THE DIPLOMATIC GOURMET: Thanks to Clara Neilsen, I have the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On.” In this book, people ages 5 to 95, offer life lessons, such as the following thought: “I’ve learned that I should never praise my mother’s cooking when I’m eating something fixed by my wife.” — Age 27
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START THE HOLIDAYS HAPPY: The Sensational Singing Seniors will perform tomorrow, Dec. 6, at the Placerville Senior Center, 957 Spring St., Placerville. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. Come on out and enjoy the “Holiday Happening” concert. The fun starts at 2 p.m.
TOYS FOR TOTS OPPORTUNITY: The Toys for Tots group needs lots of volunteers for Friday, Dec. 14; Saturday, Dec. 15; and Sunday , Dec. 16. If you would like to volunteer for this great program to provide toys for needy kids, please contact Nancy via e-mail – Press control and clicking on following hyperlink will open your e-mail. t4tNancy@yahoo.com or call her at 530-622-8229.
SAVE TIME — NEXT YEAR: A review of the “Who Knew?” calendar reveals the following holiday hint: “When you’re storing Christmas tree lights, wind each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit in a plastic bin, and they’ll stay perfectly untangled. Think of the time you’ll save next year!”
HOLLY HILLS SPECTACULAR: The Holly Hills Street festival of lights are back for the 12th year. The neighborhood will be filled with lights on homes, light displays, ornaments and more. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Santa Parade will take place around 8 p.m. Bring a canned food for the Food Bank. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., neighbors will gather to walk the street, and there will be an outside lighting party to sit around a fire pit and enjoy refreshments. For more information, call 530-676-2026 or 916-501-6426, Bring the kids to Cameron Park!
IT’S OK TO PROMOTE YOURSELF: Clara Neilson gave me he following “Share the Glory” quotation: “Promote yourself but do not demote another.” — Israel Salanter
FOOD BANK OUTREACH: On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Food Bank of El Dorado County will host the annual “Holiday Outreach Program” in the main building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. 1,000 holiday food baskets will be provided to families that may otherwise go without food this holiday season. If you would like to volunteer to help at this event or at the Food Bank, call 530-621-9950.
BUMPER STICKER OF THE MONTH: ”The driver of this car is in an anger management class.”
PJ FUN AT THE LIBRARY: ”PJ Storytime at the Library” is a program created for children, ages 3 to 5 years old and their adults. This class will be at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The kids can enjoy stories, songs and craft activities in their jammies. For more information, call 530-621-5547.
MAYBE NOT THE WRONG WORD: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contains the following “School Daze:” “The process of putting a president on trial is called impalement.”
LIMITED OPEN ENROLLMENT AT HIGH SCHOOL: Limited open enrollment is available at Union Mine High School. Submission deadline is Dec. 18. There are only 35 openings available. Incoming El Dorado Union High School District 9th graders who do not reside in the school’s attendance boundary may submit a “Limited Open Enrollment” form. For more information, call 530-622-5081, ext. 7224 or ext. 7210.
DIABETES CLASS CANCELED: The class titled “Diabetes Education: Healthy Living Class #2, Carbohydrates, Food and You” scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m., has been canceled. It bothers me that the diabetes classes continue to be canceled. These are very important classes, and people with diabetes should be signing up for these informative classes. They can benefit from these classes offered by the Marshall Medical Center. For more information regarding diabetes classes, call 530-672-7021.
STORYTIME FOR THE LITTLE ONES: The “Let’s Read Together Storytime” class is for children, ages 3 to 5 years old. The class meets at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, on the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. A free book is given to the first 30 families. For more information, call 530-621-5547.
BAD HAIR DAY ADVICE: A survey of the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar reveals the following good advice: “Be OK with your bad hair day. As insecure thoughts about your hair and appearance in general come to mind, see if you can dismiss them as being insignificant. Remind yourself over and over again that you don’t need to be any different in order to like yourself.”
Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column 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.