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Heard over the back fence: Sept. 21 is Cameron Park cleanup day

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From page B1 | September 20, 2013 |

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CLEANUP DAY IN CAMERON PARK:
 “Cleanup Day” in Cameron Park is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your unwanted garage stuff, yard clippings, and tree clippings to Camerado School, 2480 Merry Chase Dr., Cameron Park. Members of the Cameron Park Fire Explorers will volunteer for this event and will accept tax-deductible donations.

VISIT MOTHER GOOSE:
 The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program is an award-winning, lap-sit storytime for little ones, age 1 week to 2 years old. This program combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read. Classes are on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and at 11 a.m., at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane.

BURMA SHAVE MESSAGE:
 Jewel Blair sent the following Burma Shave sign message: “Cautious Rider to Her Reckless Dear — Let’s Have Less Bull and a Little More Steer.”

CHEROKEE LIFE LESSONS: On Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., I will be presenting a class titled “Applying Cherokee Life Lessons to Your Life.” at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there! Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

STORYTIME FOR KIDS: 
Children’s Storytime takes place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. This program is for children, ages 3 to 5 and their adults. Craft activity is also available.

“PRICE IS RIGHT” CONTESTANT: We have been informed that Freda Gorman of Placerville will be a contestant on the “Price Is Right” TV show on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. Good luck, Freda!

BEING SKINNY IS HARD:
 Paul and Wendy Chafer of El Dorado Hills provided the following “Feel Smarter” quote: “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” — Mariah Carey

WRITERS’ BLOC GROUP:
 Teens and adults are invited to attend the Writers’ Bloc Group that meets on the first Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. Drop-ins are welcome. Bring your best draft with you. The draft should be no longer than 5 pages. Bring eight copies, double spaced, one inch margins, left and right, top and bottom.

FUN FOR THE KIDS: 
”Story Time” takes place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr. This program is designed for children, ages 3 to 5, and includes songs, rhymes, stories and age-appropriate crafts. When you register at “Story Time,” you receive a free book and book bag for your child. Join the fun!

CHOCOLATE IS IMPORTANT: 
Neil Pfafman of Placerville provided the following “chocolate statement:” “If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.”

GRANTS FOR POLLOCK PINES-CAMINO:
 Our Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applicants for mini-grants for any project or program that is designed to benefit local children or adult residents of Pollock Pines or Camino area. Applications should deal with projects up to $1,000. Applications are available at pollockpines-caminorotary.org and must be submitted online to: carolabbanat@gmail.com. Applications will not be accepted by mail or in person. Application deadline: Sept. 27.

BLOOD AND MOVIE COMBINATION:
 On Sunday, Sept. 29, you may donate blood from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Regal Cinema, 337 Placerville Dr. Walk-ins are welcome. All donors will receive one free movie pass. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID.

REPUBLICAN GET-TOGETHER:
 On Monday, Oct. 7, the El Dorado County Republican Women will have their luncheon business meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Golden Waffle Cafe on Broadway, Placerville. Matt Cox, chief assistant to Sen. Ted Gaines, will be the guest speaker. To reserve your spot at the luncheon, call 530-676-3788.

DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 
An AARP “Driver Safety Course” for seniors is scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both days. Participants must attend both days to receive a Certificate of Completion. The class fee is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-AARP members. Pre-registration is required. Call 530-621-6150 to register. The class will be held at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.

SENIOR COMPUTER CENTER:
 The Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., is equipped with new computers, desks, chairs and a printer. You can come in and use the computers on your free time or register for an upcoming class. Stop by and check out the Center. Computer users must be registered to use the computers and may register by picking up a packet at the Senior Computer Center or request one by mail.

A GOOD QUESTION:
 Someone, I’m not sure who, left me a list of “Some Good Questions.” The following question was presented: “Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?”

YOU ARE NOT ALONE:
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a free telephone-calling service that provides daily phone calls to seniors to make sure they are doing OK health wise. For more information, call 530-621-6255.

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.

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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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