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Heard over the back fence: Rescue Cultural Festival March 21

By From page B1 | March 14, 2014

STUPID CAN BE HARD: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I just lived through an entire day of stupid.”

DANCERS IN RESCUE: The Rescue Union School District Cultural Festival will take place on March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Middle School on Green Valley Road. Admission is free. There will be dance and music performers, which include the Aloha Dancers, Dance of El Dorado, Lis Autenticos de Sacramento (Mexican band featured on Good Day Sacramento), 21 cultural country booths and food. Celebrate the many cultures represented in the Rescue Union School District.

FIREFIGHTER HONORED: El Dorado Hills engineer-paramedic and acting Capt. Rob Karnow recently earned the distinguished Firefighter of the Year award. El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts noted that Rob embraces the departments’ core values: integrity, service and excellence. Congratulations, Rob!

LOTTO LANGUAGE: Paul Chafer provided the following “Lotto” quotation: “A husband says to his wife, ‘What would you do if I won the Lotto?’ She says, ‘I’d take half, then leave you.’ ‘Excellent,’ he replies, ‘I won $12, here’s $6.’”

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS: A class titled “Steps to Avoiding Scams” is scheduled for March 31 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Scams targeting seniors will be discussed. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS: Lisa Garrett, principal of Ponderosa High School, has announced that Gita E. Kushwaha and Richard C. Nelson have been named “Commended Students” in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition for 2014. Being in the top 5 percent in scholarship competition is a very impressive accomplishment. Congratulations, Gita and Richard!

A TASTE OF ITALY: A class titled “A Taste of Italy: Part I” is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. John Moalli will teach you how to make risotto in the old-world manner in your new-world kitchen. The class will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. A $10 supply fee is required to hold your spot. To register for this class, call 916-358-3575.

YOU ARE WORTHY: John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “You are the most important person in someone’s life. Don’t let them down.”

GOLF FOR SENIORS: The Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., is sponsoring a “Golf for Seniors 50+” class. This is a four-week class and will cover basic stretching and strengthening exercises, golf protocol and proper etiquette, golf grips, swing techniques and putting. The instructor is Ted Dashnaw. Join Ted on Thursday, April 17, at the Placerville Senior Center at 11 a.m. This class is intended for beginners to low intermediate players. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. There is no fee for this class. However, donations are accepted. Bring your own golf clubs. Register for this class by calling Ted at 530-305-0990.

REMEMBER HARRY WOLF? Ileen Jensen of Placerville sent me a news article regarding Harry Wolf, a 105 year-old amateur radio operator. His call sign is W6NKT. He was a Cal Poly professor for 31 years and taught at El Dorado High School, possibly in the 1940s. I will keep the article in my work desk, if you would like to read it.

CASINO DAY TRIP: A day trip to Lake Tahoe casinos is scheduled for Sunday, April 6. The bus departs and returns from/to El Dorado Hills Raley’s parking lot. Approximate times for the day are 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. The trip fee is $37, which includes a $20 play voucher and a $7 lunch voucher. Call 916-933-6624 to reserve your spot and to register for the trip.

RESCUE THE LITTLE BIRDS: Volunteers are needed to feed orphaned and injured young birds at the Sierra Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. Training for prospective baby bird nursery volunteers will be held on the following dates: “Introduction to the Baby Bird Nursery” will be held April 5, 10 a.m. – noon; April 8, 7 – 9 p.m.; April 19, 1 – 3 p.m.; and April 22, 7 – 9 p.m. You need only attend one class to qualify. Schedules are flexible and can be arranged for daily or weekly help. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, and children 16 or older can assist in feeding the birds. All classes are held at SWR’s Wildlife Center and are free to SWR members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public. Parking is limited, so please make reservations well in advance with Barbara at 530-621-2650.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar notes the following life lesson: “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer

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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