Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire Benefit Aug. 22

By From page B1 | August 22, 2014

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . DELAY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I will take care of my procrastination problem . . . Just You Wait and See!”

SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door. The pasta dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music is offered from 5 to 10 p.m. 

REMEMBER THE BUFFALOES? On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet in the El Dorado Hills Library’s community room, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. The speaker will be “Buffalo Will” Neuman. Many of us watched his buffaloes in the fields next to Highway 50, just before you got to Bass Lake Road.

ROTARIANS VOLUNTEERING: The Cameron Park Rotary Club’s newsletter, “Gear Up,” notes that 19 Rotarians produced 116 volunteer hours for the community in July. Roll on, Rotarians!

COUNTRY-WESTERN DANCE: Come enjoy the spring-loaded dance floor upstairs at the Odd Fellows Hall, 467 Main St., Placerville 7-11 p.m. Aug. 30. Line dancing lessons will take place the first half hour. DJ will be Gordon Hunt.

DAY TRIP TO TAHOE: On Sunday, Sept. 7, a day trip to Lake Tahoe is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bus fee is $37. The following trip description is offered: “Enjoy a charter bus trip to South Lake Tahoe. Bus departs and returns from Raley’s parking lot, EDH. Refund given only if trip is canceled. Registration deadline Sept. 2.” To register, call 916-358-3575.

WHAT ARE NEIGHBORS UP TO? Your library has a pamphlet titled “Ever Wonder What Your Neighbors Are Doing?” The pamphlet lists 10 books in the adult fiction section of the library that deals with “neighbors.”

LET’S UKE! “Let’s Uke! Ukulele Lessons for Seniors” is a class offered on Mondays, from Sept. 8 through Sept. 29, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will play their ukulele, using “Mel Bay’s Easy Ukulele Method Book 1″ by Mary Lou Dempler. No experience necessary. Bring a ukulele (no baritones) and a copy of the book. To register, call 916-358-3575.

NON-ROMANTIC KISS? “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following quote from comedian Drew Carey: “Kissing is just pushing your lips against the sweet end of 66 feet of intestines.”

PAINTING WITH OILS: A class titled “Painting with Oils” is scheduled on Tuesdays from Sept. 9-30 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is a class for beginners and advanced beginners. Students can paint still life, figurative, portrait or landscape – your choice! Please bring a photo to class. Preregistration is a must! Required supply list available upon registration. (Only odorless/non-toxic mineral spirits allowed). The class fee is $49. To register for class, call 916-358-3575.

IT’S UP TO YOU: John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is determined by what we do with it.” — Mary Blake

CAMERON PARK GAMES: The following games are offered at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr.: Bridge — Mondays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m.; Hand and Foot -third Wednesday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Mahjong — second and fourth Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING: HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) can assist you with your Medicare and long-term care insurance needs. HICAP if free and appointments are made by calling 530-621-6369.

FAVORITE BUMPER STICKER: My favorite bumper sticker for this month is as follows: “Driver is near sighted, short tempered and fond of revenge.”

EL DORADO HILLS INFORMATION: Are you new to El Dorado Hills or been here awhile and would like more information? The California Welcome Center and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce can help you out. They hold occasional workshops for newcomers and have useful information for local residents, new or longtime. Call 916-358-3700 for more information.

MEET NEW FRIENDS: The “Let’s Talk” discussion group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Engage in informal conversation with your peers on an assortment of senior-related topics. Meet new friends by joining this group.

DON’T RENT MOMENTS: John Bruno sent the following “Seize the Day” advice: “Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.” — Jerry Spinelli

ELLEN DRISCOLL SHINES: Ellen Driscoll is a star volunteer for the El Dorado Hills Library. She is the “Used Book-sales” committee chairperson. The library newsletter, “Between Friends,” describes Ellen in the following fashion: “Besides running the used book sales Ellen puts in endless hours sorting donations, packing them up to be stored for the book sales, besides spending all day on Friday and Saturday working the sales. But wait, there’s more! She shares the job of online sales with another member. This involves researching books, determining prices and listing them online.” Ellen has been selected as the library’s featured volunteer. Congratulations, Ellen, and thank you.

BANANA ADVICE: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “Life Hack:” “If you peel a banana from the bottom, you won’t have to pick the little ‘stringy things’ off of it.”

GUITAR LESSONS FOR SENIORS: A new class titled “Intro. to Guitar for Seniors” is scheduled for Thursdays from Sept. 4-25 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. No experience is necessary for this class. Lessons will be taught by using the book “Step One: Teach Yourself Guitar” (Hal Leonard). Students will learn chords, strums, picks and songs. Bring your guitar and a copy of the book. The class fee is $42, and pre-registration is required. Call 916-358-3575 to register.

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following thought: “Under the trees, among the rocks, a thatched hut; verses and sacred commentaries live there together. I’ll burn the books I carry in my bag, but how can I forget the verses written in my gut?” — Ikkyu

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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