HEAVENLY ADVICE: John Chapman was nice enough to provide the following “Advice from the Night Sky” T-shirt statement: “See the big picture * Be a star * Keep looking up * Don’t be afraid of the dark * Stay full of wonder * Expand your horizons * Turn off the lights!” Thank you, John.
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FEEL YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME: On Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m., the Sensational Singing Seniors’ free concert “Younger than Springtime” will take place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Come early. The place fills up!
SUPPORT SOBER NIGHT OUT: If you have lunch or dinner at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, located at the corner of Cameron Park Dr. and Green Valley Rd., on May 8, between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., a portion of your purchase cost directly supports the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Tell your server you are there for the Ponderosa High fundraiser.
GRAND OPENING FESTIVAL: The grand opening of The Cottages at Eskaton Village, 3380 Blairs Lane, Placerville, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. Music, refreshments and tours will be provided. Please RSVP by May 8 to Pamela Dallas at 530-295-3400 or visit email@example.com.
“ULTIMATE CROON” APPEARANCE: On Thursday, May 16, at 1 p.m., the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club luncheon program will feature Bob Rawleigh. Teo Torres of KCRA News described Bob as the “Ultimate Crooner.” He has recorded six CDs, including “Classic Songs for the Love of My Life.” Come on out to the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Dr., Placerville, and enjoy the lunch and entertainment. For more information, call 530-644-8459. You may check out Bob’s music at bobrawleigh.com.
DOG-A-THON DATE: The 19th annual Dog-A-Thon to raise money for the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Schnell School, Placerville. Take your dog for a nice walk for a good cause. For more information or to register, call 530-626-6175 or visit edcvi.org.
WOMEN RULE: Carlyn White sent the following “Just Grins and Snickers” statement: “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
FEED THE LITTLE BIRDS: Beginning in May, on Wednesdays, at 5 p.m., “Hands-on Baby Bird Nursery Training” is available at the Sierra Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd., Placerville. You will be mentored by an experienced rehabber while you learn. Contact Barbara Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-621-2650 for beginning date and to make reservations.
DO NOT IMITATE DAD: Heidi Barron provided the following “I Still Can Hear My Mom Now” statement: “My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. ‘Stop acting like your father!’”
SHARE A CHILD’ FUTURE: Have you thought about being a mentor for the kids in our community? Volunteering a few hours a month can make a real difference in a youngster’s life. To learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, call Amber Henrichs at 530-626-1222 or e-mail email@example.com.
FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM: American Legion, El Dorado Post 119, Placerville, has the following students to attend the Boys State Convention at Sacramento State: Joseph Houdeshell, Ponderosa High School; Michael Weston, El Dorado High School; Zachary Peterson, Oak Ridge High School; Aaron Below, Union Mine High School; and Austin Burrows, Golden Sierra High School. The Boys State program educates young men to be tomorrows leaders.
HEADACHE FOR LAWYERS: The “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar offers the following “Head Awareness Problems:” “Lawyer: Prior to June 5th of 1992, did you ever have any problems with your head, any injuries to your head? Client: I never even knew that I had a head. It was just there. Lawyer” That’s a unique answer. I never — Client: Never knew you had a head? I mean — didn’t. I mean, I was just -—you didn’t realize your neck did all that work.” — From an actual deposition for an injury case.
WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS: This class, titled “Writing Your Memoirs” will help you hone your life stories. Lively discussions and ideas are offered. The instructor is Nick Rotondo. Classes are available on Tuesdays, May 21 to July 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane.
AGELESS JOY IS POSSIBLE: I will be doing a presentation titled “Ageless Joy Is Possible” on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Advice will be offered to help you create a more optimistic, fun-filled daily life for yourself. Space is limited. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. Refreshments will be served.
A DALAI DILLY: Glance at the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar, and you will find the following declaration: “What I believe, according to my experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way.”
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.