrong, I don’t have to go with them.” — Age 72

GET OUT OF THAT CHAIR!
A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes You Can!” takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The daily drop-in fee is $2. Yvonne Griffin, aka “The French Flower,” is the group leader. Exercises include safe stretching, range of motion, simple movements, strengthening exercises, sitting and standing exercises. For more information, call 916-358-3575. Classes are held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.

SOMEWHAT CYNICAL STATEMENT:
 Heidi Barron forwarded the following “Wisdom with Age” statement: “Birds of a feather flock together and then crap on your car.”

FREE JULY MOVIE:
 On Monday, July 15, at 1 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, will show the movie “Quartet.” The movie and the popcorn are free. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

HEALTHIER LIVING WORKSHOP:
A free, six-week “Healthier Living” workshop is being provided by “Dignity Health.” The workshop will be on Thursdays, July 25, and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Class topics include the following subjects: “Practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and stress; better nutrition and exercise choices; ways to make informed treatment decisions; better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health; how to get the support you need.” Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

IT’S OK TO START OVER:
 Mary Ann Putnam forwarded the following “Assorted Thoughts” item: “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.”

PLACERVILLE LIBRARY HOURS:
 The Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, is open during the following hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 12-7 p.m.and Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 530-621-5540.

FRIENDLY VOLUNTEER NEEDED: 
Our El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is seeking outgoing individuals who know the area, have a professional attitude and some computer skills. Would you like to volunteer and work with some very nice people? For more information, call Ellen Vaughn at 530-621-5885.

GET AN EARLY START: 
The El Dorado County Office of Education offers early education programs for families with children ages birth to 5, including “Early Head Start, Head Start and State Preschool.” For more information, call 530-295-2270.

HOME DELIVERED MEALS:
 If you are a home-bound adult, 60 years or older, who is medically or physically disabled, you may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. For more information, call 530-621-6304.

POLLOCK PINES LIBRARY HOURS:
 The Pollock Pines Library, 6210 Pony Express Trail, has the following open hours: Tuesday 12-7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 530-644-2498.

A DALAI DILLY:
 Run through the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will see the following observation: “A learned person will become noble only when he or she has put into real practice what has been learnt, instead of just mere words.”

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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