WATCH YOUR STEP: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m not clumsy! The floor just hates me, the table & chairs are bullies, and the walls get in my way.”
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BRING YOUR SEWING MACHINE: The American Sewing Guild, Gold Country Chapter, invites the public to join them on “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the MORE facility, 399 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Non-guild members and non-sewers are also invited to make Christmas stockings for a variety of community organizations. Bring your sewing machine. All fabrics ready to sew will be provided. For more information, contact Karen at 916-817-1524.
SUPER SATURDAY SOUPS! On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a class titled “Super Soups” will be presented at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Registration deadline is Oct. 18. A $15 supply fee is required to hold your spot. The menu will include pumpkin-ginger soup, creamy turkey vegetable soup, and one other fall soup. Participants take home recipes for the three aforementioned soups and more. Call 916-358-3575 to register.
BEGINNING PC CLASS: A class titled “Beginning PC” is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and 29 and on Nov. 5, 12 and 19. This five-session course covers mouse and keyboard training, managing your files, surfing the Internet, email and more. The class fee is $15. To register, call 530-621-6369 today. This class will fill up quickly. Classes will be held at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.
STORYTIME FOR KIDS: A class titled “Preschool Storytime” is scheduled on Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, at 11:15 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. This class is designed for children, ages 3 to 5 years old.
IMPROVING COMPUTER SKILLS: A class titled “Word Processing, Microsoft Word 2013 and Work Pad” is being offered on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. The class fee is $5. This class is an introduction to Word 2010 and an overview of simpler Word Pad. Some basic writing, some formatting and printing options will be discussed. To reserve your spot, call 530-621-6369.
MOVING IS HARD: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book notes the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that moving away from my closest friends was much, much harder to do than I ever thought it would be.” — Age 26
GOLDEN GOOSE CRAFT SHOW: The 20th annual Golden Goose Craft Show is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedord Ave. Fall and Christmas items and everyday home decor items will be available.
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: On Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, a farmer’s market is available at the Ivy House parking lot, off Main St., Placerville. On Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a farmer’s market is located at the Government Center in front of the Placerville Library.
YOUR HOME AND YOUR FUTURE: A presentation titled “Always and Forever” will be presented on Friday, Nov. 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Terry McPeek, RN, will discuss health and wellness strategies for successful aging. Gail Lohmann will share resources and questions to consider when working with a home care agency. Katherine Kawaguci will discuss the latest developments in home modification. Tammy Bragg will provide information about local resources for older adults. To register, call 916-358-3575.
BRIDGE LESSONS AND PLAY: The Wednesday Bridge group meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. From 9 to 10 a.m., informal lessons are offered. From 10 a.m. to noon, game play and practice are offered. The announcement states, “Sorry, not suitable for brand new beginners.” The daily drop-in fee is $3.
CRAFT FAIR AND BOUTIQUE: The St. Patrick Ladies Society will hold their “Craft Fair and Holiday Boutique” on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, at St. Patricks Catholic Church, located at intersection of Fiske and Sacramento streets, Placerville. There will be numerous hand-crafted items for sale. On Saturday, Nov. 2, open hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open hours for Sunday, Nov. 3, are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be in Gurnell Hall, next to the church.
FARMER’S MARKET ON THURSDAYS: You can pick up fresh vegetables and fruits on Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Farmer’s Market in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District parking lot, 1021 Harvard Way, from 8 a.m. to noon.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The Marshall Cancer Research Center is considering starting a support group for parents of minor children with cancer. If your child is diagnosed with cancer and you would be interested in joining such a group, call Cheryl Purgett, oncology social worker, at 530-672-7056.
FAMILY STORYTIME: “Family Storytime” takes place on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. All children, of all ages, are invited. Stories will be told by the El Dorado County Storytellers Guild.
A DALAI DILLY: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar states, “If in the midst of your enjoyment of the world you have a moment, try to help in however small a way those who are downtrodden and those who, for whatever reason, cannot or do not help themselves. Try not to turn away from those whose appearance is disturbing, from the ragged and unwell. Try never to think of them as inferior to yourself. If you can, try not even to think of yourself as better than the humblest beggar. You will look the same in your grave.”
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.