Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Heard over the back fence: Ruth Ann Morris named senior of the year

WHERE SHOULD YOU LIVE?
 John Chapman delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Reality is a nice place, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

SENIOR OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED! 
Ruth Ann Morris is the “2013 Senior of the Year!” Ruth Ann has been a volunteer for over 19 years, devoting 30 hours a week to our community. She is very actively involved with Mother Lode Lions, Friends of Seniors, El Dorado County Senior Day Care and the Placerville Senior Center. Congratulations, Ruth Ann, for your very-well-deserved award! 

FOLLOW YOUR HEART:
 My friend Mitzi Stockel of Somerset provided the following statement: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be touched. They must be felt in the heart.” — Helen Keller

VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT STORY: 
Melissa Jones, a 2006 Union Mine High School graduate, graduated from Stanford in 2013 with honors and Phi Beta Kappa designation. She was a Fulbright Scholar for one year to study waterfront rehabilitation and development in Barcelona, Spain. Recently Melissa graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. Very proud family members are Spencer, Tom and Beth Jones and grandparents Robert and Velma Goodlin of Cameron Park. Congratulations, Melissa! Wow . . . what a great academic performance! Melissa enjoyed her time in the El Dorado County Youth 4-H Commission program, where she developed an interest in public policy issues.

FREE MOVIE AND POPCORN: 
Children, 5 to 10 years old, are invited to see the movie “Ratatouille” on June 26, at 2 p.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The movie, popcorn and drinks are free! This movie is rated PG.

SUMMER READING CLUB TIME!
 The Placerville Reading Club will meet on Friday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m., at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The theme for this meeting is “Mad Science: Science Is So Delicious.”

DIS-QUIETNESS IN SPACE: 
Paul and Wendy Chafer provided the following quote: “As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind: Every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” — John Glenn

BREWFEST BULLETIN:
 Don’t forget. The Belltower Brewfest is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street, Placerville. For more information, call 530-672-3436. This event includes live music, 35 different craft brews. Tickets are limited and available at River City Bank, Kelsey’s Needle Krafts, and the Placerville Brewing Co.

HOW TO AVOID RATTLESNAKES:
 On June 29 and June 30, the Hangtown Kennel Club is offering “Rattlesnake Avoidance Training” for dogs. For time, cost and location information, call 530-622-6090 in the evening.

POLITICAL TALK?
 The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offered the following confusing answer: “I answer in the affirmative with an emphatic ‘No.’” — Eighteenth-century MP Sir Boyle Roche

TEEN TIME AT THE LIBRARY:
 “Teen Tuesdays” take place at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. Each week there is an art project and “Just Dance” competitions on the Wii. On July 2, there will be screen painting, hosted by the Girl Scouts of America (bring a clean T-shirt to print).

CREATE INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE:
 The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is designed for adults, 16 years and up, who are making adjustments to vision loss. Free services are provided by teacher Randy Cummings who has been blind since childhood. He still skis, surfs, and inspires. For more information, call 530-626-6715. 

WILLS AND TRUSTS ADVICE:
A class titled “Wills and Trusts” will take place on Tuesday, July 9, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Senior citizens attorney Diana Steele will be the presenter for this free class. Please call 916-358-3575 to save your spot.

STORYTIME FOR THE KIDS:
 “Ready to Read” library Storytimes are being offered at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, on Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. This program is designed for children, age 3 to 5 years old.

DOGS LIKE TO LISTEN:
 The “Read to Dogs Children’s Program” is available at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 101, on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please pre-register for a 15-minute session by calling 530-626-2778. Children are welcome to bring their favorite book.

COFFEE, CONVERSATION AND GAMES: 
Seniors and caregivers are invited to join the Coffee, Tea and Friends Series every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The July 9 meeting will feature “Game Day and an Ice Cream Social”. Drop-ins are always welcome.

DIGITAL CAMERA ADVICE:
A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Bring your camera and learn how to create the best photos. Remember to bring extra batteries. The class fee is $29. Bob Gouine is the instructor. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot.

A DALAI DILLY:
 Review the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you discover the following advice: “If the mind is tranquil and occupied with positive thoughts, the body will not easily fall prey to disease.”

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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